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GF Rating
6.7

1378 ratings

Critic & User Reviews

GF Rating
8

Very Good

It's fun, definitely worth a rent

posted by Dweeler (PLANO, TX) Jan 9, 2014

Member since May 2011

5 out of 5 gamers (100%) found this review helpful

This game was pretty awesome. Great graphics. Cars are a little hard to control than the previous ones. Playing as a cop (which is pretty much all I found fun) was awesome. But the lack of storyline and repetitiveness leaves me wanting SO much more. It's a pretty game but i'm definitely glad I didn't buy this game.

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GF Rating
8

Very Good

8/10

posted by gingyvitus (MONETT, MO) Apr 16, 2014

Member since Apr 2014

2 out of 2 gamers (100%) found this review helpful

Positive Aspects:
Drifting is super easy in this game which is a plus for me because it makes it fun

Negative Aspects:
By the time you platinum the game the map feels a little small
The game is very repetitious
The soundtrack gets old fast
The racing system is whacked out: Even if you have an amazing end-game car races on easy can still be hard because the way the game was built, you are prevented from getting too far ahead of the other cars. Also if you are racing really badly the other cars will only go about a mile ahead of you and will slow down so that you can catch up and blow past them.

I rate it so high because despite all of the negative aspects, it still was a fun game.

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GF Rating
5

Fair

New System Same Game

posted by unoriginalplaya (BUENA PARK, CA) Dec 14, 2013

Member since Nov 2013

2 out of 2 gamers (100%) found this review helpful

Need for Speed has always been a great racing game. From the innovative Underground series to Hot Pursuit; NFS has made a notch in racing fans everywhere.

While playing NFS Rivals that sense of awe has all but vanished. The gameplay is your standard foray into racing games: 1. Choose a car 2. Race car against opponents using special power ups 3. Win race 4. Rinse and repeat. This time around they switched it up and you can now play as a cop which is the highlight of the game. Cruising around until you see another human opponent fly by you in a high performance car and initiating a pursuit is great and exhilarating. The fun stops there. The limited mission variety and bland, lifeless world doesn't do much to keep you in it.

Graphics- The graphics in NFS Rivals are beautiful. Everything from the gorgeous setting to the leaves that blow behind your car at high speeds makes your driving experience a pretty one. The cars; while not as detailed as Gran Turismo or Forza, do a great job in looking true to their real life counterpart. Particle effects like when your tires blow out are also a nice addition. They don't do anything else to heighten the experience but complete the overall look of the game.

Sound- From tires squealing to engines revving NFS does what it is supposed to. Nothing major yet nothing below average. The sound track is an array of current songs remixed to keep up with the intense racing action. Again, nothing special but they do their job.

Gameplay- NFS Rivals does a good job at getting the arcade style racing down. Drifting into a turn at close to 100 MPH feels tight and gives you that "aw yeah" feeling as you accelerate into the straightaway. The lack of mission variety really brings NFS down to nothing more than race these guys, stop this race, complete time trial. The comical cutscenes don't help either.

Need for Speed has always been a great franchise give or take one or two games. Rivals unfortunately finds itself going in reverse.

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