Posts Tagged ‘Need For Speed World’

Battlefield Bye Bye Bye: EA Closing Four F2P Games

We received a report from the eerie ghost world of EA’s free-to-play MMO drive ’em up Need for Speed World only last week. Its streets lay empty, making the twilight world a spooky haunted house of a city. And then… a car appeared. Oh, how much I’d like to have told young Jack “But Jack, NFSW closed down on this very day three years ago” and watch his jaw drop. But I couldn’t, because it’s only now closing.

EA today announced plans to close four of their free-to-play games: Need for Speed World, FIFA World, Battlefield Play4Free, and Battlefield Heroes.

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2 Slow 2 Curious: What It’s Like To Visit The Ghostly, Decrepit Streets Of Need For Speed World

At first we thought the city in Quicklime’s 2010 MMO Need For Speed World [official site] didn’t have a name. The world map definitely didn’t show one. There were no opening cutscenes to introduce us nicely, no “welcome to the mean streets of x.” After a while, though, a name kept coming up again and again on overhead signs beside exits to dreary suburbs, and it was Rockport. Rockport Entry. Rockport North. We learned the city’s name slowly, faded sign by faded sign. And then we learned that there was something horribly, horribly wrong with it.

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NFSW: Choose Your Own Adventure Trailer

German cars are quite good.
UPDATE: Gamespot has a story about the new $100 cars in Need For Speed World: “…the Koenigsegg CCX “Elite” Edition, the first “premium elite” car to hit Need for Speed World, is now available in the in-game store for $100. For those who feel that’s a bit pricey, it is currently on sale for $75 through December 21.”

NFSW! I just noticed what that abbreviation looks like. Need For Speed World. NFSW. Do you see? Anyway, it probably says something about my lack of familiarity with modern web cleverness that I am more impressed with EA having a YouTube video in which you can choose the track and car by click on the video itself (and therefore dictating which trailer you actually get shown) than I am by Need For Speed World itself. You can choose your own trailer below. NFS World isn’t a bad racing game, of course, but it’s still far from being the racing MMO we’re all waiting for, which is a game that might never actually come along. One day, eh?
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Need For Speed World Is Exhausting

Out of shot: a concrete wall.
Well, it IS also exciting if you like the idea of the high-speed chase-me chase-me game of cops and boy-racers spread across the world and shared among millions of players (for free). Need For Speed World recently celebrate a year of whizzing cars wot go fast, and the Gamescom trailer (below) shows off the enfreshened customisation options and the “birthday” Porsche, which I assume everyone received for being around for year. But who cares when all the cars are already so shiny and so soundtracked with electric pop music?

John was a bit unimpressed when he reviewed the game back in the depths of 2010, but perhaps it has changed in the intervening months. Anyone still playing it? Report!
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Need For Speed World Expands, A Bit

Fast cars are the best way to impress your friends.
Free-to-play (or as EA would have it Play4Free) racing game Need For Speed World has expanded like a trucker who ate too much at the drive-in. Actually they’d probably not like that analogy. Let’s say it has expanded slightly, like the broad shoulders of a semi-professional wrestler who has just moved onto a really high-protein diet. Either way, it has added a new game mode: Team Escape mode. This allows a group of you to use new power ups (Team Emergency Evade, and Team Slingshot, which both sound like teams I’ve belonged to at some point in my life) to evade police pursuers as a group. There’s also a bunch of new customization options for to pimp your ride most impressively. So that sounds like a fun time…

Is anyone playing this?

Free World: Need For Speed World Free-er

Decades of videogames have left me with a total fear of getting into an automobile.

When John described Need For Speed World as a free MMO, it was a little over-generous. It was an MMO with a free trial, with a level 10 cap you needed to pay for a twenty dollar price-kit to progress past. However, that’s been changed, with EA moving it to a more true-Free-to-play model. Basically, you can play the whole game for free, with the game being paid via microtransactions which give you – say – rental cars, power-ups or 2x experience points. Those who previously threw down that 20 dollars will get a mass of free rental vouchers. You can get the client here or read John’s Wot I Think for the low-down. And here’s a trailer…
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Wot I Think: Need For Speed World

Well, Need For Speed: Village

EA’s free-to-play street racing MMO, Need For Speed: World, is available to download now. NFSW it’s known as. But don’t misread that – there’s nothing below that’s not safe for work. The free version lets you play to level 10, while paying for a Starter kit gives you 50 levels and a lot more vehicles. Is it worth it? I’ve driven my way past level 10 to find out, so read on to learn Wot I Think.

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The Open Road: Need For Speed World Beta

Good news for fans of vroom. News reaches us that over Holiday Weekend until July 5th EA’s forthcoming online MMO racer thingy will be available to play. Just go and sign up here. It kicks off at 10am PST – which is 6pm in Blighty, meaning you can get home from work and get straight on the speedy-places. Anyway, here’s a trailer which features an unfortunate over-use of the word-awesomeness.
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