It’s been 10 years since the release of Criterion’s first foray into the Need for Speed franchise with Hot Pursuit, a remake of the third entry in the series that catapulted the franchise into a household name. Oddly enough, I remember that night opening up my copy of the first highly anticipated Need for Speed game in years. It wasn’t my home, but I remember the room, I remember the TV I played it on and I remember the chills I got when the intro splash screen booted up. Those same chills returned as I stared down the splash screen for Need for Speed Hot Pursuit Remastered. The team at Criterion and Stellar Entertainment did a great job and gave me one more ride down memory lane, top-down, and flying by the seat of my pants.
DICE returns to World War II with Battlefield V, which is a follow-up to Battlefield 1, and takes place before Battlefield 2, Battlefield 3, and Battlefield 4. Number order confusion aside, Battlefield V is the best the series has felt in a long time. Clearly the lessons learned from Battlefield 1 have come to Battlefield V in a big way, allowing you to see the improvements to the systems and mechanics that make it feel so good. With the Frostbite engine powering this thing, World War II never looked so good. Between an somewhat confusing single-player approach, and the excellent multiplayer, Battlefield V approaches war with a sense of appreciation and historical representation that we haven’t seen before.
The release of Burnout Paradise was a massive hit from Criterion and EA. It signified that not only was more Burnout wanted, but something different would be accepted. This was the first open-world Burnout game which lent itself to offer much more freedom than in prior games, while still providing speed and car crashes looked like an aluminum can being crushed. Originally releasing onto Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC in 2008; Burnout Paradise Remastered looks to recapture the magic on Xbox One and PlayStation 4 (with a PC release later this year) in 2018. And with this, Burnout Paradise Remastered does just that.
Criterion’s second outing as a developer of a Need For Speed title, is an interesting one. This is a reboot of the 2005 game, Most Wanted – that in it of itself is a strange proposition. It turns out that this game is mostly what I wanted, not exactly what I wanted most.
This isn’t the first time I’ve seen the Multiplayer in action, my E3 2012 Preview covers the craziness and quick-transitioning events that occur.
Witness Need For Speed like you’ve never seen it before in fast and fun 12-person multiplayer action. Jump into the open world of Fairhaven City and prove your driving skills against your friends. Drive a huge variety of cars and compete in a series of action-packed challenges. Race, Drift, Jump and Takedown your friends in a battle to become Most Wanted.
I only played the multiplayer of the game, and it feels a lot like Burnout Paradise’s online modes with the Activities. People meet up and you do jump challenges, speed traps, races, team races, and specific tasks. I’ll play or see the single player tomorrow to see what the story is. But the demos were all on PCs. The game is very urban, compared to Hot Pursuit’s vast and open backgrounds all outside of cities.
A lot of winks and nods to the Need For Speed games of past in Hot Pursuit. A rank for the Cop in the career was called “Undercover” while the top-most rank for Racer career was “Most Wanted”. Now we have the Porsche Unleashed DLC, which is a nod to the NFS all-Porsche game from 2000.
When I saw the car list for Lamborghini Untamed DLC for NFS Hot Pursuit, I knew it’d be something special, a sort of deja vu – and it is. We get the Lamborghini Diablo SV, Lamborghini Countach, and the new Lamborghini Sesto Elemento. If you recall Need For Speed III: Hot Pursuit, the Countach and Diablo SV were part of that car list back in 1998. Luckily Criterion has recreated them for you to enjoy again or for the first time.
Criterion has been working hard on new content for Need For Speed Hot Pursuit since November. Over 3 weeks, 1 DLC pack released per week. The first is Armed & Dangerous. This adds 2 modes to Online competition.