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Need for Speed: Rivals - PlayStation 4

  • Publisher: EA
  • SKU: 9502138
  • Release Date: 12/31/2013
ESRB Rating: Everyone 10+
Mild violence
$19.99
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    • Need for Speed: Rivals - PlayStation 4

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    Overall Customer Rating:
    92% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (996 out of 1085)

    Product Details


    • Developer: Ghost Games
    • Publisher: EA
    • Platform: PlayStation 4
    • Genre: Racing
    • Edition: Standard Edition

    Synopsis


    Are you a go-getting risk-taker who loves to live on the edge and reap the rewards of high-stakes gambling? Or are you a live-by-the-rules, stand-up citizen who finds value in upholding the law and protecting your fellow citizens? Regardless of your priorities, Need for Speed: Rivals has a role for you. Strap yourself in and get ready to ride as you take to the streets of Redview County. An all-out war between racers and cops greets you around every corner as you take street racing to the next level with the fastest cars, mods and technology in a gritty open-road environment. Whether you're risking it all to cross the finish line first or using an impressive array of advanced pursuit technology to bust the ne'er-do-wells of Redview County, your need for speed is sure to be satisfied.

    Get ready for some adrenaline-pumping, high-stakes rivalry as either a lone-wolf racer out for your own glory, or a member of the police force on the hunt to bust the law-breakers. Each side has their own unique set of cars, technology, play styles and careers. Aren't sure which side you fall on? Need for Speed: Rivals allows you to experience them both with a progression system built for each side. The new gambling scoring system lets you decide if you want to wager your speed points to shoot for a higher multiplier and greater rewards, or play it safe and bank your speed points when you return to a hideout. However, easy come, easy go — if you get busted by the cops, they take speed points as a reward. Design the car of your dreams with access to the latest performance upgrades and technology, as well as custom paint jobs, liveries, license plates, rims and decals to show off your personal style. The thrills never stop with fully loaded technology that's customized for each side of the law. Racers can choose evasion technology, such as jammers and electromagnetic pulses, while the police have access to pursuit technology, including shockwaves, roadblocks, helicopter support and more. Frostbite Engine 3 brings it all together with stunning, high-definition, next-generation graphics that bring every detail of the game to life for a breathtaking, high-speed experience you won't forget. Share it with your friends in AllDrive that seamlessly joins your games online or offline, as friends or as rivals, then connect to the Need for Speed network to compare your progress and share pictures of your best races and chases. Experience the thrill of pursuit as well as the excitement of evasion in one game.

    Features


    Pre-order Need for Speed: Rivals and get the Ultimate Cop Pack to organize the chaos and raise the stakes on rival races, as well as access to the Nissan GT-R Black Edition cop car with advanced pursuit technology

    Choose whether you're for the law or against it in an all-out war between cops and racers as you risk everything in this high-stakes rivalry

    Play as a racer, a lone wolf out for the kind of glory that requires skill and an amazingly agile and fast vehicle — and of course, epic racing victories and an ability to outrun the police

    Come down on the side of the law and work in a team of cops on the hunt for justice, then bust racers using the full power of the police force

    Swap sides to get a different perspective, including the other team's unique set of cars, technology, play styles and careers

    Wager your speed points to shoot for higher multipliers and greater rewards, or play it safe and bank your speed points when you return to a hideout with the new gambling score system — if you get busted, the cops take your speed points as a reward

    Seamlessly join your friends' races or invite them to join yours with AllDrive that erases the line between single player and multiplayer gameplay online or offline for a unique experience that will have paths crossing — and colliding

    Customize your vehicle with the latest performance upgrades and technology and personalize it with fresh paintjobs, liveries, custom license plates, rims and decals, and save different configurations to keep a variety of car packages available

    Enjoy access to technology and upgrades, no matter what side you choose — racers can choose evasion technology, such as jammers or electromagnetic pulses, while cops are outfitted with shockwaves, roadblocks, helicopter support and more

    Watch Redview County come to life in stunning, high-definition, next-generation graphics with the power of the Frostbite 3 gaming engine that delivers breathtaking scope and high-speed action to your TV screen

    Race in constantly changing weather conditions, including snow, hail, rain, dust storms and heavy fog

    Need for Speed

    Connect to the network to connect with friends — drop road blocks, alert your pals to inbound cops, compare your progress against your rivals and share pictures of your most impressive in-game moments



    Customer rating

    Rating 4.3 out of 5 stars with 1085 reviews

    92%
    would recommend to a friend

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great racing game with exceptional graphics

      Posted
      jimbob566
      • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

