By our count, the Need for Speed gaming franchise has produced 18 video game titles, making it the most successful racing game franchise in history. With their success in video games firmly entrenched, recent rumors are suggesting that Need for Speed might be interested in crossing over to Hollywood.
Word has it that Electronic Arts, the publisher of the NFS gaming franchise, has tapped a pair of writers, George and Joel Gatins, to develop a script based on the Need for Speed games. The Gatins boys recently penned the script for the Hugh Jackman movie, "Real Steel," so these guys have some serious credibility.
Adding more credence to this report is word that a number of big-time studios are already in the hunt to acquire the rights to the prospective movie, including Warner Bros., Sony Pictures, and Paramount with the last one considered the favorite to land the rights to the movie.
While the thought of a Need for Speed movie has us salivating, it’s important to keep a level head and not get too caught up in all the talks, especially considering that the whole project is still in the script-developing stage.
The good thing about technology these days, as far as video game developers are concerned, is the wide array of platforms they can come on. No longer are we limited to video game consoles now that smartphones and tablets have become a popular tool for the vast majority of the population.
EA Games, the developer of Need For Speed: The Run, is taking advantage of this wider access to video games with the release of the trailer for the game on the iPad and the iPhone.
You read that right, folks. We now have iPad and iPhone trailers.
Since the game is already out for the PS3 and Xbox platforms, the next step is to bring all the action to the iPad and iPhone. That’s what the trailer is for. And even if it doesn’t come with the same cutting edge graphics as that of the console versions, it still something that should be a good download.
Besides, the iPad and the iPhone have one thing going for them that the PS3 and the Xbox don’t: you can take those two anywhere you go, and in doing so, play NFS: The Run anytime and anywhere.
Michael Bay’s addiction for high-octane action and mindless explosions has earned him a reputation as one of Hollywood’s most fascinating directors. For his latest project, Bay is switching genres and stepping into the world of video games, directing the official trailer for Need For Speed: The Run.
While this project was lacking in real-life actors, Bay didn’t seem to have any problems putting his imprint on the trailer. There are cars flying everywhere, helicopters shooting at runaway vehicles, and of course, lots and lots of explosions.
At the end of the day, Bay seems to have done a good job in translating his Hollywood-style directing by turning the trailer into a pulse-pounding, action-packed, two-and-a-half-minute video for the latest installment in the highly-popular Need For Speed franchise.
As a reminder, the game is set to come out November 15, 2011, so if you’re still having second thoughts on making the purchase, this Michael Bay-directed trailer will more than likely sway your decision towards forking over that $50.
Electronic Arts is in a giving mood these days, isn’t it?
Days after we found out that the publisher of Need For Speed: The Run was giving away a brand spankin’ new Porsche 911 Carrera S , it has now been brought to our attention that they’ll be giving away another car, albeit in a slightly different manner.
EA, in collaboration with Shelby America, will be auctioning off a special edition 2012 Shelby GT500 Super Snake "Need For Speed" Edition. The car is the same one that will be gracing the cover of the highly-anticipated NFS: The Run video game and even better, it’s going to be a playable car in the game.
Just in case you need a brush-up on the car, the 2012 Shelby GT500 Super Snake is powered by a 5.4-liter supercharged V8 that can produce upwards of 800 horsepower. As far as the special edition muscle car is concerned, the word is that it’s going to come with an output that’s in the 750-horsepower area with a special Wimbledon White paint finish and custom gray stripes. The model will be equipped with a Ford Racing handling pack, including dynamic adjustable dampers, lowering springs, tuned stabilizer bars, and front strut tower brace. These features will be combined with a unique fiberglass hood, "Shelby " lettering across the rear deck lid, official "Super Snake" vehicle badges, and a customized two tone Black interior.
As for the auction, the event is still a long ways from today - late 2012 was the date we heard - but nevertheless, expect it to garner a truckload’s worth of attention from Mustang aficionados everywhere. Proceeds from the auction will go to the Carroll Shelby Foundation, an organization that helps kids and young adults with serious illnesses to gain higher education.
Save up your money, folks. You have a year to replenish your ’bidding funds’ and we suggest you start putting in some of those greenbacks in your piggy banks now.
Electronic Arts will actually be giving away a Porsche 911 Carrera S to a very, very lucky gamer. Anybody who bought the limited edition version of Need for Speed: The Run will have the chance to drive the virtual 911 Carrera S in the game. But much more important than that is the fact that EA will actually give one person a real 911 Carrera S. Not a video game version; a real Porsche sports car that you can touch, and more importantly, drive away with.
The contest to win the Porsche sports car is pretty simple. All you need to do is head over to the official Need for Speed: The Run website, navigate your way to the contest page, and follow the simple directions to put your name in the proverbial hat.
Remember to read the terms and conditions because not everybody is eligible to enter the contest - having to be of legal age of your country and needing to have a driver’s license are a few of the conditions stated.
