Watch the first 20 minutes of the new Need for Speed

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EA’s newest Need for Speed is coming next week – but if you’re signed up to EA’s subscription-based Access program, you can jump in right now and play the game for a full 10 hours, giving you a worthwhile taste of what the game has to offer. The download clocks in at just about 19GB. It’s the full game, offering no restrictions other than the 10 hour limit – not including the time you spend outside of the game.

Say’s EA’s PR department:

“Become an icon of urban car culture in Need for Speed. Race in and explore a huge nocturnal open world, express your style with authentic car customization and become immersed in a narrative staring real world icons like Magnus Walker and Ken Block.
Play your own way, in your own one of a kind car and unleash your personality on Ventura Bay. Your garage is where the magic happens and it’s here you’ll make iconic cars your own with the most authentic customisation in Need for Speed history. Take a car from stock to stock plus awesome in the blink of an eye.”

Developed by Ghost Games using the Frostbite engine that powers everything made by EA these days, the game looks in to the series past, trying to recapture some of the magic that made Need for Speed Underground such a hit. It also has a kudos system, which is more than just a little reminiscent of Project Gotham Racing, the brilliant series from the now defunct Bizarre Creations.

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I hate racing games, yet loved both Underground, and PGR…so I’m cautiously optimistic here. According to executive producer Marcus Nilsson, the game is one that’ll cater to fans.

“Pulling on our 20 years of history, and then taking a year out from releasing a game, we are making the game we’ve always wanted to. We’re listening to the fans and delivering an experience that will capture their imagination and unleash their passion for cars and speed”

If that has you intrigued. Well here’s the first twenty minutes of gameplay, courtesy of Arekkz Gaming. IT shows some of the game’s FMV (which I hope works well, in the vein of Guitar Hero Live’s) and a bit of car customisation.

Need for Speed is hitting new consoles on November 3. It’s coming to PC next year.

Last Updated: October 30, 2015

Geoffrey Tim

Editor. I’m old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time – they were capable of being masterpieces. I’m here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.

  • (Umar) Must be Cipher

    Okay, I will say this….That live action cutscenes are cheesy as all hell….but there is something endearing about them.

    • Yeah, I feel the same about Guitar Hero Live, but it all just sorta..works.

      • (Umar) Must be Cipher

        Yeah, it’s weird, but I like it. The fake edginess of the characters is hilarious though.

    • Fox1 – Retro

      Like Fast 7. You know it’s cheesy but it’s great fun watching.

      • Hammersteyn

        dat ending doe :'(

        • Captain JJ the Goo

          Damn, who cut dem unions in here!?

          • Hammersteyn

            Onion ninjas

      • Captain JJ the Goo

        Agreed

      • (Umar) Must be Cipher

        It’s like that yeah, it’s dumb cheese, but it’s the fun kind of cheese. I like it.

    • oVg

      Like driving an Automatic 😛

  • (Umar) Must be Cipher

    ALSO, thank God, it seems as though they removed that awful camera angle when you’re turning.

    • Nikola

      Yes I was so worried about that lol. SO glad that is out! Now I just can’t wait for 6th!

    • CypherGate

      Its an option in the game. You can change camera views.

      • (Umar) Must be Cipher

        Oh really, never knew that. That’s awesome, that camera trickery made my head spin

        • CypherGate

          lol yeah when i first saw it i somehow knew it will be an option cause that camera angle made me queezy lol

    • HairyEwok

      And now you have a drifting cam which makes whatever is coming from the right of you non-existing…. like the cops.

  • Hammersteyn

    hehe rule 1 when you spin out while leading, block traffic

    • Reverse into road

  • Hammersteyn

    Looks pretty good…… I hate you EA!

    • Agreed, unfortunately EA is the deal breaker here.

  • z1n

    The last time EA were good was …Electronic Arts!

    • Hammersteyn

      Agreed, it’s when they started to challenge everything that they turned to shit.

      • Mistake Not…

        Actually, they were good when it was challenge everything.
        Now it’s just charge for everything.

        • Huehuehuehue

        • Captain JJ the Goo

          I will now hear this in my head every time I play an EA game
          Luckily that means there’s a small chance of me hearing it very soon or maybe at all.

        • Hammersteyn

          hehehehe

  • Grand Admiral Chief SpaceNinja

    The weather effects….dayum, changes way too fast

      • VampyreSquirrel

        Oh man that movie was brilliant!

        • The bestest! I have watched it so many times xD

          • CypherGate

            To date my brother still randomly quotes that movie out of nowhere for no reason but a good laugh lol

          • A lot of my friends and myself quote lots of things from this movie when we play games xD

          • VampyreSquirrel

            Yeah you do…

          • I am a bit hyper on Skype…my bad xD

          • VampyreSquirrel

            A bit? XD HAHAHAHAHAHA!

