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Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang joins McLaren F1 for Virtual Monaco Grand Prix

Published: 20/May/2020 23:16 Updated: 20/May/2020 23:36

by Alan Bernal


Football star Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has signed with F1 McLaren and is going to be the next major figure to strap into the Virtual Monaco Grand Prix.

The Arsenal Football Club superstar will be joining 20-year-old driving sensation Lando Norris at the virtual GP on Sunday, May 24 at 18:00 BST / 10:00am PST / 1:00pm EST.

Due to the current global situation, the most talented drivers in the circuit are going to load into the server alongside prominent names from other sports. During the Spanish F1 Virtual Grand Prix, the likes of Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero and Real Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois could be seen racing alongside the pros of the scene.

Now it’s the 30-year-old Gabon international’s turn at the wheel after becoming the first star from outside the world of F1 racing to be confirmed for Monte Carlo, virtually speaking that is.

“They chose the hardest track for you to join,” Norris told Aubameyang in a video call discussing the recent signing.

The Monaco track is known worldwide for its tight and twisty streets that challenge drivers and their ability to navigate at incredibly high speeds.

While the Arsenal striker won’t be physically racing the legendary track in person, he will be training just like any other driver who has to prepare for the winding roads of the 3.337 km circuit.

“Some turns are really hard,” Aubameyang told Norris. “Hopefully we can train together… Because definitely I’ll need some advice. You’ll let me know what I should do, I’ll do it. I’ll train. I’m ready to do it.”

As far as footballers’ past performances go, Aubameyang will have stiff competition to best at the end of May. During the Spanish GP, Aguero managed a 14th place while Courtois did even better, finishing in the 12th position.

Of course, the Monaco circuit will be a challenge unto itself but the natural competitive drive that professional athletes tend to have should already give Aubameyang a goal to reach.

GP and Arsenal fans can catch all of the racing action on Twitch, YouTube, Facebook, and F1’s website on May 24 when the Virtual Monaco Grand Prix takes off.


How to master Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit’s photo mode

Published: 5/Nov/2020 16:27

by Kieran Bicknell


With its recent re-release for Xbox One, PS4, PC, and Nintendo Switch, Need for Speed (NFS) Hot Pursuit Remastered is targeting a whole new generation of gamers. Thankfully, players can show off the fantastic graphics and vehicles with the game’s photo mode. 

Improved gameplay, built-in DLC packs, and refreshed graphics all play a part in the new remaster of 2010 classic Need For Speed Hot Pursuit. As with the original game, players are able to showcase their cars and races via the in-game photo mode.

While there aren’t quite as many options available as the likes of Forza Horizon, players still have plenty of options at their disposal to create in-game artworks.

Audi TT NFS Hot PursuitPhoto mode is accessed via the pause menu.

Master photo mode in NFS Hot Pursuit Remastered

While the photo mode settings in NFS Hot Pursuit may be a little alien or confusing to first-time users, once broken down into individual settings they become much clearer. While these are all personal preference, these are the settings that we’ve found the best.

To access photo mode, players can simply pause the game at any time, and select ‘photo mode’ from the menu of options.

Create realistic photos in Need for Speed

With its high-contrast, dramatic graphics it can be tricky to create realistic-looking photos in Need For Speed Hot Pursuit Remastered. Thankfully, we’ve put together a guide to help you out. After a little experimentation, you’ll be shooting realistic photos in no time.

Need For Speed Remastered photo settingsA number of different effects settings are available in photo mode.

First things first, the camera position is the most important part of capturing a good in-game photo in NFS Hot Pursuit Photo mode. Players are able to move their cameras through a full axis of movement, including up/down and tilting the frame left/right for a dramatic look.

Not only can the camera itself move, but you can also zoom in or out of the frame. We’ve found to create the most realistic photos, the camera should be zoomed to about half way for the most realistic effect.

Photo mode effects settings

Now that the image is composed correctly, we can look at moving on to the effects settings. This is where the ‘atmosphere’ of the photo is really created.

Players are able to tweak the exposure, contrast, depth-of-field, motion blur, world color, and more.

Audi TT NFS HP Remaster photo modeMotion Blur can be used to capture speed well.

The main controls are exposure, contrast, and depth of field. Exposure alters the brightness of the image, while contrast adjusts the difference between the light and dark areas of the photo. Finally, depth of field can be used to adjust how much of the background is in focus.

The control levels in NFS Hot Pursuit Remastered are a little ‘notchy.’ This requires playing around with to find your unique style: For us, we’ve found the following a great ‘natural’ looking setup:

  • 50% brightness
  • 50% contrast
  • 50-75% motion blur
  • 100% world color
  • 10-20% depth-of-field
  • 50% focal length
  • 0% fish eye strength
  • Show damage set to ‘off’

While the above are the preferred settings that we’ve found work well, we encourage you to play around and find your own style. With so many gorgeous photo mode locations, cars, and modes to choose from, the possibilities are endless.