Need For Speed patch 'will turn Hot Pursuit into a great game'

Second PC title update incoming

Criterion's detailed a second Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit patch, which apparently gets to the "nitty-gritty" of the game.

The Need For Speed website suggests the new fixes will "make the difference between a good game, and a great one".

Here's the full list:

  • Groundcover Graphical Errors
    When alt-tabbing, the groundcover would start to corrupt, causing random tree images to appear all over the screen.
  • Controller Configurations
    On some machines controller configurations that have been set up for wheels, pads, etc are not saving correctly to a configuration file. This is now fixed.
  • Rare crash when entering the Career map screen
    The game sometimes crashes when entering the Career map screen quickly after booting the game.
  • Rare crash when streaming graphical data
  • Steering response reported as having large dead zone
  • Player car engine volume too low

Criterion also addressed a specific problem affecting players with AMD/ATI Radeon graphics cards:

There remains an outstanding crash affecting players with AMD/ATI Radeon graphics cards if they have overridden the AA settings in the control centre. This occurs as you pick an event in the map screen prior to the car select.

Thankfully our friends at AMD/ATI have informed us that this will be fixed in the next release of AMD's drivers (10.12) around the second week of December.

Also announced for the Need For Speed series is Shift 2 Unleashed which, according to EA VP Patrick Soderlund, can beat Gran Turismo 5.

[ SOURCE: Need For Speed website ]