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Need For Speed: The Run review

PC Gamer at

We’ve all got an idealised image of the great trans- American road trip. Flooring the throttle down an arrow-straight road in a thunderously powerful V8 muscle car, perhaps, with On The Road Again by Canned Heat playing on the stereo.

In that regard Need For Speed: The Run nails it – you can recreate that experience perfectly, even down to the masterfully-pitched, twanging country music. This would be brilliant if the game didn’t replicate the realities of a road trip as well, which include repetitive scenery, the boredom of maintaining a largely constant speed and the realisation that at most of your stop-offs there isn’t a great deal to do.

New Need for Speed to use Frostbite 2

Matt Purslow at

The newly announced instalment in EA's racing franchise - Need for Speed: The Run - will use Frostbite 2 as its base.

Frostbite 2 has rocketed to fame after its graphical horsepower and capabilities were shown off in footage from Battlefield 3, which it also powers.

The Run is being developed by Black Box, and continues the cops vs racers war in a similar fashion to Criterion's Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit from last year. However, this time around the central focus is that of 'The Run'; an illegal cross-country race from San Francisco all the way to New York City. Players will have to "weave through dense urban centers, rocket down icy mountain passes and navigate narrow canyons at breakneck speeds", whilst keeping an eye out for law enforcement.

Need for Speed: The Run is expected November 15 in the US and November 18 in the UK.

[via Big Download]

Need for Speed: World review

Tom Senior at

A whole city is yours to explore in Need for Speed World, a game that claims to be a freeto- play racing MMO. Though, really, it’s only free up to level ten, and it’s not an MMO. For the first ten levels, it’s an open world arcade racer with a great sense of speed and amazing police chases – but travel past that point and things start to slip.

Need for Speed World released July 27

Jaz McDougall at

Need for Speed World, the racing MMO from EA, will be making annoying revving noises at a stop light in time for a July 27 launch. You can pre-order it now to get early access to the game. So spend money now, and once you've already spent that money and you're poor, find out whether you like it or not. Sigh. On the other hand, it's got a not bad pricing model.