Need for Speed: Rivals
Great game, graphics, and gameplay
I must say, this is one of the best games in the NFS series. There are a ton of cars to unlock and tons of customizations for the cars on both sides -- racer and cop. Online play is a great. You can choose to complete your assignments or to engage in pursuits. The graphics look great and are what you would expect for a cross-generation launch title. The game does a great job integrating Kinect voice commands into the game play. For instance, while you're driving you can say "GPS, command center" and it will route you to the closest command center, without every having to distract you from racing. I've been having a blast with this game, and love it. If you're in law enforcement, enjoy racing games, or just want a fun experience, this game is for you.
Terrible Game, Bring Back The Old NFS'S!
I got this game on the previous gen before I got next gen. You can only play with other players, and not alone. In the last few years, the NFS series has gone down hill. I know I'm not the only one to miss the old Underground series, where you had so much customization abilities. Do yourself a favor and buy Forza.
a broken dysfunctional game
i have played all the need for speed games including this game on xbox 360 but the xbox one version of this game is totally dysfunctional i have had noting but problems the whole time i have lost so much progress in this game it happens every time i try to play it my save has been corrupted 5 or 6 times where my level gets reset over and over again PLAY THIS GAME AT YOUR OWN RISK! if u want to roll the dice and lose all your progress all the time then fine but that shouldn't happen in any game stick with the 360 version which was good and avoid the xbox one version because you will have nothing but problems
Here is the reason why I gave it a 2 star rating. I love this game, but there is one flaw I just can't get over. The game will erase your data. I made it to level 19 cop, turned off my game. Came back 8 hours later to play, only to find that my data was gone and I was back at level 8. This has happened to me twice already and once to my friend. Apparently after half a year now, EA still hasn't fixed this! I'm so sick of EA! I'm not buying anymore games from them. Such a shame, I love the Need For Speed franchise. So do not buy the game unless you like having your data randomly disappear.
Best Racing Game of 2013
Let me start this review by saying how happy I am about getting to play this. I never thought about this game, and just nodded it off like it was nothing. Boy was I wrong. I have both this and Forza Motorsport 5, and NFS: Rivals blows FM5 out of the water!
This game plays out like a mix between Burnout: Paradise and Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit. There is high octane crashing and you will spend most of your time above 100mph. There are different types of pursuit tech you can equip your car with ranging from Shock Rams to Stun Mines to Spike Strips. It all depends on what career, Cop or Racer, you choose and what you prefer. This game gives a decent selection of cars, nothing by Forza's standards. The only problem I have is that you cannot upgrade your police cars but only racer cars. Oh and Kinect is so annoying. It opens the menu or looks around my car even when I don't say the commands. If you want the best experience possible, I suggest you turn off the Voice Commands through settings.
This is easily a 10/10. I would say FM5 looks better in the showroom, but on the streets, Rivals is a killer. There is debris everywhere, moisture running down your windows, and big weather changes that make everything look much better. There is intense detail on the scenery and roadwork. Snowy mountains look wetter and slicker than the forests of Redview County that are littered with fallen leaves. The cars themselves look shiny with lots of reflections and moisture. This is an amazing graphical experience and it shows off the power of your Xbox One/PS4/PC. And did I mention this game is powered by Frostbite 3, Battlefield 4's engine?
Car engines sound fantastic. The music soundtrack has a wide selection. Pursuit tech gives off cool shockwave sounds and car crashes are so realistic in sound that you feel like you just witnessed one in real life. Of course, if you have the volume up. Drifting is amazing in this game and with the screeching of tires, it just makes it so much more.
I bet you're wondering why I gave everything an amazing score and this a solid 8/10. The reason being is that if you are an achievement/trophy hunter like me, this game will give you many more hours than the average player. There are 138 events, with the chance of getting 100% completion if given all gold medals. There are 20 "missions" across 9 chapters story-wise for each faction/career. However, there are a total of 60 missions that you can complete for each faction which results in 60 ranks for more unlocks and achievements. After you get all achievements or do whatever, there isn't much else to come back to since the multi-player isn't very memorable with dumb kids ramming you with their police cars every second.
All in all, I definitely recommend this game at $50 or lower. $60 may be too big of an asking price, but I assure you that you will get 25+ hours out of this game. If you want to show off your beautiful Xbox One, this game has fast-paced high octane game-play and graphics that won't leave you disappointed. If this helped you out, you're welcome. Now go out and buy the game!
Good, but not great.
I decided to buy this game first because I really enjoyed most of the NFS games and I wanted something different from Forza. Firstly, the graphics are stunning. I really like the contrast that this game gives. As for the gameplay, not so much. The game really is based off open-world free-roam concept. As soon as you hop on, you get put into a game with other players, called a 'faction' in which you can race, compete, help, etc with them. The downside is, when a host leaves, all gameplay stops and they have to reconnect to a new host, no matter what situation you are in. You could be in a race, and all of a sudden you'll be migrating to another host. Yes, I know there are options of where you can play privately, if that's any interest to you. I also don't enjoy how there isn't any city-life in the game. It's mainly all open road and country, with mountains. If there are so many cars, where do they all live? Next would be the sound, I'm disappointed that you can't have access to any songs in the list, except for scrolling through each one, which takes almost 2-3 seconds to load one. It's also pretty quiet and I never hear the music. Some adjusting I could do in the options I'm sure. Lastly, would be the lasting appeal. As for me, the game might get really boring since it's not really a storyline to it and much of the free-roam type. Yes, I enjoy free-roaming where I can just patrol in a cop car all day knocking down other users in the faction, but I'm sure after awhile I'll get bored.
Best game on xbox one
The mix of online multiplayer and career mode, make this game a over all great game. The problem with the game is i cant stop playing it.
Much better than before
I love racing games and have been playing need for speed for many years. I almost gave up on this franchise after they released most wanted. This time around they have made serious improvements. The gameplay is smooth and they fixed the crash playback so it does not take nearly as long to get back to the race. My only complaint is it seems to have a lack of available cars. Either way the nature of the original is closer to being captured and the game is fun. the ability to challenge other players is an awesome way to oil your gears and show them who the top driver is. Give it a test drive and see for yourself.
dosent work for me
the reason I don't like this game is because when ever you enter the hideout to get rid of the cops and you think it would auto save but it doesn't so I would give this game a big thumbs down :( :(
Waste of a Blue Ray disc
This game is horribly put together. 20 cops on a racer and he just disappears into a hideout and the pursuit is over. no skill in losing the cops just hide and re spawn somewhere else. repair shops are a joke. everyone just go threw the same one every 15 seconds and gets repaired and rearmed. pointless. obviously the developers didn't make this game with any thought. the AI is the biggest joke. Getting wrecked from the AI while I'm chasing a player is by far the worst part. they just get in your way and do more damage to you then the player you are trying to get to. graphics are amazing. over all the lasting appeal will fade very fast. the annoying AI getting in the way and everyone just running to hideouts when 20 cops are chasing them and spawning somewhere else just ruins the game. There is no challenge as a racer. Just do quick assignments and upgrade your cars and run to hideouts when 20 cops are on you. because apparently you don't need to actually lose them just hit repair shop every half a mile and run to hideouts. Last need for speed game I'll ever purchase. Maybe make games that players have been asking for and stop making sad excuses for games. that's all this game is.