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Need for Speed Rivals adds Koenigsegg One:1, 'the fastest car ever built,' for free

Need for Speed Rivals adds Koenigsegg One:1, 'the fastest car ever built,' for free

The Koenigsegg Agera One:1 is debuting at the Geneva Auto Show today, and may be "the fastest car ever built." With a one-to-one ratio of weight and horsepower, the One:1 produces 1340 horsepower while weighing just 1340kg. Only six of these $2 million cars will be manufactured--and they're already all sold out.

So, how else will you be able to get your hands on this ridiculous car? In Need for Speed Rivals.

Watch: Just keep driving »

"This is nice and all, but I'd really appreciate if they'd patch the PC version not slow down to ..."
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Report: Unannounced Need for Speed game canceled as Ghost Games suffers layoffs

Report: Unannounced Need for Speed game canceled as Ghost Games suffers layoffs

With an upcoming movie and excellent reviews for Rivals, the Need for Speed franchise seems to be doing quite well. However, Electronic Arts has put plans for one upcoming game in the series on hold as it laid off staff from developer Ghost Games.

Watch: An eccentric trailer »

"Sounds like it was just the Surrey office which never released a game. Maybe it just wasn't ..."
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Behind the scenes with the Need for Speed movie

Behind the scenes with the Need for Speed movie

"Need for Speed is a story of revenge and redemption," director Scott Waugh says during the opening of the latest behind-the-scenes vignette. Indeed, the Need for Speed movie is a story about cars, outrageous stunts, and driving really fast. But the film also looks to keep the promise of "being extremely faithful to the spirit of the video game franchise" by featuring police chases, in the vein of Most Wanted.

Watch: The behind-the-scenes video »

"I got the need for speedy erasing of that trailer from my mind. What a waste of money and time."
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Need for Speed Rivals update adds 2015 Mustang

Need for Speed Rivals update adds 2015 Mustang

A free Need for Speed Rivals update has added a car so new it's from the future. The team at Ghost Games was given early access to the 2015 Ford Mustang while it was still in production, letting them put it in the game well before anyone can actually buy it.

Watch: 2015 Mustang tearing up roads »

"I'd rather they patch the PC version to use more than one core."
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Need for Speed Rivals review: the thrill of the chase

Need for Speed Rivals review: the thrill of the chase

Has a video game subtitle ever been so thoroughly explored before? No one expected actual ghosts to appears in the latest Call of Duty, for example. But Need for Speed Rivals completely embraces the concept of rivalry, integrating it into every aspect of the game. The end result is a game with crystal-clear vision and execution. Rivals ends up being a rather unique racing experience--one that isn't meant for everyone, but will be beloved by those that "get" it.

The entire game centers around competition. On the surface, there's the high-level battle between cops and racers. Players can align themselves with one of two factions, both which play quite differently. Racers will do what racers are so wont to do: go fast and try to beat other drivers to the finish line. Cops, on the other hand, will try to stop racers--any way they can. With the way rewards are divvied, the entire game has been designed to push players to race (and crash) with one another.

Read more: Cops vs Racers »

"I'm not saying I will never own a PS4, just won't happen for a while. "
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Need for Speed joins EA Sports label

Need for Speed joins EA Sports label

The Need for Speed franchise is switching labels, away from EA's general gaming label to EA Sports. It's in the game now!

In many ways, the transition makes a lot of sense. The franchise has been annualized for many years already, and racing is already a sport. However, the main reason for the switch is to get new eyes on the franchise.

Read more: All about 'feeling' »

"Yeah, they really did a good job burning through Black Box. Putting QTEs in a racing game in ..."
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Need for Speed Rivals joins PS4 launch lineup

Need for Speed Rivals joins PS4 launch lineup

Sony may have lost DriveClub for its PS4 launch, but EA is coming to the rescue. Need for Speed Rivals has been pushed up on PS4, and will be the only racing game available on day one.

Read more: Remote Play support detailed »

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Need for Speed Rivals preview: cops and robbers

Need for Speed Rivals preview: cops and robbers

Imagine, if you will, Journey reimagined with cars. Instead of a silent scarfed wanderer joining you on your quest, it's a sports car rushing at 100mph trying to take you down.