            Good joke.

          • How is the LTE hunt going?

          • VampyreSquirrel

            Will hopefully have my connection up and running tomorrow… such a f’ing mission when paper work is needed and places don’t have stock.

          • Awww damn… you are going to miss gaming night 🙁

          • VampyreSquirrel

            Nah, I’ll be on tonight either way man. Missing my gaming too much, and won’t be busy tonight either. Will just be around the 9pm mark when i get online.

          • Aww yiss!

          • Grand Admiral Chief SpaceNinja

            [makes note]
            I’ll remember this next time you invite me on Skype…

          • I try to get at least one catchy song stuck in everyone’s head before the night is over.

          • Hammersteyn

            This haunts my dreams

          • I don’t have speakers at the desk I am sitting at now, will listen when I get back to my own desk after hiding in here for a few more hours… 😛

          • Hammersteyn

            lol

          • Grand Admiral Chief SpaceNinja

            Hiding the babbie?

          • …yup

          • Grand Admiral Chief SpaceNinja

            Hoeveel wyn het jy gedrink?

          • Genoeg 🙂

          • Captain JJ the Goo

            Impossible!

          • After all the cheese and wine talk we had the other day, I went out to get a case of Chiraz yesterday 😛

          • Grand Admiral Chief SpaceNinja

            Yeah I stopped dopping while gaming (a beer here and there is fine, but no heavy drinking)

            I need to keep the K/D high

          • Captain JJ the Goo

            I think drinking might improve my K/D rating.

          • Grand Admiral Chief SpaceNinja

            ANYTHING might improve your K/D

          • It’s usually only on gaming night (Friday) that we all drink and game, but after yesterdays clients I had to work with, I pushed it forward to Thursday.

          • Greylingad[CNFRMD]

            This is simply horrible… After listening to this you need to flush your ears with some American Head Charge just to normalise again…

          • VampyreSquirrel

            Totally worth joining our skype calls.

          • VampyreSquirrel

            So have I XD

    • Hammersteyn

      El nino?

  • Fox1 – Retro

    For once a NFS that’s relative to modern car culture and the modding crowd.

    That launch trailer is right in the feels with the Coolio soundtrack and some familiar cars and modders from the modding culture making it into the game. The sad part is 99% of reviewers won’t know who these guys are, why they are there in the game and will probably attach a generic 70% review score the game like what happened to Most Wanted.

    • Hammersteyn

      Jobs done then. EA has resorted to playing on our nostalgia. First with Battlefront and now this.

      • z1n

        Well what else are they hoarding all that IP for if not to blackmail us into to paying for their hookers?

        • Hammersteyn

          Expect a new Dungeon Keeper and Red Alert 4 soon?

          • CypherGate

            I wouldnt mind a Red Alert 4 though. AS long as they make it like Red Alert 3 which was the best!

      • Fox1 – Retro

        That and by giving the 10hrs FREE PLAY to beta test the game 😛

    • Captain JJ the Goo

      It has no manual transmission. RIP car culture.

      • CypherGate

        They really should have added manual transmission and a cockpit view. Especially since you doing customisation, but Ill still be getting this one. You have to admit its a million times better than all the shit they brought out in recent years.

        • Captain JJ the Goo

          It is better, no doubt. Rivals was terribad.
          But I get frustrated really quickly with auto gears. Feels like I have no control…and it gets epically boring.
          Wild Run is releasing in a week, so I’ll just stick to that. 🙂

    • I think Carbon and Most Wanted were really good, mostly Carbon for getting the drifting almost perfect, though both didn’t have that Underground 1 and 2 feel, though both the soundtracks were killer

      • Captain JJ the Goo

        Those were the last two NFS titles worth playing before the whole franchise went belly up and became a game for 5-year olds.

        • Yep, though I bought shift 1 and 2, and they were just as good for me, being that it was a track car game, those two games were difficult, no spoon feeding

          • Captain JJ the Goo

            Oh me too. I almost forgot about them. Those were really good games. Loved them both. Good soundtracks too.
            But I think NFS as we remember it is dead now. So I’m going with games like The Crew now for my street car, open world fun.

          • The Crew never caught me that much though, I like to modify everything, thats why I liked shift 2, engine swaps was something in that game, putting a GT-R motor into a 350z was something and then trying to get the car to go straight for more than a second was fun and frustrating

          • Captain JJ the Goo

            I agree. Those things were great to have. I also love the modding.
            But I’ve had over 70 hours of fun on The Crew now and still going. If you play it with friends it’s even better. I’ve had so many laughs.
            The other day I was driving around the salt plains north of Las Vegas and these two guys showed up and we had a bunch of drag races, chases and all kinds of fun. Everyone there understands the whole “hoot three times to race” thing, so there’s a lot of fun to be had.
            But I’d choose driving fun over modding any day though.

