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VideoNFS: Hot Pursuit's new trio of DLC trailer

Lamborghini! Porsche! Armed & Dangerous!

VideoGet free cars for NFS: Hot Pursuit

Details on game's website, apparently.

VideoNFS:HP Super Sports Pack revealed

New vehicles, events, achievements.

Key events

Breaking Bad's Aaron Paul shows new Need for Speed trailer

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!

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EU PlayStation Store update 27th July

EU PlayStation Store update 27th July

Annihilation! NFS sale! LA Noire DLC!

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.

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NFS: Hot Pursuit PC patch 1.04 released

NFS: Hot Pursuit PC patch 1.04 released

23% of "known" crash bugs remain.

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.

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NFS Hot Pursuit PC patch 1.03 released

NFS Hot Pursuit PC patch 1.03 released

Crash eradication! Free cars! Exhausting.

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.

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EU PlayStation Store update 2nd March

EU PlayStation Store update 2nd March

Black Ops demo, maps; PixelJunk Shooter 2.

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.

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Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit DLC confirmed

Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit DLC confirmed

Three packs in the works.

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.

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NFS Hot Pursuit patch 1.02 suggests DLC

NFS Hot Pursuit patch 1.02 suggests DLC

Porsche vs. Lamborghini on the way.

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.

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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.

PC Need for Speed denied paid DLC

EA's Criterion "constrained by resources".

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.

Kinect bundles outsell Move bundles 5-1

Plus: GT5, Donkey Kong sales figures.

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.

Watch a NFS trailer, get free cars

Watch a NFS trailer, get free cars

But there's a catch.

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.

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NFS:HP PC patch set for early next week

NFS:HP PC patch set for early next week

Multi-core CPU users saved.

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."

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Pay for Hot Pursuit car unlocks

Need for Speed DLC cuts corners.

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.

EA hails NFS: Hot Pursuit demo

Two million downloads in two weeks.

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.

Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit

Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit

Protect and swerve.

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.

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Black Box behind Nov 2011 Need for Speed

EA does a COD with alternating dev strategy.

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.

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.

NFS: Hot Pursuit demo tomorrow

And on Wednesday for PS3.

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.

Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit

The drift shift.

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.

No story in NFS: Hot Pursuit

Criterion keeps things simple.

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

Social network king.

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.

Digital FoundryTech Interview: Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit

Digital Foundry visits the tech leads in Guildford for the inside story.

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.

Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit

Racers race, cops chase.

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.

Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit is back

Out November, Criterion developing.

EA has revealed Criterion's Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit, and announced a 16th November 2010 release date. No formats were mentioned.