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NFS U: First modded Car for NFS Underground Monday, 22.02.2010
NFS Undergroundnfsu360 did it again and found a way to integrate the worlwide's first modded car in Need for Speed Underground: the BMW M3!

The BMW M3 replaces the Mazda MX-5 Miata.

BMW M3


You can find the car in our download section..
Additionally nfsu360 released the NFS Underground ModTools v1.0, which allows everybody to do modifications on NFS Underground. You can find more details at the NFS Underground Tools-Section:

» NFS U: Cars
» NFS U: Tools
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Online Service Shutdown of Carbon and ProStreet for PSP Wednesday, 17.02.2010
Electronic ArtsNeed for Speed is still being played over the internet. As long as enough players are online, EA keeps the multiplayer servers up and running, but for Need for Speed Carbon and Need for Speed ProStreet on Playstation Portable it'll come to an end: the shutdown for the online services of both games on PSP is scheduled for March 16th, 2010.

Another racing game, Burnout 3: Takedown, is going down too: on April 15th 2010 the online services for Playstation 2 and Xbox will be shut down.

For more information regarding the shutdowns, read this statement from EA:
As background information, the games scheduled for shutdown in March and April 2010 represent less than 0.3% of all peak online players across all EA titles. Despite some people's perception, there is a lot of behind-the-scenes work involved with keeping these older games up and running. We would rather our hard-working engineering and IT staff focus on keeping a positive experience for the other 99.7% of customers playing our more popular games. These decisions to retire games is never easy. The EA development teams and operational staff pour their hearts into these games almost as much as the customers playing them and it is hard to see one retired. We hope you have gotten many hours of enjoyment out of the games and we appreciate your ongoing patronage.

You can find a complete list of shutdowns of EA games in March and April 2010 here:

» EA Service Updates
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NFS Shift: Ferrari Racing Pack released! Wednesday, 17.02.2010
NFS ShiftToday, on February 16th the exclusive Xbox360 Download Pack for Need for Speed Shift was released: the Ferrari Racing Pack! The package contains 10 new Ferraris, 46 new Ferrari-specific events (Hot Laps, Eliminators, Endurance Races and a World Tour) and 125 Gamerpoints.

To give you an impression of the download pack, we have launch video for you:



The following Ferraris are available in this DLC:

1996 Ferrari F50 GT
2005 Ferrari F430 Spider
2005 Ferrari FXX
2005 Ferrari Superamerica
2006 Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano
2006 Ferrari F430 Challenge (Online/Quick event only)
2006 Ferrari F430 GTC (Online/Quick event only)
2007 Ferrari 430 Scuderia
2008 Ferrari California
2008 Ferrari 16M Scuderia Spider


All Ferrari cars are also available online, to compete with your friends and showing your skills in this Italian stallions.

The Ferrari Racing Pack will be available exclusively on Xbox360 for $10.00 or 800 MS Points. (Xbox Live and NFS Shift is required.)

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NFS Shift: Ferrari Racing Pack announced! Tuesday, 09.02.2010
NFS ShiftFerrari is back! After a 7 year hiatus the elite automaker and racing brand Ferrari returns to Need for Speed: On February 16th, 2010 players will be able to download the Ferrari Racing Pack for Need for Speed Shift, which contains 10 new hot Ferrari cars.

Ferrari Racing Pack

The Ferrari Racing Pack will be available exclusively on Xbox360 for $10.00 or 800 MS Points. (Xbox Live and NFS Shift is required.)

In addition to the 10 new Ferraris, the Ferrari Racing Series extends the career mode with 46 new Ferrari specific challengees (Hot Laps, Eliminators, Endurance Races and a World Tour) and additional 125 Gamerpoints.

The following 10 Ferraris will be included:
1996 Ferrari F50 GT
2005 Ferrari F430 Spider
2005 Ferrari FXX
2005 Ferrari Superamerica
2006 Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano
2006 Ferrari F430 Challenge (Online/Quick event only)
2006 Ferrari F430 GTC (Online/Quick event only)
2007 Ferrari 430 Scuderia
2008 Ferrari California
2008 Ferrari 16M Scuderia Spider


All Ferrari cars are also available online, to compete with your friends and showing your skills in this Italian stallions.

To give you an impression of these cars, we have a couple of screenshot for you:

Ferrari 1   Ferrari 2   Ferrari 3

Ferrari 4   Ferrari 5   Ferrari 6


» Ferrari Racing Series
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Releasedates of NFS World & other NFS titles Tuesday, 09.02.2010
Electronic ArtsElectronic Arts published its third quarter fiscal year 2010 results - apart from financial details, this report also unveils several release dates of upcoming titles.

