The Need for Speed series has struggled to find an identity for years, despite takes by numerous developers. Between the forgotten titles, we've had the Fast and the Furious-inspired Underground, the cops vs racers of Hot Pursuit (twice), the straight-faced track racer Shift and the open-world attempt by Criterion in Most Wanted.
This latest game has had an extra year of development, breaking the habit of releasing a NFS game every year. The subtitles are gone, 2015's game is simply Need for Speed. Although, given the nature of the game, EA must have been pretty tempted to call it Need for Speed: Underground 3.
The emphasis is once again on the street racing and car modification culture, which is something many fans have been crying out for. What they've not asked for is an intrusive story, putting you in the shoes of a new racer, invited to hang with a crew that worship the ground you walk on like a tire-shredding messiah.Click here to read more...
Here's a bit of news that we actually missed from earlier this week, as EA announced on Monday that all future titles from the publisher would now be released on a Thursday in the UK instead of a Friday. The move has been done to bring release dates in line with the rest of Europe, who have up until now always had a day head-start over UK gamers. As a result, the new release dates for the remaining 2015 release schedule from EA now looks like this:
EA's Gamescom 2015 presentation was only an hour long compared to Microsoft's 90 minutes, but that didn't mean it wasn't a padded affair. There were some gems in there though along with another adorable appearance from EA's unofficial new mascot. Let's see what the team had to say.Click here to read more...
We're told that 20 years of history and inspiration are to be the ingredients for the new Need for Speed title due out on 3rd November this year. I'm personally super hyped with the apparent direction of the new reboot with evident references to my all time favourite of the franchise, Need for Speed Underground 2.Click here to read more...
What an amazing performance EA put on for us yesterday at their E3 presentation. Amongst notable upcoming entries to the gaming world from EA was the November 3rd release of the 2015 reboot for Need for Speed. With five ways to play Need for Speed has been marketed as '20 years of history and inspiration from some of the most beloved games in the venerable franchise, to create the definitive Need for Speed experience.'
Five ways to play a Need for Speed title seems to be an interesting concept so maybe it's probably best if we take a closer look at them.Click here to read more...
EA has confirmed that the upcoming Need For Speed reboot will demand a constant internet connection, presumably because it worked so well for The Crew and NFS: Rivals.Click here to read more...
EA has finally revealed the next chapter in the Need For Speed franchise: Need For Speed. That's right, there's no subtitle this time, rather it's a full reboot that promises "deep customisation, authentic urban car culture, a nocturnal open world, and an immersive narrative that pulls you through the game."
We can take or leave the "immersive narrative" bit, to be perfectly honest, seeing as The Run and The Crew completely failed in that regard. Still, we've got a few more choice details ahead of the first gameplay reveal on June 15th.Click here to read more...
This weeks Playstation store discounts have started to roll out with some nice offers surfacing:
Full credit to Dealspwn resident and HUKD deal guru stevenjameshyde for the heads up on this!
Driveclub is releasing at a truly idiotic time of year, October, when it will face competition from literally everyone and their mums. However, Sony will be thrilled to hear that EA aren't bringing a Need To Speed game to the silly season, as Ghost Games wants more time to give the franchise room to breathe.Click here to read more...
Impulse/Gamestop are currently selling Need For Speed: The Run and Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit for £6.24 all told, which will save you as much as you'll pay by our reckoning. Since Impulse are liable to whisk deals away at a moment's notice, I don't know how long this will last.
EA will be up at 9pm BST to present their press conference at E3 2012. Expect new Need For Speed news, plenty of FIFA/Madden 13 material, some Warfighter business, and a little something called Battlefield Premium to be unveiled.
We're praying for some Overstrike news too.Click here for bulletined highlights and the livestream...
Has UK retail chain GAME revealed a new Medal of Honor and the thirteenth Need for Speed game ahead of schedule? It would appear so, if a now removed Tweet is to be believed. Having visited a confidential EA presentation, presumably to key retailers in on the publisher's upcoming plans, GAME's excitable social media chiefs let slip the two new games and promised an "exciting year ahead" for the company.
