The Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences has just held its annual Interactive Achievement Awards in Las Vegas. The awards are decided with a peer-based voting system, and the AIAS has over 22,000 members, including the likes of Electronic Arts, Microsoft, Sony, Nintendo, etc.
Racing Game of the Year went to Forza Motorsport 4, which was up against Mario Kart 7 and Real Racing 2 HD
The only other racing game up for an award was Need for Speed: The Run, which was included in the award for Outstanding Achievement in Sound Design, losing out to Battlefield 3.
The big winner was Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim which took five awards on the night
Yet another new car has appeared in the Car Dealer for Need for Speed World, and this time it’s a particularly unusual custom VW Golf Mk1 GTI. It features gold deepdish polished wheels, a low ride height, and some custom grapics along with the offset racing stripe. And it also has a retro snowboard on the roof for some reason.
Need for Speed: The Run is now out and handily, the full list of Xbox 360 achievements and Playstation 3 Trophies has been shared to let you know exactly what you need to do to get the full amount out of the game. The achievements are:
- Welcome to The Run – Complete Stage 1
- Walk in the Park – Complete Stage 2
- Vegas Baby! – Complete Stage 3
- Cop Out – Complete Stage 4
- Mr. Plow – Complete Stage 5
- Thunder Road – Complete Stage 6
- The Windy City – Complete Stage 7
- Got to the Chopper – Complete Stage 8
- Hot Pursuit – Complete Stage 9
- I Heart NY – Complete Stage 10
- Coast to Coast – Complete The Run on any difficulty
- Win at Winning – Play through The Run on Extreme Difficulty
- What else you got? – Beat a Friend Recommends
- Show Off – Post a photo using Photo Mode
- Current Events – Read a News Article
- All for one – Complete a Group Objective
- Gold Rush – Earn a gold medal or better for each event in the “Coastal Rush” Challenge Series
- National Gold – Earn a gold medal or better for each event in the “National Park” Challenge Series
- Nevada Gold – Earn a gold medal or better for each event in the “Nevada Dreams” Challenge Series
- Valley Gold – Earn a gold medal or better for each event in the “Desert Valley” Challenge Series
- Winter Gold – Earn a gold medal or better for each event in the “Winter Blast” Challenge Series
- Interstate Gold – Earn a gold medal or better for each event in the “Plains Interstate” Challenge Series
- City Gold – Earn a gold medal or better for each event in the “Windy City” Challenge Series
- Industrial Gold – Earn a gold medal or better for each event in the “Industrial Run” Challenge Series
- Rural Gold – Earn a gold medal or better for each event in the “Rural Track Attack” Challenge Series
- East Coast Gold – Earn a gold medal or better for each event in the “East Coast Express” Challenge Series
- New Car Smell – Reach Driver Level 5
- Street Racer – Reach Driver Level 10
- Professional – Reach Driver Level 15
- Champion – Reach Driver Level 20
- Veteran – Reach Driver Level 25
- Legendary – Reach Driver Level 30
- Choices… – Unlock all Playlists
- One for all – Complete 5 Group Objectives
- Bonus Wheel – Win this Bonus Wheel reward in Multiplayer
- King for a Day – Become a Stage Leader in The Run
Let us know how you get on with the game and which achievements provide the biggest challenge by commenting below or posting the forums – why not share any tips on getting the achievements more quickly?
The demo for the forthcoming Need for Speed: The Run is now available to download to give you a taste of what you can experience when the game is released on November 18th, 2011.
It confirms, for anyone with any doubt left, that the cross-country experience as you race from San Francisco to New York is a successor to Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit and Outrun, rather than heading into Test Drive territory, as you race along a set route with the occasional shortcut your only deviation.
As with every Need for Speed game, the intro sets the tone in cinematic style, similar to Hot Pursuit. You’re given the choice of two cars, either the Lamborghini Gallardo LP550-2 Valentino Balboni , or by sending an invite to a friend to download the game, you can access to the 2012 Porsche 911 Carrera S as EA make the most of the Porsche licence which they contraversially denied to Turn 10 in the development of Forza Motorsport 4.
The first race you’ll be able to try is set in the Desert Hills of Nevada, with the task of passing a set number of rival cars before reaching the finish line – complete that and you’ll move to a one-on-one challenge with a rival racing down a snowy Summit mountain pass in Colorado, complete with avalanches to hinder your progress.
The game itself looks reasonably good – it’s not jaw-dropping, but the demo build is attractive enough to do the job. The car models look pleasing and the scenery is reasonably evocative of the location as you blitz through it at high speed. It’ll be interesting, as ever, to find out how the build submitted for certification as a demo compares to the real thing, but at this stage it’s certainly not disapointing in any way and everything runs smoothly enough even at high speed on the Frostbie 2 engine.