The interesting thing is, that three new Need for Speed games seem to hit the stores within the 1-2 years:

- Need for Speed World (PC): April-June 2010
- Need for Speed TBA (PC, Console, Handheld): October-December 2010
- Need for Speed TBA (PC, Console): January-March 2011


NFS World is obviously the Online Racer, whose » Betaphase will start soon. One of the other two titles might be the Need for Speed developed by Criterion Games? (At least according to several rumours...)

But the third one? According to rumours in 2009 maybe EA Black Box is also working on a new NFS title - could that be true? We will see...

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NFS Shift: Mod for better Graphics Monday, 08.02.2010
NFS ShiftNeed for Speed Shift already has a high graphic quality, but if you want to challenge your performance-beast (also called PC), you might be interested in this mod from BeetleatWar1977: More details, high-resolution textures and full-range HDR-rendering:

NFS Shift Grafik Mod


Changes by the mod:
- modified HDR: removed the limitations originating from consoles (initially only the TV dynamic range 16-235 was used)
- LOD - mostly disabled
- sight distance increased
- SSAO works with twice the sample count
- motionblur: modified mode when settings are "high" (higher sample count and changed dispersion)
- re-activated several hidden features in shader programs (envmapping and parralax effect)
- modified the generation of shadows (additional shadows at specific objects)
- SSAO extended - is now used for additional objects (the game doesn't use fullscreen SSAO)
- Increased particle effects count and the connected visibility range
- Modified filteroptions of shaders

You can download the mod here, or at PC Games Hardware (German):

» NFS Shift: Downloads
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NFS Shift: Lamborghini Gallardo Spider Monday, 08.02.2010
NFS ShiftThe modding-community makes progress: SETHAlpine, who already released the » Alpine A410 for Need for Speed Shift, put a lot of effort in modding the game and integrated another car in the game: the Lamborghini Gallardo Spider!

NFS Shift Lamborghini Gallardo Spider


Quite a nice piece of work! You can find the car in our download-section:

» NFS Shift: Cars

But also other people make progress. cric is currently working on a F1 mod, which looks very promising:

NFS Shift F1 Mod 01   NFS Shift F1 Mod 02   NFS Shift F1 Mod 03


Let's see, what we can expect in the future. We will keep you updated.

» NFS Shift: Cars
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NFS Shift: Ferrari-DLC for Xbox360? Saturday, 06.02.2010
NFS ShiftAccording to several rumours, a new Ferrari Add-On is being released this month for Need for Speed Shift on Xbox Live! The 349th issue of the » Major Nelson Podcast features an interview with Andy Tudor, who talks about the upcoming Ferrari-DLC:

As it seems the DLC will contain 10 new Ferraris, as well as new achievements and new events in career mode. Of course the Ferraris will be playable online. The cars were hand-picked by the team - it's not known yet, which ones, but these four were announced in the interview:
  • Ferrari F430
  • Ferrari FXX
  • Ferrari California
  • Ferrari F50 GT
Ferraris in Need for Speed would be quite a novelty, since it's a brand which was desperately missed in the latest NFS games.

Stay tuned for more..

» Major Nelson Podcast (Source)
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NFS World: Beta Signup & official website started Friday, 05.02.2010
NFS World OnlineThe official website of Need for Speed World (the suffix "Online" in the name seems to be dismissed) went online: » NFS World Webseite

Along with the launch of the website, the signup for the closed beta started. You have to fill out a form to sign up - if you are eligible to get a key for the beta is then in the hands of EA.

Additionally you can find on the NFS World Webseite a new interview with Dave Elton:

» NFS World Webseite
» Introducing Dave Elton, NFS World Senior Designer
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NFS WO: Behind the Scenes Friday, 05.02.2010
NFS World OnlineThe developers at EA are diligently working on Need for Speed World Online and also the blogs on NeedforSpeed.com don't stand still. In the last days several articles about the game and the developers behind NFS World Online were posted. Browse through the following articles, to get an impression of the game and the people behind it:

» NFS World update from Technical Director Eneko Bilbao
» Introducing Marc De Vellis, NFS World Producer
» Introducing Eduardo Agostini, the NFS World Art Director
» NFS World: All The World's A Stage: Episode 3
» NFS World: All The World's A Stage: Episode 2
» NFS World: All The World's A Stage: Episode 1

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