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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great racing game with exceptional graphics

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    jimbob566
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    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

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    Dval
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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!

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Not your average racing game

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    DethKnight
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    I'm not a big racing game fan and I'll be honest I picked up NFS:Rivals to have something to play on PS4 as the launch of a new console means slim pickins for games for the first 6 months. Let me tell you that this game is not a filler launch title. NFS: Rivals is a blast! The graphics are incredible and the gameplay is top notch. Single player and multiplayer are integrated seamlessly and being able to switch between the racer and cop campaigns almost at will is a nice touch. There are plenty of missions/ modes/ events other than just racing so there is plenty to do. The down side is that it seems like there is only one large area to race around in but no other tracks or areas. This area/zone is quite large, but it would be nice to have some different areas/zones to explore. I haven't gotten too far into the campaigns so it's possible more areas to race in will open up as you progress through the game. Anyone looking to do more in a racing game than to collect 1000's of cars or drive aimlessly around an island (talking to you forza and GranTourismo) should check out NFS:Rivals.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Nothing special. Skip this game

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    Impynainteasy
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    Let me start out by saying I LOVE NFS. I've owned every game they've ever come out with. I normally appreciate each one for being exactly what it is; either a polishing of a established game style, or a new take on the franchise. After playing this game for a few hours I hate to even call it NFS. It's obvious that they pushed release of this game way before it was ready for the release on the next gen systems. The graffics on the PS4 are awesome. The general layout/design of the campaign mode is even good. Because they've designed it to always be "interacting" with other live racers, they will not allow you to pause the gameplay. The only way to do that is to drive to one of like 4 Hideouts. Doing so "banks" your points/progress and allows the game to stop. This is such a horrible feature!!!! This is the exclusive reason I don't sit down to play it anymore. It's impossible to do with a toddler running around (as I do). I could forgive the hasty gameplay map and controls if they fixed this annoying feature. I'm getting rid of it as soon as drive club comes out.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Excellent Game

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    lfeldmeth
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    In my opinion, the need for speed franchise has been hit or miss lately. However, this particular game in the series seems to be a hit. The graphics are amazing, the game play is fun and smooth, and the soundtracks aren't bad either. Switching between rivals and cops careers is easy and very fluid. The only thing I find annoying is when you are working on single player campaigns, the open multiplayer world aspect gets overbearing. In my first race alone I had to outrun six different people playing their cop careers. I believe they should've kept that aspect separate. Supposedly there is a way to turn that off, but it is a hassle as it is not easily identified where you can do that. All-in-all, the game is a great rendition in the series and definitely worth playing.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Multi-Online but only 1 Player?

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    AjSimms
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    Was originally interested in this game because my wife and I were desperately waiting for a follow up to Burnout Revenge on PS2. I can only imagine how this game is since I never opened it since it was only a 1 player game. ridiculous!!! never played it because I like to play a competitive car racing game that is especially entitled "RIVALS" with the person next to me in my house opposed to the millions of people i don't know around the world. Switched it out for KNACK instead... and it is amazing. Surprisingly a 2 player co-op. Might check out NFS Most wanted instead.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Hate Assassins creed? Then try this one!

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    cafeledavid
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    I bought Assassins creed 1 for xbox 360, in fact it was the first game I bought for that system. I found it so boring and plain out bad, I tried 2 and felt the same way and never bothered again with those games. I bought this game on chance and wow! This game is FUN! if you like pirates of the carribeanne, being a pirate, exploring, then this game is for you. the graphics are okay, the story is good, and it's fun to play. The only bad thing is the map marker for locations and items, if there are other levels such as buildings then it gets way confusing, the first map/island shows you just that, I found myself going nuts trying to find everything on one map so I could get that trophy on my ps4, but if you don't care about that then no worries.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    TOO much in-betweens. NOT enough gameplay.

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    Jadam
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    Remember Need For Speed, Hot Pursuit on PS2? Where you can pick your car and race? Well, you can't do any of that. You have to do these mission. To even start the first single race, it took 20-30 minutes to even get to a car seat. You have 15-20 minutes of tutorial. More like "Need for Education" rather than racing. Once you are in, it plays more like open world of Burnout Paradise. I was more expecting more of the original Need for Speed with cops and ultra-fast cars. I wish they included an ARCADE version where you just get in a race, not all this roleplaying, building character non-sense. If I really wanted to be bogged down with underexcitement, I would have stuck with Sony Gran Turismo.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Very good, but challenging

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    slag4u
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    I've played all sorts of racings games from the super realistic all the way to Mario Kart. This one is kind of a mixture of all of them thrown together. The graphics are beautiful and the changes in weather/time of day are very realistic, as are the cars. The racing though isn't quite so realistic. You have tech add ons to your car that disable other cars around you for example. I like the way that there are challenges that you need to complete to get to the next level and unlock better cars. All in all if you want a realistic racer then you should go for GT6 on the PS3, Forza on the XBox One, or wait for Drive Club on the PS4. If you want a fun Burnout-esque racer, then this is the one to get.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Exciting racing game

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    TacoBebs
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    Bought this as a Christmas present. It's a great racing game where you can play as a cop or a racer. As a racer you can race other players, and escape from the cops. As a cop, you try to catch other players. Gameplay is fast and exciting. Loud music playing while you're driving and plenty of different biomes to drive through. Complete challenges to earn points to upgrade and decorate your cars and progress through the game. Only issue I have is that online is quite unreliable. Lots of players but frequently disconnected from the server. However, online is not necessary and can be avoided completely.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great game, but could be better

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    jjthenav
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    This is a fun game to play and the graphics and soundtrack are great. Who doesn't like to chase bad guys, right? (Or run from the cops if that's your thing.) I definitely like it when other cops join in the chase, setup road blocks and even call in air support. The only drawback I've noticed is sometimes you'll see cars get hung up jumping off a ramp and they'll just be suspended in the air, or the other traffic on the road will be in the way and not pull over. But other than that, I give it 4 stars out of 5 for the enjoyment and no doubt I'll keep playing!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Best NFP game so far!!!!

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    PSPLAYER66666666
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    Great game for racer fans, especially police pursuits. Vehicles are very detailed and perform as described. I love the options for the vehicle weapons and their upgrades. I do not really play the racer mode, mostly the cop mode and I love it. Chasing cars and tracking them down is always fun. You can join in a pursuit in progress by other cops who are chasing a racer. This is a fun game and i recommended to any race car lovers.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Awesomely fun game!

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    RacerX
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    I chose this older need for speed game because i'm huge a fan of the old NFS games (the classics, NFS Underground, Most Wanted & Carbon) This is one of them! One of my younger coworkers said this was not a good game! He was very wrong. If you're a fan of any of those previously mentioned than this arcade style racer is for you! If i wanted to play a simulation i'll just get in my car and drive!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great game for kids and adults!

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    andy
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    It is not like your everyday race game boring track going round and round. This one is a lot of fun being able to explore without being timed and being able to check out the many different secret places to go, jumps to hit and what not. It is pretty awesome doing that and it may not be timed but if a cop sees you you have to get away and that keeps the excitement going. It is a very fun game to play and keeps you wanting more! For the price it is hands down one of the best ones out there...

    I would recommend this to a friend