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  • News Blink and You'll Miss This Short But Sweet GRID PS4 Gameplay Trailer

    Va va vroom

    We're rather excited about the return of GRID on PlayStation 4. The first game especially was a breath of fresh air, introducing the endlessly copied rewind system to the racing genre. The revival on current platforms looks like it's going to tread similar territory, but we're not complaining. Aside from DriveClub, there aren't too many...

  • News GRID Takes a Pit Stop on PS4, Delayed to October


    Since the game's announcement earlier in the year, we've not heard much at all about GRID, Codemasters' next racing title. There's been a bit of gameplay, but we still know very little about the game itself. We expect it'll be good, given the track record of the series and the company's recent output, but it would be nice to learn a touch...



  • News First GRID PS4 Gameplay Footage Speeds into View

    Mean streets

    Yesterday, Codemasters announced the return of GRID on PlayStation 4. The series, which occupies a sort-of half-way house between arcade and sim, has historically been pretty good, and it introduced the idea of rewinding time to fix mistakes. In a new video from IGN, we don't see this feature in action, but we do get a few minutes of...

  • News Codemasters Announces GRID, Coming to PS4 in September

    Ultimate edition confirms post-launch content

    Codemasters has just revealed its latest racing game, titled GRID. It's coming to the PlayStation 4 on 13th September, and you can get your first glimpse of footage in the announcement trailer above, courtesy of IGN. While it doesn't give away too much, we expect this to be a semi-serious arcade racing...





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    Review Onrush

    Drive club

    Republished on Wednesday 28th November 2018: We're bringing this review back from the archives following the announcement of December's PlayStation Plus lineup. The original text follows. It may look a helluva lot like MotorStorm, but Onrush is a completely different beast. The first multiformat project from the developer formerly known...



  • News DiRT Rally 2.0 Announced, Races to PS4 in February

    Should be rally good

    Just like that, DiRT Rally 2.0 has been announced for PlayStation 4, as became obvious yesterday. This is a direct follow up to the more simulation-focused offshoot of the DiRT series. It'll feature locations like New Zealand, Argentina, Spain, Poland, Australia, and the USA, and it sounds just as hardcore as the first game. As...

  • News Codemasters Gears Up for DiRT Related Announcement Tomorrow

    DiRT Rally 2 confirmed?

    Remember yesterday when several Twitter accounts related to Codemasters' DiRT series sent out the same "2.0" tweet at the same time? Well, turns out a new game in the rally racing franchise really is on the way. We're due an announcement tomorrow, according to the below tweet. This seemingly confirms the suspicion that...

  • News Is Codemasters Teasing DiRT Rally 2?

    A little bird tells us it is

    Racing game specialist Codemasters appears to be teasing something on Twitter. Its account, along with the pages for the DiRT series and Onrush, all posted a tweet simply saying "2.0". Because the tweet was spread across various franchises, it seemed to be a company wide development of some kind, but now the picture is...


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    Review F1 2018

    Trulli awesome

    Codemasters’ newest instalment in its celebrated F1 franchise is finally here, promising high-speed thrills, new modes and improved racing mechanics. Essentially, however, F1 2018 is a polished version of F1 2017. Last season’s effort already impressed, but small changes to the 2018 instalment have elevated the game to the most...

  • News Onrush Ranked Mode Arrives on PS4 with Summer Slam Event

    Drive to survive

    Onrush, the bright and breezy team-based racer, may not have sold very well, but its loyal players have been clamouring for ranked online play. Fortunately, it's finally arrived, and a new Summer Slam event introduces the first batch of rewards available for taking part. As you climb the ranks, you'll be able to earn new...

  • News Incoming Onrush Update Adds Ranked Mode, and Replays Arrive Today

    It's go time

    A couple of Onrush updates are stampeding their way to PS4 as the developer continues to update the game despite lay-offs. The first of these arrives today, with the headline addition being replays. You'll now be able to record replays of your matches, and enter photo mode at any time to frame a perfect snap. Any photo mode filters can...


