NFSUR: New infos & Videos Tuesday, 22.02.2005
NFS Underground RivalsThe onlinemagazine IGN visited Electronic Arts and could test an early version of Need for Speed Underground Rivals for the PSP.

They concentrate very much on the multiplayer mode, where up to 16 players can meet in a lobby and race against each other. The whole system works wireless, it's even possibly to play against opponents on other floors.

EA's key feature regarding its wireless games is its in-depth stats management system. When you play wireless games, it's for keeps. Using the vast storage space of the PlayStation Portable (the minimum card SCE is selling for the system is a 32MB Memory Stick Duo -- a PS2 Memory Card is only 8MB, so that's a heck of a lot of room for saves), each EA game stores eternal stats for head-to-head play. It depends on the game exactly what stats are saved -- basics like win/loss records and points scored are kept in each -- but it won't matter how many players you've matched up against, as the player ID of anybody and everybody you play with is stored and used for progressive stats with ensuing matches.

Stats are one thing, but EA has added a second feature that changes up the challenge a bit. We'll call the feature the "Owned" mark -- the actual term used differs between each of the games, but the concept is the same: if you lose, you've gotten "Owned". Similar to the viral mark of Majesco's Infected, your PSP will be stamped by a mark saying that you've gotten "Owned" by another player, and the only way to erase the branding is to beat them in a match. The feature adds a second mark of ranking to the Match-Up lobby in each game -- your win/loss record may be strong, but if you've let another get the best of you in the last match, the challenger will see exactly how many people have "Owned" you. You'd better not be nice and let your girl win ... it'll come back to haunt you.

Additionally IGN got some new movies, which you can find here:

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