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EA needs more Star Wars

EA kills Burnout dev's extreme driving game for more Star Wars

Two years ago at E3 Electronic Arts announced a new extreme driving game from Burnout developer Criterion -- or what was left of it after the co-founders left EA to start the company that would go on to make Dangerous Golf. Whatever shell o...   read

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Origin freebie

Need for Speed: Most Wanted is free on Origin

The latest game in Origin's On the House program is 2012's Need for Speed: Most Wanted. For a limited time, you can add it to your account for free and it'll stay there until the end of days, probably. I'm not particularly well-versed in th...   read

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Backward compatibility

Burnout Paradise will be compatible with Xbox One

There was talk of Burnout Paradise coming to Xbox One, but it wasn't a sure thing. Now it is. On Twitter, Criterion confirmed that the open-world racing game will eventually be playable on the console via backward compatibility. Wider suppo...   read

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Ex-Criterion folks have plans for a Burnout spiritual successor

Our beloved Burnout was in the news earlier this week and here it is again. Criterion stated that it's not working on an HD collection for the series because it's too busy with "newer, even better things." Now, Three Fields Entertainment is...   read

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Burnout Collection HD

A Burnout HD Collection isn't coming anytime soon

Every year or so there's rumors of a Burnout HD Collection, and Criterion Games is mostly silent on the issue. But this week it decided to speak up and address the situation directly, noting on Twitter that the rumor isn't true. Instead, it...   read

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Criterion's new IP is all about speed and multiple vehicles

Criterion's Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit was one of my favorite games of the last console generation, so the news that the team is working on a brand new IP that goes beyond racing is really exciting. At EA's press conference, very early al...   read

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EA has Mirror's Edge 2 & a new game from Criterion at E3

This GameTrailers E3 schedule breaks down a bunch of stuff that's happening next week. Under EA, you'll find, "nearly a half-dozen new games, including updates on Mirror's Edge, Dragon Age: Inquisition, a new project from Criterion Games." ...   read

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New studio

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 and running but ...   read

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Free DLC

Burnout Paradise 'Legendary Cars Collection' free today

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 re...   read


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 Games, the studio ...   read


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Need for Speed
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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 playing as a cop ...   read

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Need for Speed
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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. Rivals, from the for...   read

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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 director Alex Ward h...   read

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Need for Speed Rivals

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 my mind with Ri...   read

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Need for Speed Rivals
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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-player race can...   read

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Need for sequels

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't be a Black or...   read

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NFS Most Wanted U

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 released Wii U versio...   read

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Most Wanted DLC

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 goes retro, br...   read

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Most Wanted DLC

'Terminal Velocity' is Most Wanted's new playground

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 prem...   read

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Xbox 360

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 with the Sorcerer...   read

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Most Wanted

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 because the team ...   read


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 Need for Speed: Mo...   read


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 -- particularly...   read

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Most Wanted Review
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Review: Need for Speed Most Wanted

Go ahead. Ram me off the road. It's cool. I'm not mad. I realize that it's part of the experience and fair game. We're good, man. But don't get mad if you find that I've intentionally given up placement in the next challenge to screw you ov...   read


Burnout and possibly Road Rash are in Criterion's future

Speaking to The Guardian, Need for Speed Most Wanted creative director Craig Sullivan divulged what many of us were hoping: "There's still a lot of stuff we want to do with driving. We will make another Burnout game at some point," he says ...   read

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