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Need for Speed

Impressions: Need For Speed

Amphetamine addiction is ugly

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3 weeks ago

12 months ago

Need for Speed Payback reduces the need for loot boxes

As the heated debate over loot boxes and player progression continues, Need for Speed Payback joins Star Wars Battlefront 2 in making changes based on the discussion, largely in regards to how the game doles out currency and experience. Essentially, drivers will earn more for less from events and races, making it easier to upgrade cars and level up.

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1 year ago

Feature: Payback's a switch

‘We don’t attempt to be too serious’ – Need For Speed Payback has some comically overblown car chases

I couldn’t tell you exactly why the truck in front of us has started dropping explosive red barrels out of its container doors, but I am now keenly aware of the fragility of my own speedy car, which is giving chase behind. The oil drums explode and leave firey trails all across the motorway. Innocent drivers swerve and crash to avoid the flames. Then the…

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3 years ago

Feature: Amphetamine addiction is ugly

Impressions: Need For Speed

None can know the minds of EA. We were sent review code for Need For Speed [official site] yesterday, plenty ahead of its release... and told that the review embargo for this online-enhanced game would be 8am the next day. The game's not out until the 17th. A very strange situation indeed, to be given less than 24 hours to review a large, involved driving…

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Need For Speed Coming Fancied-Up To PC In March

The PC version of the new Need for Speed [official site], named simply Need for Speed as if that won't get confusing with two dozen other games bearing the name Need for Speed, was delayed for our own good, we were told. While console versions launched in November, ours was pushed back to spring to add features like an uncapped framerate. Well, open up your…

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Pull Over, It’s The Framerate Police: Need For Speed PC Version Delayed

EA, mate, I told you - don't try to drive through Central Gamedev, you'll be months late unless you take the ring road and cut in on... you've done what? You've stopped in Computon to pick up some extra frames? Mate. It's your choice, I suppose, but bear in mind that your pals might rather you turn up to the launch on time than arrive…

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Oceans Recede – EA To Release UK Games On Thursday

It is with a mixture of hope and utter despair that I greet the news from EA that they will be aligning UK releases with the rest of Europe, and putting out new games on a Thursday in RPS's mother isle. Hope, because of what it represents in terms of a major publisher pushing back against the control of retailers. Despair because it's still two…

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Need For Speed Reboot Looks Pretty And Fast

Look, I don’t like cars and cars don’t like me. Having said that, the new Need For Speed [official site] reboot is looking really, really pretty. I can appreciate a fine looking game, even if I can’t drive for toffee. Below you’ll find the E3 trailer. It’s all shiny paint and blinding headlights and urban fantasy. In a good way.

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Need For Speed “Full Reboot” Announced

2014 was the first year since 2002 to not receive a new Need for Speed game, but Electronic Arts said they'd bring the racing series back for 2015 and here we are. EA today announced the game named simply Need for Speed [official site], a "full reboot" of the series. Details are thin for now but the important stuff: yes, it's set in an open…

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5 years ago

Slow Year: No New Need For Speed Until 2015

Need For Speed has been following the same blueprint - aka, Not Quite Burnout Paradise 2 - for a couple installments now, but EA's decided to keep the franchise from going full Callssassin's Dutycreed. At least, for now. While Need For Speed Rivals didn't crash and burn by any means, EA and the former Criterion folks at Ghost Games have decided to take an extra…

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Rumours Of Tough Times At Ghost Games, NFS On Hold

All does not seem well at EA's new British studio, Ghost Games. According to Polygon, there have been lay-offs in the last week, and the next Need For Speed game has been put on hold. They say that contractors have been moved on, and full-timers are being given choices over compensatory leave, or shifting over to Visceral's currently project, thought to be the next Battlefield.

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6 years ago

Speed Demonstrated: Need For Speed Most Wanted Trailer

It's illegal street racing time again, as Criterion revs up for the release of Need For Speed: Most Wanted. It's about cop chases and carnage, making ridiculous jumps, and exploring the new city of Fairhaven. Ah, my Fairhaven. I hope to explore thee to to a medley of classic musical numbers, including "I've Grown Accustomed To This Race", the pulse-pounding "On The Street Where Your…

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7 years ago

EA Working On Sequels, Game Reveals

Shocking, isn't it? Here's how this earth-shattering story went down. Imagine your best friends have just told you that they are expecting a child but don't want the news to spread because they were planning to tell their families in person. Then imagine that your Twitter account immediately shared any information you had learned, thus ruining everything. What I'm trying to say is, Game have…

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Onwards! SHIFT 2 DLC Free On PC

You know the worst thing about racing? All that turning. Left, right, left, more left – who needs it? Best not to worry about those finer details and stick to what’s in front of you. This new Speedhunters DLC pack for SHIFT 2 should help with all that bother, adding the ability to go very fast in a straight line. Six tracks covering the Quarter…

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9 years ago

The Future Of Need For Speed

It's been interesting to watch EA's ongoing approach with the Need For Speed series over the past few years, and it now seems to be getting rather more complex. The past couple of generations of the series (it's up to around a dozen games now) had each game delivered with a new "angle", beyond simply being the next generation in the franchise, with ideas such…

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11 years ago

Need For Speed: Prostreet Demo

Hello you. The demo for the latest Need For Speed game (and I believe that makes it the thirteenth unique Need For Speed game?) is now available, at a data-weight of 795mb. Here it is doing it speedy, waxed-car, wheel-spinning stuff: It was my intention to pen some demo impressions and discuss whether Need For Speed's reinvention in the post-GT world has faltered, or continue…

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