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Need for Speed: Most Wanted | £10 | Amazon | PC

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Need for Speed: Most Wanted | £10 | Amazon | PC

Need for Speed: Most Wanted | Amazon | £10 |  Price Comparison

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Need for Speed: Most Wanted | £13.48 | Hut | 360 / PC

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Need for Speed: Most Wanted | £13.48 | Hut | 360 / PC

  • What: Need For Speed: Most Wanted
  • Where: The Hut 360 | PC
  • Current Price: £13.48
  • Discount Code: RACE10
  • Need For Speed: Most Wanted 360 | PC Price Comparison

This was available on the PS3 too, but they ran out of stock while I was writing this up, so I'd act fast to get it on 360 as this may be cheapest price yet for the game. Criterion's second take on the Need for Speed franchise is much more in line with Burnout: Paradise than Hot Pursuit was and is all the better for it. Mucking around with pals online is where the best fun is, so you'll want to avoid any pre-owned copies to avoid forking out for an online pass.

Thanks to Jas10 at HotUkDeals.

Need for Speed: Most Wanted | £15.99 | Argos | PS3 / 360

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Brendan Griffiths
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Need for Speed: Most Wanted | £15.99 | Argos | PS3 / 360

  • What: Need For Speed: Most Wanted
  • Where: Argos PS3360
  • Current Price: £15.99
  • Need For Speed: Most Wanted PS3360 Price Comparison

Criterion get closer than ever to recreating the magic of Burnout: Paradise. Taking the increasingly stale NFS games into open world territory was just what the series needed. Burnout fans can relive the good times with billboard and gate smashing, online party challenges, oh and maybe a bit of racing when you're not chavving around. This is the cheapest I've seen the game yet too.

Thanks to DEALofaLifetime at HotUkDeals.

Need for Speed: Most Wanted | £21.95 | Game Collection | PS3 / 360

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Brendan Griffiths
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Need for Speed: Most Wanted | £21.95 | Game Collection | PS3 / 360

  • What: Need For Speed: Most Wanted
  • Where: Game Collection PS3360
  • Current Price: £21.95
  • Need For Speed: Most Wanted PS3360 price comparison

Not quite under the magical £20 barrier, but can you hold out much longer? This is as close to Burnout: Paradise 2 as we're likely to see from Criterion. For what it lacks in barrel rolls it makes up for in officially licensed cars, which are all available from the start providing you can find them in the large open world sprawled out ahead of you.

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Need for Speed: Most Wanted | £19.99 | HMV | 360

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Brendan Griffiths
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Need for Speed: Most Wanted | £19.99 | HMV | 360

In something of a scant year for racing games, even a Burnout-esque NFS game from Criterion failed to really burn up the charts. It's almost as if people couldn't afford it because of all the other fucking games released at the same time, or maybe because it has the same name as the toss 2005 release. Less money for greedy publishers eventually leads to some decent discounts for us though, so here we have Need for Speed: Most Wanted for half price already. Is this EA's unwanted Xmas puppy? Better give it a nice home then, you won't regret it.

Thanks to ram44 and GenericUsername123 at HotUkDeals.

Need for Speed: Most Wanted | £21.85 | ShopTo | PS Vita

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Brendan Griffiths
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Need for Speed: Most Wanted | £21.85 |  ShopTo | PS Vita

Since WipEout 2048, the Vita hasn't had a decent racing game. So it's a good thing Criterion decided to bring NFS: Most Wanted over to the handheld. The Vita's impressive technical grunt means that we have a game holds up very well to its PS3 big brother. While we'd opt for the console version given the choice, this is great if you're out of the house a lot. Autolog features and SP are synced up between this and the PS3 version which is a handy touch for anyone keen to inject a little nitrous into their daily commute.

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Need For Speed: Most Wanted | £14.99 | Simply Games | PC

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Matt Gardner
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Need For Speed: Most Wanted | £14.99 | Simply Games | PC

Need For Speed: Most Wanted is a bit more than just "Burnout with licensed cars", but the reason we keep coming back to that definition is that it instils the same sense of carefree vehicular abandon as Criterion's past racers, and ratchets the fun all the way up to 11. Is it the best racer of the year? Quite possibly.

