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A visit to EA Studios, part 3

Postby Bojan » 23 Aug 2005, 20:41

Let's continue with the third part:

Car Physics and Racing<a href="http://www.nfsunlimited.net/mostwanted/screenshots/"><img src="http://www.nfsunlimited.net/media/nfsmw/screenshots/64-sm.jpg" border="1" align="right"></a>
Since the game is pretty much based on Need for Speed Underground 2, there's not much difference in the way the car handles on the road. I didn't have much time for car customizing, so I can't tell you how handling changes when you upgrade the car, but I did get a chance to drive both ultimately tuned cars and a completely stock family car. Top speed still flies with the same motion blur effect while the handling is still pretty easy so I can tell you now that you will not need the brakes much, except when you do 180 turns to avoid the cops. Compared to NFSU2 there was no racebreaker in the game I got to play but the nitrous did however refill in slowly. Weight plays a very important part in the game as you won't be able to move cop cars around, especially when at low speed and with a small car. Need for Speed Most Wanted has a completely new never before seen feature called Speedbreak. It can be used like nitro (start with full amount, when you use it, it refills slowly) and what it does is it slows down the time and highly improves car handling. It is very useful in sharp turns, hairpins and with 180 turns which with speedbreaker you can do without touching the walls. From what I've experienced it's a really good and fun addition to the arcade styled racing. Another thing I noticed is that wallriding has been made a bit harder - I couldn't really make turns so easily without losing speed as in NFSU2.

Pursuits<a href="http://www.nfsunlimited.net/mostwanted/screenshots/"><img src="http://www.nfsunlimited.net/media/nfsmw/screenshots/63-sm.jpg" border="1" align="right"></a>
The most important feature of Most Wanted are definetly the cops. And I must say there are lots of cops! Go over the speed limit near a cop and the chase starts. At the beginning there's only one cop behind you but in time as you commit more illegal actions (speeding, ramming cops, destroying public property...) more will join your pursuit and your wanted level will increase. Wanted level will determine what kind of cops will be on your tail: level 1 will be normal police cruisers which will be replaced with level 2 undercover police cruisers which you can't see on your radar. Since I usually drive by the law, I didn't get past level 2, but I can tell you what the next levels are: after undercover police you can expect SUVs with a completely different technique (expect them going directly into you) and different performance cop cars. EA says there is no way to lose the cops unless you use certain strategies, you will not be able to shake them and I can say that is more or less true. Just by driving straight and no matter how fast you go, cops will be behind you. But by taking sharp or even 180 turns you can actually get out of their visual range and when they can't see you they also will not follow you. Then you can expect them to cruise around the area where you were last seen so a good idea would be to hide somewhere. And there are plenty of locations on the track available. When hidden there's a cool down meter which slowly progresses. At the time it took in my opinion a bit too long but might change untill full release. But hiding from the cops is not the only way to shake them: try ramming straight into them at high speed. Unlike Underground games and Hot Pursuit 2, cops in Most Wanted can actually be damaged and even destroyed. Yes, by hitting them enough you can damage them completely which makes them stop chasing you. Damage itself is quite good looking but when I played the cops were pretty hard, it took a lot of power to damage them.
Overall the pursuits are not only the most important part of the game, but also the funniest! Since I don't want to make a 3 page essay on just cops I'll stop here and if you have any other questions, feel free to ask here and I'll be happy to answer.
Unfortunatly the cops have their bad side: we won't be able to join their sides which is a shame really as playing as cops would add a lot of fun especially to online races.

So this should be enough for part 3, stay tuned, part 4 will cover ingame animations and psp version of the game!

See the new screenshots in our <a href="http://www.nfsunlimited.net/mostwanted/screenshots/">screenshot section</a>!
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Postby Saeidi » 23 Aug 2005, 20:44

Thank You For The Re View Bojan.
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Postby =|Gigiani|= » 23 Aug 2005, 20:48

Yeah i can't wait for part 4
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Postby 2furio » 23 Aug 2005, 20:50

Awesome man and the graphics...I presume they're X360 because they look damn awesome and realistic. Is there any chance we may be able to play the good guys? Is there ANY kind of damage to the player car?
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Postby Saeidi » 23 Aug 2005, 20:50

I Can Not Wait Either.
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Postby Bojan » 23 Aug 2005, 20:53

Yes, sorry I forgot to mention that. We won't be able to play the cops :(
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Postby ^Sparco^ » 23 Aug 2005, 20:54

Awesome, I can't wait for playing the game. Yet again it's an arcade but what can we do? We should live with that... It's only a game. At least it will be a funny game :D


2furio wrote:Awesome man and the graphics...I presume they're X360 because they look damn awesome and realistic. Is there any chance we may be able to play the good guys? Is there ANY kind of damage to the player car?


