Usually cop cars do the pursuing.
This game surprised us the most at E3, in a good way. I was ready to write this off as just another Need for Speed title on par with the dismally poor "Undercover". However, after watching and playing the demo, we were definitely impressed. Will this game be more like Most Wanted or Hot Pursuit? Read more to find out!
1. A Brief History (of the Series)
The guys at EA Black Box are well known for making some awesome Need for Speed games. They started out making the widely acclaimed Underground back in 2003 and since then have been producing hit after hit. They made what is arguably the most popular game in the Need for Speed franchise, Most Wanted and its sequel Carbon.
With the exception of Shift, all of the Need for Speed games created by Black Box have surrounded the world of underground street racing. Most of these games have the players trying to escape the cops while racing other people for money, reputation, parts, or even cars. They’re all definitely high in the anti-law category.
2. What We Know
We managed to not only get a theater preview of this game at E3, but we even got a chance to demo it. So what did we learn out of one level? Actually, a lot. Black Box has brought back the idea of illicit high-speed high-stakes street racing and cranked it up to 11. The main character, Jack, has to drive as fast as he can from San Francisco to New York. Black Box wouldn’t say why he was “cannonballing”, but just that it was a matter of life or death.
And the demo we tried emphasized that. In it, Jack gets in a race with four other racers and ends up getting t-boned by a mafia-owned SUV. Surviving that somehow, he jumps out of the car, gets chased by the mafia from rooftop to rooftop, and ends up almost landing in a cop’s lap. He beats up the cop, steals the cop car, and begins trying to race out of the city.
Unfortunately for him, either the cops or the mafia are still onto him and they bring a friend, and by a friend I mean a helicopter mounted with fully automatic machine guns. The player must drive through traffic down the streets of Chicago while trying to swerve to evade the helicopter’s spotlight because otherwise the cop car will get shot up.
The helicopter eventually starts shooting and destroying civilian cars (presumably with civilians in them) in order to try and stop Jack. This leads to the helicopter blowing up a gas truck on a two-lane street.
3. What We Expect
Definitely more like what we saw in the demo. Jack will have to fight his way past mobsters and cops alike in order to make it to New York. Hopefully we’ll soon understand why he’s running, but for now I’m assuming that it has something to do with the mafia. Otherwise, why would they want him so badly? Gambling may become an issue in it, but I’m not considering it very likely. Gambling debts aren’t usually something you’d risk your life to try and fix with an illicit street race.
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