EA showed off the latest Need For Speed at Gamescom today and it blends live action cut scenes with in-game racing. This is cool in a way, but I personally find live action cut scenes in games super cheesy!
EA thinks it is awesome:
…Create a powerful story that’s emotional but also pushes the boundaries of technology by adding real-time compositing to the power of Frostbite. This allows us, for the first time ever, to blend live action film seamlessly with your in-game car and garage.”
The good news is that we also got a bunch of new info to go with it. The game has 5 ways to play and will dynamically change as you evolve within the game including changing playstyle and allowing you to watch your crew get bigger.
For authenticity EA states:
The real world automotive icons are the stars of today’s urban car culture and have inspired the stories behind the gameplay by how they express themselves on the streets every day.
Speed Icon – Magnus Walker collects and restores classic Porsche 911s. He is known for his high speed driving and will push you to enhance your reputation through adrenaline-fuelled driving.
Style Icon – Ken Block is notorious for his style of aggressive driving, as he showcases in his phenomenal YouTube GYMKHANA series. Earn his recognition by mastering the art of precision sliding and jumping through corners and on the streets.
Build Icon – Nakai-san is the founder of RAUH-Welt BEGRIFF (RWB), a world renowned tuning and customising company. Focus on creating that perfect customised ride as you look to impress him.
Crew Icon – Risky Devil are an infamous drift crew. These guys are the kings of close proximity driving and control. Ride in packs, inches away from wiping each other out as you get to grips with precise control and wild drift trains.
Outlaw Icon – Morohoshi-san doesn’t care how people categorise him, he just does what he wants. He’s often seen on the night streets rolling around in his customised ride. Risk it all as you mess with and escape from the cops to grab his attention.
EA notes that it was important to them to include all of them because the mean a lot to the sport of racing. They also want to make Need For Speed great again and bring it back to greatness. Sounds cool and all, and I’m excited personally, but I hope the game plays a lot like the old titles and not so much “realistic.”
Let us know what you think of the game so far!