  • News F1 2018 Makes Headlines with Brand New PS4 Gameplay Trailer

    Have you Senna it yet?

    The real-world Formula One season may be well underway, but F1 2018 isn’t far away now. Codemasters has crashed a new gameplay trailer online, which showcases the wealth of improvements you can expect to find in the racer come launch later in the month. The likeable career mode from F1 2017 looks like it’s got the lion’s...

  • News Onrush Will Receive a Big Update Next Month on PS4

    Business as usual

    It may have totally tanked at retail, but the enjoyable team-based racer Onrush isn't done just yet. The developer is going to continue to support the game, despite an unfortunate round of lay-offs due to poor sales. The next major update will come as soon as the beginning of August, according to the below tweet. It's hard to...

  • News Layoffs at Evolution Studios After Onrush Bombs

    Senior staff ejected

    The unluckiest developer in the world has been struck with a new round of layoffs, as reports that the team formerly known as Evolution Studios has let go a number of employees. Among the redundancies is Paul ‘Rushy’ Rustchynsky, the director of DriveClub and the face of the company in many ways. For those of...

  • News European PS4 Players Can Try Onrush for Free This Weekend

    Prepare for the stampede

    Onrush might not be the straightforward arcade racer many were expecting, but it still offers up a fun experience with its multiplayer and objective-based modes. For those who've yet to give the game a try but are curious as to how it plays, good news: you can sample it this weekend on PS4. From tomorrow through to...


  • Guide Onrush Tips and Tricks to Make You MVP Everytime

    Crash and conquer

    Onrush is a very different kind of arcade racer, so we’ve put together some tips and tricks to help make you the MVP in every race. You’re going to need to forget every road rule you’ve learned over the past 30 years, because Codemasters’ latest plays unlike anything else. In this guide, we’re going to talk you through...


  • News Onrush PS4 Open Beta Extended by Two Days

    New tracks added too

    The open beta test for Onrush, the arcade racer with no proper races in it, has been stampeding along over the weekend, giving players the chance to get to grips with the game's unique brand of team-based vehicular action. If you're enjoying it, or if you've not yet had a chance to jump in, good news -- the beta has been...

  • News Onrush Open Beta is Available Now on PS4

    Update: In Europe, at least

    Onrush, the new game from the people behind Motorstorm and DriveClub, has had a mixed reception thus far. We had a good time with it at EGX Rezzed last month, but it's not exactly the straightforward arcade racer many were expecting. Thankfully, the game's open beta test begins today, and you can now download it from the

  • News F1 2018 Makes a PS4 Pit Stop on 24th August

    On the Button

    The Formula One season is already well underway, which means that it’s time for a new tie-in title from Codemasters. F1 2018 will race to the PlayStation 4 on 24th August, and promises an “expanded career mode” in addition to more classic cars. “Over the past few years we have engaged heavily with our fanbase to understand...

  • News Onrush's Open Beta Collides with PS4 Next Week

    A different kind of rush

    The jury’s still very much out on Onrush, the next game from the DriveClub team. While many had expected a MotorStorm-esque experience, the reality is that the “racer” is doing something different – and you’ll be able to discover exactly what that is courtesy of an open beta scheduled to release next week...

  • News Onrush's Trophy List Looks Like an Easy Platinum

    Precious twisted metal

    The trophy list for Codemasters' upcoming arcade racer, Onrush, has been revealed, and it looks like a pretty straightforward set. Consisting of 33 trophies, it goes from the very simple "Use boost for the first time" to "Reach player Level 30", and doesn't really get any more complicated than that. While this game's main...


  • News New Onrush Trailer Outlines Vehicle Classes

    Choose your weapon

    Onrush isn't your normal arcade racer, mixing together the speedy thrills of genre greats with team-based multiplayer found in shooters and sports games. The new trailer, which we've embedded above, outlines each of the eight vehicle types, taking you through their unique abilities and advantages. Hopefully this gives you a better...

