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Need for Speed Payback announced

With a familiar Fast and Furious theme to it, the visuals of last year’s title but with some sunshine, collectable classic cars to find like in Forza Horizon, the crash sequences of Burnout, and a little of the track events last seen in Split Second, Need for Speed Payback looks to be incorporating some of the best elements of car racing films and games into their latest entry in the series.

At the EA E3 conference, Need For Speed Payback was shown off, treating us to some of the high speed racing, traffic dodging and pursuits we can expect come release, November 10th. A section of it’s story mode was highlighted, showing a stunt seen multiple times in the Fast and Furious franchise of films, where one of the three protagonists you’ll play as jumps from a high speed car onto a truck, before stealing the sport’s car within and driving off. It was exhilarating to watch, and we here at TiX towers are pretty hyped.

We look forward to seeing more, but for now, there is a reveal trailer:

EA announce Need for Speed: Payback – first details revealed

Today, EA announced Need for Speed: Payback. This explosive adventure is apparently filled with intense heist missions, high stakes car battles, epic cop pursuits and jaw dropping set pieces. It will come with gameplay never before seen from the series, fueled by a gripping story of betrayal and revenge.

For players that pre-order the game, they will receive the Need for Speed Payback Platinum Car Pack and get instant access to five uniquely customized and tuned iconic cars at launch, each with exclusive Platinum Blue Tire Smoke. The Car Pack includes:

  • Nissan 350Z 2008
  • Chevrolet Camaro SS 1967
  • Dodge Charger R/T 1969
  • Ford F-150 Raptor 2016
  • Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport 2016

Players can also get into the action before launch through EA Access and Origin Access, where members can play for up to 10 hours starting Thursday, November 2nd with the EA Access and Origin Access Play First Trial. Need for Speed: Payback launches on November 10.

Coming soon to an EA Access Vault near you

The last 12 months have been exciting for EA Access members with 20+ additions to the vault in their unlimited play section, several Play First Trials and the 10% on top savings on EA Digital titles on Xbox One. Well the next few months won’t dissappoint you either as EA have just announced the latest set of titles that will join this incredible deal.

Joining the EA Access Vault –

  • Need for Speed (July 12) – Tear up the streets of Ventura Bay as you go back to the underground in the latest game in the franchise.
  • Unravel (July 12) – Join Yarny on an adventure in this physics-based puzzle platformer. Using ingenuity and yarn strategy, you’ll traverse through 12 unique levels, aiding Yarny in a quest to mend a broken bond. If you want to know what we thought about this great game check out our review here.
  • Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare 2 (August 30) – Take the fight once again against the Zombies in the sequel to the fantastic Plants vs Zombies. Battle on 12 new maps from the Great White North to Moon Base Z in a game packed with fun, laughs and humor. Check out our review here to find out what we thought of the game.

Play First Trials –

  • EA SPORTS Madden 17 (August 18) – Are you ready to take your team all the way with the most balanced gameplay, deeper Franchise and an all new commentary team.
  • EA SPORTS NHL 17  (September 8) – Hit in the ice with all-new game modes, new and deeper experiences in fan-favorite modes, and the best on-ice gameplay ever to date. Live out your hockey fantasy in all-new Draft Champions and World Cup of Hockey game modes, own every zone with authentic goaltenders, new Net Battles on offense and defense, and bone-crushing Collision Physics.
  • EA SPORTS FIFA 17  (September 22) – Powered by Frostbite, FIFA 17 delivers authentic, true-to-life action, that takes players to new football worlds, and introduces fans to characters full of depth and emotion.

If that wasn’t enough to wet your appetite, EA Access members on Xbox One and Origin members on PC will also get a chance to play the epic Battlefield 1 via Play First Trials on October 13, ahead of its worldwide release on October 21.

For further information on how to join and a complete list of Vault games and Play First Trials, check out the official EA Access website.

Lifting the hood on the next Need for Speed update

Tomorrow sees the release of the next Need for Speed update and with it comes a whole host of new challenges and changes. The main change is the introduction of the SpeedLists feature.

SpeedLists

This new feature allows you to compete against other human opponents in a series of five pre-selected events. Simply select the new SpeedList tile from the main menu, choose from Quick Play, Speed, Style or Mixed, to use the new events.

At the end of each event you’ll gain points depending on where you finished. Once all events are completed the final standings are calculated and the best racers shown off in a short cinematic sequence.

