Canada held their Community Day event last week in
Vancouver. 15 minutes away from where I live. I emailed
them 5 days before the event looking for a contact
at EA Canada (I had no prior knowledge of this event).
They ignored me. I emailed them a few days later.
They finally forwarded my email to the PR director
of EA Canada. I asked him nicely if it was ever possible
for me to come down to the offices for some hands
on or eyes on time with the games as I recently moved
to Vancouver. We'd like to have more indepth coverage
of their games for the site so you readers could get
a better idea of what to expact. He said "Sure!
It's a little busy right now, so how about in November...maybe
I find out that the reason they're busy is because
they're holding their Community Day event and have
invited every rinky dink moronic two-bit video game
website operator or their flunkies....and CCC just
ain't invited. That was definitely a WTF moment.
the sounds of it from the people who were far more
priveledged than I to attend, I saved on gas. One
attendee said that Black Box has attempted to go back
to the root of the franchise but at the expense of
everything Underground worked so hard to gain. There
will be no Cop Mode, no night driving, no drift races,
no car damage and only very basic car customization....and
that all definitely sounds like "no fun".
Having not attended, I can only assume this preview
sounds like sour grapes, but we don't work like that
here. I loved the Need For Speed franchise. Need For
Speed 3: Hot Pursuit and its sequel are still two
of my favorite arcade-style racing games of all time.
I'm not sure what Black Box and EA are hoping to achieve
by not delivering players their coveted "Cop
Mode" but I've already read dozens of "I'm
not buying this game" posts from outraged forum
dwellers regarding the aforementioned absences.
keep in mind that I'm only reporting what I've heard.
I wasn't in attendance so I don't have the luxury
of the truth. Perhaps there will be cop chase mode,
night racing, drift racing and more customization,
but from what I've been told so far, I wouldn't bet
on it. Let's all hope that changes.
I hear differently and I'm really hoping that I do,
this game just became Need For Speed: Least Wanted.
announced today that Need for Speed Most Wanted, from
the makers of the hit Need for Speed Underground franchise
that has sold more than 15 million copies worldwide,
currently is under development at EA Canada. Combining
the thrill of illicit street racing and tuner customization
with the intensity of strategic police pursuits that
rivals any Hollywood-style chase scene, Need for Speed
Most Wanted challenges players to become the most
notorious and elusive street racer.
your opponents, evade cops and exploit the open world
in Need for Speed Most Wanted; street racing doesnt
get any better than this, said Larry LaPierre,
senior producer, EA Canada. "Players instantly
will feel the thrill of the ride as they hit the streets
in an open world environment where drivers can tune
their cars to compete against any class of vehicles
or use their wits to out-fox the law to satisfy their
need for speed.
for Speed Most Wanted delivers a unique, fast-paced
and gripping ride in the racing genre as players build
up their Rap Sheet and street cred to move their way
up the Black List to become the most wanted racer
on the streets. Players will go head-to-head with
the top drivers on the scene as well as strategically
evade more than half dozen cops at any one time. Add
in a dynamic open world, new gameplay and customization
as well as tuners, supercars, muscles and sports cars
and Need for Speed Most Wanted will be on every gamers
Xbox, PS2, PC
Dev: Black Box
Released: Fall 2005
Players: 1 - 8
Preview by Vaughn
(OUT OF 5)