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Criterions' Need For Speed A Reality – Pics, So It Happened

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Way back in June of last year, I posted up this article about a rumour that Criterion were working on a new Need for Speed game.

The rumour has proven to be completely true as we have now gotten our hands on some more information about the game, but some concept art that was used in a presentation with EA as well.

Hit the jump to find out what they want it to look like and what it’s going to be called.

[Thanks to Flameboy for the tip]

The game will be called Need For Speed: Out Of The Law and as said previously, is being developed by the creators of the fantastic Burnout series.

Now, I have a lot of faith in Criterions’ ability to create great games, I mean just look at Burnout Paradise, but I can’t help but feel a little bit skeptical.

From the images, which can be seen below, the game concept looks a heck of a lot like anything from Most Wanted forward. At the same time it gives off a really big Burnout feeling as well.

What worries me is that if it’s going to feel a lot like Burnout, why not just make a new Burnout? The same goes for the Need for Speed series which has been suffering in the street racing department.

As you can see from the pics, there are going to be cops, cars as well as bikes, the last one being a major change for the series.

Take a look at the images below, you can click on them to make Big Pikcha and then let us know your predictions.

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Source: Playstation Lifestyle

Last Updated: January 28, 2010


  1. The NFS series needs a massive revamp. I am of the opinion that it will be a mediocre game. There are far too many racing games doing better things at the moment.


  2. Fred

    January 28, 2010 at 12:35

    Burnout paradise with some neon , chicks and attitude …. not so sure.


  3. Onelargeprawn

    January 28, 2010 at 13:01

    Arcade racing fans should be moderately happy. Personally I’m much more interested in Blur & Split/Second.


  4. bboy

    January 28, 2010 at 13:21

    The essence of what made need for speed great has been lost.


  5. koldFU5iON

    January 28, 2010 at 14:09

    I don’t know hey, this is quite exciting as you’ve said Burnout is a stunning game, and NFS was/is one of the king s of racing games (according to sales data) to bring Criterion in to revamp and revitalize the franchise could prove good for both EA and the consumers. I also have the feeling they’re doing a bit of a developer twist where we’ll see 2 types of NFS games, underground and then racing sim kind of like infinity ward and Treyarch, all my opinion of course.


  6. theturk

    January 28, 2010 at 14:36

    That second pic is from Most Wanted?


  7. theturk

    January 28, 2010 at 14:38

    Also, the ‘concept art’ and the ‘Out of the Law’ has now been confirmed as fake by Criterion.


  8. Fox1

    January 28, 2010 at 16:27

    • Nick de Bruyne

      January 28, 2010 at 16:59

      Im glad, i wasn’t overly happy with the concepts. And especially because I thought that with the Most Wanted BMW in the second image, that they would be revisiting that game instead of doing something new


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