Need for Speed: Rivals
Next-Gen Madness! :D
In my honest opinion, this game gives me a heart attack. Great graphics, gorgeous cars, madness multiplayer by AllDrive, etc. Everything in Rivals is easily the BEST NFS Game after Hot Pursuit (2010).
Short But Good
I'm a diehard fan of the NFS series ever since Porsche Unleashed and this game offers quite a lot of the old features like customizable decals on your car, open world racing, a somewhat good variety of cars, etc. HOWEVER, the game is pretty short, when you are in a chase the players who are cops can bust you easily. The game itself needs a weapon update to make some of the weapons less cheap (and by weapons, I mean the technology back in the re-make of Hot Pursuit is back), and finally it needs to be bigger, not map wise because it has a reasonable map (even though others beg to differ),but just more cars and stuff. You stop getting cars and other things after rank 21 and the max rank you can get is 60. Once you beat both cop and racer sides, there is nothing to do. To be honest, I would wait for a price drop to $40 new, or pre-owned to $35. The thing that makes up a game the most is how big the game is overall and that is gameplay, which this game does not have much. It's fun don't get me wrong, but it isn't worth the price. The pictures are the gameplay.
A dream on wheels
Many sim type racing games aim at true to life physics but the reality is, the true feel and real life response of a car is somewhere between arcade type racers and sim type racing games. This game falls more towards arcade than sim for sure, but is far more accurate in depicting how a car would respond on the road in real life.
Not only does it feel "right", you can also upgrade your car even further making everything seem like a dream on wheels. As far as the Need for Speed games of the past go, this game is a lot like Need for Speed Most Wanted (2005 version).
It is a slick and smooth presentation, puts you right into the action and lets you be on both sides of the law. This game will give you countless hours upgrading your cars and the high speed chases just can't be outdone. If you love racing games, then you really can't go wrong with this game.
this games graphics are so good. the environment is so amazing especially when you get chased and a storm comes to play.
it does have some glitches that were fixed by updates. watch my video below.
it is so fun when I get into chases with the cops and just looking at the whole environment is simply amazing.
the game did have glitches but the updates fixed them
Similar to last year's release, needs split screen
If you liked last year's Need for Speed Most Wanted, you will like this game. I found much enjoyment in the last game and this game is very similar but allows you to be in control of a cop also. This game needs split screen though, idk why no games support split screen anymore.
this game looks amazing! but if there isnt split screen im not getting it. These games are great with everything online but its a lot more fun to play with someone next to you
Not for me
This game is limited. There is no actual free roam like they claim. The cops harass you at every turn/corner. So no joy riding and learning the map at my own will. The objectives are lame and they really control what you can and can not do to your car (customization). They really need to go back to the underground days...or heck. Carbon. I wish I would have been more patient and bought a used copy so I could get a refund. Had I waited an additional week, my wish would have come true :(. If you JUST have to HAVE this game...get it used!!
I feel that need for speed games are becoming more and more repetitive, seeing as the games since Need For Speed Carbon haven't been a great need for speed game, the original Most Wanted from 2005 was the best need for speed game in terms of the storyline, and the fact that it wasn't 90% based on playing with people who have the game. I really think that need for speed producers should go back to the way most wanted and carbon were and make it so the game isn't solely based on the online aspect of the game. Stop worrying about making the map more detailed than the storyline.
Pretty solid entry for next gen.
Overall this game was pretty good, I've always been a fan of NFS Hot Pursuit II for the ps1 and playing this, some parts of rivals reminded me of those days. There's really isn't much customization of cars in the game except upgrading the performance of your cars and some paint job aspects. It kinda sucks that if you pay 10$ you can unlock every upgrade for cars, it makes playing the game less enjoyable and less rewarding if your the type of person that works hard for what you got and then newbies just unlock everything paying 10$ real money. I like the whole cops vs racer. I think it would be great if they took this and made a new NFS Underground. Having be online cops vs racer and having a lot of customization.