  • Hands On Onrush is an Action Packed, Addictive Arcade Racer

    Rushing around

    Onrush is a bit of an oddball. An arcade racer with no traditional races, the focus is squarely on contributing towards team-based objectives. There are no laps or checkered flags; this game is gunning for something a little different. By combining the high-speed, high-risk thrills of games like Burnout, Motorstorm, and SSX with...

  • News New Onrush Trailer Wants You to Race, Wreck, Repeat on PS4


    We were treated to a whole bunch of new coverage concerning Codemasters' upcoming arcade racer, Onrush, recently. It finally gave us a grasp of what the game is gunning for, and this latest trailer emphasises the game's unrelenting, action-focused pace. If you crash, you're put straight back in the thick of it -- no frustrating catching...


  • News Onrush Isn't Quite the PS4 Arcade Racer You're Expecting

    Proper gameplay hits the web

    A press event was recently held for Onrush, and impressions and videos are beginning to boost online. What's clear from all of them, including the above video from Eurogamer, is that Codemasters' new racing game isn't exactly the Motorstorm clone it initially looked like. This video does a great job of breaking down...

  • News New Onrush Video Features First Glimmer of PS4 Gameplay Footage

    No need to rush

    Onrush, the upcoming arcade racer from the minds behind Motorstorm and DriveClub, has been kept tightly under wraps. The last trailer for the game comprised of gameplay, but none of it was from the player's perspective, leaving many people wondering what the racer will look like when they get in the driver's seat. Thankfully, the...


  • News Onrush Looks Like Motorstorm on Steroids in Brand New Trailer

    New footage at last

    The Onrush social media channels have been teasing new footage of the upcoming arcade racer for what feels like an eternity, but a new video has finally made its way online. Featuring various different courses and vehicle types, this bears more than a passing resemblance to Motorstorm, which is no bad thing in our books. It...

  • News New Onrush Teaser Offers A Tiny Glimpse of Gameplay

    The calm before the stampede

    We haven't seen all that much of Onrush, the new game from the talent behind Motorstorm and DriveClub. Details are beginning to trickle out, however; not too long ago, we learned of the game's release date and pre-order bonuses, and now, we have a brand new, albeit brief, video. At only 20 seconds long, it shows only...


  • News Onrush PS4 Pre-Order Page Points to June Release Date

    Update: 5th June release date confirmed

    The official Twitter account for Onrush, the new arcade racer from Codemasters, has announced that the game is now available to pre-order on the PlayStation Store. In case you're wondering, it's a full-priced title - £54.99 for the standard edition, and £64.99 for the Digital Deluxe edition. Pre-ordering...


  • PGW 2017 DriveClub Developer Returns with Onrush

    MotorStorm and Trackmania mash-up?

    The new game from the team behind DriveClub – which was folded into Codemasters, you may recall – is named Onrush and it’s coming to the PlayStation 4 next year. This looks like a kind of MotorStorm and Trackmania mash-up, featuring the toy-ish circuits of the latter and the multi-disciplined arcade racing of...


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    Review F1 2017

    Pedal to the Vettel

    It’s the metagame that makes Formula One such a compelling motorsport: the tactical tension of fuel management, the timing of that pivotal pit-stop, and the never-ending research and development going on behind-the-scenes. F1 2017 offers a taste of these additional activities, and it all helps to raise the stakes when you’re...


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    Review Micro Machines: World Series

    How the tiny have fallen

    It feels like Codemasters has been testing the water for a potential return of its much loved matchbox racing franchise. A few years ago we had Toybox Turbos on PlayStation 3, which was a Micro Machines  game in all but name, and a fairly good one at that. More recently, a Micro Machines mobile game popped up, and...


