Racing games are fun for almost everyone. We all dream of going unbelievably fast as we make a sharp turn. What makes these games so much fun is the fact that we can’t pull off these feats in our 92 Ford Taurus on the real road. Need for Speed Rivals it’s one of the few shared launch games for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Fortunately for us, it doesn’t include any family-size sedan to run around.
After the initial Xbox One setup time, I was finally able to play EA’s latest addition to the series. When the game starts, you are greeted with a very confusing scene sequence involving the racers and the police. Basically in Need for Speed Rivals the game allows you to choose between the two factions and you can switch back and forth at your leisure.
The story of the entire game focuses on this aspect of the game. It seems that the Racer archetype is a Fast and Furious inspired brother type character. Your goals are to drive fast and cause chaos and mayhem in the police force on the way. Of course, if you play as a cop, you are tasked with stopping these vigilantes and almost nothing else. It is shallow and depletes quickly, no matter which faction you choose.
As you can guess, the story isn’t exactly game-of-the-year-worthy. Throughout the experience, he was confused about what exactly was happening. Of course, there is usually not much depth with the corridors, but when it forces you to pay attention with nonsensical segments of the story, it can negatively affect the experience as a whole.
That being said, the gameplay in Need for Speed RivalIt almost makes up for his ridiculous attempt to sell a narrative. Obviously, with a franchise like Need for speed, the end game is just driving fast. The game does this better than any other broker currently available. Wind and leaves rush past your Corvette C7 Stingray as it glides through a slippery corner, brakes and caution to hell. It’s nice to have an arcade runner after last year’s ultra-realism. Forza 5 and Gran Turismo 6.
Whether you are a racer or a cop, you are always looking to complete various objectives that are assigned to you each time you rank up. For example, as a racer, I was tasked with taking down three police cars with some of my various gadget upgrades, such as an EMP blast or a Spike Strip. When you complete these objectives, you essentially level up, unlock a new car to race, rinse, and repeat. That’s pretty much the whole variety of missions you get with Need for Speed Rivals, for a full retail price set that’s ridiculous.
One of EA’s selling points for the game was its persistent online functionality. I hope you enjoy long loading times with your games because that is all that is really persistent in this title. Players won’t even get a menu title screen until AFTER the game’s resources load, which ranges from one minute to almost three. I wasn’t even sure if the game was loading because it was taking too long. Of course, EA’s servers have been anything but functional lately when it comes to next-gen games. There is a good chance that we will see a patch for this issue.
Once you are finally loaded onto the map, you can interact with other players within the world. At one point, as a policeman, he was chasing three criminals who were participating in an illegal street race. After chasing them, a backup of other players who were playing as cops arrived. With all the hiccups with online functionality, there are sometimes flashes of brilliance, too. Of course, this was a random event and most of the time the map is usually devoid of players; Hope you like AI controlled cars!
Along with random exciting happenings, there are other highlights with Need for Speed Rivals. What I’m talking about is, of course, the graphics. The feeling of speed in this game is spectacular. The way the leaves pass your car and the brightness of the roads reflects the light is quite impressive. I really enjoyed all the effects of the water and how good the environment looked. One thing I noticed was that it was always very rainy. Don’t expect to compete in any happy place in this one.
Throwing games are fickle and Need for Speed Rivals try that. Of course, the game was also released on PlayStation 3 alongside Xbox 360, but the real focus for consumers is the next-gen version. At its best, the latest Need for speed it’s a great arcade runner that can leave you searching for your extra can of Nitrous. At worst, the game is just boring and completely forgettable. With buggy loading screens, terrible online infrastructure, and generally empty gameplay experience, you should skip Need for Speed Rivals.