"EA presentation was great," they Tweeted, although said Tweet was swiftly removed and buried in a landfill somewhere. "Had mentions of a new Medal of Honour [sic] and Need for Speed 13! EA have an exciting year ahead." It seems as if EA got wind of the leak and forced GAME to remove the Tweet, although they did attend an EA presentation, as evidenced by this Tweet earlier in the day. We've long expected a new Medal of Honor game, and Need for Speed is an annual franchise for EA, so no surprises there. [Twitter]
The game that introduced the world to Autolog, Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit is a fiercely addictive battle of reflexes as you attempt to outrace not just the Five-Oh, but your friends as well. It's available for less than a tenner on Sony's home console, and will provide you with enough excitement to see you through to November, when the next in the long line of Need for Speed titles hits. Thanks to Rich_The_Fish @ HUKD
Well, it seems that undercover police work not only involves learning all the aspects of your new life flawlessly in order to avoid being brutally tortured or murdered by the criminals you're infiltrating, but also being able to handle fast cars like an F1 driver according to Need For Speed: Undercover.
You can grab a copy of the game on the 360 for £6.70 from Game Gears, which is almost £1 cheaper than the next best offer of £7.64 coming in from 365 Games.
Lets be honest, when it comes to racing games the story aspect to the game is usually the last thing on your mind and they're easily forgotten once you get behind the wheel, so all I'm going to say about the plot is that you step into the shoes of an undercover police officer who has to blend in with a dangerous gang.
Ok, the pluses of the game are vastly overshadowed by the minus, so it's not going to take me long to let you know that the sense of speed you get whilst driving is probably one of the only things that's done well. Sitting in the driving seat of bog standard bucket of bolts feels like your wheels have been glued to the ground in comparison to the lightning fast supercars.
Purchasing cars and upgrading them is governed by a terrible system, as you progress through the game new cars are unlocked to buy, however you'll more than likely still be in the process of buying upgrades for your old vehicles, which becomes utterly redundant when the new cars are far better than the fully upgraded older models.
Initially, the idea of being able to whizz around an open world environment is quite appealing. Unfortunately, after a few minutes you'll be asking yourself, 'Where are the markers for events, races, etc.?'. Well, the simple answer to that is there aren't any, so the only reason to make your way around the environment is to admire its landscape, which is pretty hard to do considering that, like the rest of the game, it's not the prettiest thing to look at.
The multiplayer contains three very simple modes. Circuit races and dashes both involve making it to first place in order to ensure your victory, whereas cops and robbers sees one side trying to make a get away with some stolen loot whilst the other side have to stop them in their tracks.
This isn't the greatest racing game in the world, in fact it's pretty far from it, and whilst £6.70 isn't that much to ask for a complete punt, you'll probably be better offer finding something else to spend it on.
Thanks to lucerysmum @ HUKD
EA have marked the uber-exciting release of the iPhone 4 with a bit of a sale. For 48 hours only you'll be able to grab a load of the top games from EA Mobile's line for just 59p each. Since the iPhone surprised everyone by blowing open the mobile phone market for games in a way that Nokia's ill-fated N-Gage could have only dreamt of, there's been a wealth of exceptional software for the system. It's gaming, still, that points a way to the brightest future for its big brother the iPad...well, that and knocking the stuffing out of Kindle.
Check out some of the games on offer:
On any other handset, and trust me I was misguided enough to test this out on my cripplingly bad touchscreen brick, a large number of mobile games simply prove to be utterly mediocre at best and capillary-bustingly broken at worst. There's a bunch of games to shrug at here, but there are a few exceptions that may well warrant your wonga. The two FIFA games work surprisingly well on iPhone, although not as well as Tiger Woods. Jewel Quest and CnC: Red Alert are both excellent choices as well, although the latter is by far more suited to the larger scale of the iPad and Need For Speed looks awesome, handles even better and makes fantastics use of the accelerometer. Whatever your preference, at this price you can pretty much afford to be wrong.
