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Need for Speed - PlayStation 4

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    Overview

    What's Included


    • Need for Speed

    Ratings & Reviews


    Overall Customer Rating:
    89% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (1179 out of 1327)

    Product Details


    • Developer: Ghost Games
    • Publisher: EA
    • Platform: PlayStation 4
    • Genre: Racing
    • Release Date: 11/03/2015

    Synopsis


    With over 20 years of history in its rear view mirror, Need for Speed returns with a reboot that delivers on what Need for Speed stands for — rich customization, authentic urban car culture, a nocturnal open world and an immersive narrative that drives your Need for Speed game.

    Fuelled by our very own car culture community, Speedhunters has helped deliver a Need for Speed experience that is grounded in authentic car culture. By diving into the world of past, present and emergent trends of the urban car scene, Need for Speed will unleash the passion for cars and speed when it releases this Fall 2015.

    Features


    With over 20 years of history in its rear view mirror, Need for Speed returns with a reboot that delivers on what Need for Speed stands for

    Delivers rich customization, authentic urban car culture, a nocturnal open world and an immersive narrative that drives your Need for Speed game

    Fuelled by our very own car culture community, Speedhunters has helped deliver a Need for Speed experience that is grounded in authentic car culture

    Diving into the world of past, present and emergent trends of the urban car scene, Need for Speed will unleash the passion for cars and speed



    Customer rating

    Rating 4.2 out of 5 stars with 1327 reviews

    89%
    would recommend to a friend

    Pros

    Cons

    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      A for Effort. C+ for Execution

      Posted
      JaeQ
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      I'll give the creators credit, they definitely attempted to revive this franchise. Bringing back the illegal underground street racing world is exactly what we wanted. The all out customization, the running from police and even the cool looking story line even though it's meaningless and boring, it really made an effort to get us back. But there is flaws...of course. It's story line seems utterly pointless, just no meaning to it and the physics of drifting and burn outs seem...well...don't appear right. What's pretty interesting is while playing story mood, you're also playing online as other people can join your game and challenge you to a race...and there's multiple options of racing. This game is like previous NFS, gain street cred and money to get the upgrades you want. However, the game within the first couple days seems like an absolute breeze to beat and it'll be that way nearly the whole game. So don't expect a challenging game but do expect another opportunity to get the old feel of customizing like you use too. The graphics are pretty impressive so you'll enjoy it. I'll recommend it but it's another game I wouldn't get before my first or even second choice...heck even third. 3 is being generous. It's a really cool game but overcoming the physics and the awful story line is basically half the battle, which is where they failed to execute correctly. In my opinion, that's a huge part you need to get right.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      A decent reboot of the underground

      Posted
      n2oinferno
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

      I was really hoping (as were most) that this would be NFS Underground 3. However, I had realistic expectations that it wouldn't be at all. The tuning is good for the cars that have it available, although some cars are very lacking in customization. The handling is going to be pretty polarizing for most players. You can go grip or drift, or somewhere in between. And even though I'd rather play in a grip style, I tend to rack up more points and go faster with drift, so I feel like I'm being shoehorned into it a bit. The AI rubberbanding, on release, was atrocious. Like, bad enough that I almost didn't purchase the game. At least Ghost is still working on it behind the scenes, and has promised support to the community. This has been proven through a few updates already that have improved the game, as well as brought back some nostalgia. I don't hate the lack of an in-car camera, although it'd be a nice option. I feel like the absence of a manual transmission is pretty unacceptable though, since the automatic shift logic in this game is very bad sometimes. As in, coming out of a corner, low RPM, the AI won't downshift to get you back into the power band, so you're stuck slowly putting forward as everyone flies past you. That's a really big omission and the main reason I gave it three stars instead of four. It's still a game worth playing though, and I don't think fans of the more recent games in the series will be disappointed. Graphics wise, it's very pretty, but still not on the level of Driveclub.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

      Nothing exciting

      Posted
      AdamT1000
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

      This game was delivered in perfect condition, but that's not what I'm going to talk about here... I'm going after the gaming experience instead. Despite my moderate anticipation for the new generation of NFS, it actually adapts quite a bugged design -- No pause in the game, constantly online without an offline mode, which means if you're new to this game then you will be constantly harassed by online players who just enjoy messing with totally unknown people. Thanks to the human nature I can't finish my first mission without being crushed against the walls. It's just a starter killer. And to make things worse, EA decides to pop up tutorials windows WHILE you're racing real time, and it totally blocks the sight -- Your car is still on the track! Does the development team seriously believe humans can read and race at the same time?? There are no pause, save, or reload game options, remember? So if you screw up a game in the middle of a race, you can't even cancel the race and start over -- You have to spend another couple of minutes wasting on a losing game, then evade the cops after wards, then drive to your start point again to do the same race again. This is really a bad experience, and I hates playing it. Even the good graphics won't save this game, it's done for.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

