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 Thursday, 13. March 2014

Movie Cars Pack DLC for Rivals

by Hydro_PT at 12:44 • Comment (1)

Ghost Games is at full swing when it comes to DLC for their Need For Speed: Rivals title. After releasing two paid DLC packs and one free DLC pack (the Koenigesgg Agera One:1), it is time to release yet another paid DLC. Called the "Movie Cars Pack", it includes 3 new cars in both cop and racer variant. These cars will be featured in the upcoming NFS movie, and are the Lamborghini Sesto Elemento, the GTA Spano and the Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren 722 Edition.

Check the trailer below.

 Tuesday, 4. March 2014

Koenigsegg Agera One:1 for free in Rivals

by Hydro_PT at 18:05 • Comments (7)

After launching a series of paid DLC packs, namely the Ferrari, Jaguar and Lamborghini packs, EA has just announced the newest addition to Need For Speed: Rivals. And it is indeed very new, as the real car was shown for the first time precisely today, at the Geneva Motor Show. It is called the Koenigsegg Agera One:1 and it is Koenigsegg's answer to the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport and the Hennessey Venom GT, currently the two fastest supercars in the world.

The Agera One:1 weighs 1,341 kg and features a 5.0-liter twin-turbo V8 that develops (wait for it) 1,341 horsepower. But there's more: not only is the Agera One:1 capable of going past the 400 km/h barrier, it is also the fastest car to do it. All you need is 20 seconds and a fair bit of straight asphalt. Need to stop quickly? Apply the brakes and they will bring the car to a stand still in... 10 seconds. The top speed of the Agera One:1 is rumoured to be 440 kph (273 mph), which means it would be faster than the Veyron Super Sport and the Hennessey Venom GT. However, this is yet to be proved as the car hasn't been tested in real life conditions yet.

The cool thing is that both the racer and cop version of this truly amazing supercar will be available for free in Need For Speed: Rivals. Check the trailer below.

 Saturday, 22. February 2014

Ferrari and Jaguar DLC for Rivals

by Hydro_PT at 15:15 • Comments (25)

Need For Speed: Rivals has just got its first and proper DLC, as the Ferrari and Jaguar pack will add some new rides to your gage.

The Ferrari Pack features the anniversary editions of the Ferrari F40 and Ferrari F50 – at the time when both were released, they were each the fastest, most powerful, and most expensive car that Ferrari sold to the public. The Jaguar Pack includes the mighty XJ220 and the C-X75 Prototype.

The packs are available as digital purchase on Playstation 3 and 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One and PC (Origin). The packs are sold as racer or cop-packs, or together in Complete Packs.

 Friday, 15. November 2013

NFS: Rivals - launch trailer and PS4 reviews are here

by Hydro_PT at 18:48 • Comments (25)

The official launch trailer for Need For Speed: Rivals has been released by EA, exactly on the same day that the North American PlayStation 4 version of the game is released to the public (together with the console itself). The newest iteration of the iconic Need For Speed series was developed by Ghost Games and will be available on November 19th for PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. It is also the first NFS to be released on the eighth generation of consoles, as both the PlayStation 4 (November 15th in North America and November 22nd in Europe) and the Xbox One (22nd November) will receive the game.

Check the trailer below!

The first scores for the PS4 version are also available and, as you can see, so far Rivals is scoring good in the next-gen.

US Gamer – 5/5
PlayStation Lifestyle – 8.5
Gamespot – 8
EGM – 7
GamesRadar – 3.5/5
AusGamers – 8.5
Eurogamer Spain – 9

 Tuesday, 12. November 2013

Complete Rivals carslist in one video

by Bojan at 08:29 • Comments (10)

Check out this showcase of all cars featured in Need for Speed Rivals put together into one single video made by our friends the StreetKingsTeamBG.

 Friday, 11. October 2013

NFS: Rivals - system requirements

by Hydro_PT at 19:34 • Comments (61)

With the release date for Need For Speed: Rivals fast approaching (19th November for current gen and PC), EA has apparently revealed the official system requirements for the game. So, if you were wondering whether or not your PC is ready for Rivals, don't wait further and look below for both the minimum and recommended system requirements.

