Need for Speed World open beta revs up

Free-to-play online racer enters four-day public beta ahead of its full release.

With less than three weeks separating today from Need for Speed World's July 20 release date, Electronic Arts is using the time to hammer out the massively multiplayer online racer's final kinks today by opening its beta for all.

The beta kicked off today at 10 a.m. PDT and allows gamers to get behind the virtual wheel and check out what those who got into the closed beta experienced. Those interested in jumping into the game can sign up at World.NeedForSpeed.com and hop into the action when the servers go live.

The tracks are about to get more populated.

Need for Speed World is currently in development at EA Black Box in Vancouver, Canada. It is EA's first online-only racing title and is free to play until level 10. For those seeking a deeper experience, EA will also offer the Need for Speed World Starter Pack, which costs $20. Inside the digital wrapping are access to level 50, a Toyota Corolla AE86 vehicle exclusive to the pack, and $20 worth of speedboost (NFS World's in-game currency). Starter Pack purchasers also receive a discount on power-ups, double experience point periods, and rental cars.

NFS World has 150 miles of in-game road to traverse, including NFS: Most Wanted's Rockport locale and NFS: Carbon's Palmont city streets, as well as a full day/night cycle. For more on the game, check out GameSpot's latest preview.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

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82 comments
codename-60091
codename-60091

Yes, I love it when they have low sales and bad complaints! I just love this game!!

SDSkarface
SDSkarface

PC only! i love it! now all they need to do is bring back NBA live and Madden on PC..

jedediahpelland
jedediahpelland

Well.... I rambled on earlier about all this, and after playing it for a couple days.... well Im not so sure its something I would pay to play. I mean it is fun, but its lacking something... I guess the interface and gameplay just seems to..... basic I guess.

Rikudo-Pein
Rikudo-Pein

Stop being a fanboy big-boss they are both equally as good as each other

big-boss-91
big-boss-91

it would be brilliant for consoles too, PS3 can handle online games but not sure about 360 live

amaan4ever
amaan4ever

they should get this out on consoles.It will double or triple their money

karenwen
karenwen

I don't think it's that bad. They built on the foundation provided by Most Wanted & Carbon. I think it could benefit from more community oriented gameplay. I did have some fun with what's there even though it could use a bit more polish. The bad thing is that the game isn't very stable with all the crashes and hangs and I doubt they will be solved upon non-beta release. I think they shut the beta a little too soon. I don't think I'm going to pay for it. EA has a tendency to shut down online games too quickly. Oh and where's the full day and night cycle? It seems to cycle from different times of the day only like MW.

Lexaeus775
Lexaeus775

is this game only for pc or will it be released on consoles as well?

Allegedman
Allegedman

Motor City online was better why did EA throw that away oh yeah the sims online and that failed too.

metalkid9
metalkid9

I played the beta and it's looking to be pretty darn generic. The graphics ain't that great to look at either. Hot Pursuit will eat this for breakfast, lunch and dinner!

NPX190
NPX190

Honestly, I wish these guys the best of luck, because unless your a diehard racing fan, how many players will pay to up themselves otherwise? If statements here are taken into consideration, maybe they could improve this game off that. If server control is out of whack though, there going to have some serious desirability issues. If the game is improved, and this developer team works with it's gamers the way Valve software does, then maybe, just maybe there will be a need to play this need for speed.

THCpariah
THCpariah

@Jesse-Ray This is need for speed world not hot pursuit. Black box isn't even a part of the development of hot pursuit.

StJimmy15
StJimmy15

Underground 2 on the PS2 was the last NFS game I didn't immediately lose interest in. The rest have just been... whats the word? oh yes, terrible.

zackoff96
zackoff96

this game will be great if they just remove the 20$ thingy from the game ... damn ...

shani_boy101
shani_boy101

I wonder what the hell EA is taking to make them keep supporting Black Box for all these horrible years.

wrekk8
wrekk8

give up on need for speed, its been terrible for years but people are far too stupid to realise that its been the same game for years but you losers just completely eat up just because its need for speed. start playing decent games that arent realised on an annual basis

Jesse-Ray
Jesse-Ray

I was turned off the game when I saw the police using a >1 million dollar Veyron to ram someone travelling at lethal speeds, how do they explain that one to the tax payers.

AzatiS
AzatiS

Ok im in i tested this till lvl 5. Now from my experience in MMOs as beta tester ( since WoW beta ) 1) Game is not as polished as i would expected. WHOLE map feels the same , there arent any big differences from region to region. Not to say the same color pallete in game over and over is getting annoying . 2) Graphics are an upgrade of PS2. Even if cars are ok , surroundings and buildings seems so cheap as if are they made from paper. I know is Racing and that doesnt matter , but i had to say it. Its near 2011 , lets face it. 3) Open beta had many problems , so many that felt like a BAD close beta version. First day we couldnt play at all , second day we had many DCs and crashes even when we trying to change resolution and yesterday we couldnt play multiplayer matches. ( thats MMO about ) 4) Fun game but nothing extraordinary VS other NFS games. In fact doesnt bring anything new or exciting ton NFS franchise other than "llvl up"" and boosts. Other than that , is a mediocre open NFS worl racing game. 5) Servers was laggy , too much laggy. I hope in release we have better servers. Now i wasnt impressed at all from Open beta and i think they should not hurry to release this except if they have already the next patch that will fix these major problems. Game looks decent , plays good but is not something special. Give it a try though if youre racing genre fan. There are some nice moments in there.

gamerpipe
gamerpipe

guys, it is not hard to understand. it is free to play up to level 10. then you cannot progress past level 10 unless you pay one time fee, but you still can play even you can't progress past 10. it is easier to understand than basic math.

