Need For Speed: World hands-on

Hey, we loved Need For Speed: SHIFT. Not only was it neck and neck with Forza 3 for the best racing game of last year, we’re of the opinion that SHIFT was the best NFS game in over a decade. Knowing that, we weren’t crazy about the idea of Need For Speed: World making a return to the open world challenges of Carbon and Most Wanted… that is, until they told us it was FREE!*

Above: Welcome to the MMO lobby you can play 

That’s right, this summer’s NFS game is free* for any and all. And okay, we’re willing to admit we did sorta miss zipping around those wide-open cities like Rockport and Palmont, so it doesn’t feel like much of a step backwards, especially once you consider that they’re now basically giant lobbies where swarms of players will meet up to race in events, gain ranks, and customize cars. (Or just dick around and pester cops!)

Above: Police cruisers are back and Pursuit Challenges are back!

If you missed the arcadey thrill of barreling through an urban landscape of cops and licensed cars, NFS World has a target painted on your very soul. We’re told there’ll be both steering wheel and 360 controller support, but we played with a simple WASD control scheme and we gotta say: It was pretty awesome.

Above: Build 'em and share 'em

The Blur beta may’ve familiarized you with slingin’ multiple power-ups (Boost or add an extra lap to catch up,) but using a mouse to hit boosts and what-not beats the hell out of clumsily cycling through with a shoulder button.

Read on to the next page for information about the beta and what the hell that pesky * is all about.


  • Snapp3r - March 21, 2010 1:51 p.m.

    Thanks for the heads up! Just applied for the beta :)
  • michaelmcc827 - March 18, 2010 7:28 p.m.

    What are you talking about...Most Wanted is one of the best in the series, and this looks almost exactly like it. recaptcha: ruling occurs (damn straight my opinion's important)
  • mdiaz033 - March 18, 2010 2:53 p.m.

    GR: open world you say? oh god not again!!! What's that? oh it's FREE?!?!?! well bring it on!!! on another note, microtransactions will be the modern chains for the modern slave.
  • michaelmcc827 - March 17, 2010 10:42 p.m.

    I really need a new want.
  • tomthespesh - March 17, 2010 3:15 p.m.

    So an open world racing MMO sounds similar to one of my favourite racing games, Test Drive Unlimited.
  • banjokazoozie - March 16, 2010 11:20 p.m.

    i like the open world nfs like carbon better than the newer ones
  • joevega72 - March 16, 2010 11:17 p.m.

    i don c wats so better even in undercover ......i wonder wats it gonna make unique wid worlr hands-on thingy......i luved need for speed ..............

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