Need For Speed: Most Wanted | £24.95 | Zavvi | PS3 / 360

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Brendan Griffiths
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Need For Speed: Most Wanted | £24.95 | Zavvi | PS3 / 360

  • What: Need For Speed: Most Wanted
  • Where: Zavvi PS3360
  • Current Price: £24.95
  • Need For Speed: Most Wanted PS3360 price comparison

As annoying as the ridiculous amount of AAA titles getting released at the same time every year for the Christmas rush is, we do enjoy the price-cutting wars that sites get into. Game had a similar price a few days ago, but it's gone back up to £28 now, leaving Zavvi to take your money this weekend. NFS: Most Wanted is as close as you can get to a Burnout: Paradise sequel and is a must-buy for any petrol head multiplayer fan. check out the demo if you're not sure.

Need for Speed: Most Wanted | £32.86 | ShopTo | PS3 /360

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Need for Speed: Most Wanted | £32.86 | ShopTo | PS3 /360

  • What: Need for Speed: Most Wanted
  • Where: ShopTo PS3 | 360
  • Current Price: £32.86
  • Need for Speed: Most Wanted PS3 | 360 Price Comparison

Criterion were finally allowed to make the Need for Speed game they were destined to all along: Burnout with officially licensed cars. The handling is still a little bit heavier than Burnout's beasts, but the addition of an open world to explore and discover a gorgeous selection of cars makes up for it. Enhanced Autolog features will have you competing for the best times, longest jumps and most outrageous billboard smash-ups. While we'd like to see the price dip below £30, this is a decent price if you need to pick it up soon.

Thanks to maffb at HotUkDeals.

Need For Speed: Most Wanted Interview | Matt Webster On An Unconventional Game

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Matt Gardner
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Features
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Need For Speed: Most Wanted Interview | Matt Webster On An Unconventional Game

Criterion are back, baby, but the playing field has changed somewhat since their last outing. As Playground Games and Turn 10 prepare to drop the impressive Forza Horizon, we caught up with Need For Speed: Most Wanted's executive producer - Matt Webster - last week to chat about why Burnout with real cars is awesome, why Facebook games give social gaming a bad name, and why Most Wanted is set to be one of the most connected, competitive, and compelling games of this year.

Matt Gardner (Dealspwn): With Criterion perhaps being most closely associated with the Burnout franchise, how would you respond to consumers and critics looking at Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit and suggesting it's simply Burnout Paradise, but with real cars in a new city?

Matt Webster: What's wrong with that?! (Laughs.) That would be the flippant response. To me it's an easy comparison to make because it's an open world game, in a car. Clearly, we've made an open world game in a car before. I think that the differences are night and day, but without making Burnout Paradise and Need For Speed Hot Pursuit, we never would have been able to make this game. You're always going to be influenced by what you've done in the past, as much as what you play. So people will see where we've been influenced by Burnout Paradise and Hot Pursuit, but they'll also hopefully see where we've been influences by other things.

Every game that we make is a reflection of who we are, and where we are as a studio at any given time. But it's a natural progression: to look at Most Wanted and say at first glance “that looks like Burnout”, well they're right, because we made both games.

But that brings us back to the flippant side of things, the genuine response is “What's wrong with that?”

Need For Speed: Most Wanted Interview | Matt Webster On An Unconventional Game

Dealspwn: Well to be fair, we absolutely loved Burnout Paradise...

Matt Webster: Yeah, Burnout Paradise was a fucking great game! We're still so incredibly proud of that game, and frankly Paradise with real cars sounds really cool! Of course, it's not quite as simple as that, but you can see where people are coming from and how they reach that initial response.

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Criterion: "There's Nothing Social About A Facebook Game"

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Matt Gardner
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Criterion: "There's Nothing Social About A Facebook Game"

Criterion's Matt Webster has slammed the fashion in which Facebook games are often referred to as "social games", suggesting that there' absolutely nothing social about a game "spamming" one's feed and constantly badgering you to tell your mates about it.

