X360, PS3 Monday, September 8, 2008 | 3:49 PM

Fuel images

Fuel images

You may remember one of the first next-gen games ever more or less announced, it was called Grand Raid Offroad and had completely disappeared when the French developers of Asobo got to work on other games. Well, the good news is that GRO is back, now named Fuel, and it will be published by Codemasters. Five screenshots inside.


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Commented on 2008-09-08 16:27:55
Doesn't look anything like GRO. Hope they kept the same concept.
Commented on 2008-09-08 16:30:12
now this looks sweet... the love child of dirt and motorstorm
Commented on 2008-09-08 16:31:09
I hope they arent using Codemasters engine(s). If they are then expect the usual 30 FPS and central pivot.
Commented on 2008-09-08 16:40:11
Does anyone know of a Motocross game for Xbox 360 or PS3? I like games like these when you can ride a few different vehicles. But I want a game like "PURE" (Only ATVs) or the first games from "Moto racer" series.. when they fully concentrate on how one specific vehicle behave instead of inserting lots of different vehicles that do behave in their unique ways.
Commented on 2008-09-08 16:49:10
While I agree with the central pivot sentiment I think it's less of a problem in motorbikes and ATV vehicles than it was in GRID and DIRT.

I really hope this turns out good. I really wanted to like Black Rock's "Pure", but something about the way it handles is just slightly off, just like it was with their previous ATV titles. Awkward things like the way the camera turns slightly when you perform tricks takes you out of the dizzying experience it should be. It just didn't work for me the way I had hoped.

This has my attention now though. I think it's odd that this type of game hasn't been tapped more by more competent studios. Motorstorm barely has any real competition and that's just really strange to me.

I think MS should revive their "Madness" franchises and give us a Motorcross Madness 3 for starters.
Commented on 2008-09-08 17:47:16
Like the tornado.but honestly this looks way worse than Pure or Motorstorm. Maybe it gets better in motion, though.
Commented on 2008-09-08 18:02:23
TONS AND TONS OF WORK STILL AHEAD FOR THESE DEVS!!!!
Commented on 2008-09-08 18:15:42
There was some video about this game some time ago.

Here it was if someone is interested: http://www.gametrailers.com/player/38527.html?type...
Commented on 2008-09-08 18:31:38
This game looks very interesting in the dev diary that was released awhile back. Thankfully it does not use Codies Neon Engine so there won't be that central pivot and cars feel light as a feather problem. They showed some ingame and the physics and graphics looked quite good.

I plan on getting Motorstorm 2 as well but this one could trump it. A huge open game world, full day night cycle, and dynamic weather. Much better than there initial concept for GRO.
Commented on 2008-09-08 18:35:31
Motorstorm2 for me all the way. this game looks like "MEH" imo, but i guess another offroad racer can't do any harm, especially one that's multiplatform.(should make people appreciate the MS series a bit more :p)
Posted by Isomac
There was some video about this game some time ago.

Here it was if someone is interested: http://www.gametrailers.com/player/38527.html?type...
ah yes, i remember that video, it sounds a bit too ambitious to me, lots of room for glitches(literally).
Commented on 2008-09-08 18:59:26
Comparing this to Motorstorm is like comparing Call of Duty to Operation flashpoint. Makes no sense.
This is one of those projects that has 'destined to fail' written all over it. 14000 km² is too huge to make it graphically appealing to go anywhere. Some areas will probably look good, others will look like crap. And why go anywhere when you are racing? If you want to win, then the best way seems to me straight forward. In short: too ambitious and little appeal at the same time.
But I could be dead wrong ofcourse.
Commented on 2008-09-08 19:20:09 In reply to droezelke
Posted by droezelke
And why go anywhere when you are racing? If you want to win, then the best way seems to me straight forward.
Of course it isn't. In open world racing the fastest way isn't always the shortest way.
Commented on 2008-09-08 19:37:33
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Commented on 2008-09-08 19:54:19
this is the same engine as grid and dirt....y does it look so crappy?
Commented on 2008-09-08 20:57:42 In reply to OrionG
Posted by OrionG
this is the same engine as grid and dirt....y does it look so crappy?
This was already stated before! It's only published by Codemasters. It DOES NOT use the same engine, which is called Neon. This is a new game engine made inhouse by Asobo. And it looks much better in videos.
Commented on 2008-09-08 21:03:24 In reply to ASURAshadow
Posted by ASURAshadow
This was already stated before! It's only published by Codemasters. It DOES NOT use the same engine, which is called Neon. This is a new game engine made inhouse by Asobo. And it looks much better in videos.
The Dirt-engine is called Neon. The Grid-engine is called EGO. Ego is ofcourse the improved engine of Neon.
Commented on 2008-09-08 21:05:20 In reply to Ashe
Posted by Ashe
Of course it isn't. In open world racing the fastest way isn't always the shortest way.
I know what you mean. I meant, if the finish line is up North, you won't be driving South, East or West.
Commented on 2008-09-08 22:32:30 In reply to droezelke
Posted by droezelke
The Dirt-engine is called Neon. The Grid-engine is called EGO. Ego is ofcourse the improved engine of Neon.
I realise that. Suppose I should start refering to it as EGO now. It's just kind of stupid since it's the same game engine as Neon. They just made a few improvements and decided to rename it for some reason. Epic made all those improvements to the Unreal Engine recently and they didn't change the name or start calling it Unreal Engine 4.
Commented on 2008-09-08 23:55:21
oh no... come on Codies! give us a new Dizzy game :)
Commented on 2008-09-09 08:33:34
Looks like it needs a lot of work.

No, what i want is a new "Smugglers Run", come on Rockstar, give me some HD bomb tag!!!
Commented on 2008-09-09 11:09:22
nice to see this game is still alive and I really hope it turns out well
Commented on 2008-09-09 14:11:06 In reply to daandegekste
Posted by daandegekste
Doesn't look anything like GRO. Hope they kept the same concept.
I totally agree!!!. The thought of expolring 15`000 sq kilometers of open terrain, (or however much they originally suggested), is going to be truly awesome!. I wanted this concept ever since playing the first Smugglers Run years ago on my Playstation 2.
Commented on 2008-09-09 17:05:12
I second the smugglers run comment - that was a good game :)
Commented on 2008-09-09 20:29:16
Don't know what to think about Fuel....

I've played Smugglers Run 2 and love it (awesome missions and pursuits thanks to great AI, freeride). I remember when I was playing a lot only to drive somewhere around the map and feel the freedom :)
Commented on 2008-09-10 00:53:21
A moody, atmospheric racer?

*rubs chin*

I'm down.

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