Need for Speed

Need for Speed

Give credit to the folks over at Electronic Arts for knowing how to promote a video game.

With the release of Need for Speed: Most Wanted drawing closer and closer, the promotional train is out in full force, making a stop in Paris, France for an impressive supercar parade in and around some of the city’s most famous landmarks.

The video, courtesy of YouTube member alexsmolik, features a plethora of Ferraris , Porsches , Lamborghinis , and even a Ford GT Heritage taking through the streets of Paris while visiting a number of tourist destinations, including the Eiffel Tower, the Arc de Triomphe, and Champs Elysées.

All these cars have also been stickered up with Need For Speed: Most Wanted badges just so the people checking them out know what the whole parade is all about.

Check out the video and watch them exotics take Paris by storm, Need for Speed: Most Wanted style.

For some people, playing with R/C cars harkens back to the days of our childhood when the only thing we cared about was not running out of batteries for our beloved radio-controlled machines.

But for other people, R/C cars are used in far more enterprising - and awesome - ways. Take Need for Speed , for example. To create some hype surrounding the release of the new NFS game, Most Wanted, Electronic Arts decided to have a car chase recreated...using R/C cars.

The result? A rollicking two-and-a-half-minute video of awesomeness.

Featuring a Nissan GT-R , a Ford Mustang , a Porsche 911 , and a band of Chevrolet Corvette police cars, the R/C car chase scene is straight out of any car movie. The video was amazingly executed by the people of RocketJump, complete with stunts, sound effects, and even a police helicopter.

Check out the video and see for yourself how a Mustang was able to jump over a helicopter. If it sounds too good to be true, it’s because it is.

Source: YouTube

Electronic Arts (EA) has released a new video about Need For Speed that details the Most Wanted Single Player campaign, as well as the Fairhaven City. This is the home of the 10 Most Wanted drivers, who stand in your way of becoming the Most Wanted. With all of the cars being available at the start, if you can find it, you can drive it.

The game comes with an Easy Drive system that allows for truly seamless driving experience with no pausing necessary. This system will offer the players the possibility to drive or go directly to a race’s starting line, and swap cars and performance mods without having to leave gameplay or leave the open-world behind.

The all new features of Autolog 2 will help you earn Speed Points which contribute to unlocking performance modifications and secure your rank on The Most Wanted List.

Hit the jump to watch Need for Speed Most Wanted Multiplayer Trailer.

Need for Speed World is putting together a big surprise for its players in celebration of the game’s second anniversary: they are offering up the 2013 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 for free! Electronic Arts has also promised that a series of eight new supercars will be offered each month, but, unlike the ZL1, these upcoming rides will be purchased with SpeedBoost, the game’s digital currency. In addition to the Camaro ZL1, players will also have the chance to enjoy the Free Cam feature which will allow them to take the best pictures during the photography sessions.

As a reminder, the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 is powered by a 6.2-liter supercharged V8 engine that delivers an amazing 580 HP and 556 lb/ft of torque at 4,200 rpm. The muscle car can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 3.9 seconds and up to a top speed of 184 mph.

This free sports car offering is only a tidbit of exciting news for the Need for Speed franchise. Earlier this month, we received the projected date of the Need For Speed movie’s opening: February 7, 2014.

EA and Dreamworks to develop Need for Speed movie for 2014 release

Remember when we first brought to everyone’s attention about the plans regarding a Need for Speed movie ? Well, today, we have a very interesting update on the Dreamworks movie project: the projected date of the movie’s opening.

Gentlemen, pencil - for now, at least - the date February 7, 2014.

The choice of date is a little interesting considering that it’s the time of the year where most of the movies being released will be in the Oscars running. Unless they have plans of turning Need for Speed into a drama starring Meryl Streep - highly unlikely, by the way - then we don’t know the thinking behind slotting it for a February release.

Then again, projects like this that are still in the infancy stages of production don’t have release dates that are set in stone yet. What that means is that February 7, 2014 could be moved to another date, maybe even a few months to coincide with spring releases or maybe even the blockbuster-heavy summer schedule.

Whatever the case may be, we, at this point, are just ecstatic to know that the movie’s development is moving along quite smoothly.

Move over, Fast & Furious . A new racing movie is about to be born.

Following months of rumors and whispers , Electronic Arts, the people behind the Need for Speed franchise, recently announced that a movie based on the popular racing game is currently under development.

EA’s new partnership with DreamWorks Studios paved the way for NFS to be adapted to the big screen, thanks in large part to the latter’s acquisition of film rights to the game. No word yet on what kind of story is being developed for the movie, but apparently, people from DreamWorks are currently doing their own version of production ’need for speed’ in order to begin the framework for the movie in time for its 2014 release.

Directing the movie will be Scott Waugh, who recently made news with Act of Valor, a real-life movie featuring U.S. Navy Seals. Joining Waugh on the NFS movie team are writers George and John Gatins, both of whom are responsible for penning some of Hollywood’s recent flicks, including She’s Out of My League and Real Steel.

Legendary director and Dreamworks co-founder made no bones about his excitement in getting to work on the Need for Speed movie. "I’m excited about getting back into the creative trenches with John and George Gatins and my partners at EA to bring to life an exhilarating script based on an epic video game that seems to have been made for the movies.”

Can’t say we disagree with the man.

The Need for Speed franchise has never been about pure racing thrills the way both Gran Turismo and Forza Motorsport are. While those two are all about burning rubber and collecting trophies, Need for Speed comes with added layers of story lines that make for a more dynamic gaming experience.

Their latest offering, called Need for Speed: Most Wanted, is no different.

Similar to previous NFS installments, Need for Speed: Most Wanted is a game that pits you against the authorities and engaging in a hellacious cat-and-mouse game throughout the city, complete with explosions, crashes, and yes, even road jumps.

Another new element added to the game is the involvement of Criterion Games, which allows for some of the best online multi-player challenges you and your friends can compete in.

In this trailer video for the game, we get to see what we’re in store for. Even better, there appears to be a roster of supercars that we’d love to take control of while playing the game. We see you, Lamborghini Aventador .

Need for Speed: Most Wanted is scheduled to be released later this year on a number of platforms, including the X360, the PS3, PC, the PS Vita, and iOS.

EA is already taking pre-orders for the game and if you do so, you get the chance to immediately own a Porsche 911 Carrera S and a Maserati GranTurismo MC Stradale at no added cost.

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.

Source: You Tube

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