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Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit | £4.99 | GamersGate | PC

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Jonathan Lester
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Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit | £4.99 | GamersGate | PC

You can always rely on Criterion to deliver a visceral and entirely mental racing experience - Hot Pursuit is no exception. Whether you're tearing up the roads as a street racer or smashing miscreants off the road in a souped-up cruiser, you're practically guaranteed to have a smile on your face.

Top Ten Tuesdays | Developer Crossovers We Want And Need

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Jonathan Lester
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Top Ten Tuesdays | Developer Crossovers We Want And Need

Nintendo's recent announcement that Namco Bandai will be co-developing the next Super Smash Bros set our minds racing. With such an exciting precedent, backed up by the likes of Ni No Kuni from Level-5 and Studio Ghibli, Metroid: Other M from Team Ninja and XCOM: Enemy Unknown from Firaxis, what else could the best designers in our industry come up with if they were let loose on someone else's IP?

So, here we go. Blue sky thinking. No holds barred. So far outside the box that the box is a dot to us. Here are the ten (probably impossible) developer/franchise crossovers we want to happen, and why we feel that they're a match made in heaven.

10: Tomb Raider... By Naughty Dog

Top Ten Tuesdays | Developer Crossovers We Want And Need

Crystal Dynamics' Tomb Raider reboot is certainly looking good, but it's also looking a lot like Uncharted. So why not let Naughty Dog loose on the IP? They've got the experience at creating visceral climbing and shooting rollercoasters in historical settings, not to mention populating their games with relatable action heroes and memorable villains. Go for it, I say.

9: Pokemon... By Hironobu Sakaguchi

Top Ten Tuesdays | Developer Crossovers We Want And Need

I've come to realise that I need more from Pokemon in terms of storytelling and scope, and as far as I'm concerned, the collect 'em all framework could definitely support a stronger plot. Who better to take on the task than Mistwalker's Hironobu Sakaguchi, who co-designed Chrono Trigger and the original Final Fantasy? Time-travelling and dimension hopping would be a fantastic diversion, not to mention a great place to find new Pokemon.

If Mistwalker are unavailable, I'd also be happy to give the license to Grasshopper Manufacture. Suda51 would defnitely come up with some worrying Pokemon designs...

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Need for Speed: Most Wanted Unveiled at E3

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Brendan Griffiths
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Need for Speed: Most Wanted Unveiled at E3

EA have just announced Need for Speed: Most Wanted at their E3 press conference. Yes, we had a Most Wanted game in 2005, but this one has been developed by the Burnout team, Criterion.

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Burnout CRASH Confirmed For Next Month, Trailered

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Jonathan Lester
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Burnout CRASH, the downloadable top-down spin off that focuses on ridiculous crashes and "lobster monsters," has been confirmed for an August 2011 release despite originally being slated for the Autumn. We've got the full story and a new trailer after the break, as well as a couple of new details about Criterion's first PSN and XBLA title.

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Burnout Crash Features "Top-Down Perspective," Lobster Monsters & Maximum Carnage

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Burnout Crash, Criterion, Games news, Lobster monsters, Maximum Carnage

burnout logo

Burnout Crash still hasn't been officially announced by EA or Criterion, but a new ESRB rating has shed some interesting new light on the title. Apparently the action will take place from a "top-down perspective," with the objective being to cause massive car pileups for points and "maximum carnage." As well as the usual traffic hazards, there will also reportedly be environmental distasters, UFOs and "lobster monsters" to contend with.

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Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit Preview

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Matt Gardner
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Considering that Need For Speed has undergone something of an identity crisis over the last few years, whilst Burnout's star has been rather in the ascendancy, it's unsurprising perhaps that EA have passed the reins to Criterion to try and sort out the mess that is their flagship racing series.

In order to do that, it would seem they're going back to basics, the tenets that made the franchise a success in the first place before developmental ADHD saw NFS veering off course and occasionally crashing and burning: namely high speed police chases. The result is a bit of a mixture really: the visceral speed and thrill that one associates with Burnout combined with the OTT dangers of, say, a Split/Second.

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We got hands-on with the game's demo: a race by any other name but with one key difference - there are a bunch of cops out a bust you and they're not afraid to throw things like a road block, spike strips or, you know, a helicopter and Zonda double team in the way to stop you. It all plays out quite a lot like Burnout 3's Road Rage mode, with cops and felons all vying to shunt one another into the hard shoulder, or boulders, or oncoming traffic amongst other things.

