Player vs Gamer Episode 3

Do the real racing skills of driver, Ryan Hunter-Reay translate into the game realm of Forza Motorsport 5? Pro gamer, Mike LaBelle is on hand to find out as they face off in this episode of Player vs Gamer.

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117 comments
drod0756
drod0756

Watching the DHL car win the Indy 500 I knew I had seen his car before on Gamespot.

its123baby
its123baby

I thought this guy looked familiar! He just won the Indy 500

poopinpat
poopinpat

Is there no wheel that works on the X1 yet?

eternaldragoonx
eternaldragoonx

Cliff Notes:
Jessica is still hot.
Real Race Driver no game experience owns pro gamer in racing sim.
Jessica is smoking hot

Shelledfade1
Shelledfade1

this "pro" gamer can't even drive straight... lol what a noob. Also, racing games have "pros"? LOL....

CUDGEdave
CUDGEdave

Forza 5!!? Pfff, they should try a racer on PC.

bahamut_au
bahamut_au

Where is the disclosure stating that this "Player vs Gamer" series is a paid promotion for Microsoft?

plut0nash
plut0nash

The Forza 5 PR stuff is a little bothersome but interesting nonetheless.

cjtopspin
cjtopspin

Next put the professional gamer in a stockcar against Dale Jr.



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10:30 mark to see the gameplay and miss the boring stuff 

LE5LO
LE5LO

:S So much vitriol in the comments! Keep in mind, on a primarily western game site there's bound to be more content from Microsoft aimed at native English speaking territories as opposed to Famitsu and the Asian media where Nintendo and Sony no doubt dominate.


Sadly, I agree with the criticism of Mike's performance, it was a bad decision on someones behalf to get him in here, he's aPro FIFA Gamer, and out of his league here; labeling any player that's a pro in a specific field as a"Pro" Gamer is setting our expectations of them too high across the board, it doesn't do justice to the people that are experts in this genre and it must be frustrating for the real Pro Forza Gamers to watch him get torn apart knowing they could do a better job and are more deserving of the camera time.

Maybe Chobot should've been playing instead? By the way, Chobot on GameSpot...OH YES! Can we please give her some things to lick now? :D


Also, less "oh it's so pretty on Xbox, it's the dominant console!" talk would be appreciated in the future, I'll take the 1080p cross platforms on the PS4 thanks!

jomipira
jomipira

This isn't a show, this is a XBox One ad in disguise. For shame Gamespot...

Deamon59
Deamon59

the idea for the show is promising but it's overly long, i don't care about the racer, i just wanna see them go at it.

HalcyonScarlet
HalcyonScarlet

They should have had internal damage on so they wouldn't play bumper cars. And I think it was clear the gamer had never played the game before, he couldn't even take a corner.

aieeeee
aieeeee

lol pro gamer. And real race driver. I remember in Forza 4 when Turn 10 had Juan Montoya set a time around Indianapolis in a Corvette ZR1. A lot of us beat him and we weren't pro gamers... Or real race drivers. Yeah, just gamers and good drivers.

KSc0
KSc0

Without knowing what this series was at first I thought the pro racer would do an actual lap, and a pro racing gamer would go against his lap time on the xbox.

I was mistaken and disappointed

MarxMods
MarxMods

Wow, is it a video or an Xbox One marketing campaign?
Xbox One this, xone that, only possible on Xone.
Oh my.

So Mario Kart with Indy cars is only possible on Xbox One?
Where is that realism that they said? Cars on track are really bad, very unrealistic.

DAMSOG
DAMSOG

So pro gamers miss apexes? Lock up brakes and slide through corners....oh and don't bother trying to skip ahead in the video...it just started a new add....grrrrrrrrr

seany_lad
seany_lad

"Pro" Gamer...right. I'm no "pro" by any means but I would have done much better than that. It may not have been his style of game but wouldn't it have made more sense to pair up a racer with a pro that plays racing games.

armygentleman
armygentleman

That was funny how the pro-gamer bragged about  racing a viper not knowing the pro-racer drove Vipers.

Blankman640
Blankman640

I can race better than both of them full lines off and racing with clutch full simulation, everything off 

GreenReuben
GreenReuben

Looks like Gamespot stole Chobot from IGN.

amar1234
amar1234

I see Lots of sheep are commenting today. How about you dont jump in to the ditch when your fiends do hey? maybe try using your own brains? This show is actually ok, so what if its different tone to the other GS shows, variety is the spice of life.


