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Hmmm… well, we have two Fords in-game for two teams (Prodrive Racing Australia [runs 4 cars, represented here by #5] and DJR Team Penske [runs 1 car, the #17]), one Volvo team [2 cars IRL, the #33 in-game], one Mercedes team [2 cars, both the #4 and #9], one Nissan team [4 cars, the #23 here], and lots of Holdens [Red Bull is a two-car team, with #1 in-game; Brad Jones Racing runs 3, including the #14; Tekno runs only the #97; Holden Racing Team [aka Walkinshaw Racing] has 4 cars, including the #22; and the only team not to be represented is Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport, who run two cars in the series].
Yeah, it had some 2013 (the most recent at the release of Forza 5) cars (4 Holden, 4 Ford IIRC), along with a Holden in Xbox livery as DLC to go with the 2013 race (for which Xbox sponsored a wildcard entry run by Red Bull Racing Australia - that one finished 10th). In 2014, they also gave away one of the on-disc Fords repainted as Xbox livery to go with Ambrose racing that livery in the Sydney 500 (the last race of the year) as a wildcard, ahead of him rejoining the series "full-time" in 2015. Ironically, he would step out of the car after only two events. Forza 4 also had licensed V8SCs with liveries, but Bathurst only came in with F5. However, back in the first Forza Motorsport, there was a track called Blue Mountains, which looked suspiciously similar.
MSN Messenger went away a while ago...
Rock Band is up there too...
If I had to guess, I'd think Harmonix couldn't come to terms with Albert Music, who are the record label for AC/DC in Australia, for the rights to Let There Be Rock. The AC/DC track pack was a different deal, as it was the audio from the Live at Donington VHS/DVD.
A common refrain from Harmonix staff members on Twitter is "Licensing is hard." This, I would guess, is but one example.
Technically, we aren't done yet. There's still songs coming out, both through the RBN (which 360 never got here, because of XNA restrictions; however, there's nothing stopping you creating an account with a US address) and the customs scene (the biggest group is the Customs Creators Collective, which is putting out songs weekly).
On a personal level, I imported the Squier, the RB3 drums, a Mustang controller, the keyboard - and that was just for RB3. I'm now using an electronic drumkit, with all the games imported and nearly 1500 songs. I've also spent far too much on this game - but I reckon it's all worth it for those moments when I nearly FC Enter Sandman on Expert Pro Drums, or belting out Livin' on a Prayer in a full band.
I'm hopeful it will come back around in a few years, but until then, we have plenty to keep us going.
True, however there were really only two in Forza 4 - each one was just a different default livery. They might have worked around it this time to avoid duplicating the models. Wish they'd have all four manufacturers though, and/or all the liveries. And maybe some more Aussie tracks - although Sedona Raceway Park does bear some resemblance to Calder Park...
I thought Steam moved to WebKit a while ago, to coincide with the Mac version...
Good idea - bad timing. There's already a LAN on that weekend (Respawn).
If you don't have an Action Replay, but you have a Wii and are comfortable with using homebrew, this may also be possible through there. I'll try and write up a guide in the next few days.
Rock Band Blitz
Is it too late to nominate a few?
Rock Band Blitz
Thomas Was Alone
Worms: Crazy Golf
I'm playing it on PC, but it's also multi-platform.
Need for Speed: Most Wanted.
Main game for this week for me is F1 Race Stars. I'm a huge F1 fan, so that was a no-brainer. Picked it up on PC on Steam. Will probably get Transformed at a later date, and BlOps depending on how it goes in terms of multiplayer for LAN games. Already have all three ME games, so I'm skipping that one.
Now to arrange to move in for a weekend with my friends on the other side of town :P
Yes, definitely DRS. I know all about this question... my initials happen to be DRS.
Having got the last two games in the series, I'm going in knowing exactly what to expect. So I admit I was somewhat surprised to see this review (especially from the US site, knowing how little the US as a whole cares about F1), although it did basically confirm my suspicions.
The demo isn't really a fair representation of the game, as it doesn't let you tune the car in any meaningful way - it's stock settings all the way through, which aren't necessarily correct for the courses you can drive on. This makes it seem needlessly hard. So don't fully judge the game by the demo.
Also, just a hunch, but I think Owen meant Eau Rouge at Spa, not Radillion.
Now I'm just waiting on OzGameShop to deliver my PC version.
Now just to wait on the OzGameShop delivery of F1 2012.
I think you'll be fine in that regard - Microsoft tends to price the games they publish slightly less than most of the other publishers ($10 cheaper on most AAA titles) here in Australia.
Good point, RB3 is region free on the 360. However, all previous games are region-locked, plus, despite the PS3 being notionally region-free, DLC won't work across regions.
Oh yeah, should have stated that the best way to do so is probably
through Twitter - I use the same username there.
Would like to hear more about this... :P
Yep, and RB2 never surfaced here at all.
Can you get in touch with me privately? I happen to have a spare
PS3 RB3 Pro Drums kit I got shipped by accident.
I have a bit of a workaround I use; create a US account through the
xbox.com/en-us site, purchase MS points codes online, and download
RBN songs off that account.