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As you'd expect from Criterion, there's plenty of face-melting speed, the cars feel nice and tight, and of course there's a slow motion camera every time a takedown happens. There's a boost meter, natch, but whilst it refills fairly briskly you can only turn things up to 11 when it's completely stocked. Your siren-toting nemeses, however, can boost constantly. There's no rest for the wicked.

Are we feeling the need for speed? Find out after the break...

From Ubisoft...to EA...to Microsoft at E3 - News Roundup 15th June 2010

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
News
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Child of Eden, Criterion, Crytek, Driver, E3, Games news, Gun CLub, Hot Pursuit, Kinect, Kingdoms, Metal Gear Solid: Rising, Michael Jackson, Microsoft, Project Dust

Day Zero of E3 has finished... and what a day it's been. We've had animatronic elephants, new consoles, great games and a few surprises along the way...  but wouldn't it be nice to cut through the fat and get everything in one convenient place? With easily- accessed trailers? Well worry not... because we've got what's yours.

Ubisoft!

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  • Driver: San Francisco Trailered and Dated for Christmas. The latest iteration in the Driver franchise will be hitting stores this holiday season. Why not check it out courtesy of G4? Engines roaring and tyres squealing? Yes please.
  • Mizuguchi Unveils Child of Eden. We recently reported that Tetsuya Mizuguchi's spiritual sequel to Rez was in the pipeline- and it's finally been trailered. This is well worth getting excited about... as it's the first hardcore game designed specifically for Kinect and Playstation Move. We're psyched to try this out on Kinect as it'll feel like conducting an orchestra made out of lethal space lasers.
  • Michael Jackson Dancing Game. Ever wanted to boogie down to the setlist of a controversial dead pop star? Well now you can. Details are thin on the ground, but it's tipped to be Kinect and Move compatible. Cross-platform release suggests that it'll also be compatible with dance mats.
  • Project Dust Announced. Eric Chalhi, creator of the cult classic Another World, is the brainchild behind Project Dust: a soulful, beautiful and slightly depressing adventure of a dying tribe's attempt to harness elemental magic. Well worth checking out the trailer!
  • Future Soldier Trailered. New Cross-Com? Invisible shenanigans? In 3D? Okay then.

EA!

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  • Criterion's Hot Pursuit Named and Dated for November 16th. Criterion's take on the Need for Speed franchise has been officially named Hot Pursuit... and it's looking extremely hot even at this early stage. Expect fast cars, realistic damage and big explosions. This is Criterion, after all.
  • Battlefield Bad Company 2: Vietnam Announced; Dated for winter. In direct competition with CoD: Black Ops, EA has trailered a Vietnam FPS based around Bad Company's deformable terrain and spot-on squad banter. Vietnam's a perfect setting for a ragtag band of cynical, sarcastic heroes- and well be keeping our eye on this one.
  • Love Shooters? Join the Gun Club! EA's announced a new VIP scheme for shooter fans that will give us early access to FPS DLC, betas and Demos. It's yet another way of clawing some DLC money out of us ahead of time, but it's set to be a fairly attractive package.
  • Medal of Honor Beta Hits June 21st. EA's set to revamp the MoH franchise in the wake of Infinity Ward's collapse- and beta signups start later this month.
  • Bulletstorm to release February 2011. We're psyched for Bulletstorm here at Dealspwn. Now we're psyched for next February! Why not check out our preview?
  • Dead Space 2 Dated for January 28th. Apparently there'll be loads of juicy new details at Sony's Presser. We'll keep you posted, but at least it's finally been dated.
  • EA Sports MMA Dated for October. EA's revealing more dates than my cheating ex-girlfriend used to go on. Cheap puns aside, we're looking forward to some serious martial arts action.

Microsoft!