Gameplay is very much arcade style. When racing you’ll want to make a lot of use of the Nitrous Boost available which powers up when driving on the wrong side of the road etc, and the handling itself is similar to Hot Pursuit, although there’s slightly more focus on keeping your wheels inline and not drifting quite so much around corners.
Desert Hills is pleasant enough – go as fast as you can against the other racers who provide a reasonable challenge even on normal mode as you try to pass 10 of them before the finish line. Avoid crashing into the scenery, which will cost you one of 5 ‘rewinds’ if you wreck, keep hitting the nitrous and memorise the corners and shortcut to improve your time which gets uploaded to Need for Speed standard and effective Autolog feature to compare with your friends.
Summit is more interesting as the intro shows a fellow racer smash through the closed road sign warning of blasting on the mountainside. As you chase after the other car you’ll see rockets being fired over the road to cause explosions and avalanches which begin by just some vision-hindering snow and ice but later produce huge rocks to land on the road blocking part of it and causing you to react quickly. Slow down or spin to a halt and you’ll end up losing a rewind after being buried, so it’s a case of maintaining a reasonable speed as you learn the scripted resting places of each rockfall.
As with every game of this type, the early part of each stage is basically building to the final dash as you hammer the nitrous to make sure you stay ahead/overtake enough to complete it – in the early part of the stage you’ll struggle to build up a lead big enough to relax, suggesting that the rivals will always be adjusting to maintain a challenge.
So should you pre-order Need for Speed: The Run?
If you enjoy racers which offer arcade action, from venerable grandaddy Outrun to Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit, and you’re hankering for a new challenge, then it is well worth pre-ordering. If you’re still happy enough with Hot Pursuit, and you prefer a more simulation-based challenge, then you’re likely to still be engrossed in Forza Motorsport 4, and there’s also WRC 2 to consider as an authentic rallying experience. It’s out for the PC, Xbox 360, PS3, Wii and Nintendo DS.
If you are pre-ordering, then it’s available with the following bonuses:
- Pre-Order from EA’s Origin Store and you get the Need for Speed The Run Carbon Challenge Series, with two bonus cars and three events inspired by Need for Speed Carbon, the Corvette Z06 and Audi R8.
- Pre-Order from Amazon, and you get the Need for Speed The Run Most Wanted Challenge Series, with two bonus cars and three Most Wanted inspired events. Cars are the Mustang Boss 302 and BMW M3 GTS.
- Pre-Order from Play.com and you get the Need for Speed Underground Challenge Series, with the Nissan 370Z and Nissan Skyline GT-R 32 and three extra events.
- Zavvi also carries the Carbon bonus, and it’s also available via HMV and Game.
The car list for Need for Speed World:
Need for Speed World Cars to Buy:
- Audi R8 Seacrest Police Department Edition 5,500
- Audi TT RS 10 2,700
- Corvette Z06 ‘Beast’ Edition 5,500
- Dodge Charger SRT8 Super Bee ‘Blue Juggernaut’ 3,000
- Dodge Viper SRT 10 5,000
- Lamborghini Murcielago LP 640 5,500
- Lexus IS F ‘Beauty’ Edition 3,000
- Mazda RX-7 ‘Battle Machine’ Edition 2,100
- 1965 Pontiac GTO 750
Need for Speed World Special Deals:
- BMW M3 Grip King 5,000
- Chevrolet Chevelle 2,000
- 1967 Chevrolet Corvette Sting Ray 3,200
- Mazda RX-7 3,500
- McLaren SLR 6,000
- Porsche Cayman Shift 3,200
- Volskwagen Golf GTi Mk 1 2,000
Need for Speed World Cars to Rent:
- Audi TT RS 10 200
- Corvette Z06 300
- Mazdaspeed 3 80
- Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X 200
- Nissan GT-R (R35) 200
- Toyota Corolla AE86 80
Two new cars have now been added to the Car Dealer for Need for the Speed World. These are the 1967 Chevrolet Corvette Sting Ray, and the Porsche Cayman Shift.
The second generation Corvette is probably the most iconic of them all with the water-cooled V8, awesome styling and the introduction of the Sting Ray name.
Meanwhile the Porsche Cayman Shift was specially designed to commemorate the 35th anniversary of Porsche Design, and features 17″ Cayman II wheels, an independent 4-wheel MacPherson strut suspension and a speed-dependent rear spoiler.
The demo for Need for Speed: The Run will be available to download on October 18, 2011, featuring the Lamborghini LP550-2 Valentino Balboni on Desert Hills and Independence Pass, as you race at 200mph with other drivers and attempt to dodge an avalanche.
There’s also a bonus, if someone on your friend’s list also downloads the demo, you’ll unlock the 2012 Porsche Carrera S. Which is nice.
It’ll be available for Xbox 360, Playstation 3 and PC. And if you’re already tempted to pre-order, then you’ll be wanting to visit: