Generally favorable reviews - based on 16 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. Dec 19, 2013
    A scintillating return to form that's all style...and no little substance. Blistering arcade racing. [Jan 2014, p.76]
  2. Nov 22, 2013
    It's the best Need for Speed in years and a step in the right direction. There's more Most Wanted in this game than in the remake that was published last year.
  3. Nov 19, 2013
    Need For Speed ​​Rivals is fast-paced, convincing and fun above all. AllDrive beats down barriers between online and offline once and for all but the 30 FPS anchorage on PC would not be good for enthusiasts.
  4. Jan 10, 2014
    EA managed to end the bad run of Need for Speeds released in odd years. But even if it’s the best NFA in a long time, it could have been better. Rivals looks and plays really good but it could use a properly working multiplayer or a real single player mode. And if you remember Most Wanted, Rivals looks quite familiar. [01/2014, p.38]
  5. Dec 1, 2013
    Need for Speed Rivals is a fun and enjoyable racing game that sports really nice looking visuals and a strong multiplayer mode. There's nothing really new and incredibly exciting, but everything works fine.
  6. Nov 28, 2013
    Those spinning arcade tires have begun to smell originally and brazenly, which is pleasant. Surprisingly, Rivals brings many innovations and a lot of fun into the Need for Speed series. Its multiplayer game system called AllDrive is like a whole revolution. Shame there are some notorious bugs in it.
  7. Nov 25, 2013
    NFS Rivals consciously relates to Hot Pursuit, but at the same time is a better, bigger game with superb graphics. Sure, there are some flaws, especially in the PC version, and the game is all but original. But even when you take these things into consideration, you can't overlook all the great content and tons of fun. Good arcade racing fans definitely should give Rivals a chance.
  8. Nov 20, 2013
    I was looking for more explorations, depth, and variety, and in this department Rivals is slightly wanting, though it’s innovative approach to incorporating multiplayer does just enough to compensate.
  9. Nov 20, 2013
    Rivals is a good street racer that adrenalizes again the Hot Pursuit brand with ludicrous speed and beautiful landscapes. The 30 FPS limitation on the PC screams revenge nonetheless.
  10. Nov 20, 2013
    It doesn't come without an unexpected share of graphical and server-side hiccups, especially the dreadful 30 FPS lock on all platforms, but Rivals still deserves praise, for its uncommon talent in delivering a constant output of sheer tension, keeping your heart rate constantly on the brink of disaster for the entire duration of a race.
  11. Nov 27, 2013
    The good news: Rivals tops The Run and Most Wanted. The bad news: Rivals does not live up to the great Need for Speed legacy. If you are playing solo, racing Redview County is fun for a few hours, but the longer you play, the more repetitive and boring the gameplay gets.
  12. Nov 27, 2013
    Multiplayer support limited to only six players ruins all the good things that this Need for Speed Rivals brings to the genre.
  13. Nov 22, 2013
    It's most certainly a launch title racer and it's not doing much to rectify that. I'm reminded of the limited scope of Motorstorm as a launch racer for PS3. Like Motorstorm, however, the core Gameplay is solid enough to earn a recommendation to NFS fans.
  14. Jan 31, 2014
    One good idea--the racer's scoring system--spoiled by a thuddingly dull cop campaign and dumb design decisions. [March 2014, p.68]
  15. Nov 24, 2013
    Rivals feels like it's on the cusp of greatness. The pieces are all there--the handling is exciting, the soundtrack is solid, and the systems that surround the multiplayer help build meaningful battles between racer and cop. But with just six players driving around the entire world and no good way to pull those players together for some true multiplayer activities, those pieces go absolutely nowhere, leaving behind an empty world that might as well not even be online at all. It's a real shame.
  16. Nov 25, 2013
    Simply put, while Rivals can be fun with the right people and in the right doses on the right platforms, it is very poorly suited to PC gaming.
User Score

Generally unfavorable reviews- based on 438 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 125
  2. Negative: 93 out of 125
  1. Nov 19, 2013

    This game is broken on launch for PC. Capped FPS is 30, if you unlock via console the game speeds up based on the increase.

    i.e. 60hz 2x the speed. Poor UI design, unskippable cut-scenes, a disgrace and a disaster. The reviews for this game are FAKE!
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  2. Nov 19, 2013
    This game is utter ****

    The game is hard-coded to 30 FPS, the graphics are poor, the game is riddled with cut-scenes you have to watch over
    and over again, and you can't even skip them, avoid at all cost, until these problems are solved. Full Review »
  3. Nov 19, 2013
    Apart from a new map and ferrari it's basically the same game as the previous one...nothing new, nothing we haven't seen before...the 30 fps cap with blurry graphics, ugly colors ,lack of AA, no option to skip cutscenes and repetitive gameplay this game is a poor excuse of a PC title....not worth it. Full Review »