The concept of the video is actually a good idea.I think its interesting to see if a real athlete can transfer his real life sporting skills from his chosen sport in to a video game of his sport. The best way to test his skills is to find a pro gamer, who HASNT played that game before but has very good general video game skills. 


This way both guys have same experience with the game and its the guy who can transfer his skills the fastest  that will decide who wins.


Maybe they haven't actually got the test portion down perfect yet, but then at least they trying.


Yes it doesnt hurt that i loved Mass Effect 3 and think JC is greatest thing sliced bread. I also dont care if they hype the game a bit, as the show isnt really about reviewing games its about the test.


So get a grip guys, and dont be sheep.

ManfromRedRiver
ManfromRedRiver

Dear Gamespot,

I like your site. Please don't become G4TV...

theoasis77
theoasis77

LOL Look at the racers uniform... Yeah, giant advertisement. 

FBohler
FBohler

Very nice show, but seems to be Microsoft advertising. However, it's a nice move to get professional people praising your system and exclusives.

Snakpakk
Snakpakk moderator

The point of the show is to showcase the new console and games in a different way and I get what some of you are stating in the comments but keep in mind there are all kinds of people that visit GameSpot. Some are much more casual when it comes to games, shows like this are fun and entertaining to them. I don't see anything wrong with content that is geared towards those kind of users. Especially when the site creates content for all kinds of gamers, it makes sense to try to include everyone into the mix. 

DigiRave
DigiRave

So mike has to play dirty to win. lol what a loser

Tripwolf
Tripwolf

Cool commercial.


Oh, wait. It isn't. Cool I mean.

Vienreich
Vienreich

this forza 5 is next gen?? 

cristii
cristii

Pro Gamer, what a joke, even my 5 year old nephew plays better.

Wesleypipes77
Wesleypipes77

Ok a professional gamer playing a game for the first time still makes him an amateur at the game. It's like taking a pro hockey player and expecting him to have equal talent in basketball because ............... well he's a professional athlete right? DERP!!


At least find a guy who's played the game a little geez.  


No disrespect to Ryan ftw, but this show doesn't even make an effort at legitimacy.

aussiemuscle
aussiemuscle

@bahamut_au unfortunately most commercial entertainment (tv, websites, etc) pretends commercials are legitimate content.

xgblu
xgblu

@cjtopspin  Gamer would probably win since Dale Jr. never does! =P

Faye_Tallity
Faye_Tallity

@MarxMods It was both marketing/and a funny video. OMG. I'm goin to projectile vomit acid, all over the crapbox one lol 

Stepn2myworld
Stepn2myworld

@Blankman640 Me too, except I don't use the clutch. Surprisingly, I drive a 5-speed, manual transmission in real life. 

jecomans
jecomans

@amar1234 I don't know why you think that highly of me? But I appreciated you saying so.

Stepn2myworld
Stepn2myworld

@amar1234 We aren't being sheep. We are simply expressing our opinions as you have done. 


While I can agree that the concept of pro vs gamer is a good concept. It doesn't work well in reality.  In this case, a professional driver is asked play a game; however, the skill sets required his profession are completely different than those required by Forza 5; The gamer is asked to play a game he has never played before. His particular gaming skills don't translate well to Forza 5. So, what we really have is two professionals looking amateurish. They could have accomplished as much with two randoms that focused on different types of games. 


The competitors did the best they could, having fun with it. I'd argue that Gamespot tried too hard to make it interesting. 

amar1234
amar1234

@ManfromRedRiver 


Dear ManfromRedriver


I dont know if i like you yet, but  i think you may be  becoming a sheep. Check if their is any wool on your face.

amar1234
amar1234

@Snakpakk 


I am a hardcore gamer and i like this show, keep it, i dont think every show has to be the same. Im enjoying it, ( most likely cause i think JC is hot lol).


I also do like the concept of seeing if a real athlete who excels in a sport can transfer his skills on to a video game and beat a pro gamer,, both having little experience with that particular game.

amar1234
amar1234

@Wesleypipes77 


Then how is it a fair test???Are you that slow and dense? If the pro gamer is already pro at the racing game , what is the point of him playing the athlete who obviously has little time for video games?


Its makes more sense if both have had little experience with the game and test whos skills transfer better, the real athletes who has real world experience with that sport or a gamer who is great at games. It makes the test more exciting and balanced .