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    Review DiRT 4

    Riding DiRTy

    DiRT Rally was a real breath of fresh air when it released on the PlayStation 4 last year. It was celebrated for its razor sharp focus on the sport, as well as its challenging and fulfilling gameplay. Codemasters stripped away the excess and released a lean, mean, and unashamedly hardcore rally game – and it was great. With DiRT...



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    Review F1 2016


    Codemasters is back, and with real assurance. It had seemed for a while that the once racing game experts had fallen off the wagon so to speak, with European rally turning to American X-Games and Formula One lacking the glitz and glamour of its real-life counterpart. Thankfully, the developer seems to be back on track following the...


  • News F1 2016 Races for Pole Position on PS4 This Summer

    Speed freak

    Racing aficionados may be excited to learn that F1 2016 will restore some of the features absent from last year's iteration when it deploys on the PlayStation 4 this summer. Chief among those is the safety car and career mode, with the latter allowing you to shepherd your own high-octane avatar through a 10 year career to the top. "F1...



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    Review DiRT Rally

    We rally, rally like it

    DiRT Rally is a beast – a beautiful, brilliant, and breath-taking beast that will humble you, drive you mad, and leave you grinning like an idiot once you master it's brutally tough driving challenges. Think Bloodborne but with cars and you'll understand the punishing pleasures awaiting those brave enough to strap in and...


  • News DiRT Rally Takes a Long Easy Left to PS4 in April

    Rally great news

    After heavy speculation, DiRT Rally will get dirty starting 5th April on the PlayStation 4. The game – which officially launched on the PC, er, today – will presumably include all of the content released thus far, including the new Winter Wonderland update, which adds some snow-based Swedish stages to the mix. For those that...

  • News DiRT Rally Looks Set to Make a Mess on PS4


    Codemasters has proven a shadow of its former self on the PlayStation 4 thus far, shipping F1 2015 and not a whole lot else. Fortunately, while the decision seemed strange at the time, DiRT Rally has proven an enormous success in Early Access – and it looks like the simulation could be taking a long easy right all the way to Sony's new-gen...


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    Review F1 2015

    On the Button, or in the pits?

    After some unfortunate delays, Codemasters finally wheels out its debut F1 game for the current generation of consoles. Fans who have stayed with the series in its many iterations on the PlayStation 3 can now at last spin around Silverstone with the teams and drivers of the new season along with their new machines...


  • News DiRT Rally May Yet Get Stuck in the PS4's Mud

    "It's something we should be looking to do"

    Codemasters, the firm best known for racing games such as GRID, is a bit of a British institution, so it's positively peculiar that it's still yet to release a PlayStation 4 title. The company will be hitting the new-gen starting grid with F1 2015 a little later this year, but the organisation also seems...



  • News DiRT 4 Stuck in the Mud as Codemasters Cuts Staff

    Hoon's going to scratch our gymkhana itch now?

    Codemasters' extended emphasis on the PlayStation 3 may be starting to catch up with it, as reports that layoffs have hit the legendary British outfit. According to the site, around 50 jobs are being reviewed, with approximately 30 to be made redundant as part of a 30 day consultation...


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    Review F1 2014

    Stuck in the past

    One of the hardest things to achieve in a yearly franchise is a hook to keep people coming back. It’s true of not only sports games, but the sports themselves – after all, no one wants to invest time into something that stays the same every year. For Formula 1, the answer has been the biggest shake-up in a generation, with new...


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    Review GRID Autosport

    Three-point turn

    GRID 2 was largely seen as a disappointment by many of the series’ fans – a step in the wrong direction, lacking the focus and discipline that made the original release such a compelling outing for racing enthusiasts. GRID Autosport, the latest offering from British firm Codemasters, aims to redeem the series – and bar a few...



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    Review F1 2013

    Pedal to the Vettel

    After an exciting first half to the 2012 season, last year’s Formula One World Championship trudged towards an inevitable third title for Sebastian Vettel, continuing his and Red Bull’s dominance of the sport. The 2013 season was, however, supposed to be more competitive; with stable technical regulations, it was said that...