      A terrible mistake

      Posted
      Turtle3000
      • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

      You buy this game expecting to get a decent "Need for Speed" experience, but this game just is not that. I purchased this game on a whim, since my friend who has moved out of state, wanted to play a game together. He suggested NFS since of course, how can you go wrong. Well, the user interface is horrible. I have been playing online games for years on all platforms, Xbox, PS4 and PC and I have never come across a game like this. You would hit leave game and it would say that you did but really you are still in there. We could not even easily get into the same lobby, because when you sign in to this game, which is by the way "ALWAYS ONLINE," it procedes to put you into a game that is already almost full. There are only 8 players in a lobby for this "open world" game too so you can imagine that that fills up almost instantly, so by the time you go to invite a buddy, then the game is full, then you try to join his or her lobby, then their game is full. Instead of giving you the option to start your own lobby, you need to go to the settings which is buried underneath everything else to "find another crew." Then the game will precede to put you into another full game. Just a big headache, especially when you are just looking to kill some time...

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

      Overall, bad physics and always online aggravate.

      Posted
      Open
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      As a long time fan of the NFS franchise, this title left me disappointed yet hopeful for the future of the series. Always online requirement means that you must have an Internet connection established, otherwise you're unable to play the game, period. It also means that if EA decide to take servers offline, you're left with a worthless disc. The physics are also pretty much the worst I've played for an arcade racer. Phantom assists occasionally push or pull cars into walls for seemingly no reason and will be the bane of your street racing career. The story is aimed directly at energy drinking adolescents in an effort to romanticize the street racing/underground car culture, but only comes off feeling try hard and cringe inducing. A few highlights include the solid graphics from Dice's Frostbite Engine, a decent car list, and an as yet unbroken promise from the developer to keep updating the game freely(we'll see how that pans out in the long run)... Overall, it's only a mediocre game that I'd have a hard time recommending at this point in time. Hopefully the devs are true to their word and keep working towards polishing the game, but it's one that would have benefitted from a delayed release, as it currently feels mostly untested and unfinished. Don't buy this one at full price.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Fun open world arcade racer ruined by online DRM

      Posted
      Chris
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

      The biggest complaint I have about this game is the always online DRM. You must be connected to EA's online servers at all times during your play, even in single player mode. If your internet is down, or if PSN is down, or if EA servers are down, your disc is a coaster and you will be unable to play the game you paid for. Even a brief interruption in service in the middle of a race will kick you to the main menu, losing your progress. Having said that, the game is pretty fun and a relatively straightforward platinum trophy. There are a variety of events in the open world that focus on speed, drifting, outrunning cops, etc. The drifting events in particular were the highlight, especially the ones where you have to drift through a series of twisty turns while maintaining proximity to other racers doing the same thing. I would recommend buying the Nissan GTR as soon as possible, tuned all the way to the left for drift events and tuned in the middle for everything else. It has very nimble handling whereas some of the other fast cars like the Lamborghini Aventador handle clumsily like a tank.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      I have researched this game and played at a friend

      Posted
      PlatoPlague
      • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

      First off I have not bought this game yet. My friend owns it and I've played a little bit. Second don't complain that the developers evolved the game into a online imersion. Online is what they advertised so don't be surprised if like every other real time game the game continues after pausing. I like that there is no pause menu. It's pointless to pause a game if it doesn't actually pause. I.E. eso you don't pause you open your invetory or map and you can still get attacked and killed while in it. Third I like the new leveling and reputation system. It is completely simple. And the core of what makes you want to play with friends. Get a crew and build rep raising h€££ around the city like previous need for speeds but this time with friends and against real people. Who know you might race your boss. And finally burn rubber not your soul.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Brings me back...

      Posted
      JAWo
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      ...to the days of Need for Speed Underground. I've purchased and played nearly every Need for Speed game since and they've flip-flopped from Burnout arcade ridiculousness to Gran Turismo/Forza realism and back again. This is a good middle-ground that includes lots of aesthetic customization options (not as extreme as the Underground games) and handling fine-tuning with amazing visuals and fun driving mechanics. Drifting is easy and very satisfying. The cutscenes are really cheesy, but they do provide some back-story that allows for a little extra motivation to complete races. Although I haven't obtained all the random collectibles, I already have the platinum trophy for this game, one of the easiest I've ever worked towards. So I've got that going for me, which is nice.

      I would recommend this to a friend


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