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5:00 PM on 03.05.2014

Former Criterion Games founders start Three Fields Entertainment

Criterion Games co-founders Fiona Sperry and Alex Ward have started another venture after moving on from the studio behind Burnout and more recently Need for Speed. The new company, Three Fields Entertainment, has a site up a...

Jordan Devore


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Burnout Paradise 'Legendary Cars Collection' free today photo
Burnout Paradise 'Legendary Cars Collection' free today
by Jordan Devore

Criterion has made the Legendary Cars Collection DLC for Burnout Paradise free today on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 (in North America) in memory of actor, writer, and director Harold Ramis.

The pack contains four vehicles all of which are references to famous cars in pop culture. There's the Jansen P12 88 Special (Back to the Future), the Hunter Cavalry Bootlegger (The Dukes of Hazzard), the Carson GT Nighthawk (Knight Rider), and last but not least, the Hunter Manhattan Spirit (Ghostbusters). Worth taking the time to download, in other words.

"Harold Ramis was a comedy genius," said Criterion. "He inspired us." A true legend indeed.

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10:30 AM on 01.03.2014

Criterion co-founders Ward and Sperry leave studio

"Alex Ward and Fiona Sperry have decided to leave EA," a spokesperson told Polygon this morning. Welp. I'd drop some joke about how they were burned out, but that's been taken already. Ward and Sperry co-founded Criterion Gam...

Dale North

8:30 PM on 11.08.2013

Here's Need for Speed Rivals on next-gen consoles

I was late to Criterion Games' Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit but ended up liking it a fair amount. Setting up traps and utterly decimating vehicles in the name of justice didn't grow old, although the times when you weren't pl...

Jordan Devore

9:00 PM on 10.30.2013

There's a rivalry in the Need for Speed: Rivals trailer

Cops vs. robbers -- but which is good or evil? Whoa. Philosophy, I think. While the Need for Speed series' more recent entries have been hit or miss, there's always a part of me willing to take a crack at the next one. Rival...

Abel Girmay

12:00 PM on 09.16.2013

Criterion Games is down to 15 people

I love Burnout. Many of you love Burnout. The series doesn't appear to be going anywhere, thankfully, but its creator Criterion Games is currently working on an altogether different project. Writing on Twitter, creative direc...

Jordan Devore

12:30 PM on 06.13.2013

Worlds collide in Need for Speed Rivals

Autolog is perhaps the single most addicting gameplay mechanic to hit the Need for Speed series to date. In Rivals, autolog is back and promised to be bigger and better than ever. That said, it's not even what has most blown ...

Wesley Ruscher

3:34 PM on 06.10.2013

Need for Speed Rivals blurs single-player and multiplayer

EA showcased the open world of Need for Speed Rivals, where players can suddenly join races that can turn into pursuits -- with both the cops and the racers being controlled by players. With the All Drive mechanic, a single-...

Fraser Brown

6:00 PM on 04.15.2013

Criterion is moving away from racing games and sequels

Criterion creative director Alex Ward has had enough with floating rumors, so he's taken to Twitter to debunk speculation that his team is working on a Need for Speed or Burnout sequel. In addition, he said his next game won'...

Allistair Pinsof

12:30 PM on 03.30.2013

Feeling the Rush in Need For Speed: Most Wanted U

After smashing a few hundred cars and winning a fair share of brutal races in the hours of time spent in Need For Speed: Most Wanted for the Xbox 360, I was more than happy for the opportunity to check out the recently releas...

Casey Baker

8:30 AM on 02.26.2013

Need for Speed Heroes, Movie Legends DLC out today

In addition to today's release of the Terminal Velocity expansion pack for Need for Speed: Most Wanted, two new themed car packs are also available: Need for Speed Heroes and Need for Speed Movie Legends. The Heroes pack...

Keith Swiader







'Terminal Velocity' is Most Wanted's new playground photo
'Terminal Velocity' is Most Wanted's new playground
by Keith Swiader

Criterion Games is a company known for releasing substantial post-release content for its titles. 

This statement is no more apparent than with the studio's last Burnout title, Burnout Paradise, which not only saw substantial premium content, but a ton of freebies at that, including the addition of motorcycles and a dynamic weather system. Paradise's biggest expansion came in the form of Big Surf Island, which attached a vast new playing field to the game's core city and brought with it a handful of new cars, races, and billboards.

This notion transitioned to Criterion's latest racer, Need for Speed: Most Wanted, with the game's newest downloadable content, Terminal Velocity -- a pack that has racers take to the skies in a whole new playground ... metaphorically speaking.

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5:00 PM on 02.21.2013

New Xbox 360 320GB HD will include three full games

There's going to be a new Xbox 360 320GB hard drive on sale this March for $129.99, and it's going to include three full games with it. The included titles are Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit, Ms. Splosion Man, and Pinball FX2 wi...

Hamza CTZ Aziz

3:30 PM on 02.20.2013

Most Wanted marks Criterion Games' return to Nintendo

Need for Speed: Most Wanted will be the first Criterion Games title to release on Nintendo hardware since Burnout 2: Point of Impact on the GameCube back in 2002. Alex Ward, Criterion Games Vice President, said that's be...

Keith Swiader

5:00 PM on 02.01.2013

Storm's Adventure with Need for Speed: Most Wanted

Damn, I knew this was going to happen. New Super Mario Bros. U proved to be entertaining and distracting. I guess this is "Playing Catch Up to the Catch Up". In continuation of "Playing Catch Up", my next upload was Nee...

Storm Dain

4:00 PM on 11.13.2012

Need for Speed Most Wanted demo up on Xbox Live, PSN

Having spent countless hours messing around in the wonderful multiplayer component of Burnout Paradise, I'm totally sold on what the studio brought to the table with Need for Speed Most Wanted. Some of you, on the other hand ...

Jordan Devore