          • Now for me, I modify and test and go back and make some changes and go and test again until I got my car the way I want it, and then do it again with another car, thing for me is I dont like Ubisoft that much, or at all anymore

          • Captain JJ the Goo

            I can agree with you on that. Ubisoft really isn’t for me either. But that 5000sqkm map of The Crew means that you have so many thousands of kms worth of roadways to have fun with. Plus there’s no limit to your garage and you can set up tuning kits for your cars…having different kits per car. Sure, it’s not as comprehensive as the new NFS, but having a race with a few people from LA to NY (granted…a tiny version thereof) is something that you can’t just do in any game.

          • True that

      • CypherGate

        Carbons drifting was ADDICTIVE! Geeeees somehow I just couldnt get enough of it. One of the top things about Carbon as well for me was the mountain pass races. It had my nerves on end lol especially when going up against a friend.

        • Captain JJ the Goo

          Carbon is quite an underrated game. Just because it came after Most Wanted, which was brilliant. But Carbon was a ton of fun itself. PC has some incredible mods for it too.

          • CypherGate

            Yeah it was underrated. Mods for carbon? I only know of the most wanted mods though.

          • Captain JJ the Goo

            Most Wanted has a TON. Wow. Some great cars to include too.
            Just check on (I think – if memory serves) nfscars.net
            There are a few graphics tweak mods for Carbon there.

        • Most of my friends for some reason coudnt drift so I finished all their drift missions for them, not that I minded in anyway

  • CypherGate

    Im glad those cheesy cutscenes are in there. It brings just that nostalgia back into how Most Wanted was. Too awesome for words and they in HD now! LOL

  • Captain JJ the Goo

    SUPER MEH

    • Hammersteyn

      But I need MEH speed

      • Captain JJ the Goo

        I need car culture and so far this game doesn’t have it.
        As a car enthusiast this game doesn’t interest me.
        It’s flashy and has lots of cutomisation, but otherwise it’s just NFS Rivals underneath.

        • Greylingad[CNFRMD]

          The car culture luckily doesn’t fall into the arcade genre, so I too will pass on this title… If you want proper racing, try Project Cars, GTR 1 and 2, Richards Burns Rally and if you want a bit more glam for your rock, Drift 3, just not NFS….

          • Captain JJ the Goo

            I like having at least one arcade racer to just mess around with on open roads. For proper racing GTR is excellent stuff.. Assetto Corsa is also a damn fine game.

          • Greylingad[CNFRMD]

            I love the GTR series, the detail level of those games are simply excuisite, when you break too hard the body roll is actually incorporated… I need to play it again, just way too busy with PC right now…I will definitely give Assetto Corsa a try soon…

          • Captain JJ the Goo

            When I’m using a controller I also like to use the right analogue stick for throttle, and none of the newer NFS titles allow you to do that. It’s just an on/off switch for throttle.
            I still need to get PC myself though, and I’ve only played Assetto Corsa at a friend’s, so don’t have it myself yet even, but it’s at the top of my list for sure. The handling is incredible.

          • Greylingad[CNFRMD]

            I’m lucky in the sense that I have a Logitech steering wheel at home, unfortunately the NFS titles support it as well a set of underwear three sizes too small, but it makes the worlds difference in any race title, but the setup cost for it is extremely high if you’re looking into getting one, I was lucky enough to have bought mine about 10 years ago for just under R1000… It does add way more control over the handling though…

          • Captain JJ the Goo

            I had a logitec one, but it wasn’t the greatest wheel out there and it slowly started to lose sensitivity over the years. I opened it up and tweaked the hardware a bit. Works better now, but still not perfect.
            When I’m getting a wheel again I want that full 6 speed gearbox, with clutch and all. Those are some fine sets…so that’s probably not happening anytime soon :/

          • Greylingad[CNFRMD]

            They were running a Logitech competition at rAge, where you could win a brand new steering wheel with the bucket seat and pedal setup, full six speed gearbox with clutch etc…. Needless to say that the setup alone would cost around R10k… Oh and the wheel was the new G29 series…

          • Captain JJ the Goo

            Oh sweet petroljuice that would be excellent. 🙂

          • Greylingad[CNFRMD]

            I know… and I’m now crying because I really want it….

        • CypherGate

          Then your best bet is to jump into Forza Horizon 2 or something like that. If not then one of the sims.

