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.
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 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!
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.
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.
Almost Returned Due to All Drive...
I almost returned the game the same day I brought it home. The All Drive System was annoying and frustrating. It constantly re-started games in the middle of pursuits or races. I am not a big online player and would rather play a campaign or race through a career than race with other racers online.
HOWEVER, I did find a single player mode and since then, I have not stopped playing. It is somewhat challenging on single player but not impossible and when I don't want to continue my career, I can just do pursuits or race other AI Cars.
I still don't think the series has re-captured the glory of NFS: Most Wanted (2005) with any games since. I'm glad I didn't purchase this game new but in hindsight, I would wait until the game drops to a more reasonable price, but until we see more games for the new console, you may be waiting awhile. Unfortunately.
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.
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.
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.
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.