  • News F1 2013 Is Pulling Out of the Pit Stop Tomorrow

    Codemasters set to announce annual update

    Sebastian Vettel may be running away with this year's championship, but that’s not stopping Codemasters from readying F1 2013 for release. The title – which will almost certainly launch later this year – is set to be officially unveiled tomorrow, as teased by an image posted on the franchise’s...


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    Review GRID 2

    Five years in the pit lane

    The racing genre is divided between arcade and simulation fans. While other genres have fairly interchangeable skill sets, what works in an arcade racer will send you straight to the hospital in a racing sim; the no holds barred action of Need for Speed caters to the former, while Gran Turismo appeals to the latter. But...

  • News UK Sales Charts: GRID 2 Leads the Pack, Remember Me Doesn't Get Forgotten

    Caught in the slipstream

    Codemasters’ stylish racer GRID 2 has secured a second week atop the UK charts, despite a 50 per cent drop in sales. The slick driving experience managed to accelerate beyond FIFA 13 and Remember Me, the latter of which managed a respectable debut in third position. That doesn’t look like a bad performance for the title,...

  • News UK Sales Charts: GRID 2 Takes Pole Position, Fuse Fizzles Out

    Running backwards

    Legendary Ratchet & Clank developer Insomniac Games has suffered an intolerable introduction to the world of multiplatform games, with its uninspiring third-person shooter Fuse entering the UK sales charts at a dreadful 37th. Ted Price, the head of the Burbank-based studio, recently noted that the company is planning more...


  • News GRID 2 Doesn't Need the PS4 to Deliver a Social Experience

    Codemasters blazing trails on current hardware

    Social may be the big hook of the PlayStation 4, but Codemasters is delivering on the promise on current generation hardware. This brand new GRID 2 trailer offers a good look at the impending racer’s multiplayer suite, and it includes community-driven features such as video sharing and dynamic...


  • Preview Sitting Behind the Wheel of GRID 2

    Test drive

    Ask any racing fan what their favourite gaming experience has been over the past five years, and there’s a good chance that Codemasters’ Race Driver: GRID will rank at the sharp end of their list. Since its release in 2008, GRID has developed something of a cult following, thanks in part to its strong racing heart and fine damage...


  • News F1 2012 Demo Races onto PSN This Week

    Pit stop

    Fans of fast cars and chequered flags will be treated to an F1 2012 demo this week, Codemasters has announced. Those that download the taster will be able to sample two of racer’s new modes: Young Driver Test and Season Challenge. The former takes “inspiration” from real-life examinations, and will teach you how to get to grips with...


  • News GRID 2 Races onto PlayStation 3 Next Year

    Told you

    Codemasters has confirmed what we’d already figured out – that GRID 2 is set to drift onto the PlayStation 3 next year. The hotly anticipated sequel has been in development for two years, and will take advantage of the most recent version of Codemasters’ excellent EGO Engine. The game’s debut trailer – embedded below – includes...

  • News F1 2012 Pits You Against the Best in Champions Mode

    Have you got what it takes?

    Identifying that its F1 series can be a bit intense at times, Codemasters has announced a new quick play option for the upcoming F1 2012. Dubbed the Champions Mode, the feature will allow you to jump into a host of individual race scenarios against former champions. Think International Superstar Soccer’s challenge mode...

  • News GRID 2 Trailer Teases 8th August Reveal

    Wheely good surprise

    We’d heard rumours that a sequel to Codemasters’ massively popular GRID series was in development, but we never actually expected it to be announced this morning. Out of nowhere, the British publisher has released a short teaser trailer with the slogan “the race returns”. All will be revealed on 8th August according to...


  • News F1 Race Stars Aims to Make Formula One Fun

    Over the top

    If you don’t know your KERS from your DRS, then Codemasters has announced a brand new racer that just might just tickle your fancy. The brilliantly cartoony F1 Race Stars promises to transform all of your favourite drivers into adorable bobble-heads and pit them against each other on tracks that would be deemed too exciting for the...