Minimum System Requirements

OS: Windows XP / Windows Vista (SP2) / Windows 7
CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo @2.4 GHz / AMD Athlon X2 @2.6 GHz
RAM: at least 4 GB
Graphics Card: AMD Radeon 3870 512 MB or better / NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GT 512 MB or better / IntelHD 4000 integrated 512 MB or better
DirectX: 10.1 compatible
Disc drive: CD/DVD ROM drive required for installation only
HDD: at least 30 GB of free space
Input: Keyboard and mouse
Online Connection Requirements: 512 Kbps or faster internet connection

Recommended System Requirements

OS: Windows XP / Windows Vista (SP2) / Windows 7 / Windows 8 (64-bit)
CPU: Intel Quad Core CPU, AMD Duo Core CPU
RAM: at least 8 GB
Graphics Card: AMD Radeon 7870 3GB or better / NVIDIA GeForce GT660 3GB or better
DirectX: 11 compatible
Disc drive: CD/DVD ROM drive required for installation only
HDD: at least 30 GB of free space
Input: Keyboard and mouse
Online Connection Requirements: 512 Kbps or faster internet connection

Source: NFSPlanet

 Tuesday, 1. October 2013

NFS Rivals: Gameplay - Progression & Pursuit Tech video

by Bojan at 17:58 • Comments (27)

A new gameplay video featuring progression and pursuit tech upgrades.

 Friday, 13. September 2013

Criterion Games staff reduced to 16 people

by Hydro_PT at 22:38 • Comments (10)

Two weeks ago, it was announced that Ghost Games (former EA Gothenburg) was now in charge of developing Need For Speed games, having taken that role from Criterion Games. Now, it is known that the UK developer behind the Burnout series and, more recently, Hot Pursuit 2010 and Most Wanted 2012, has been reduced to the small number of just 16 employees.

According to the creative director, Alex Ward, most of the employees (60 to 65) were moved to Ghost Games to help develop Need For Speed: Rivals, which is due to be released in November 2013 for the current generation of consoles, plus PC, PS4 and Xbox One.

It is not known if Criterion is developing any other game, even though just in April this year, Alex Ward said the studio was "moving away from racing games". However, it seems that despite the small number of employees, a closure of the studio is not happening. Asked on Twitter if Criterion Games now feels vulnerable, Ward said: "Not at all. We are backed by a huge and successful wider company, Electronic Arts."

What are your thoughts on this? Is Criterion Games really just temporarily helping Ghost Games, or is this the beginning of the end for the UK-based developer?

 Friday, 30. August 2013

NFS franchise now "owned" by Ghost Games

by Hydro_PT at 19:11 • Comments (30)

Criterion Games appears to have relinquished his stewardship of the Need for Speed franchise just one year in, with Swedish developer Ghost Games taking over.

Studio head Marcus Nilsson told VideoGamer that Ghost Games now "owns" Need for Speed and that we won’t see the franchise going back and forth between Criterion and Ghost. "It cannot go from black to white between Black Box and Criterion, and that’s why we’re now thinking about the brand as Ghost owns it," he said. "We’re going to build it, we’re going to build it on Frostbite 3, [and] people will see something they are familiar with every time we release the game. And I think that is the core basis of building a brand; that people know what to expect."

Nilsson said the brand’s previous habit of bouncing between studios and different game types wasn’t "consistent". "When you go from a Shift experience to The Run experience to a Hot Pursuit experience, then it loses credibility. I think we now have the work of re-establishing that credibility with building the brand. You know, it’s still a really strong brand, absolutely. We just need to make sure people know what to expect when they get it, and Rivals is absolutely the first step toward that," he said.

"Need For Speed is not going to go away, right? It’s not the final or last step of that. But what you see in Rivals, a lot of those things will carry on going forward and myself and Rivals will be involved in shaping that."

In June 2012, Criterion told GameInformer it had been nominated as the Need for Speed series developer; it looks like it may be getting out of racers altogether. Its last Need for Speed game was 2012's Most Wanted.

 Monday, 26. August 2013

NFS Rivals: preview from hands on at Gamescom

by Bojan at 19:44 • Comments (4)

I got a chance to play both the stage demo of Need for Speed Rivals and a full build at the behind closed doors presentation at Gamescom. The article is available here, but if you just want a quick summary, read below:


In the end I have to say that the game has potential to be a very decent racer as it uses the same core concepts that made Hot Pursuit fun like stunning environments, cop battles, sense of speed, great cars. And the big change on how the cars handle will appeal to everyone who didn't like the extremely arcade approach of Hot Pursuit. This year's entry to the series is not revolution but more of a collection of best things from the past games. And it has Ferraris!

Gamescom hands on preview

If you have any additional questions for me, post in the comments.