NO to both questions as far as I know... :cry:
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Postby Bojan » 23 Aug 2005, 20:57

Player car only gets different textures when "damaged".
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Postby Saeidi » 23 Aug 2005, 20:59

Do You Mean Like The Scratches That We Saw On The Busted Video?
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Postby Fishwhiz » 23 Aug 2005, 21:00

wow, but to make up for be the cops theres about 5x more cops chasing you at 1ce
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Postby 99k » 23 Aug 2005, 21:42

Ooooohhhhhh I like to be to be the cop
i like to be to be the cop
When i get that game the first thing im gonna do is get as many cops chasing me as possible. and wreck the city.
Hey bojan on your planet do they have time machines. If so i'll pay £250. I can get it converted. (just a little joke)
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Postby Tyrant » 23 Aug 2005, 22:10

No playing as cop :(. But the game sounds better and better. I can hear EA has watched to the GTA series :D
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Postby Skyline_man » 23 Aug 2005, 23:21

Thanks for the info Bojan, waiting for part 4 :)
btw have anyone noticed the driver in the GTR in this screenshot ?
http://www.nfsunlimited.net/media/nfsmw ... ots/64.jpg
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Postby ^Sparco^ » 23 Aug 2005, 23:36

Skyline_man: That screen definetely owns 8)

Bojan: What do you mean by that? The player car gets "dirty" like in Juiced?
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Postby 2furio » 23 Aug 2005, 23:46

do you know about how many cars there will be and maybe a hint on what cars are left to be reveiled?
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Postby jacoja06 » 24 Aug 2005, 01:15

Skyline_man wrote:btw have anyone noticed the driver in the GTR in this screenshot ?
http://www.nfsunlimited.net/media/nfsmw ... ots/64.jpg


lol, looks like 'Tanner', from the driver series. 8)

NFSMW Sounds as though it's going to be an awesome game :D (and hopefully on PS2 also). Can’t wait for the release.
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Postby 2furio » 24 Aug 2005, 01:52

Bojan...please you gotta tell us at least this...
On the official page, there is a recap of the event you went to and there is a picture with the caption: "Glad you can't see that "secret" car." Can you please give us at least a hint of what car is that?
http://www.eagames.com/official/nfs/mos ... munity_day
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Postby jacoja06 » 24 Aug 2005, 03:35

It looks like some sort of TVR to me. A convertible perhaps. :D
(I really don't have a clue :lol: )

Edit: I was looking at the wrong picture :(
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Postby slaer07 » 24 Aug 2005, 07:01

:o
I read on needforspeed.com (EA's site) that the PSP has takedown mode where you can be a police officer! Is that true that you can only do this on the PSP? If so, that sucks! :(
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Postby Skyline_man » 24 Aug 2005, 08:31

yeah, it is true, and there are 2 exclusive cars too (Carrera 4S and the Mazda3).
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Postby master m » 24 Aug 2005, 08:58

Nice preview bojan. waiting for part4.

btw: which guy are you in this pic, I think I know, but I want to be sure :D

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Postby jorosv » 24 Aug 2005, 10:24

if it help i made it smaller but clearer

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Postby Tunerfreak » 24 Aug 2005, 10:51

2 Fast 2 Furious style with tons of cops on your tail in a very high performance vehicle! :D
Now were talking! :o
Can't wait for part four. Also I think NFSMW will be making quite a contribution to the 'funny nfs pic' thread. :wink: Maybe a couple of giant doughnuts here and there? :lol:

Im going to study that pixelated car for a bit and ill see if I can identify it. I atteched anothe rpic of the pixelated car and I should be a bit clearer again. :wink:

And master m, theres no little green alien?

A costume? :?
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Postby x » 24 Aug 2005, 13:07

Hi Bojan
Thanks for the report but i have a little question.
From which plattform are the pictures which can be seen in this report?

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Postby Andre_online » 24 Aug 2005, 13:37

@Master_m: He's the guy on the EXTREME left, squatting down, with a black shirt, with white stripes running across it. I may be wrong though... :P
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