That's the promise of Need for Speed: Rivals, Ghost Games' first take on the EA racing franchise. Like the open-world Criterion games before it, you'll be able to drive around a massive map, discovering new races and objectives in the world. However, the seamless integration of online--which has friends and strangers dynamically populating your world--ensures that "a race will never, ever be the same."

Read more: Playing as a patrol cop »

"One last thought, for a while: Who actually ever wants to be a cop in these games?"
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Need for Speed movie gets first trailer

Need for Speed movie gets first trailer

You already know that the upcoming Need for Speed movie will feature cars. But did you know it will also have drama? The first trailer for the film takes a surprisingly serious tone, making it not-too-difficult to imagine this as some weird car-related side story for Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul). Of course, that tone is immediately negated when the title card pops up. It is called Need for Speed, after all.

Watch: Feel. The need. For speed »

"Seems like the voice over is a little serious for what I'm imagining this movie being. That ..."
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Criterion Games 'just 17 people' now, most of team at Ghost Games

Criterion Games 'just 17 people' now, most of team at Ghost Games

When Electronic Arts revealed that Ghost Games had become the new home of the Need for Speed series, we thought it meant that Criterion Games would be freed up to do their own thing. That's still true, although the full meaning behind that statement wasn't clear until today.

"Criterion is just 17 people these days," Criterion creative director Alex Ward said. Apparently, most of the studio moved to Ghost Games, leaving just a "small team" behind to work at Criterion.

Read more: 'It's all positive' »

"+1 Too bad all that talent is gone already. EA strikes again."
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Need for Speed franchise now headed by Ghost Games

Need for Speed franchise now headed by Ghost Games

Ghost Games' first foray into the Need for Speed franchise is the upcoming Rivals. However, executive producer Marcus Nilsson revealed that this isn't a one-off. In fact, the studio is taking full control of the franchise going forward.

Read more: The brand to grow on Frostbite 3 »

"It wasn't until 3 the game began encouraging takedowns. Both 1 and 2 were about driving ..."
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Undercover cops infiltrate Need for Speed: Rivals

Undercover cops infiltrate Need for Speed: Rivals

Remember Paul Walker's character from the first Fast & The Furious movie? He started out as an undercover cop sneaking into the street racing scene. EA and Ghost Games are now going to give players the chance to live out this fantasy (minus Vin Diesel) by introducing undercover cops to Need For Speed: Rivals.

Watch: Cheese it, the cops! »

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Criterion staff assisting Ghost Games with Need For Speed: Rivals

Criterion staff assisting Ghost Games with Need For Speed: Rivals

The baton for the Need For Speed series has been handed off to Ghost Games, however Criterion hasn't walked away from the racing franchise entirely. Between 60 and 65 Criterion coders and artists are said to be working on Need For Speed: Rivals, which comprises roughly 40 to 45 percent of the project's total staff.

Read more: Lots of 'Criterion DNA' »

"Just wondering if it's okay for Criterion to make another Burnout now. The last one was kinda ..."
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E3 racing roundup: Forza 5, GT6, DriveClub, The Crew, and NFS Rivals

E3 racing roundup: Forza 5, GT6, DriveClub, The Crew, and NFS Rivals

There was a common theme amongst game publishers last week at E3: many of them were announcing new racing games. In fact, every E3 press conference highlighted some upcoming racer. I spent time with every big new racing game at the show, and walked away with impressions of each. With so many options available, which E3 racer is right for you?

Read more: Forza, Gran Turismo, DriveClub, Need for Speed, and more »

"All look fantastic and I'm disappointed that I am going to miss out on Forza 5, looking forward ..."
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Here's what that Need for Speed movie looks like

Here's what that Need for Speed movie looks like

At its E3 press conference, Electronic Arts showed off a first look at the upcoming Need for Speed movie. Fast-tracked for February 2014, the movie stars Aaron Paul, best known for his role on Breaking Bad. Apparently, the film is "rooted in the tradition of the great car culture films of the 70s while being extremely faithful to the spirit of the video game franchise," and is TOTALLY not an attempt at cashing in on the Fast & Furious cash-cow.

Watch: Pinkman drives cars fast »

""Need for Speed is definitely accurate and authentic... to real car-racing culture" *shows cop ..."
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