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GF Rating
6.6

253 ratings

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GF Rating
8

Very Good

Awesome but...

posted by Mr_Prophecy (ALPHARETTA, GA) Dec 28, 2013

Member since Dec 2013

Great addition to the need for speed series, easy controls, lots of fun, but will randomly freeze your ps3 during gameplay

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GF Rating
5

Fair

i just wonder

posted by averageman (UNION, SC) Dec 24, 2013

Member since Oct 2010

I wonder if rock star can do better on need for speed than AE. the font is a little small and blurry to read even with 20/20 vision. so far this game has no story line like most wanted or carbon. the cars and handling is decent ,but overall I give it a 5, I mean it is a racing game............but that's it. no story....just racing...zzzzz

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GF Rating
7

Good

Speed Bump

posted by IndigoAK (FAIRBANKS, AK) Dec 21, 2013

Member since Nov 2012

In general, Need for Speed Rivals accomplishes what it sets out to do. It provides you with a plethora of fast, gorgeous cars and a large world through which to drive them and it nails the sense of speed that's been missing from the series for a while now (ironic given the name of the series is Need for Speed to begin with).

That said, it doesn't take these many steps forward without bringing some faults along for the ride. The cops versus racers foundation serves the game well for the most part, but shows a few rough edges when the going gets fast and rough. Players must earn points to upgrade or buy new cars, the catch being that you don't earn then if you don't manage to bank them. You can bank them by managing to return to your hideout in the middle of a session, but in the later stages of the game this becomes almost too much of a struggle as more potent enemies arrive on the scene and begin to wear out their welcome. Furthermore, the series trademark rubberband AI returns in full form, this time with the suspect ability to teleport from miles away right onto your rear bumper, which will undoubtedly lure forth its fair share of profanity. This AI becomes the biggest hassle when as a racer you're forced to deal with the cops, a frustrating experience without fail.

The game's setting is smaller than it looks, though the Frostbite 3 engine does a great job of bringing it to life on the PlayStation 3's aging hardware. Dust, leaves and grass swirl throughout the courses as you blur through them, and lens flare and color grading effects manage to be mesmerizing, but not too distracting. There's a decent variety of environments in Redview County - your typical desert, city, forest, beach, farmland and snowy mountain areas - but they're all pretty small and you'll often be saying to yourself, "Wasn't I just here?" since most of the game's courses loop around on themselves and their surroundings.

Recommend for Need for Speed fans or racing fans in gener

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