Be sure to read the fine print and if you’re eligible on all ends, then do the sane thing and enter the contest for the chance to win a 2012 Porsche 911 Carrera S.
No, it doesn’t come with any scantily-clad foxes, but what it does feature are two supercars considered two of the most desirable exotics on the market today: the McLaren MP4-12C and the Pagani Huayra .
As always, the video offers plenty of breathtaking racing between the two supercars with a short and ultimately crash-tastic cameo of an out-of-its-element police car.
But the real highlight of the video is the race between the MP4-12C and the Huayra . Here’s a spoiler, though: if you’re a fan of either one of these cars, then prepare to weep as one of them gets thrown off a cliff.
We’re not kidding.
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If you are one of those gamers that have circled November 15, 2011 in red ink on your calendars then this next bit of news may rattle your composure some more. The new version of the famous Need for Speed game has just gotten itself another teaser trailer, but this one is not showcasing hot sports cars. This teaser trailer shows off the assets of Sports Illustrated Swimsuit models, Irina Shayk and Chrissy Teigen.
Apparently, these two young ladies were given the SIMS treatment and will be getting behind the wheel and battling it out in the illicit $25 million cross-country race from San Francisco to New York. They aren’t your allies, but some damn good-looking competition. We’re not sure what type of driving skills these girls have, but anyone that has seen the original Cannonball Run can get a pretty good idea as to how they will handle the competition. Have we mentioned their assets?
"There are only a few companies that deliver upon the promise of excitement and innovation with every new product launch and EA stands at the top of that list. This is why it is very exciting that SI Swimsuit will be part of the latest edition of the Need for Speed franchise," said Frank Wall, vice president and publisher of Sports Illustrated. "I’m sure that the millions Swimsuit fans will be excited to see Irina and Chrissy behind the wheel and millions more will be introduced to franchise in a fun and unexpected way."
Sex sells (even in cartoon form) and EA, as well as SI Swimsuit, aren’t shy about pimping out their contacts.
The Need For Speed franchise will be rolling out a new game called ’The Run’ before the holidays and they’re banking on the exclusive appearance of one of the most highly anticipated sports car of the year, the 2012 Porsche 911 Carrera S for increased sales.
They’re so high on the 911 Carrera S that they even took the time to make an exclusive preview of the sports car for our viewing. As if we needed any more convincing; we’re already scooping up the game when it hits shelves this November.
However, it’s still a cool video to watch, especially since the Porsche supercar is only a few days away from being unveiled to the public. And as an added bonus, if you look more closely at the promo, you’ll notice that the 911 Carrera S isn’t the only Porsche sports car making an appearance. Yep, the 500-horsepower Porsche 997 GT3 RS 4.0 is also running roughshod over America’s highways.
Check out the video and watch the two Porsche monsters that will be part of Need For Speed: The Run.
With every passing trailer Need For Speed releases for their new game, "The Run", we’re becoming more and more convinced that we need to get this game as an early Christmas present when it hits shelves this November.
In the latest installment of what now appears to be a trailer series, Jack finds himself in the snow-capped mountains of Colorado. Facing a choice at taking the long route through Independence Pass but losing valuable time in the process, the renegade hero decides to throw common sense out the window. He finds himself bracing the treacherous shortcut in his BMW M3 GTS as it maneuvers in and out of falling rocks that were caused by an avalanche.
Only the craziest of people racing for their lives will dare challenge Mother Nature and her wrath, and live to tell about it. But if you’re as desperate as our man Jack is, then nothing’s stopping you from getting to New York as fast as possible...inclement weather be damned.
How is it that a video game trailer can garner so much attention, even for those people who wouldn’t be able to tell the difference between an Xbox 360 and a microwave oven?
Well, if you’re a certifiable gearhead with no interest whatsoever in video games, the answer lies within the trailer itself. A few fleeting snapshots of what is arguably one of the most hotly-anticipated cars of the year: the 2012 Porsche 911 Carrera S .
For some, the trailer itself has taken a backseat to the shots of the still-to-be-revealed Porsche sports car, which pretty much tells you just how big of a deal this machine is. Heck, we ran a separate post about the trailer and we’re doing another one just because the 911 Carrera S is in it.
The game itself lends certain promise to some pretty action-packed game play, one that involves a cool storyline of racing for your life from San Francisco to New York. But the real prize of this 98-second video are the few times we see the next-generation 911 Carrera S. If you’re not too careful with your eyes, you might even miss it. But if you pay attention, you’ll notice a few elements of the Carrera S that are worth taking notes on, including shots of the 911’s new headlight set-up and what appears to be vents on the rear of the car. The rest of the sneak peaks involve the 911 Carrera S in racing action so that in itself is a monumental task even for the most eagle-eyed viewer.
The good thing about it is that we won’t have to wait too long to see the car in all its glory because it’s set to be revealed at the 2011 IAAs. But if you’re the type with limited amounts of patience, then we suggest you that you watch this video over and over again to get your 2012 911 Carrera S fix.