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Need for Speed Payback - PlayStation 4

Model: PS4-NFSSKU: 5869100

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Rating 4.5 out of 5 stars with 725 reviews

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good Not Great Need for Speed

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    PolygonBronson
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    I have bought almost every Need for Speed game over the years dating back to High Stakes on PS1 and this entry was good but a little disappointing to be honest. I will start off with the good things. It gorgeous, as expected. Need for Speed games always look really pretty especially since they switched to the Frostbite engine. The world is also quite sizable. It definitely feels like the largest to date. There is also a rather large selection of cars even excluding the DLC cars which is good for those who don't want to spend the extra cash. The derelict cars are a pretty cool idea, although I wish there were more. The engine sounds are pretty good once the cars are upgraded. Pretty realistic and they are recognizable. The idea of cosmetic Super Builds once a car reaches a certain level is a great idea, really making the car look the part. They also have way more custom parts for super cars than previous games which is cool if you want to make it feel like your own. General handling, especially for race and drift cars is excellent and fun with a great sense of speed. Live tuning is also a great idea. NOS is also not as important to gameplay as other NFS games which I think is a good thing but it's still there if you need that little extra bit to get past a competitor on the last stretch. Now for the things I don't care for. The music selection sucks. Even if rap/hip-hop is your genre of choice there are far too few songs. If I had to guess I would say there are only 1.5-2 hours of music that play during regular driving. This gets old quick, especially if you sit down and play for 3-4 hours. That means you heard every song twice in one sitting. In previous games it let you turn individual songs on and off which would have helped. I really wish more games let you feed in your own music either from Spotify or locally. I could play it over the top of the game but it's really hard to balance the sound effects and music that way and that means the music plays during cut scenes. Anyway, moving on from music, the other biggest complaint I have with the game is how much upgrading costs. You can easily dump $100k into a car between every event in order to stay ahead of the curve but you only get about $25k from any given event which means you are always strapped for cash. This gets worse the further you get in the game, the exact opposite of how it should be. By the last story event you should be able to buy whatever car and upgrade you want without having to budget everything. You upgrade with speed cards at shops which are random so some times they don't even carry the part you need. I get the random perk and level from cards you win but shops should have a more consistent stock. Especially if I'm spending that much money. While this game has a pretty good selection of events, race, drag, drift, off road, and runner, some of the events, especially near the end of the game, require you to do stupid things with a car that it wasn't built for. Taking a drag car on a twisty highway or a runner car for long sections of off road. This leads to real frustration when the car refuses to behave because it wasn't built for it. And you can't cheat the system by using another class of car on those select events because you can only enter cars in their respective class events. Being able to live tune is really cool and useful except they don't let you do while you are participating in an event which kind of defeats the purpose. If you tweaked your car incorrectly before the event you have to quit the event, tune it, and then restart the event. Super annoying. The story is okay but the characters are very one dimensional and unnatural even resorting to catch phrases. I also wish there were more cinematic events in the game. The highway car heist that was played at E3 2017 was the best event in the game. I was hoping for a whole game of ridiculous Fast and Furious type heists and action, but alas, it was not so. It's much more normal than that. I think that could have really made it stand out in the genre. NFS The Run is still one of my favorite NFS games just because of how well they were able to blend racing with cinematic events. It really made you feel like a hero. My final thoughts. I know my list of complaints is longer than the pros but that doesn't mean it's bad game by any means. It's very enjoyable to play and besides having the penny-pinch constantly the general experience is pretty positive with the other problems only popping up once in a while (except music, but that can be turned off). This one feels kinda like a less balanced Most Wanted (2012) but a bigger world. So if you like Need for Speed games definitely give this one a go.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    A decent racing game undermined by its lootboxes.

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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: 4 out of 5 stars

    Feels too much like The Crew...

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    It’s okay, but it doesn’t feel like NFS as much as the 2015 release did. This has more of a The Crew feel to it, especially with the off-road racing and the storyline feels similar too. I guess it’s not really all that much of a negative, because I enjoyed The Crew. But I just would prefer NFS stay NFS and not try to be The Crew. That way I can enjoy two different styles of racing games. So, (-1 star) for mimicking The Crew. However, other than that criticism, it’s all good! Graphics are excellent, the characters look almost life-like, the driving mechanics are good, and I like the much maligned card upgrade system - it reminds me of perhaps my favorite NFS game of all time: CARBON. I still like the 2015 release better, but this is another nice effort from NFS.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Very challenging missions.

