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GF Rating
6.6

1517 ratings

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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

3 out of 4 gamers (75%) 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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GF Rating
10

Perfect

A need for speed is right

posted by Genoske (AUBURN, WA) Nov 16, 2013

Member since Nov 2013

2 out of 3 gamers (67%) found this review helpful

After playing the game for about 8 hours now most of which was online the events is the meat and potatoes of this game the events range from head to head, races, time trials. But the beauty of the game is you can just drive around and once you see a player symbol over a car you can just instantly challenge them and start racing and if you are playing as a cop you can just go around busting people its a ton of fun

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GF Rating
4

Weak

Open World Racing Fails Again

posted by ClintLugert (MINNEAPOLIS, MN) Dec 16, 2013

Member since Oct 2012

5 out of 8 gamers (62%) found this review helpful

I've been gaming for 15+ years & I love most NFS games but Burnout is the best ever. EA did to NFS what they did to Burnout: Ruined it with open world b.s.

This is not GTA. Swarms of cops before, during and after every race is absurd. You have to fight to get the winnings for the race you just won. It's frustrating as can be.

There's no pause button. Absurd.

Though going 200mph, shooting weapons, dodging traffic, wrestling racers, and evading cops sounds fun it's a whole lot less fun when you have to stare at your GPS for the next turn. Races are TRACKS.

This game looks good and feels fast but driving around looking for your next race is dumb too.

The Run was great. So were all the Burnouts before Paradise. This is one of the most joyless racing games I've ever played.

& good luck connecting with your friends on there. Total joke.

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