In The Pursuit of Speed

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Criterion have announced that a demo for Need for Speed Hot Pursuit is due for release this week, in fact, it will be available tomorrow, October 26th. Just one thing though, you’ll have to hurry as it’s only available for a limited time, until November 9th.
Why only til then? Well, the game is released November 19th, that’s why. What makes this NFS a bit more different from the others is the inclusion of Autolog, a ‘social network’ which looks at what your friends are playing and makes recommendations for you like beating a best time.

“Need for Speed Hot Pursuit is blowing the roof off social competition and bringing excitement back to the racing genre,” says Matt Webster, Producer at Criterion Games. “We’re putting players and their friends at the heart of the gameplay experience by automatically tracking and comparing each person’s performances. This demo will give gamers a snapshot of Need for Speed Autolog and how we’re amping up the energy of intense pursuits, competitive racing and online connected play – nothing is more powerful than beating your friends.”

Demo info:
In the Need for Speed Hot Pursuit demo, players will be able to chase as a cop in the Dark Horse Hot Pursuit event, speeding through the coastal highway and mountainous ridges of Seacrest County. At the heart of the demo is a social network called Autolog that tracks cop and racer performances while playing solo and uses those statistics to generate fierce competition between friends. Once players add a friend to their Need for Speed friends list, the second event will unlock called Roadster’s Reborn, where gamers can compete as racers to set the best times. When they download and play the demo they will also earn 500 bounty award points in the full game for both Cop and Racer careers. Accruing bounty will allow players to unlock events and exotic cars and progress through their careers in the full game.
The demo can be downloaded for the Xbox 360 usually from around 9 or 10 am, PS3 gamers will have to wait a bit longer til the 27th with Wii owners being told to go poop in a sack.
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