Excedra
Excedra

In racing games....Criterion>Black Box

Excedra
Excedra

looks good, but hot pursuit is the stuff baby.

thecraponahat
thecraponahat

It looks cool but its just another boring casual game

BrolyLSSJ3
BrolyLSSJ3

a Need for Speed MMO? lol what the i wonder who thought that was a good idea.

metalkid9
metalkid9

I'll just wait for Hot Pursuit

admiral_picard
admiral_picard

Unless they make a sudden massive change, I don't think this game is gonna do well. They dumbed down the modifying of cars, you can't individually pick your appearance parts, you can't do like in Carbon where you can sculpt your parts either, the cars don't "feel" right for some reason, and if the beta is any experience of the end product of the servers the game was extremely slow, games wouldn't start and crashed a lot, and since yesterday I can't even launch the game because the servers are "too crowded". Also, the power ups remind me of Blur and are really out of place (It should be nitrous only, not slingshot, traffic magnet, all that ridiculous stuff). This game feels like a budget MMO title, not a licensed NFS game. There's not much in the game to give any long term MMO-style value, it's just a huge online lobby with multiplayer races everywhere. You can hardly do anything in the lobby with other players since 99% of them are just sitting there. Very disappointing...

sorinpam
sorinpam

ya u can play singleplayer 2, but not when the server is down :))

TheDecoy2124
TheDecoy2124

I just got done playing it and I also just got done deleting it. DEFINITELY not worth a monthly fee, not even worth just the retail value

Blank2k2
Blank2k2

Very 1 dimensional, I wasn't expecting much from EA given there past games, but i was expecting more, good job this beta was a surprise to me, if i had been waiting for it especially. I think id be abit gutted.

yellosnolvr
yellosnolvr

alright, just to clarify, its free to try, but if you want to really play it, its 20 bucks?

Exia2004
Exia2004

iv played the beat for 2 day not worth to waste time

jedediahpelland
jedediahpelland

UHH, to all those sayin im not gonna try it till I hear more about it.... well its FREE to try, and yes there are going to be limitations.. cause once again its FREE to try, so just try it out and comment on what you think, Ive been playin it for about 3 hours now, and personally think its alot of fun, and pretty good for a online racing game. And as far as the boost, you only start out with so many boost points and have to buy your special skills such as nitro and other things. Once they run out you have to purchace more with boost points, once you run out of boost points you have to purchace more boost points with real money, at least for now. Kinda reminds me of most wanted alittle, and some other aspects of other need for speed games all rolled into one. Doesnt seem to fustrating to level up and the interface and gameplay is really easy to catch onto. All in all for a FREE beta (wich by the way is why you can only go to level 10) its pretty awesome. As far as spending $20 to level up to 50.... why? I mean you can get a good feel for the game at level 10, wich is what the point of the FREE beta is. If you decide you like it enough wait till the full release is out then spend your money!! Cant believe people are complaining about a FREE beta!!!! Oh and also for all those complaining about so may multiplayer games only, in a way this game is also a single player game, you can choose to do any race either single player or multiplayer, also when in freeroam (explore) your pretty much on your own, and when the cops notice ya and chase ya while in freeroam (pursiut mode) your also single player, so this is also a single player game, it just depends on how ya wanna play it.

gamerpipe
gamerpipe

I was trying to comment, but NETERROR_COMMENT_TIMEOUT

zidan4000
zidan4000

i played the open beta the game was very laggy(i mean internet lag) and all of a sudden it crashed, i dont know but maybe it is my pc.

LVpaulo
LVpaulo

I thought this game will be bather. It looks cool of curs, but when you play it, you start to hate it! :(

wilford88
wilford88

Holy crap! This looks like an awesome game! Open beta here I come!

ISuperGamerI
ISuperGamerI

It's a good game but they need to fix the servers, add more variety of races and unlock upgrades faster in the game. PS: Why are the "Boost" abilities free to use if they cost money? I have used them a couple times.

DanC1989
DanC1989

I'd definitely try this if I didn't frequent a MacBook. What's it like playing it with a keyboard?

liveforever89
liveforever89

@Packgator Yes. I have Uncharted 2. I also have a 360 with games like Halo 3, MW2, ODST, L4D2, etc. I thought Uncharted 2's multi-player was interesting. I think it does a decent bit of things well. However, it's not strong enough to pull me away from games like Halo 3, L4D2, Bad Company 2, etc. If I was stuck with a ps3 and nothing else, then I think Uncharted 2 may have enough to satisfy me for a little while online. But I definitely wouldn't put it up there with the likes of Halo, BC2, MW2, GoW, etc.

the-dude12
the-dude12

@eal-zubieri True that but I think the multiplayer on Uncharted wasn't very good.The multiplayer was basicly a add on to attract more people.But I am glad it didn't ruin the expierance of the single-player as much as it did on Modern Warfare 2.

ptown58
ptown58

I played the beta and it's a lot of fun , then again I really liked Carbon and Most Wanted.

Packgator
Packgator

@liveforever89 Have you ever played Uncharted 2? Ive heard the online is better than games like Gears of War 1 & 2. I have Uncharted 2 and never played Gears online.

serialslb
serialslb

atm im playing this beta and i extremely like it. I highly recommend this game to any NFS fan.

DigitalZ
DigitalZ

Why are people complaining if you have to buy a game? Its great idea, download the game, play, and if you like it you buy full package.

VENOM_8625
VENOM_8625

Yeah @ BlackPhoenixBG I really wanted to get this game too because it was going to be free but now seeing that we will be limited to level 10 really sucks.Also was looking forward to seeing inside the car like NFS Shift but did not get to play that 1 it seems like this game will not have an in car view either.Think I would rather get Test Drive Unlimited 2 now at lease there is an in car view in that game...