Posts Tagged ‘criterion games’

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 that nose ring, swap that hemp necklace for a polyester necktie, and get a real job: making Star Wars stuff.

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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 game, over a week before the servers would be populated. Keeps us on our toes, I suppose. But obviously we’ve not rushed anything. Below are some extensive impressions of this year’s reboot of the franchise based on my first 12 hours with the game. We’ll update this into a full review for you once the game is out, and we can actually play all its aspects.

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Need For Speed: Most Wanted Free On Origin

Crimes.

“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 other games with exciting collisions and explosions.

DANGEROUS GOLF!

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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

This image is a metaphor for freedom.

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 something new codenamed ‘Project Zero’.

Why should you care, I defensively imagine you asking.
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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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