Need for Speed ProStreet Update

3 11 2007

With Need for Speed ProStreet revving its engine and about to roll up to the starting line, we ran through the opening sections of an almost final build of the game to see what’s in store for us in just a few short weeks.

We’ve previously talked at length about how you can create a Race Day online for other players to jump in and play at their leisure. The single-player game works the same way, with events grouped into said Race Days and your goal being to win or even dominate each set of events. Each event in a Race Day, be it a Grip Race, Drag Race or what have you, earns you a number of points depending on your placement, how much you can beat a target time by and the damage total on your car. Once you’ve garnered enough points, even if you haven’t completed all of the events, you’ll be crowned the winner, and if you earn enough, you’ll be deemed to have dominated the event, which earns you extra goodies.

Horsepower and skill are the keys to victory.

When you’ve completed an event, you’ll earn a cash prize as well as a mystery gift. Five “cards” will appear face-down on the screen and you can choose one at random. These prizes range from more cash to a new car to a repair ticket or more.


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nVidia G92, C72 and C73 – From Graphics cards to Processors!

31 10 2007

The next generation of graphics cards from NVIDIA has, pretty much as always, been rather illusive. There haven’t been much information available and even the rumors have been rather few. Early such suggested that the G90/92 would before the end of this year and that it would be a perfected G80 architecture. VR-Zone now reports that the chip G92 will arrive in November of this year, which is just about a year from when G80 arrived, which means it’s feasible to believe they are right. Along with the new graphics circuit we will also have at least three new chipset to support them.

According to the source, there are two new Intel chipsets and one new AMD chipset coming from NVIDIA. The C72 and C73 will both be socket 775 and support the coming 45nm processors from Intel. Perhaps we dare to guess the name; nForce 7, and with an i suffix. The main differences are the FSB and memory support, where C73 is the high-end with 1600MHz FSB and DDR3-1600 support, while the C72 only sports 1333MHz FSB and DDR2-1066MHz.

NVIDIA also has a new AMD chipset coming, MCP72, and this one will have support for the new AM2+ processors along with PCI Express 2.0 and HT3.0.

All chipsets will come in several flavors, such as SLI 3×16 and 2×8. The AMD chipset is the only to sport Hybrid SLI. They should arrive about the same time as the G92 chip.

Elevtronic Arts vs Rockstar

30 10 2007


Where’s RockStar Games’ sense of humor?  In the new Simpsons Game from Electronics Arts, many top games are parodied but never lampooned. EA wanted to satirize Grand Theft Auto in the early part of the game.  But RockStar would have none of it.

Says GamaSutra, “Rockstar Games first indicated their displeasure with Electronic Arts’ game at the Leipzig Game Convention earlier in the year, complaining about a poster for Grand Theft Scratchy: Blood Island which parodies the traditional Grand Theft Auto box art style. According to consumer website C&VG the offending level is now named Mob Rules, although it is unclear what other changes may have been made from the originally intended content.”

A producer for the game kind of fanned the flames recently, though, saying, “The people who make Grand Theft Auto, they spazzed out like little babies.”

Here’s the thing. Parody is a form of flattery. Heck, when Details reviewed my poetry CD saying it “made one yearn for the return of mime,” I thought, hell, I wish the guy had liked it. But that’s a really funny line. And other reviews were great. My take? A level with Grand Theft Auto on the Simpsons Game could only raise the excitement for GTA IV.  Too bad RockStar didn’t see it that way. But if EA changed any part of the game because of RockStar’s protestations, they wimped, too.  EA has lawyers to protect freedom of speech: let them earn their high salaries.

Credits: VH1 GameBreak

NFS Pro Street DEMO Walkthrough

29 10 2007

Here is a quick preview on the demo that has been officially released by EA in the XBox Marketplace.

 Here is a developer’s video..

NFS ProStreet DEMO

29 10 2007

NFS ProStreet DEMO is availabe in XBOX Marketplace. Download it now!