Need for Speed Speedlist Menu

Player Titles

As you play SpeedLists you will be ranked based on your score, against the rest of the community. With these ranks come titles but remember there can only be  one World Champion. The titles are as follows:

  • Street Urchin
  • Sunday Driver
  • Wannabe Racer
  • Stick shifter
  • True Contender
  • Rising Star
  • Night Rider
  • Top Competitor
  • SpeedList Junkie
  • SpeedList Pro
  • SpeedList Master
  • Urban Legend
  • Chosen One
  • The 1%
  • Top 100
  • Top 10
  • World Champion

 Need for Speed Speedlist Screenshot

Prestige Mode

Once you have completed the main story you will get a call from an old friend unlocking Prestige Mode. Along with this comes a new App for your phone and this will allow you to try the original five modes of the game, Speed, Style, Build, Crew and Outlaw in Hard Mode. Are you ready for the challenge and to prove you are the Ultimate Icon?

Activities

Two new types of Activity are coming to the game in the form of Drift Corners and Speed Runs.

Approach a Drift Corner and send your car sideways to rack up the points, or go full throttle through one of the Speed Runs. Keep your run clean and leave your mark on the Speedwall – with bragging rights at stake you’ll want to make sure you’re coming out on top.

Achievements & Trophies

Three new achievements and trophies are waiting for you to unlock and collect.

  • Basic Bronze: Win all the Prestige events
  • Gold Plated: Win Gold on all Prestige events
  • Speed Master: Win all the events in a SpeedList

Daily Challenges

Daily Challenges have been altered, so with each Daily Challenge you complete you will receive one of the 150 decals on offer. This has changed as before you were required to complete all three of the challenges to receive the decal.

Once again I’m impressed with Ghost and EA, and how they are really focusing on the Community and content of this game. Personally I’m looking forward to this update and climbing the Player Title Ranks. Feel free to send me a request and I hope to see you on the streets of Ventura Bay.

For more information about the up and coming patch then check out the full patch notes here. The Need for Speed Speedlist update will be hitting our consoles tomorrow, April 27th.

Hot Rods reported tearing up the streets in Ventura Bay

The team behind Need for Speed have just released information on a huge update that will hit consoles on March 3rd and it brings with it the answers to many people’s wish lists. The key features of the new update as are follows.

  • Manual Transmission – announced several weeks ago it has now been confirmed that this will be in the next update giving you better control of your car and maybe the edge over your competitors.
  • Hot Rods – two fully customisable Hot Rods will be hitting the streets.
  • Drag Racing – Inspired by earlier Need for Speed titles, Drag racing puts you side by side with your opponent, the ultimate speed fix.
  • The Warehouse – yes it’s finally here, and you will have an extra 5 spaces to store you much-loved cars.
  • Wrap Editor Improvements – Decal coordinate system, Text Decal editor and general improvements.
  • Three new achievements and trophies – Drag Queen, Wrap it up and Kustom Kar.

Add to this the general tweaks to gameplay and more campaigns for rep, cash and discounts, and March is looking like a good month for the Need for Speed community. For more information check out the patch notes.

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Lifting the hood on next Need for Speed update

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So the momentum keeps going and next Wednesday, February 3rd, Need for Speed gets its next anticipated update appropriately named Showcase. So what treats do the guys have in store for us:

Snapshot Pro
Building an awesome ride is only part of the fun, the other is showcasing it for the world to see and now this can now be done with Snapshot Pro, a mode which will allow you to create some stunning photos of your favourite car.

Hit start to get to phone screen, then select Snapshot Pro from the phone menu. You’ll then be able to manoeuvre the camera around the car, apply a number of custom settings such as depth of field, brightness, contrast, vignette, saturation and more. You’ll also be able to apply a number of pre-set filters, allowing you to achieve great results in a very short amount of time.

Wrap Sharing
How you car looks is just as important as how you race and from experience in Forza and other games custom wraps and vinyls are king. Therefore its great news to see that Wrap Sharing is now included.

Wrap Sharing has been one of the most requested features to date and because of this it has now become a new option within the Paint and Wrap section that will allow you to browse and download wraps shared by other players. If you’re a wrap creator then simply mark your creation as shareable and it’ll show up for everyone else.

Downloading and applying a community made wrap is as easy as heading into the community wrap section in the ‘Paint and Wrap’ section, finding one that you like and hitting the download button. Once downloaded you’ll then be able to apply it to your ride and even edit and tweak it should you wish.

