Need for Speed World

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Need for Speed World, formerly known as World Online until February 5, 2010 is one of the three next installments in the long-running racing video game franchise Need for Speed published by Electronic Arts, this iteration being co-developed by EA Black Box and EA Singapore. World is a free-to-play MMORG, or massively multiplayer online racing game, the second MMORG in the Need for Speed series after Motor City Online. EA marketing manager Keith Munro states that "this Play for Free action racing game will give Need for Speed fans the most licensed cars, parts and game modes ever in Need for Speed's history". There is now an official trailer, which confirms Pagani Zonda, Lamborghini, Porsche, Lexus and the return of the police. The game will continue the story where Carbon and Undercover left off.
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A beta test was held in Taiwan, 2009. On February 5, 2010 the first closed beta was released and there have been at least five more betas since. The release date is scheduled for July 27, 2010, however those who ordered the World Starter Pack had a head-start a week earlier. The game ultimately received lukewarm/mixed reception, with a MetaCritic average of 61/100.

The game offers the ability to start crews, as such an official NFSUnlimited.net World Racing Crew exists. You can apply for it at this forum topic.

On December 9, 2010 the latest patch was released, fixing tens of bugs, as well as adding a holiday theme and the Underground Edition Nissan Skyline GT-R V-Spec (R34).

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Development

The map of NFSW.

The game has actually been in development for four years, prior to Carbon but intense devotion to finishing the product didn't begin until sometime late 2008.

In an interview with World producer, Scott Henshaw, he mentioned that the European and North American versions of the game will have differences from the Asian one. It was also confirmed that the game will feature the cities of Palmont and Rockport, which were featured in Need for Speed Carbon and Need for Speed Most Wanted respectively. The cops were confirmed to return as well, together with a co-op and team based cop play.

It is unknown if the game will have more cities and/or dynamic day/night cycle, but current screenshots show both daytime and nighttime. A map was recently released, showing Palmont and Rockport connected. The game will also feature a chat option and autopilot. The December 2009 NFSUnlimited.net podcast also confirmed that this installment will feature the largest selection of cars and parts in series history (so far 250 cars have been planned from Most Wanted, Carbon, ProStreet and Undercover).

Gameplay

As mentioned before, the gameplay style is based on that of Most Wanted and Carbon featuring high speed street racing, tuning, customization and police chases with various MMO elements. The setting is Rockport and Palmont merged together. This time both cities are available in day and nighttime. Racing crews can be started (originally seen in Carbon). A key gameplay element is the power-ups, which has drawn comparison to Bizarre Creations' cult arcade racer Blur.

Power-Ups

  • Nitrous

Gives you a quick burst of nitrous, increasing acceleration and briefly optimizing the car's handling. Upgradeable. Without Skill -- Active Time 3.0 Sec. Cooldown 30 Sec

  • Traffic Magnet

Can be used to trap racers into traffic. Has been often criticized for its seemingly unfair power, but you can easily countermeasure it with a shield or juggernaut. Upgradeable. Without Skill -- Active Time 20 Sec. Cooldown 60 Sec

  • One More Lap

Adds one more lap to the race. When it is used once by anyone in the game, it cannot be done again. Upgradeable. Without Skill -- Active Time N/A. Cooldown N/A

  • Shield

Gives you immunity from power-ups such as Traffic Magnet. Upgradeable. Without Skill -- Active Time 20 Sec. Cooldown 90 Sec

  • Ready

Eliminates the remaining cooldown period for Power-Ups making them ready to use again. Upgradeable. Without Skill -- Active Time N/A. Cooldown 90 Sec

  • Juggernaut

Increases your car's speed and weight however car handling is impacted negatively. Upgradeable. Without Skill -- Active Time 1 Sec. Cooldown 120 Sec

  • Slingshot

Your car's performance increases significantly when you're trailing the pack. The further from the lead, the greater the boost. Upgradeable. Without Skill -- Active Time 15 Sec. Cooldown 60 Sec

  • Emergency Evade

Knocks cops back if they're too close to your car in a pursuit. Upgradeable. Without Skill -- Active Time 1 Sec. Cooldown 120 Sec

  • Run Flats

Restores your tires after running over spike strips. Without Skill -- Active Time N/A . Cooldown xx Sec

  • Instant Cooldown

Ends a cop pursuit immediately once you are in Cooldown mode. Without Skill -- Active Time N/A . Cooldown N/A

World Starter Pack

Before September 8, 2010, after reaching level 10 and access to only tier 1 and certain tier 2 cars, the player would not be able to progress further in the game and would cease to earn any more experience points or cash. To continue the game, the player had to purchase the Need for Speed World Starter Pack. Without it, the player was allowed to play the game for as long as he or she wants, but he or she would cease to earn experience and cash. This initially disappointed many fans, however on September 8, 2010 World had passed 1 million registrations. To celebrate that, the game was made free-to-play and the level cap was removed.

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Game Info

  • Available in  : Digital Download
  • Genre(S): Massively Multiplayer Online Racing Rame

System Specifications (Beta)

  • Operating System: Windows XP Service Pack 3 / Windows Vista Service Pack 2 / Windows 7
  • DirectX: DirectX 9.0c
  • CPU: Intel Core2Duo 2.0 GHz or AMD X2 4000+ at 2.1GHz or greater
  • RAM: 2 GB
  • Video Card: 512 MB DirectX 9.0 compatible. At least Shader Model 2.0 support
  • Sound Card: DirectX 8.1 compatible
  • Hard Drive: 4 GB of space is required to install the game
  • Internet: 128kbit/s Cable/DSL connection
  • Optical Drive: Not required / NFS WORLD is download only and not available on PCCD / DVD
  • Direct X: Version 9.0c
  • Online Multiplayer: 512 Kbps connection; 2-8 Players
  • Input: Keyboard, Mouse
Optional: USB Steering Wheel / Dual Analog Gamepad
  • Obtained from NFS World FAQ on Official Site: [1]

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