Need for Speed: Rivals
Thrilling, Challenging, a true 'Need for Speed'
Forza 5 reviewed well so I picked it up. But it just wasn't for me. The game looked nice but it was trying to be too realistic. I wanted some nitrous, customizable cars, an open world (not just boring tracks) and cop chases. I traded my Forza 5 to a guy on Craigslist for Assassins Creed (great decision) and bought Need for Speed: Rivals. When I bought the game I was hoping it was basically just a remake of Hot Pursuit. It honestly is. The game mimics the thrill of being chased by a cop or chasing a racer that Hot Pursuit brought to racing games for the first time. With the nitrous, customizability, and speed boosts from Underground, this game is awesome. No real story line other than its cops vs racers in the city (good enough for me, its a racing game) as a racer you have a hideout in which you need to return to in order to cash in SP after races/time trials/whatever. The races are fun and when the cops get involved it just gets even more awesome. It's extremely thrilling when you have won a couple of races, your heat level is 5 (heat level is how badly the cops want you) and 150,000 SP to cash in and there are 5 cops on your tail while you try to get to the nearest hideout. If you get busted by the cops, you lose all of the SP you earned while out in the world. It is a really fun twist to racing games. The weather of the game is awesome and as far as next gen goes its a great first entry. Another thing is that in the open world if you aren't a loser and play offline you will be able to play with other gamers. Some people will be cops, some will be racers. You can challenge the racers like any of the racers that are controlled by AI. As with cops, sometimes its AI, sometimes its a real person. Everyone knows playing a real person gives you that feeling of satisfaction that the AI cannot mimic. Overall, I am honestly in love with this game. Did not expect to like it this much. I truly do recommend the game. You won't regret it.
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.
Good, but not great
I've been a nfs fan since underground and I still love them. Rivals is good but I feel like its missing something, the graphics and gameplay are a lot better on next gen, but its sort of repetitive and the multiplayer is a little dry
Casual gamers only
Game play is much like hot pursuit. Entertaining but because repetitious after 15 to 20 hrs. Recommend to those that can't or don't play video games like their life depended on it.
Need for Speed is back?
When they announced this I had this thought in the back of my head that this was going to be like the last few games that they had, (Which I didn't like personally) so I wasn't as excited as I used to be about it. I still picked it up on launch day with Xbox One and turns out that it is a great game. The new system where you are always in an online lobby is fun and keeps you on your toes along with the speedpoints system where you have to bank your points if you want to keep them. I think that it is great that you have something that you have to fight for and if you can't get away from the cops then you lose what you worked so hard for. Makes online gaming a lot more serious and involves a lot less screwing around. If I had to do it again I would wait until the price drops to $30 or so, but I still like it and hope to see future NFS titles this nice.
Don't listen to these other guys!
I've played every single need for speed title out there, and let me tell you... A need for speed game that is a single player game is very little to worry about. This game takes a racing experience and changes the way its played with making the entire game an online experience. Racing virtually anyone online, racer/cop makes it even better. I take on my friends online and people I don't even know on the streets of rock port and prove every night why I'm the better racer! The graphics are awesome, giving driving through the game an amazing look and feel. AND I DO MEAN FEEL! check this game out for yourself.
I would never recommend this game to a friend, the graphics are good but the control of the vehicles or no good. You cannot play offline so you're stuck playing online at all times, so we know what that means. No internet no game, and if you have bad internet you can never connect to a game session. If you could play offline then the game would be a good buy.
what were they thinking making a 1 player racer
1 player local racer? such a let down I bought this game on launch day. only by this game if you can sit by yourself all day and play a racing game. not a family game like need for speed back in the day. total fail here wish I knew.
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.
i have been following this series since they made Hot pursuit 2. i have to say this is the best. my friends can just jump into the world im playing in and race me instantly. its awesome!