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Last night's Superbowl has gifted us another look at the upcoming Need for Speed movie, as introduced by Breaking Bad star Aaron Paul.
The trailer's opening shots remind us of Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit's Seacrest County - as do the quick flashes of cops vs. racers action.
But the film itself focuses on a personal rivalry - between Aaron Paul and fellow racer Dominic Cooper (spoilers: he's the bad guy). The plot is a revenge story and... oh, who cares. Look - shiny cars! tyre smoke! a helicopter!
UPDATE: Alex Ward has revealed that he and Fiona Sperry left Criterion to "start afresh and form a new games company". He'll also apparently write a column for trade magazine Develop.
The boss of Criterion Games has indicated the studio is moving away from racing games.
Seasoned racing game specialist Criterion is working on a new Vita title, according to a recruitment call from the Guildford-based studio.
The next entry in EA's annual Need for Speed franchise will be a sequel to 2005 game Need for Speed: Most Wanted, according to leak-prone South African retailer BTGames.
A Need for Speed movie may become A Thing, Variety is reporting.
The studio behind Burnout and Need for Speed will open its doors to game developer students in April - and offer a lucky few the chance to win work experience in the summer.
Sony has released another batch of PS2 Classics on the EU PlayStation Store, including Need For Speed Most Wanted, Sonic Heroes and Virtua Fighter 4 Evolution.
Retailer GAME has let slip the contents of a confidential EA meeting on Twitter.
Third party behemoth EA has discounted dozens of games and game add-ons this week on Xbox Live.
Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit developer Criterion Games is looking for staff to work on an open world racing game.
New Call of Duty: Black Ops map pack Annihilation headlines this week's massive PlayStation Store update.
Xbox 360 owners have had it exclusively for the past month. Available from tomorrow on PS3, its five new maps will cost you £11.49.
Looking for something a bit cheaper? Sony's massive summer sale reaches Europe this week, with more than 30 downloadable titles discounted over the next seven days. Highlights include Popcap's Peggle, Hothead's Swarm and Telltale's Sam & Max and Back to the Future.
EA has promised it won't force Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit developer Criterion Games to make a game every year.
Criterion has released patch 1.04 for the PC version of super-duper racing game Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit.
The file can be downloaded from the Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit website.
Fixed are a further 30 per cent of game-crashing bugs. Criterion noted that only 23 per cent of "known" game-crashing bugs now remain.
Toot your horns and go bananas because a patch for the PC version of Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit has been released.
Update 1.03 eradicates crashes caused by ATI and embedded Intel graphics cards. The patch also rectifies problems caused by alt-tabbing and by using steering wheel controllers.
What's more, EA and developer Criterion are chucking three free cars in: a Bentley Continental Supersports Convertible, a Lamborghini Murciélago LP 650-4 Roadster and the Dodge Viper SRT10 Convertible Final Edition.
A 1.3GB single-player demo for Call of Duty: Black Ops can be downloaded from the PlayStation Store today. It coincides with arrival of the Black Ops First Strike Map Pack (locked until tomorrow), which costs £11.49 and measures 1.4GB.
PixelJunk Shooter 2 also arrives today (7/10 Eurogamer), as does old PSone game Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver.
There's a lorry-load of DLC to bolster your games with, as revealed by the EU PlayStation Blog, even some for Dragon Age II, which isn't out until next Friday.
Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit developer Criterion will launch three DLC packs for the blistering racer over the next month, it's announced.
Armed and Dangerous, due out 22nd February, introduces two new game modes. Most Wanted is an open world battle where cops try to bust a specific racer while the racers try to protect them. Arms Race is free-for-all racing. Three new achievements and trophies feature.
On 1st March Lamborghini Untamed will launch. It adds Cop and Racer versions of the legendary Lamborghini Diablo, Countach and Sesto Elemento. 10 new events and four new Achievements and Trophies are also included.
Update: Hero of the hour, Streetmagix, has now unearthed the Xbox 360 Achievements for this Porsche vs. Lamborghini Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit DLC.
Mentioned in the Achievements are a Lamborghini Diablo, Porsche 911 Turbo, Porsche 959, Porsche 911 Speedster, Lamborghini Countach and Lamborghini Sesto Elemento.
Original story: Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit may be about to welcome a Porsche vs. Lamborghini Pack.
The 10-game shortlist for this year's public vote prize at the GAME British Academy Video Games Awards was announced this morning.
Another racing game developer has criticised Polyphony Digital's PlayStation 3 exclusive sim Gran Turismo 5 for its "grindy levelling up".
Five games Electronic Arts launched last year sold over five million copies.
Need for Speed is the Britney Spears of video game brands, a cipher to front whichever hot producer or fashionable trend its owner, EA, wants to hand creative duties to on any given year. As a result, its games may provide a consistent financial yield, but they are also the hardest to pick out from a line-up, flitting from arcade slang street-racer one year to straight-talking sim the next. Who is Need for Speed? It's whoever's driving the development at any given time.
The community has failed Criterion - the Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit trailer was not watched one million times. In fact, it was only watched 658,764 at the time of writing.
Criterion has delivered a crushing blow to PC owners of Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit: there will be scarcely any premium DLC for you - mostly bug fixes.
Xbox 360 Kinect bundles outsold PlayStation 3 Move bundles by a factor of more than five to one in the US last month, according to a retail analyst.
