Need for Speed Payback - PlayStation 4 [Digital]

ESRB Rating: Teen
Language, Mild suggestive themes, Mild violence
$59.99
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Overview

What's Included


  • Need for Speed Payback

Ratings & Reviews


Overall Customer Rating:
90% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (395 out of 439)

Product Details


  • Developer: Ghost Games
  • Publisher: EA
  • Platform: PlayStation 4
  • Genre: Action and Adventure|Racing
  • Release Date: 11/10/2017

Synopsis


Need for Speed Payback has a single player campaign that follows the exploits of former street racer Tyler Morgan. After being double-crossed and forced into exile, it’s time for Payback. Tyler must rebuild his crew, win an impossible race and bring down The House, the cartel that has a grip over the city's casinos, criminals and cops. It’s not going to be easy though. Tyler and the crew will find themselves in the middle of some of the most action-packed, explosive events in Need for Speed history.

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Features


Pre-order Need for Speed Payback now to receive the Platinum Car Pack

Platinum Car Pack Includes: Exclusive Platinum Blue Underglow & Tire Smoke Vanity Items; Nissan 350Z 2008; Chevrolet Camaro SS 1967; Dodge Charger R/T 1969; Ford F-150 Raptor 2016; Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport 2016

Five distinct car classes (Race, Drift, Off-Road, Drag, and Runner) to turn the tables on the competition in any race, mission or challenge

Find abandoned vehicles scattered throughout the world to create your perfect car from the ground up

Collect, win or buy the hottest after-market parts and build out your perfect garage

Build unique rides with deeper performance and visual customization than ever before



Overall customer rating

4.4
90%
would recommend to a friend

Pros

Cons

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    A decent racing game undermined by its lootboxes.

    Posted
    ShockaliciousZX
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    Need for Speed Payback is a fun open world racer and you could do much worse than playing it, but its attempts at goading the player into using micro-transactions, uneven difficulty and attempts to crib open world design elements from Forza Horizon keep the game from being truly great. You play as three protagonists, Tyler, Mac and Jess as they race Fortune Valley a Las Vegas stand-in as they complete various racing, drifting, dirt, drag and getaway events to take down 'The House' a cartel that has been fixing street races and screwed over Tyler. Blah blah, the story is knock-off Fast & Furious schlocky tripe, but nobody plays racing games for the plot anyway. The game can look very good at times and the open world is fun to drive around in, mostly because of the open world activities you can do in it. Smashing billboards, breaking speed records, drifting, finding derelict cars and challenging roaming racers are all fun to do, and I know that because I had fun doing them in Forza Horizon. Still, for people who don't have access to an XBox One or a decent PC, this game can be a good replacement for Forza in its best moments. It's just too bad that the highs are counterbalanced by a vehicle upgrade system that, maybe true to the game's Las Vegas aesthetic feels less like upgrading a car and more like pulling a lever on a slot machine. To the game's credit, since it has been released the game has made its upgrade system kinder and gentler, putting less pressure on the player to give in and purchase micro-transactions. However simply having to engage with a randomized upgrade system that was designed to frustrate you into paying more left a bad taste in my mouth, regardless of them walking it back. Also, this game has some of the more ridiculously blatant rubber banding I've seen in a racing game in a long time. You will absolutely feel it when you eat wall and get sent to the back of the pack and the cars ahead of you slow down to give you a chance, just as you will when you're ahead and the cars always manage to stay close enough to pass you if you make one single mistake, no matter how high you've leveled your car. This ties back into the micro-transactions; the game seems to purposefully try to frustrate you so you will go to the store and pull the level on the slot machine and hope you get something useful. Forget about being the same level as an event being enough to beat it; I found that you need to be at least 15 to 20 levels higher before your chances of winning went from being a coin toss to likely. All in all, it's an okay game, but people with access to Forza Horizon 3 should just get that instead.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    A Racing/RPG From the 90s

    Posted
    Will
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    A racing game based around grinding. Recommended level, 380. Your level 260. Towards the end of the game (didn't beat, at beginning of the fifth chapter I'm guessing) your cars have to be near max (399), requiring you to grind the previous races like you would run in circles in a 90s era RPG. Story is very much nonsense. You can't buy one car, and change the specs to fit the 5 different types of racing in this game. You'll have to buy a new car for each type of race - of course - requiring you to grind for money or cards. You don't really buy or get parts, you get what are called cards - that are essentially the parts to upgrade your car. Drag racing sucks. NOS is useless as the car makes noise, the camera pulls back and shakes a bit - but your car goes no where. Did you miss that checkpoint - might as well restart the race. The game gives you some loot boxes called "shipments". Some cool one-time use cosmetic items, along with what they're calling tokens and chunks of in game currency. The tokens are used like you would on a slot machine. One roll/pull = 3 tokens. I think I had earned about 100 from the basic shipments, but went through them very quickly trying to complete a set of cards (parts) for my car at the end. You can also trade in the parts you've won for tokens (1:1), but you'll more than likely just sell them for cash. After beating one of the last few racers, I was then faced with having to grind again for another car, and I wasn't going to pay for the real money loot boxes. That's when I gave up. In the end, the way the game is setup is just garbage. Everything negative people are saying about this game is true. Ignore as there are racing games out now that are much better. PASS.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    A Disappointment