      Things that I like about it: This is a great game with many hours of fun to be had. I haven't played any other game as I'm trying to finish the missions. The game play is very smooth, and extremely detailed. I was expecting this out of the ps4, but I'm still happy to actually see it. Don't be afraid of my things I don't like section. I love the game, but had to explain things in detail, so I could save others the headache I went through on it. The selection of cars is nice, and the details on them are fantastic. Things I don't care for: Cops are a bit OP in the game in that they have a swarm of them after you get more heat on you. There are too many of them in general, so you can't roam as freely in the game. I haven't looked it up, but it would be nice if you could disable cops. The last mission on the game is incredibly difficult which is nice, but I believe there will be a fair number of players that can't do it. I've had a few instances of choppiness while playing multiplayer on a public game. I don't know if it is the player with a slow connection or the server. It is fairly infrequent, so we'll see how that goes. They should open up all of the mission options from the beginning. Just to help those that haven't played....You get to go down 3 different paths while playing missions, and you can do any path at any level. You can do a race, pursuit, or driver oriented objective. Race objectives are just like they sound. You have to complete race events, head to head, and other objectives. Pursuit is related to racing with cops, and running into them in various ways. Driving ones is about drifting, jumping, and winning races as well. You can only do one objective per level until you complete the very last one. Grinding for speed points in the game is fairly long and tedious when you're not doing a mission. Missions are a much more effective way of getting speed points, but you're locked out of that option when you are doing the last race. I wish I would've known this before getting to the end. You can get around this by flipping between objectives BEFORE completing all of them. You reset them when doing this. The last objective requires that you race against 5 other racers, and cops pursue you. That by itself is okay....the hard part is you must drive 28.1 miles without wrecking out. As the race progresses, the cops are more aggressive, so you take much more damage. Of course the other racers can do damage as well. There is a gap of ~6.2 miles with 7.2 miles to go in the race where there are NO repair shops on the race path. The cops at that point are completely out of their mind, and there are usually 3-4 of them ganging up on you at that point. Luckily there is a repair shop at the 1 mile marker before the end or I would've been dead. Either way, I think there will be a few broken controllers because of that span of the race. Can you tell I was a bit annoyed? :) I did finish the race, but it was a major pain.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Beautiful racing game

      Posted
      Dval
      • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member
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      Went ahead and picked up the new Need for Speed game along with the PS4 with the launch last night and so far it's been the only game I've played on the system. I haven't played any games in the series in years but I'm glad that I decided to nab it. Here's a quick break down of the pros and cons to me (subjective and may be seen differently by others): Pros: The visuals in the game are beautiful. Crisp, clear, and incredibly realistic visuals make it so easy to sit and play for hours. The ability to choose between the Cops and the Racers. Cops have to unlock cars by completing missions and the Racers have to purchase them by using points earned for doing practically everything. Fun mulitplayer features. Not sure what the first reviewer was talking about, but you can certainly race with or against your friends as well as others. Last I was on, I was one of 2 Cops with 4 Racers on the map. You can choose to keep doing missions or go after other players. Weapons: Haven't unlocked many so far, but the ability to use spike strips, EMPs, Sonic Pulse fields, and other tools adds a pretty cool element to the game. Have to be wary of what might be set up in the road by other players at any time. Cons: The game can get repetitive. A lot of the missions stay the same and just have you trying for faster completion times. You get rewards, but a bit more diversity could be good. The maps. The entire racing area is pretty massive which can make trying to find other players, or at least catching up to them, pretty time-consuming. Luckily, the environments are pretty diversive and great to look at. There are also lots of Command Centers and Repair Shops around. The story: I wouldn't really call it a story here. There's definitely a bit of narration, that you can't skip through, which could pretty much be ignored. Really wish that more thought had gone into trying to make a decent plot. Overall, Need for Speed: Rivals is a pretty decent game. Not the best that I've played, but I'll definitely keep on playing it.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      VERY glad my son convinced me to buy it!

      Posted
      Brad
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      Pretty sure I haven't played Need for Speed in over 15 years and hadn't had any real desire until my son begged me for two weeks to buy it and we got it on sale. And as I'm typing this review, my son is currently playing the game and I'l be playing right up until noon when NFL games start. When we first bought the game, he and I played it non-stop. I'd even play it until 1 or 2 in the morning, and I'm a head to bed by 10:30 kind of guy. It took a while for me to really get a good feel for driving the cars, and I'm still not as good as I'd like to be. I can't tell you how many times I've been flying down some road and driven head-on into a tree or another car. Getaway driver is not in my future. The game is full of a lot of excellent features. I like that you can play as either the criminal or the cop. At first I thought it was our civic duty to play as the police, but man is speeding away from the cops or crashing into them a ton of fun! I'm always having to remind my son (he's 10) that "this is not something we do or condone in real life." Not that I ever worry that one day he'll turn into a hoodlum, but I still think it needs to be said. I also like how, for me, my gameplay is combined with others playing online as either criminals or police. It definitely adds to the challenge. What I don't like is that my son cannot play in this mode as EA has decided that it as a company should be in charge of what my son plays online. I get that the game and the online server is a product that the company owns and that I have the privilege of playing on, but my son is missing out on a great component of the game and unfortunately cannot utilize unless I create him a fake account. This is not something I'm going to do, which means he either has to play on my account (which he does with Star Wars Battlefront) or play the game offline. This is why I give the game 4 stars and why I have decided to not give any EA game a full 5 stars until something changes in the online arena.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Nice addition to the franchise

