Need for Speed: Rivals
The first thing I have to say about this game is that it's a direct console port. They didn't seem to spend any time optimizing it for PC, so if you have a next gen console, definitely get it there. You don't gain much of anything on PC, no matter how good your rig is (which is why I didn't give a higher graphics score). The game itself is pretty fun. There isn't a whole lot of online interaction between players, since only 6 real people can be on a map at a time, and the map is pretty huge. It seems to disconnect fairly often, which can be jarring at times. This makes it a primarily single player game, unless you intentionally meet up with people. Playing as a cop is less rewarding or frantic than as a racer, since wrecking a cruiser has very little consequence. If you wreck your car as a racer while being pursued, you lose any points you gathered during that road session. If you get way ahead of cops or other racers, the game catches them up to you to make the races more interesting, which can sometimes be frustrating. The race modes are also a bit limited, and there's not really any urban areas on the map. Other than that stuff, it's a solid arcade racer. It's definitely not a racing sim, but if you've played any other NFS games, this one plays about the same. Conceptually, this game is basically a cross between the last two NFS games, Most Wanted and Hot Pursuit, but it is more like HP once the race starts. The cars do allow some visual and performance customization as a racer, but don't expect anything too deep. In my opinion, if you have Hot Pursuit already, wait for this one to come down in price, but it's a good game if you just want a fun arcade racer to play.