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Dangerous Golf Announced By Ex-Criterion Devs

DANGEROUS GOLFSay 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…

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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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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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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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SMASH! Criterion Making Need For Speed Most Wanted

"Do you have what it takes to become Most Wanted?" asks EA's press release for Need For Speed: Most Wanted, as they begin their recruitment drive for murderers. Oh! No, wait. This is nonsense marketing speak for "Would you like to play our game?" The very splendid news that Criterion - developers of one of the best games ever, Burnout: Paradise - are remaking the…

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Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit Trailer

While I've not ever been captured by the Need For Speed series, I really am looking forward to Hot Pursuit. Developed by Criterion, they behind my all-time favourite driving game Burnout: Paradise, the footage below shows quite how much it looks like their previous epic. Which certainly makes me extremely happy. The video shows not only quite how lovely it looks (and then imagine it…

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Smashing Stuff: Burnout Paradise Revisited

400 smashes and 120 billboards smashed, it's crashed again. And I'm secretly hoping it will have taken my save game with it for a second time. I've got a horrible feeling I'll end up starting a new save game otherwise, just so I can smash everything again. I have a bit of a problem, and it involves Burnout Paradise.

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Burnout Paradise Cops & Robbers Update Soon

Criterion are plugging the next addition due for Burnout: Paradise, a Cops & Robbers game. I'm really pleased that Criterion are delivering on extra content for the already superb game. New stuff seems to be arriving all the time. And best of all, the biggest stuff has been completely free, including new game modes, and an entire alternate version of the game for motorbikes. Less…

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Wot I Think: Burnout Paradise

Burnout Paradise was released last week on PC, via a gigantic time-limited demo. It was one of the most popular console games of last year, thanks to its open-world racing model. But is it any good? Here's Wot I Think.Playing Burnout Paradise on PC was rather like biting into a large, delicious sandwich, filled with quality meats and condiments. Sadly the first bite revealed that…

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Gigantodemo: Burnout Paradise

I can see it in your eyes. You want to download a 2.9GB demo. No, really, you do. Because ta-da, the PC release of Burnout: Paradise goes shopward in the morning, and entire game is available to download, for free, in a time-limited way. Perhaps from Fileshack, perhaps from GamersHell. Or maybe from NVidia. (Actually, the servers are crazy busy at the moment, and hopefully…

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Burnout Paradise Trailer, “Ultimate Box”

Criterion's maniac open-world racer was one of my favourite console games last year, and the "Ultimate" edition also comprises a bran-spanking PC version, which is out February 5th/6th. The trailer after the jump, then, acts as a useful teaser for our Windows version of the game, while featuring console footage. It's fairly safe to say that super-hi res PC visuals will make it look even…

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“Ultimate”: Burnout Paradise in Feb ’09

One of the consolation games I played most regularly in the past year was Burnout Paradise. It's a freeform racing game across a wide-open, pedestrian-devoid urbanscape. A little like GTA4 without people, and with far better crash happenings, it entranced me for many hours. I found myself consistently entertained by the absurd cross-city racing, and the dynamic way in which you smashed violently into automobiles…

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Burnout Coming Out on PC

Unexpected but not unwelcome, Shacknews are reporting that Criterion are bringing the latest version of their console racer to the PC. More details will be forthcoming, but they're talking about improved online stuff and community-driven content. The last one strikes me as the interesting on. Burnout Paradise, in its open city with seamless multi-player play, is an interesting space for the community to create.And before…

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