    Posted
    ThatGamer
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    If you were interested in this game because of its E3 gameplay, then don’t buy it. That gameplay was a lie. It depicted the game as being a Fast N Furious like game, and that isn’t true. It’s story is very bad and only features a handful of those FNF style missions. And even those aren’t good. The graphics and gameplay feel as if they’re modern, yet everything else feels like the game hasn’t changed since Undercover. It directly borrows things from NFS 2015 without any changes or improvements. It’s "diverse" open world is very empty, but filled with pointless collectibles. It’s new card based upgrade system is terrible and ruins parts of the game. Collecting cars is no longer easy because each car needs to be upgraded with a new set of cards. And upgrading is now dependent on luck and grinding. It’s just a bad idea. If you’re looking for just an arcade racing game, then you’ll be fine with a Payback. Though I recommend getting it on sale. If you’re expecting a much improved NFS game with a well done story and set of characters, then do not get this. A lot of people didn’t like NFS 2015. This game does has some improvements and good changes, but it still feels like a step back.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Average

    Posted
    ediddy
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    Its not the worst entry, however its obvious that the game was built to please the publisher and satisfy their vision of the series instead of the players. When you first see the open world it appears to be filled with a lot of activities to do. However, the deceptive nature of this becomes apparent as you progress. Pretty much all the story sections are quite dull due to bad writing and the game has too much grinding. The free roaming areas lack random diversion like police roaming around to avoid or a running into a random pack of cars to take out. In the end, the remaining side activities like challenge races while a little enjoyable are not sufficient to keep you coming back. Having to go through unfun bits in hopes for some fun is simply not acceptable. Also, a lot of the cool customization options which used be given as rewards can now simply be purchased by anyone through microtransactions which makes you feel less like you're unique or skilled and that's also not a good thing.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Fun Racing Game

    Posted
    cchiatt
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    It seem as though people are giving this game a low star rating because of the micro and hate that you have to drive so far to get to a race event. Not a problem because on my way there I'm breaking speed trap records ( which gives you earnings). Crashing through Billboards etc. I can care less about the voice as one mentioned did not like the voice of characters and complaints about how to upgrade your vehicle but the vehicle that I have now is way better than more than half of what the dealerships had to offer from manually upgrading it.. you do not have to accept all upgrades because sometimes when you upgrade something you might lose something from overall performance like if you upgrade your brakes, you will lose horsepower ( not a lot) but you will be informed before you accept by looking at your side bar attributes. Great graphics and gameplay wins my heart. Its not a perfect game but it's pretty close to it. if you think about it from a higher scale prospective then you will understand why I gave this 5 stars

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Very challenging missions.

    Posted
    REIGNOFDEATH
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    I have mixed feelings about this game, it's beautiful in my opinion and I personally love driving around and open world. Sadly, the story missions are brutal, I'm a seasoned gamer with over 25 + years gaming experience behind me, and I am having a extremely difficult time trying to progress through the story missions which I intentionally chose to play on there EASY difficulty and I'm now stuck about maybe 2/3 through this game. You have to complete the story missions in order to unlock the cars for purchase, I have every car category in this game maxed out at 399 as every attempt at the target level power rating failed for me to beat the AI, so I maxed out and am still losing to way under powered cars. Aproach this game with caution, as its fun is in free roaming and upgrading the vehicles.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Excellent yet LONG overdue New Entry to the Series

    Posted
    Bigboybutan
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    Similar to The older Drag Version that took place at night with the highlight elements of the last entry Most Wanted which now seems like 10 years ago. If you enjoyed MW, or any of the previous three, this ia a Good Next-Gen 2017 Update with Depth. My question is the game are much like a sports Port-can we not have a new one even Year? At least not these 2.5-3 years EA seems to stick to, yet we get nothing that shows they spent time like that on the last 4 installments. Good as always though-Arcade for those who fall asleep playing Gran Turismo yet are Car experts like myself. If enjoy driving the Fiat 300C on challenges unlike me-this game is holds it's arcade gameplay while adding more story and usual upgrades. Get the Platinum pack though.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Meh

    Posted
    2Slow4Me
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    It has fun arcade racing mechanics and looks nice. Yet it somehow fails to be the core game that I look for in a NFS game. For me, that is being able to customize a car to be fast and to look as cool (ridiculous) as possible. While this game does have some very fun cars, the derelicts somehow are not the customizable powerhouses I would've expected. Since you have to unlock new cars to buy through racing, you're never incentivized to switch cars because you have to then grind out new cards to upgrade every car. Nothing carries over except the currency which gets used up pretty quickly when buying new cards. Somehow the game comes up short and the grind, which I don't want in a racing game, gets boring quickly.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend


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