Customization Items
Customization continues to be a really talked about subject and because of this another 100+ new customization items will be available in this update.

In total, eleven new cars will be getting new parts:

  • Ford Focus RS
  • Chevrolet Camaro Z28
  • BMW M3 E92
  • Ford Mustang Boss 302
  • Ford Mustang Foxbody
  • Ford Mustang GT
  • Mazda MX5 (2015)
  • NISSAN 180sx Type X
  • NISSAN Silvia Spec-R
  • SUBARU BRZ Premium
  • SUBARU Impreza WRX

Multiplayer
Want to test your skills against other people? Try the new “Competitive” option at the front menu which will see you placed in a game with other players who are also looking to race competitively. Or, select “Alldrive” and you can experience Need for Speed as it is now.

License Plates
You’ll now have the option to customize the license plate on your car, giving you even more options to personalize your ride.

You’ll be able to choose from a selection of backgrounds from past NFS games including; Redview, Fairhaven, Palmont City, Rockport, Olympic City, Bayview and Tri City Bay. Alongside the backgrounds you’ll also be able to apply a number of frames to complete the look.

Gas Stations
Players of earlier NFS games will be familiar with the gas stations and their ability to repair your car. Something thats been requested by the NFS community, is that you wanted this functionality brought back. You missed the option of having your car look new again, instead of having to wear the scars of racing until you ventured back to the garage.

As such, all gas stations in Ventura Bay will now repair your car, free of charge. Simply drive your car through the station and it’ll be looking as good as new. And to help you out further, all gas stations will become points of interest on the map.

New Trophies and Achievements
Three new trophies and achievements will be added to the game, go out and earn them all:

  • Filter Addict – Take a Snapshot with a Filter in Snapshot Pro Mode
  • Wrap Artist – Share a Wrap with the Need for Speed Community
  • Climbing the Ranks – Reach Monthly Rank 10 by completing Daily Challenges

 

Full Patch Notes

  • New Feature: Wrap Sharing
  • New Feature: Snapshot Pro Mode
  • A new “Splash” screen which gives players information on what is included in the new updates from the Living Game
  • A new Snapshot overview screen in the Need for Speed Network menu so you can find out more about your snapshots
  • Improvements to Kickbacks and likes on snapshots
  • 100+ new customization items for a variety of cars
  • License plates are back. Apply around 10 different license plates to your car for more in depth customization
  • We’ve made more improvements and bug fixes to multiplayer. You can now play with like-minded people, if you want to play competitive then you can now select this option when matchmaking and join a world with people who also want to play competitive.
  • 3 new Trophies and achievements
  • Drive through a Gas Station and repair your car on the fly.
  • A variety of tweaks and improvements including AI, player feedback, Gameplay and World
  • Fixed a couple of bugs for Eddie’s challenge
  • Multiple stability fixes

Again great news for Need for Speed players but feel free to drop us a line and let us know your thoughts and if you think the game is heading in the right direction?

Need for Speed reaches out to its community

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Need for Speed publishers EA seem to have learnt from earlier mistakes when it comes to the future development of their games by today reaching out to its community. Players have received an email request from EA to take 5 minutes out of their time and fill in a survey about the multiplayer future of the game. This survey asks players to rate from 1 to 10 on various proposed options and ideas that could be incorporated into future development and releases.

As you can imagine, following such games as Titanfall and Battlefield, the usual suspects are included like ranked and tiered gameplay, where the more you play the higher you rank resulting in exclusive rewards, community challenges, auto crew joining at the start of a game and unique server hosting putting you in control of the game mode, setup and who can play on it. The one idea that did grab my attention was racing for cash or pink slips, winner takes all, as I feel this would really start to bring a whole new dynamic to the game.

So this does seem a positive direction for the game and shows some thought from the developers that the community really matters and I hope it will bring something different and not follow the same lines as all the other multiplayer games that EA have produced in the past. Personally I would like to see some of the little touches from the original Underground introduced like the sound system customisation for one.

Let me know your thoughts on what you would like in future releases of the game from both a customisation and multiplayer perspective and if you did get the survey your thoughts on what EA is suggesting?

Racer of the Year

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The year is coming to a close and so it’s time once again to take a look back at all the great games that have been released in 2015.