  • Rumour Codemasters is Actively Working on GRID 2

    Ready to race

    Despite launching over four years ago, Codemasters’ Race Driver: GRID remains many gamers’ favourite PlayStation 3 racing game. So it’s exciting to learn that a successor to the title is rumoured to be in development right now. The news comes courtesy of – whisper it – Official Xbox Magazine, which claims that details about...


  • News New DiRT Showdown Trailer Parties Hard

    What does that even mean?

    If you’re still not entirely sure what DiRT Showdown actually is, this trailer should set the scene. It’s got loud music, flashing lights and exaggerated American voiceovers. It’s essentially the game Codemasters has been itching to make for the past three years. Totally rad, dude. Cowabunga. Word. You can read our...

  • News DiRT Showdown Demo Crashes onto PSN Today

    Bruised and broken

    You’ll be able to quench your thirst for crumpled bonnets today, when Codemasters smashes a demo for the upcoming DiRT Showdown onto the PlayStation Store. The teaser will feature two events, including a solo single-player race and a “devastating” multiplayer demolition derby event. The single-player race will see you...


  • News DiRT Showdown Collides with 25th May Release Date

    Hooning is not a crime

    Those of you obsessed with bent bumpers and scratched paint work will probably want to pick up a copy of DiRT Showdown when it releases on 25th May in the UK and 29th May in the US. The title steers the traditionally serious rallying series in a more raucous direction, focusing on arcade thrills and vehicle wrecking spills. If...

  • Preview DiRT Showdown - Destruction Derby Returns

    Write off

    Given the affection PlayStation fans still have for Destruction Derby, it’s surprising no one’s attempted to recreate the smash-heavy vehicular formula on PS3. It may be late to the party, but DiRT Showdown is exactly that: a game that can’t be pitched without referencing Psygnosis’ 1995 hit, like its inspiration it’s hard to put...

  • News Take to the Track with F1 2011 Vita Discount

    Race for life

    In order to celebrate this weekend’s Chinese Grand Prix, Codemasters has announced that it is temporarily slashing the price of the Vita version of F1 2011 to an affordable £19.99. The discount is scheduled for this weekend only, so you’ll need to be nimble like a race car to take advantage of the reduction. For more information...


  • News F1 2012 Races onto PS3 in September


    Try and feign some excitement,anything, because Codemasters has announced – wait for it – F1 2012. That’s right, the latest title in the annual Jenson Button simulator will arrive in September on PlayStation 3 (and noticeably not on PS Vita). Codemasters’ timing is impeccable as we’re just a few hours away from the start of the 2012...

  • News DiRT Showdown Twists Some Metal

    Crash bash

    Even with Twisted Metal fresh in our memories, we’re really looking forward to DiRT Showdown. While the spin-off racer might not have any weapon pick-ups or explosives, it does have giant dome like arenas – which means there’s plenty of potential for bent metal and knackered paint jobs. Check out this brand new trailer to see what...


  • News DiRT 3 Complete Edition Gets Filthy on PS3

    Muddy good value

    Get ready to don your helmet and clean those mud-flaps, as Codemasters has announced the DiRT 3: Complete Edition is heading to PlayStation 3. The expanded re-release of last year’s off-road favourite bundles £20 worth of bonus content on top of the already bulging main campaign. Expect to take your specced out Ford Fiesta to...










  • News DiRT 3 Likes To Party With Cardboard Robots

    Upcoming rally-racer DiRT 3 is a game after our own heart

    It totally knows how to party. Screw nightclubs and supermodels, we're all about rally cars and cardboard robots. DiRT 3 gets what's up, yo. According to Rock Paper Shotgun, DiRT 3 will boast a multiplayer party mode consisting of three unique mini-games. On the agenda is Invasion, where you'll smash up robot shaped cardboard cut-outs in..


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