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Need For Speed: The Run PC patch comes with free cars

Need For Speed: The Run PC patch comes with free cars

No charge for Signature Edition Booster Pack.

A new update for the PC version of Need For Speed: The Run goes live today, bringing with it some new content, publisher EA has announced.

As well as the various fixes and enhancements listed at the bottom of the story, the patch also includes the extra cars from last month's Signature Edition Booster Pack DLC.

While console owners had to pay 240 Microsoft Points/$1.99 for expansion, it seems PC users are getting the following vehicles for free:

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Need for Speed: The Run Review

Need for Speed: The Run Review

Before you can walk?

Given that it arrives at the end of a 12-month period during which we have already been invited to buy two excellent games in the same series, those marketing Need for Speed: The Run would surely be wise not to place too much emphasis on the first bit of its title. At this stage it seems like very much more of a want than a need, and it's not clear upon whose behalf that desire is being expressed in any case.

Then again, with this latest instalment, EA Black Box has done a reasonable job of suggesting an alternative to the fast, lean, sunshine sprints of Criterion's glorious Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit, and to Slightly Mad Studios' more serious SHIFT 2: Unleashed. This time you're racing from San Francisco to New York - a troubled petrol-head on a last-ditch cannonball run to wipe out his debts and start over.

It's one of the better ideas for a racing game to come along in a little while, and the developers have even been brave enough to wrap it up in cut-scenes and quick-time events that add some context in between more typical racing contests. If that wasn't enough drama, they have also borrowed Criterion's innovative Autolog, pitting you against friends stage by stage to create the impression of intimate, bustling competition while you hurtle across America individually.

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Need for Speed: The Run demo release date

The Need for Speed: The Run demo launches on 18th October, EA has announced.

The demo, as detailed in a new German trailer hosted by playfront.de, features the Lamborghini Gallardo LP 550-2 Valentino Balboni and two events, but if you refer a friend to the demo, you'll unlock the 2012 Porsche 911 Carrera S.

The full game launches in November.

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How's this for a turn of events? It's 2011, and there's every reason to look forward to this year's Need for Speed game.

PS3 snags exclusive EA content

PS3 snags exclusive EA content

Battlefield 3, SSX and NFS bonuses

As part of its ongoing E3 press conference, Sony has announced a range of PS3-exclusive bonuses for upcoming EA titles.

The PS3 version of Battlefield 3 will be "bigger than any other," said Sony US boss Jack Tretton. He revealed that the additional storage of Blu-ray meant EA would bundle a free copy of Battlefield 1943 with the game when it ships in October.

"It's one of the most exciting games of the year bundled free with one of the most popular PSN games," Tretton added.

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EA announces Need for Speed: The Run

EA announces Need for Speed: The Run

Black Box racing for November launch.

EA has announced the next entry in its long-running driving series Need for Speed.

Need for Speed: The Run launches on 3DS, PC, PlayStation 3, Wii and Xbox 360 in North America on 15th November, in Europe on 17th November, and in the UK on 18th November.

The focus reverts to the world of underground racing, set against the backdrop of a high-speed race across the US from San Francisco to New York.

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