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Modders finally shut up DJ Atomika in Burnout Paradise Remastered

Burnout Paradise was a brilliant arcade racing game with a so-so soundtrack and one utterly accursed feature - DJ Atomika. John vociferously lamented the continued existence the DJ in his review of the recent remastered re-release. While the remaster didn't change too much (though it did include some formerly console-exclusive DLC), this revised version is now the only way to play, thanks to this beautiful little…

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Feature: Paradise Rediscovered

Burnout Paradise Remastered review

Burnout Paradise is one of my all-time favourite games. It's always in my top 5. I've bought it on multiple systems, multiple times. I come back to it more than any other game. And bloody hell, there are things I hate about it. Things that, for reasons beyond comprehension, EA have chosen to leave in the Remastered version.

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Burnout Paradise Remastered launches on PC next week

Open-world drive 'em up Burnout Paradise Remastered is drifting its way onto PC on August 21st – or it’s already parked up and ready for Origin Access and Premier users. As well as being all prettied up for its re-release, it’s launching with most of its bells and whistles, including bringing the Big Surf Island DLC to PC for the first time.

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Burnout Paradise Remastered will finally bring Big Surf Island to PC

Criterion's fab open-world racer Burnout Paradise is getting fancied up for a re-release later this year, Electronic Arts announced today, ten years after its original launch. Burnout Paradise Remastered, as it's named, is prettified and whatnot, and will include most of the DLC - including the Big Surf Island expansion that skipped PC the first time. Burnout Paradise is good. This new is good. Sadly…

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Feature: Road Wanderer

The Joy Of cruising in Burnout Paradise

In most cases, driving, and this is true of both real life and games, is about the act of getting from point A to point B with your car. It’s about doing it efficiently, safely, and in as little time as possible. In games, your vehicle of choice might be a car with a jet engine under the hood and even a drive from place…

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Star Wars Battlefront 2 free open beta starts October 6th

October the 6th be with you. (And also with you.) Lift up your Electronic Arts, as they've announced that the free multiplayer open beta test for Star Wars Battlefront 2 [official site] will start on October 6th, letting all and spacesundry fight around several corners of the Federation until October 9th.

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Be a baddie in Star Wars Battlefront 2

After a long stretch of mumbling and leaking, EA have formally announced Star Wars Battlefront II [official site] for a November 17th launch. The boldly-going shooter's big addition is a singleplayer campaign, and a new trailer reveals that it focuses on a baddie whose story winds through thirty years of Star Wars history. She and her merry band of elite spacefascists have been in the…

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Star Wars Battlefront 2 leak shows Rey, Darth Maul

A cheeky peek at Star Wars Battlefront II [official site] has leaked out ahead of the official fan frenzy at the Star Wars Celebration this weekend. The wee teaser trailer will surely be pulled from the datanet by prowling cyberlawyers soon but it seems to introduce a little of the singleplayer campaign, as well as showing that the game will span the heptalogy and include…

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Criterion’s Xtreme Racing Game Beyond Cars Scrapped

Back in June 2014, Burnout developers Criterion Games announced they were making a new racer with all manner of gnarly going-fast devices: Jetskis, quad bikes, wingsuits, parachutes, dune buggies, speedboats, helicopters, planes, and goodness knows what else - to the max, dudes! Well, the project known as Beyond Cars is no more. Criterion's dad, Ian Arts, has ordered them to cut their hair, take out…

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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: Most Wanted Free On Origin

"It’s Burnout Paradise 2," John declared in his Wot I Think of 2012's Need for Speed Most Wanted [official site]. "It's Burnout Paradise: This Time There Are Cops." I'm wondering: gosh, how ever did this game pass me by? Maybe it was speeding - ha ha! Good news for me (and possibly you!): NFS Most Wanted is free on Origin right now.

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Dangerous Golf Announced By Ex-Criterion Devs

DANGEROUS GOLF Say those two words aloud with me now and notice the smiles we've broken into. Dangerous Golf [official site]. Yeah, that's the stuff. And this is before I even mention that it's a golf game about smashing things. Or that makers Three Fields Entertainment were founded by the co-founders of Criterion Games and include a fair few folks who worked on Burnout and…

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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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Criterion Separation: Founders Quit Burnout Dev Studio

Fiona Sperry and Alex Ward have left the company they founded, Criterion Games. The EA subsidiary has gone through some major changes recently, starting in September 2013 when the majority of its employees were moved over to a new studio called Ghost Games. That team is focused on the continued development of the Need for Speed series, while Criterion's remaining 17 employees set about creating…

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Need For Speed Rivals Sure Has Some Cars In It

The latest incarnation of Not Burnout Paradise 2 is Need For Speed Rivals, as Criterion continue to not quite make Burnout Paradise 2 in this other franchise. Announced in May, we've not checked in since, so here's the latest footage to watch, feel hopeful about, but secretly wish it were Burnout Paradise 2.

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Car Wars: EA Announces Need For Speed Rivals

The psychology of being inside a car is kind of fascinating - in a twisted, human-limits-revealing sort of way. We tend to stop viewing our fellow road-hogging compatriots as people, preferring instead to focus on the galloping four-wheeled colossi in front of us. Other drivers become objects, impediments, enemies. Have you ever had one of those moments where you're honking and raging, and then you…

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Feature: Has The Series Burned Out?

Need For Speed – Most Wanted review

Rather oddly not we haven't been given review code by EA, even after it was released in America, but we've finally been able to get our hands on Need For Speed: Most Wanted. Criterion's latest take on the long-running series is a thinly veiled sequel to their classic Burnout: Paradise. Does the arrival of the police make things a riot? Here's wot I think:

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Turns Out, It’s Burnout: Need For Speed Most Wanted

When talk of racing games comes up, I'm one of those people. "I DON'T REALLY LIKE RACING GAMES BUT BURNOUT'S GREAT," I blurt. And then some people sigh dejectedly and resume their debates about cylinders and dinosaur liquids while a precious few join me in discussing rad crashes that mangle metal into fiery explosion pretzels. And that's how I make friends. So now we arrive at…

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VRROOM! Need For Speed Most Wanted’s MP Trailer

I have drawn a graph to explain how excited I am about Criterion's Need For Speed: Most Wanted. You can see it below. Up here I'll instead comment on just how weird it is to be talking positively about Need For Speed. So recently it was the wideboy gaming release, a new copy out every Christmas for people who wear their caps sideways and speak…

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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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