          • Captain JJ the Goo

            If Forza was on PC it’s all I’d ever play. Those are such brilliant games.

          • CypherGate

            Yeah hey. When I had a 360 I had Forza 4 and it was one of the only games I played every single day and eventually finished the main game and even then I still played it often. The only turn off for me was when I was level 65 and thought hey lets try the game online and 99% of the time they kicked me out of the races because my level was too low. Then I saw the online players levels are like freaking level 187 etc it was ridiculous. If they ever put Forza on PC then the racing genre on PC will light up cause whatever people say about Forza not being full simulation and its too arcady can eat my pants cause it actually has a brilliant balance between both.

    • Nikola

      It’s going to be sooo good dude! I am so amped for this game, I know it doesn’t have a manual transmission but man I wouldn’t miss the game just for it!

      • Hammersteyn

        Neither does your Golf
        *Runs

        • Nikola

          Actually my Golf is a manual soo screw you:) hahahah!

          • Hammersteyn

            Could have fooled me, the way you reversed out of Gavins driveway

          • Grand Admiral Chief SpaceNinja

            This story seems good, tell me moar!

          • Hammersteyn

            Just teasing him, he was kinda parked in.

          • Grand Admiral Chief SpaceNinja

            Well now I’m disappointed.

            I was expecting…SHENANIGANS!

          • Nikola

            Well that’s how good my driving is can’t even see me change gears or use clutch smooth!

          • Hammersteyn

            XD

      • Captain JJ the Goo

        Nah man. As someone who’s into car culture, no transmission is a joke.
        I’ve got The Crew and getting Wild Run too. EA can keep the new NFS.

  • VampyreSquirrel

    I’ll probably go for this… at some stage… dat ’76 Golf GTI! XD

    • Me2, I just need to modify something for free

      • VampyreSquirrel

        Nothing’s free when it comes to EA… but I get what you mean… I just fixed my car :'(

  • Captain JJ the Goo

    Don’t forget that it’s “always online”

    • My dream is to be “always online”

    • Mistake Not…

      That’s a deal breaker for me.

      • Captain JJ the Goo

        Auto only is the deal breaker for me.
        EA is the clincher.
        Always online is just funny at this stage.

  • Greylingad[CNFRMD]

    Still needs a Datsun 1400…

    • The bane of my existence on the N2 !

      • Greylingad[CNFRMD]

        Hehehe, like the Uno Turbo, the Uno though has become rather scarce, not because of breakdowns, but because their drivers usually end up upside down faster than the car…

    • CypherGate

      Im sure a mod will pop up eventually to make your dreams come true

      • Greylingad[CNFRMD]

        Probably, but they won’t be able to mod in a manual gearbox….

        • Captain JJ the Goo

          There are three running petitions online for manual gearboxes online. All old NFS fans asking for it.
          Then EA still has the balls to say “We’re listening to our cutomers”

          • Greylingad[CNFRMD]

            They are listening…selectively…

        • CypherGate

          I think they will leave that for the next iteration of Need for speed.

          • Greylingad[CNFRMD]

            Hehe, there was a motor show years ago, where one of the vehicles on display was a brand new Lambo, when the doors opened for the first day of the show, there was a man, sitting in said Lambo… When asked what he was doing, he said he wanted to steal it, but couldn’t because he didn’t know how to drive a manual car…

          • CypherGate

            LMAO damn whats worse? Him trying to steal a lambo or the fact he cant drive a manual car? lol I think Need for speed 2016 will bring Manual transmission, Need for speed 2017 will bring cockpit view as well and full weather cycles with day and night cycles lol They will market the next two with such additions that should have been in this new one, but hey maybe they playing it safe to see how this one will sell. It better sell well if we want to see better ones arrive lol

          • Greylingad[CNFRMD]

            Thing is though, NFS has never had a proper cockpit view, yet it is generally accepted asa “gaming benchmark for race games”… The last NFS title I played, I can’t even remember the name of…giving away my age, but that was a good 10 years ago, yes, it was fun, but at that time I played it using a keyboard…their formula has not changed since, which simply leads me to believe that they won’t change this version either…

        • Sageville

          Can’t say I ever enjoyed using manual or cockpit in previous driving games.

          I’m definitely getting this for the NFS Underground 2 feels.

  • CypherGate

    Oh I forgot to mention that the music in this game is sick!

  • iusedtobe(a)regular

    “Play your own way”

    Offline?

    “the game is one that’ll cater to fans.”

    Again, offline?

    • Grand Admiral Chief SpaceNinja

      Used to be a regular?

      • BringBackRucking

        Yip, a few years back.

  • James

    Out on the 3rd, but every local supplier (BT, Raru, Takealot) seems to have it listed for the 6th?

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