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  • New Slim Xbox 360 Headed to Stores. This is the big one, folks. Don't let the Cirque Du Soleil and videos of horrendously embarrassing families distract you, because this is probably the most important news of the entire expo thus far. Microsoft's new slim 360 has built in WiFi (about time), a sleek new form factor and looks like the lovechild of an Alienware rig and the Batmobile. However, its internal hard drive means that it won't be compatible with existing Xbox HDDs- meaning that you'll need to transfer your data over with an HDD Transfer cable or the rumoured improved online data transfer facility that's currently in development.
  • Crytek to develop Xbox 360 Exclusive. Kingdoms, an action game in the God of War vein, has been trailered and blown wide open. This is a a megaton, guys!
  • Halo Reach will have playable Space Combat and Firefight mode. Bungie showed off a singleplayer campaign demo that's looking mighty fine indeed. Expect full 3D space combat and more addictive multiplayer horde mode shenanigans.
  • MGS Rising will let us cut stuff up. Kojima's recent obsession with cutting things (yeah, we called it) has finally led to the first gameplay trailer of his latest project. Yeah, we called it. Expect brutal combat and lots of discarded watermelons to practice on.
  • CoD Black Ops DLC is a timed 360 exclusive. Xbox owners can get their hands on any and all Black Ops DLC before anyone else. MW2 fans will already know the drill.
  • Kinect is Coming. Been there, pundited on that. All the games and hardware previewed for your delectation... Felix and I have Kinect handled.

That's day one down... with Nintendo set to peddle its wares later on this afternoon. It's time to ask the important (and immature) question: Who's Winning E3? Let us know what you think in the comments!

From Games V Porn to District 9 the game? News Roundup 11th January 2010

Author:
Marius Goubert
Category:
News
Tags:
Criterion, Need for Speed, News

Today’s news roundup sees the finger of blame - once again - pointing at violent video games. But, strangely enough, this attack comes not from worried parents or politicians…but the porn industry. Need for Speed developers dismiss all claims that they are working on an open-world/street racer called ‘Out of the Law’ for the next addition to the franchise. Lastly, in an interview with the LA Times, Neill Blomkamp weighs up the pros and cons of District 9 the game.

Porn Vs Video Games

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Whilst under attack from anti-porn activist Craig Gross at the Consumer Electronics Show, porn star Ron Jeremy (who ironically actually looks a bit like Super Mario) insisted that video games have more of a negative influence on children than pornography. As Gross laid into the porn industry with claims of how it gave ‘children unrealistic expectations’ and offered a ‘cheap substitute for sex’, Ron Jeremy countered by saying ‘there are worse things to worry about. [Studies have] found that violent video games are much bigger a negative influence on kids.’

Besides, he added, ‘parents better start to learn the internet’ – suggesting it is the responsibility of parents to monitor the kind of content their children have access to. This has certainly stirred up a lot of debate, so if you have an opinion on which pastime is more likely to warp the minds of today’s youth we want to hear about it… [Eurogamer]

Criterion rubbishes NFS leak

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Whilst many Need for Speed fans are still bleating on about NFS developers Criterion taking the franchise back down the open-world/ illegal street racer path, the company today announced that the rumored ‘Out of the Law’ sequel is ‘100% fake.’ An apparent leak regarding the next installment of Need for Speed led many fans to believe that Criterion were creating another street racer edition which would be set in a fictional city called ‘Sun-Bay’- based on San Francisco. Criterion have rubbished any such claims however, and although they are currently working on the next Need for Speed sequel, no details have yet been released. [Videogamer]

Blomkamp torn about District 9 game

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Everyone knows practically every attempt made by Hollywood to convert much loved games into box office smashers has ended in disaster – I am thinking Street Fighter, Mario Brothers, and Mortal Kombat. However, the path of film to video game adaptations isn’t strewn with quite as many horrors; we did get Goldeneye for instance. But even so, film director Neill Blomkamp is very dubious about a possible game adaption of alien sci-fi flick District 9.

‘The idea of District 9 as a videogame stresses me out a little bit because games based on movies rarely work. And movies based on games don't work - I don't know what's up with that," Neil told the LA Times. Although Neil did acknowledge that the way he shot the film has similarities to a video game (to be honest, with Hollywood’s obsession with over the top CGI, I can hardly tell the difference anymore) he has confirmed that like the Halo film, plans for District 9 the game have been put on permanent hold. [Gamerstuff]