Preview: Need For Speed World Brings Racing to the MMO Scape


Posted May 14, 2010 - By G4Sterling

Need for Speed World Closed Beta Begins

My favorite tagline from Gerald Villoria's first impressions piece on Need for Speed World is "NFSW is NSFW." No, you probably shouldn't be playing racing MMOs in the office. From the look of it, EA's foray into the free-to-play MMO space looks to fuse the immediately familiar -- the blockbuster racing franchise -- with the newly familiar -- free MMOs with microtransactions if you want to reap the full benefits -- to create a sprawling online game that, according to Gerald, isn't as pretty as Need for Speed: Shift, but still looks damned good for a free PC game. If you're not interested in dropping a lot of real-world cash, you won't be at a total disadvantage, either. Gerald explains:

"It was good to see that the rich kid segment won't be able to just buy their way into a high-end car and the more lucrative races without paying their dues. While you can buy the car, you still need to reach a level prerequisite to drive it off the lot. That's where car rentals come in. Rentals last a couple days and provide an affordable way to test out an expensive vehicle without committing to that big price tag. You don't get to abuse lower-tier vehicles either. Rent a Lamborghini for a few days and you'll face other Italian sports car drivers in a level playing field. That makes sense -- you don’t want some jerk in a Ferrari lapping your humble Volvo in the starter races."

If you're interested in revving your engines and speeding off into EA's new take on the free-to-play model, click here to learn more!

Preview: Need For Speed World Brings Racing to the MMO Scape


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