Every day up until the end of the year we’ll be revealing our top three games from a number of different categories, all the way up until the coveted Game of the Year reveal.

Next up is Racer of the Year.

Third Place – Project CARS

A divisive title amongst the TiX team, Project CARS thoroughly impressed some and greatly disappointed almost just as many. However, after some debate this ambitious racing title earnt its third place medal in our Racer of the Year awards.

The plethora of customization options allows all skill level to enjoy some intense racing, meanwhile its high level of authenticity also meant that simulation fans could shape the game to their whims, with Dave Moran saying in his review:

…there are too many options to list but you can see that everything has been thought of to ensure a brilliant experience for racing fans.

Dave goes on to say:

Project CARS for me is the best racing simulation I’ve played, yes it’s a bit buggy and the frame rate is really frustrating, but I’m having a blast playing it and I’m really enjoying the challenge of mastering the game.

and indeed it’s this spark of excellence behind the bugs, as well as the exceptional support it’s received with free DLC throughout the year, that has elevated Project CARS so close to the top of our 2015 list of noteworthy racing titles.

Check out the review here.

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Second Place – Forza Motorsport 6

Project CARS set a high benchmark in many people’s opinion, threatening to steal the crown from the racing legend that is Forza. However, Turn 10’s intension to celebrate their 10th anniversary in style with Forza Motorsport 6 ensured the Project CARS wouldn’t be dethroning them just yet.

With the introduction of weather effects and night racing, as well as a huge roster of cars and tracks along with plenty of enhancements to the overall formula, made the sixth numbered Forza title an undoubtedly superb racer.

In his review Dave Moran said:

The combination of the gorgeous circuits, awesome machines and a much improved AI make for some brilliant racing.

Turn 10 have celebrated their 10th anniversary in style, by creating another excellent title.

And indeed we couldn’t agree more. And yet it didn’t take the top spot…

Check out the review here.

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Racer of the Year – Need for Speed

On paper Need for Speed isn’t a better racer than Forza 6, and yet it possesses this charm that we simply couldn’t resist. The poorly scripted, cringe worthy FMV sequences defied their corniness and actually engaged us. We enjoyed the company of the characters and wanted to spend more time with them.

Solid arcade racing with strong customisation options and impressive visuals kept the racing fun, whilst the addition of a narrative with likeable characters gave us the momentum to see it through.

As Richard Berry said in his review:

Racing handles beautifully, the best I’ve experienced from an arcade racer, each car is at the mercy of whether you have set up towards drift or grip. A chase camera swings as you slide around corners and does so with such elegance that it doesn’t feel forced or out-of-place, delivering the thrill of racing and maintaining a real sensation of speed.

And so despite the strong competition by technically more competent racers, Need for Speed captured our hearts and took top place as this year’s Racer of the Year.

Check out the review here.

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Be sure to check out the site again tomorrow to see the next category and its winner.

Honourable mentions go to Riptide GP2 and Giana Sisters: Dream Runner, both of which were nominated by the TiX team but didn’t quite make the cut.

TiX Podcast: The Wasteland Beckons

Welcome to the This is Xbox Podcast.

Join Greg Giddens and Neale Jarrett for a new episode of the This is Xbox Podcast – episode 17 The Wasteland Beckons – where the duo talk about games they’ve been playing and a few news stories that took their interest recently.

https://soundcloud.com/thisisxboxpodcast/tix-podcast-the-wasteland-beckons

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You can also follow the hosts on Twitter: @GregGiddens and @BaronVonPleb

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The awesome music in this episode was provided by Bangmaid and produced by James Gill. (https://www.mixcloud.com/bangmaid/)

Ghost Games listening to fan feedback for Need for Speed

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Last week Need for Speed raced onto the Xbox One with Ghost Games behind the wheel. The ‘reboot’ has had plenty of feedback since then and Ghost Games have been listening closely.

Rubber banding is high on the list of ‘feedback’ and by the end of November Need for Speed should be patched to address this and more.

  • More balanced ‘AI Catch Up’
  • New Wrap Editor features:
  • Mirror functionality
  • Improved colour picker
  • Hoonicorn and Morohoshi-San Diablo
  • Gifted upon completion of their respective narrative threads
  • First look at neons
  • Early in development version on Morohoshi-San’s Diablo
  • REP increase 50-60
  • 3x Trophies & Achievements
  • New daily challenges
  • x30 new pre-set wraps
  • General bugs, tweaks and improvements