Criterion's announced Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit's first premium downloadable content pack.
Details on game's website, apparently.
New vehicles, events, achievements.
Watch the launch trailer, get these cars.
Criterion will release three cars for Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit as a Christmas gift for fans, but only after the game's launch trailer is viewed one million times.
Three super car convertibles: the Bentley Continental Supersports Convertible; Lamborghini Murciélago LP 650-4 Roadster; and the Dodge Viper SRT10 Convertible Final Edition, will be sent down the virtual pipes as a holiday gift only if the launch trailer gets the views the Guildford studio demands.
What launch trailer? The one below. At the time of writing it had just over 141,000 views on YouTube.
A patch for the PC version of wicked arcade racer Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit will release early next week, developer Criterion's said.
It fixes problems relating to multi-core CPUs, missing rain and snow effects and other bits and bobs. The fixes are detailed in a forum post.
"Thanks to all the players who helped us track down and identify the problem," said the Guildford developer. "We'll detail exactly when the patch will be available as soon as we can. As I said, it's likely to be early next week, but we need to go through the testing and certification systems that are in place prior to release."
Thank goodness we don't have to unlock all of the Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit cars ourselves; thank goodness for the new corner-cutting downloadable content.
Call of Duty: Black Ops has denied Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood and Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit a top spot in the UK all-formats chart.
"So, 30Hz... it'll be really interesting to see what your latency measurements come out as. We think latency is pretty good... We think we might be 83ms... or 100ms."
PC and Xbox 360 versions put to the test.
Out today, in case you'd forgotten.
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The demo of Criterion's superb racing game Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit was downloaded more than two million times within two weeks, EA's shouted from the rooftops.
Exclusive law and disorder.
Bramwell goes on the run.
No crash mode for Hammond.
In-game and real-life hot pursuits.
Two million downloads lapped up so far.
How do you define Need for Speed? A perennial stocking filler for Electronic Arts' long-suffering investors? A neon love letter to Vin Diesel and Paul Walker's The Fast and The Furious? After last year's Shift, perhaps it's just the latest addition to a long line of challengers in a field previously dominated by Bizarre Creations?
Nonsense, says Criterion. It's about going really f***ing fast.
If Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit is remembered for one thing, it will be for putting the "speed" back in Need for Speed. Even the lowliest cars (themselves things like RX-8s and Boxters) scorch the tarmac of fictional Seacrest County with their absurd velocity, but as you advance through the rankings either as a cop or a racer and start burning your way around in Lamborghinis, Maseratis and Ford GTs, the sense of raw pace is beyond anything we've seen since the Nürburgring sprints of Project Gotham Racing 3.
EA's vision for the Need for Speed franchise involves alternating the developers behind every November release in a similar way Infinity Ward and Treyarch alternate development of Call of Duty games.
Patrick Soderlund is a busy man. He's in charge of EA's driving and shooting games. Think about that workload for a second.
Entourage duo shill EA racer.
Hot Pursuit mode tested on both consoles.
The racer level analysed on both HD consoles.
Yesterday's release of Criterion's Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit demo serves to remind us that when it comes to cross-platform development, the Guildford-based studio is in a class of its own. Everything about the demo suggests that the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 versions of the new racer are almost totally identical.
You can try four new games for free on the PlayStation Store today.
EA is set to release a Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit demo this week. Xbox 360 owners can play from tomorrow and PS3 owners the day after.
Demo available from tomorrow.
Hot Pursuit's "Facebook for the game."
The fuzz and the furious.
Sponge at the ready.
I tap the brake and pump the throttle and the sleek McLaren's headlights swing to the inside of the broad, sweeping bend. The British supercar seemed a little nervy to begin with, but once you have a feel for its delicate balance, you can tip it into gloriously pliant 150mph drifts.
Unlike EA's recent Need For Speed outings, the forthcoming Hot Pursuit will feature no narrative in the single player mode, developer Criterion has revealed.
Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit's playing area is four times as large as Burnout Paradise's, creator of both games Criterion claims.
Order now to unlock extra content.
A raft of upcoming EA games will be playable ahead of their release at the Eurogamer Expo this October.
Criterion bring you sun, sand and supercars.
Gameplay fresh from gamescom.
Drive your mates crazy.
Limited Edition trailer from gamescom.
Top Gear, season 14, episode one. Clarkson, May and Hammond traverse Romania in a range of hyper-expensive grand tourers in search of the Transfăgărăşan: 90km of high-altitude tarmac that just happens to be one of the exciting, environmentally spectacular driving routes in the world. This is the experience that sums up the new Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit - a celebration of driving some of the hottest cars in the world on the most exciting routes to emerge from the designers at Burnout studio Criterion Games.
The circle is now complete. Just over a year ago, Digital Foundry kicked off its extensive range of tech interviews with the leading lights in game development by talking to Criterion technical director Richard Parr and senior engineer Alex Fry. Last week, we visited the Guildford-based developer to take a look at the new Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit and took the opportunity to meet up with Parr and Fry once more to discuss the latest technological innovations for their new game.
The Criterion developers demoing Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit on EA's E3 booth say that the new game shares a subtitle with 1998's Need for Speed III for the simple reason that it sounds really cool. Also, creative director Craig Sullivan explains how considering those two words makes his job easier.
EA has revealed Criterion's Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit, and announced a 16th November 2010 release date. No formats were mentioned.