Need for Remake 2… An EA Out-of-Ideas Production
Chad Whitney / Nov 27th, 2012 No Comments
What the 2012 release of Need for Speed: Most Wanted says is that Electronics Arts (EA) is currently out of ideas for the Need for Speed franchise, but the Need for Speed franchise still has a lot to offer fans. Going back to what was one of the most popular, if not the most popular, Need for Speed game ever, EA gave Criterion developmental control of rebooting the title. This proved to be a fantastic idea. Seeing as there are only so many things you can do with a game in the racing genre, especially when you throw realism into the equation, it is understandable that EA is out of ideas for new titles after trying to produce a new title every year. With no ideas left for what to do for a new title, EA simply took an old favorite and asked Criterion to put a new spin on it. Need for Speed: Most Wanted 2012 is the awesome love-child of Burnout Paradise and the original Most Wanted, and has set the tone for things to come from the Need for Speed franchise.
The decision to reboot Need for Speed: Most Wanted was a fantastic idea by EA and Criterion. The game has not only bridged the gap between current and the next great Need for Speed title, but has also given fans a title that doesn’t replace the original, but sits next to it in one’s game library quite nicely. With EA’s new partnership with Criterion, the franchise seems to be on the brink of presenting another groundbreaking original game some time in the near future. With the rise of popular Xbox 360 exclusive, Forza, and the end of Midnight Club seeming to have come shortly after the release of Midnight Club: Los Angeles, it will be interesting to see what EA has in store for its popular franchise. Criterion not only seems to have a firm grasp on the direction EA wants to take, they seem to be enjoying the responsibility. Long live Need for Speed.
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