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    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: 2 out of 5 stars

    Meh

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    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

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Excellent yet LONG overdue New Entry to the Series

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    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: 3 out of 5 stars

    Not as bad as people say

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    Eddie
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    The game is fun if you don’t mind driving around a very large open world. The derelict quests are fun, although I originally thought you just found them as you drive around which would have been more fun. I like the gameplay, there a a good amount of cars and you can customize them a lot. Trying to beat some of the races can get a little repetitive but it’s not a deal breaker, there are plenty of races to choose from so you can always go back and try again with a better car. All in all I’m enjoying it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Mediocre game

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    MrWilbs
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    Was excited to find this on sale during Black Friday. First couple time playing was fun. You learn fast that you need money to move through the game and it doesn’t come as easy as you would like. I like a challenge but a lot of races you would go into knowing you were going to lose but you still had to complete the whole race to get money. Got old quick and already looking to sell or trade. The map is huge and the open world is great. Also the different style of races like street, off-road and drift is neat. I like the off-road option. Decent game and maybe worth a purchase if you can find it heavily discounted

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Haven't learned, have they.

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    IAMME
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    C'mon Ghost & EA! What is this!? Don't you remember the disappointment of Need for Speed: The Run. If you are going for a single player campaign, you have to be all in on the story. Make us feel for the characters (at least the lead). And how about some decent dialogue. All this is is hours of driving from one cutscene to the next. I don't feel a part of the narrative. I'm just there to propel the underwhelming plot. Need for Speed: Underground needs to be studied in order to make the next installment of this franchise reach its full potential. After all, this is supposed to be Need for Speed.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Great Game! No Save?

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    cMcDill
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    I have been told from my husband that this game is really good. He enjoys playing it and the variety of cars especially the skyline they have available. The only set back is there isn’t a save option. He has read online that it supposedly auto saves, but you can’t tell because it doesn’t inform you. Good thing he likes it because the only way he is keeping up with his progress is by putting the system in rest mode and leaving the disk in the gaming system. I feel like if you are going to go into so much detail for a game like need for speed does how could they forget a SAVE BUTTON!!!

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Another great Need for Speed game

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    Punkuhr
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    A little different than the “Need For Speed” reboot, but just as fun. This game has you purchasing cars for different types of races, so sometimes it can feel tedious to have to maintain 5 different “good cars”, but overall it’s easy to build a car way higher ranked than the competition. A little open-ish gameplay, so if you can’t beat the challenges in drifting, you can go do some drag racing, off-road racing, etc until you have money to upgrade your drift car.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great game

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    Joshb152
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    I’ve been looking for a need for speed that is almost like Underground 2 if not a remake. The Need for Speed Payback is a great game compared to other recent releases of Need for Speed. The graphics are amazing and the car handling is great, reminds me of Most Wanted, which was definitely one of there good ones, overall great game to buy for the price worth it all the way!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Lots of potential, but gameplay brings it down

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    Daniel
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    This game had so much potential. A big open world with interesting areas to explore and lots of great cars and events, but the gameplay is clunky and the vehicles feel too heavy. The game is essentially the same concept as games like The Crew and Forza Horizon but isn't on the level of those games at all. I think it's time for EA to return Need for Speed to its roots.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Deja Vu

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    frankiesouthpaw
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    This game is good but I feel like I've played it before... In The Run, and Most Wanted, and the reboot Need For Speed. Still though, there is so much to do. So much terrain to drive around. There are three characters that you can change between, and each has their preference in vehicle (off road, race, drift). Any newcomer to the series, or anyone who may have not played the series before, and is looking for a decent racing game would not be wrong in picking this game up.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Fun at first then repetitive

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    JoeN
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    The game started off promising with a lot of fast paced racing, but it quickly dissolved into a routing of driving from one race to another race just like in Grand Theft Auto 5 years ago. The other issue is that the AI is designed to force you to have perfectly clean run to win the boss challenge which requires running the same track over and over and over and over (get the pattern). So, I got bored and stopped playing.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    One of the best need for speed to date

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    Adam69
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    This time I feel great about my purchase of need for speed payback and would totally recommend this game to anyone looking for a great action racing game. It also entails a lot of new stuff like derelicts that you can drive around the map and find car parts to build cool cars. It also gives you more motivation to beat the side objectives so yoou can gain access to customization tools. Over all like I said would definitely recommend

    I would recommend this to a friend