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Hot Pursuit will dwarf Burnout Paradise

Criterion reckons it's 400 per cent larger.

Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit's playing area is four times as large as Burnout Paradise's, creator of both games Criterion claims.

"Put simply, it's around four times bigger than Burnout Paradise, for cars to be able to usefully reach 260 miles an hour," Criterion's Matt Webster revealed in an interview on EA's website,

"[There's] well over 100 miles of tarmac road and 30-40 per cent more off-road and shortcut areas. We've opened a lot of that space up for race and chase as you are playing online versus human cops.

"At night time you can just turn your lights off and hide behind a bush - something that isn't really achievable with AI."

Eurogamer's very own Richard Leadbetter came away impressed when he got behind the wheel last month. Why not head down to the Eurogamer Expo next month to try Criterion's game out for yourself?

Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit recklessly speeds onto PC, PS3 and Xbox 360 from 16th November.

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