      Posted
      romper77
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      Need for Speed Rivals is a nice addition to the Need for Speed franchise. If you like Need for Speed Hot Pursuit, you'll enjoy this game. The story is alright, but you don't expect much of a story from the NFS series. It's more about driving around powerful cars, completing objectives and just plain having fun. It's got a good car line-up for both the cops and racers. The performance and visuals upgrades for racers are not overly complicated, making you spend less time in the garage and more time terrorizing the streets. For the cops there aren't any performance mods, but you do get pursuit tech for bringing those racers back in line. Visually, this is a stunning game. The scenery is nice to look at and the car details are great. The car sounds have a real life quality to them. Controls are pretty much the same as all the Need for Speed games. At least they're sticking with what works. Now the bad...... This game is considered always online. There's no multiplayer or single player campaign. When you start, you are online and there are other players racing around the streets doing exactly what you are doing. This brings about the fact that there is NO PAUSE for this game. You're either playing or in the garage. If life happens and you have to put down the controller for something, you better hope that you're not being pursued by the cops or in the middle of a race. The soundtrack. Well, what music there is isn't great, but I guess it all depends on your taste in music. Most other NFS games have a good or great soundtrack. This one is seriously lacking. However, the exhaust notes from the cars do make beautiful music, if that tickles your fancy.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      One of the best games currently available for PS4

      Posted
      CapZylo1
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      Even though the PS4 has excellent potential and is a technical powerhouse, the list of titles available at launch were extremely limited. And amongst those few games, even fewer stood out as worthwhile or marked departures from the existing generation of consoles. Need For Speed: Rivals is a welcome exception. Developed by Criterion, the award-winning studio behind excellent car and racing franchises such as Burnout, Rivals portrays the best features of the racing genre without the monotony or steep learning curve that some of the other franchises exhibit. The player is able to choose which side they play on: the police, or the vigilante. Each side has different sets of cars and power-ups to choose from, offering wide variety and high replay value. The graphics show the initial capability of the powerful PS4, with breathtaking lighting and shadows and engaging textures. The environments are vivid and breathing, and driving around Redview County couldn't be more thrilling. Even with these positive features, the game's writing and dialogue does not live up to its fairly interesting storyline. While it's not necessarily expected for a racing game to have Shakespearean text, it definitely would have been a worthwhile improvement. Overall, NFS: Rivals is a fun and exciting addition to the currently small PS4 library, and should be an automatic purchase for those picking up the new system.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      REVIEW: Need for Speed: Rivals - PlayStation 4

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      solarpm
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      REVIEW OF: Need for Speed: Rivals , PlayStation 4 [ PROS ] - Multiplayer online game: 2 to 6 players. - Well known Publisher: EA (Electronic Arts) - Highly Entertaining! - Worth the price. - Excellent sound effects. - You can save your made progress. - Graphics are aesthetically appealing, especially every cars realism. - Game soundtrack has well-known music artists. (I.e Machine Gun Kelly). - the game maintains its classic 'easy-to-handle Arcade style' driving feature. - Multiple viewing perspectives: (atop car, interior of car-front window view). - training mode is simple, fun, and worth taking the time to complete, but not necessary. Train as a cop or outlaw. - Game can be learned but is far more enjoyable after completing driving lessons\training. [ CONS ] - Game is online or Single player only vs computer. Does not have p1 vs p2 mode. - This game has so many hours of content that it cannot be completed in just 1 day. - ESRB rating is ESRB10+, which is a bit low due to this game promoting irresponsible driving habits.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Fun Game, Always online

      Posted
      MusicRabbit
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      OK, so I really like need for speed games. They handle easily and just have you race. This was my first PS4 racing game and I wasn't necessarily ready for the advantages and disadvantages of the always online aspects of the game. First of all, there is a way to go offline. It isn't necessarily something that most people would look for, but until you get the hang of the game, you may really want to turn the internet off. When I was first learning how to play (slower car, no weapons, etc.), I was constantly being attacked by other players ( who can play as the cop). This means that while I was still trying to learn where to find jumps, shortcuts, how to use the controls, etc., none of my points were adding up because I would keep getting beaten be other online players. Now that I know more what I am doing, the game is even better because of the online connectivity. So, in short the online/always on inter connectivity is both a feature and a detriment. Turn the feature off for a week or two, enjoy the game, then turn it back on and enjoy the game even more!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      Lipstick on a Pig

      Posted
      Electron1660
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      This game is gorgeous. It makes Forza look like some kind of goofy cartoon. The car selection is fun. If you're just starting this game, you're going to have a hard time until you get higher ranks and better cars. If you wreck your car, you will have a 5 second crash scene where you will just sit and stare at your car while the rest of the racers continue on. Extremely frustrating to crash once and not be able to do anything to get back on the course. The controls can't be changed. If you don't like the button configuration, you'll have to suck it up. Also, the multiplayer world is barren. 6 players max on a huge map all going about their own missions. You never have any involvement with anybody else. Its actually very lonely. I don't understand how NFS games seem to do one thing really well in each game. In this game its the graphics. But they don't look back at each of their games, pick the highlights and come up with the ultimate racer. Its like they don't use lessons learned from previous titles. Oh well, mildly entertaining, frustrating many times over and over all I can't recommend the $60 it costs.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend


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