Thanks to Spies at HUKD
There seem to be quite a few good racing game deals about at the moment, both in terms of price and the quality of the titles, and this latest one'll have you tearing around the track in no time.
You can pick up a copy of the game on the Xbox 360 for £12.99 from The Game Collection, which is almost £4 cheaper than the next best offer of £16.85 from ShopTo.
Need for Speed: Shift gives you access to a range of cars including average cars, performance cars, and super cars such as the Bugatti Veyron and the Lamborghini Gallardo, and you'll love the way the races play out, especially if you're viewing them from inside the car. The dashboards have been recreated in amazing detail and everything reacts as it should, you'll see the needles on the speed gauge jumping up and down and the changes in the state of your turbo charger. The really important thing is that everything seems to be more excited when you're belted in behind the wheel, from crashes to heart pounding approaches on bends.
The single player is wonderfully simple, doing away with any kind of story whatsoever. However, you won't be complaining as it's replaced by a number of stylish distractions that'll keep you entertained when you aren't trying to charge into first place. The multiplayer is also surprisingly small in terms of modes, but once again it's great fun to be a part of.
If you want to know what it's like to sit behind the wheel of some of the best cars in the world without having to splash out a ridiculous amount of money or taking the time out to travel to a track day, then Need for Speed: Shift might be the game for you.
Thanks to goonertillidie @ HUKD
The final installment of the EA Preview day saw a few of Europe's finest games journalists - and me - get their hands on Need For Speed: World.
After the – ahem – disappointing make-over of Need For Speed: Nitro, the NFS world moves into the arena of the MMO. I doubt World of Warcraft will be looking over its shoulder any time soon but, if you prefer your online communities to be made up of petrolheads rather than odd hairy, orc-obsessed men in back bedrooms in America, then this could be the one for you.
It’s certainly better than you might anticipate and you can’t argue when a big chunk is going to be free. Yes, I said free. Gratis. Zero quid. When the game launches later this year, the basic set-up – probably 10 levels, all the cars and a chunk of the world map – will be yours for nowt. Beyond that, you’ll be able to purchase more levels, tracks and game modes for, they hope, microtransactions. At the moment, there’s no indication of costs but the plan is minimal, and will depend on the size of the user base.
The Need For Speed series has always had something of an identity crisis, unable to really decide what kind of racing game it wants to be. We've seen the series go from being racing pedigree to moderate joke, attempting to imitate the likes of OutRun, Burnout and DRIVER...sometimes at the same time. Shift sees EA gunning for the big time, attempting to throw of the casual shackles and be taken seriously. It's the gaming equivalent of the school clown donning a suit and going to work for PWC.
You can pick up Shift for under a tenner at the moment by heading on over to Grainger Games, which is a good £5 cheaper than the nearest price at The Game Collection, itself £3 cheaper than the rest of the pack. The GG link has been a little bit iffy, which is why we've included both.
True to their word, this is a serious racing game for serious racing fans. It might not quite have the pedigree of a GT or a Forza title, but don't write it off just yet. There are 19 tracks and more than 60 cars here, spread across four performance tiers, and a wealth of customisation options. Unlike previous NFS games, this now spreads to performance tweaking giving you the opportunity to change aerodynamics, differentials, gears, brakes and more. Nitrous is back, but simulated in a more realistic fashion.
This is undoubtedly a step up for Need For Speed, and the feel of the game is absolutely excellent. The singpleplayer career mode is engrossing and deep, and the crossover integration of the multiplayer is a neat idea. Unfortunately, it's nowhere near as comprehensive as Forza 3 and for that reason might put off some, but it's worth a look for series fans.
Thanks to alexthekidd at HUKD