Combining The Best Of Burnout With The Best Of Need For Speed

Combining The Best Of Burnout With The Best Of Need For Speed
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While Burnout creators Criterion got a lot of credit for revolutionising racing games with their design for 2007’s Paradise, they deserve just as much for the multiplayer stuff that makes 2010’s Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit a much better game than a lot of people realise.

That’s why people are getting unusually excited about Need for Speed: Most Wanted. Because Criterion look to be combining the two, as you’ll see in this gameplay clip above.


  • I’m not excited about this.

    Burnout is Burnout.

    Need for Speed is Need for Speed.

    Don’t mix them. If I want to play one, then I’ll play it. You can’t make a Burnout game, slap a Most Wanted label on it and call it Need for Speed. And then they’re main selling point is the multiplayer? I’ll pass on this.

    • But what’s a NFS game?
      The series never used to have customisation, then it did.
      It never used to have a storyline, then it did, then it didn’t again.
      Looking at the original games in the series, then the Carbon/Undergound games, then Pro-Street, the Shift series… it’s constantly evolving, there’s really no such thing as a “Need For Speed” game.
      So I for one welcome this merging of the franchises as I’ve always liked elements of both.

      • NFS Underground will always be the highlight of the series for me.

        I’m inclined to agree with Frank. The Burnout style takedowns for extra nitro should stay in Burnout.

  • I htink Hot Pursuit was just fantastic, and I hadn’t played a NFS game since Underground was eclipsed by the all-round brilliant Midnight Club.
    I bought Hot Pursuit because Criterion made it, and I wasn’t at all disappointed. I’ll be welcoming Hot Pursuit 2 with open arms and a smile on my face.

  • All the real NFS fans are hating this, if we wanted burnout we would have bought burnout.

    Leave our damn franchise alone and get us Shift 3 and most wanted 2.

    • What is the “real” NFS, though? It’s just a brand name for a whole bunch of very different driving games. Hell, I owned the original NFS way back in the day on PC and I’ll tell you right now, it was nothing like either Shift or Most Wanted.

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