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Posts tagged “Criterion Games”

Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit Remastered comes out next month

Update: The rumours were true, as EA have officially announced Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit Remastered will indeed be coming out on November 6th. Find out more below.Next month will be the tenth birthday of Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit. Last month, a leak suggested the game might be getting a remaster. And today, Electronic Arts have a Need For Speed announcement planned. Coincidence? I…

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Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit remaster coming soon, leaks claim

Rumour has it that EA are working on a remastered rerelease of 2010's Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit, and by 'rumour' I mean 'several unconfirmed leaks'. Over the weekend, an Amazon store listing for Hot Pursuit Remastered joined the chain of whispers. The listing has since been removed, there's no guarantee it was real, and it didn't mention PC, but hey we're still scrabbling in…

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Need For Speed Heat’s final update brings crossplay tomorrow

Criterion Games have announced they'll be taking the wheel for the next Need For Speed game, shifting Need For Speed Heat into low gear. Even as the current racing game takes the next exit, the final update is one worth mentioning. As of Tuesday, June 9th, Need For Speed Heat will allow cross-platform multiplayer between all PC and console players.

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UK game devs share concerns about the loss of community during the Covid-19 pandemic

The games industry has been hit pretty hard from the Covid-19 pandemic. Most events this side of the year have been cancelled or postponed, and now hundreds of workers being urged to work from home (including all of us here at RPS). The impact of this style of working will be different for everyone, so I spoke with some UK studios to see how they're…

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Feature: The Battle Royale of Battle Royales

Games like Fortnite – the best battle royale games you can play right now

Fortnite: Battle Royale, I think it's fair to say, is the standout title of the decade-old battle royale game genre. Not since Minecraft have we seen a game enter the mainstream in this way - but that doesn't mean Fortnite is the only battle royale out there that's worth playing. We'll go over just a few of the very best battle royale games like Fortnite…

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Battlefield V’s new Mercury map is all Greek to me

If you're going to die (repeatedly) somewhere, it may as well be scenic, and I'm happy to describe Battlefield V's new map - Mercury - as a treat for the eyes. Released today in a free update, it's inspired by Operation Mercury in 1941, a German assault on the island of Crete. What this means is a large map that equally suits infantry, aircraft and…

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Dota 2’s paid “avoid player” option is part of a pattern of developers sidelining anti-abuse features

Dota 2's International 2019 Battle Pass has plenty of issues. As Matt wrote earlier this month, alongside a waterfall of cosmetics and a special mode, the pass will unlock an in-game assistant that seems to give owners an advantage over those who haven’t forked over at least £7.50/$10. But (as reported by The Verge) the pass is paywalling another key feature – the ability to…

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Paradise lost! Burnout Paradise shutting down servers in August

Look, pal, for eleven years you've been promising to take me down to Paradise City, where the grass is green and the girls are pretty. Eleven long years of delayed plans and broken promises. Well, you better make good on it soon, because Criterion Games have announced that they will shut down the original Burnout Paradise's multiplayer servers in August. The open-world car 'em up…

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Feature: Trial by Firestorm

Love and loathing in Battlefield Firestorm

Battlefield Royale, or Battlefield V Firestorm if you're an EA executive who shouldn't be trusted with naming things, is terrific. Sometimes. When you're oh-so-slowly tiptoeing through a building, anxiously attempting to outflank a foe as they do the same. Or when you spend a solid five minutes laying in a ditch, your patience pays off, and you spectacularly blow up a tank with your last…

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Battlefield V’s Firestorm is now lit

I still cannot tell you why Battlefield V's battle royale mode is not named Battlefield Royale, but I can tell you that this so-called 'Firestorm' has launched today. It's a battle royale game, right, but in Battlefield - and with a swish ring of fire closing around you, an inferno on the horizon that eats through buildings in that pleasing Battlefield destruct-o-tech way. I wouldn't…

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Feature: DICE with death

The real star of Battlefield V’s battle royale is a giant, roaming bonfire

DICE appeared to drop the ball when they didn't call Battlefield V's upcoming battle royale offering 'Battlefield Royale'. They called it Firestorm instead, which sounds like a terrible Steven Seagal film you'd buy for 99p at a petrol station. Having now played the mode, due as a free update next Monday, I can see why they went with it. The titular blaze dominates the whole…

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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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