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  • Summary: Set in the underworld of Fortune Valley, players drive as three distinct characters reunited by a quest for vengeance against The House, a nefarious cartel that rules the city’s casinos, criminals and cops. They take on a variety of challenges and events as Tyler, the Racer; Mac, theSet in the underworld of Fortune Valley, players drive as three distinct characters reunited by a quest for vengeance against The House, a nefarious cartel that rules the city’s casinos, criminals and cops. They take on a variety of challenges and events as Tyler, the Racer; Mac, the Showman; and Jess, the Wheelman to earn the respect of the underground. Featuring the deepest customization from the series, players can truly craft a personalized and unique ride, or spend hours finding and tuning an abandoned derelict into a supercar. They can then push their cars to the limit and raise the stakes by betting on their own performance, where they can either multiply their winnings or risk losing it all. [Electronic Arts] Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 59
  2. Negative: 9 out of 59
  1. Nov 10, 2017
    82
    Need For Speed Payback isn’t perfect – but it’s a nice step up from prior entries. Outside of Rivals, the series has really struggled over the past five or so years to really find its own way. The FMV-filled reboot wasn’t the right answer, and going for an action movie-styled variant is great for an ad campaign – but doesn’t make for a great campaign itself. Fortunately, the racing action and cop chases that litter the campaign make it worth playing. It looks great in motion, even if the action doesn’t hold up very well. The cop chases are exciting and the point-to-point races bring a level of arcade-style thrill that the series definitely benefits from.
  2. 80
    Need for Speed Payback feels like the natural evolution of the series, and that’s a good thing considering the game ends with a great tease for a potential sequel. While I finished the story in around 15 hours, it’s worth noting that there are a ton of side events and collectibles that I failed to collect in that time. I could see myself easily doubling my time within Payback, and do so with a smile on my face the entire time.
  3. Nov 11, 2017
    71
    Payback is a stark improvement over 2015’s entry in the series, adding likable characters, an enjoyable if not formulaic story, user-friendly tuning, and the best bits and pieces from the previous games rolled into one. Where Payback falters, however, is its misuse of compelling characters, lack of police force, and an open world which – while beautiful – only has about 1/8th of it in the city, leaving most of your driving to be an extended scenic route.
  4. Nov 13, 2017
    60
    Need For Speed: Payback is far from the Burnout style crashes we were shown at E3, leaving the game with only a nice looking open world, and a truckload of flaws like the go-buy-lootcrates grinding system, an appalling storyline and heavily scripted races.
  5. Dec 15, 2017
    60
    If you stick with it you'll find a decent racer here but getting past the inane narrative, broken progression systems and longing for racers past takes some doing.
  6. Nov 17, 2017
    50
    Need For Speed Payback is several bad ideas on four wheels, a drab racer whose potential is rear-ended by an underhanded upgrade system and a story that belongs in a direct-to-DVD bargain bin.
  7. 30
    The worst Need For Speed game of the modern era, that leaves no stone unturned in its attempts to make itself as boring, repetitive, and exploitative as possible.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 44 out of 167
  1. Nov 7, 2017
    10
    I’m not a need for speed fan and I didn’t like the last version but nfs payback is awesome I’ve never seen something like this open world gameI’m not a need for speed fan and I didn’t like the last version but nfs payback is awesome I’ve never seen something like this open world game before I hope you enjoy and rate with justice Expand
  2. Nov 8, 2017
    9
    Need for Speed Payback is easily one of the best games in some time in this franchise. The open world racing, and multiple racing types,Need for Speed Payback is easily one of the best games in some time in this franchise. The open world racing, and multiple racing types, bring a much needed breath of fresh air to this series as the player competes in various events throughout the game. The story, an intentionally campy revenge plot that is clearly inspired by various movies such as the Fast and the Furious and Gone in 60 Seconds is enjoyable both in its levels of camp, and diversity of mission. The racing leagues that you go against during your climb through the story also bring about their own level of depth to the game while also making many nods to the Need For Speed games of the past.

    Customization is deeper than it ever has been in the past with many parts being able to mold themselves to others and thus increasing the combinations available to design your own unique vehicle. Coloring and vinyl wrap editing have also been improved making them easier to work with resulting in more varied and impressive designs. You do need to complete activities to unlock all the parts on the cars, but this will not take long in terms of game time and gives the player a chance to explore the world and learn about the activities available in Free Roam.

    Multiplayer needs balancing and it would be nice to see the addition of tiers, or level limits, in order to balance the lobbies. There were connection issues during the games early release trial that Ghost is working to correct at this time which should improve the desirability of the online matches. An increase in various activities to complete in those online game modes would also improve on multiplayer.

    There is the elephant in the room in that there is no online free roam in Need for Speed Payback unless you are in an online lobby and you do not “Ready” yourself. This is an oversight that was put in place due to miscommunication between fans and developers in which Ghost thought that fans just wanted to get right into the action and not have to hunt for the races. While this is accurate, it does not mean that the players don’t also want to drive about the map with their friends and just have random fun.

    Losing police in free roam is less of an issue and is more reminiscent to Underground and Underground 2. The events that do contain the police are point to point races in which the police seemingly disappear when the player gets near the end of the event. Even playing the game on hard these events never feel truly challenging during the course of the game and are the games weakest point. Removing the point to point aspect of these events would make the police chases more varied and entertaining.

    Overall this game is an excellent purchase for long time fans of the series and it goes to show that Ghost games has been listening to their fans. A few blunders along the way do keep the game from being a perfect racer and causing the game to come in behind older titles that accomplished what Need for Speed was going for in a better way. Despite these mistakes the game is still a worthwhile purchase with the understanding that Ghost will continue to support the game and polish it’s rough edges.
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  3. Nov 13, 2017
    8
    Saya suka dengan gamenya, terutama pilihan mobilnya, tetapi yang disayangkan, pada bagian modifikasi mobil, dan gameplaynya sedikitSaya suka dengan gamenya, terutama pilihan mobilnya, tetapi yang disayangkan, pada bagian modifikasi mobil, dan gameplaynya sedikit membosankan. karena pada saat ingin memodifikasi mobil dengan menggunakan part tertentu, harus menyelesaikan beberapa challenge seperti jump, speedtrap dsb. disitulah yang membuat gameplaynya serasa membosankan. Expand
  4. Nov 11, 2017
    1
    ok, just 2 things to ruin your exprerience: LOOTBOXES and microtransactions. you did it again, EA!
    Why they only want money? The free roam
    ok, just 2 things to ruin your exprerience: LOOTBOXES and microtransactions. you did it again, EA!
    Why they only want money? The free roam just sucks, can't even play with your friends, controls just sucks and horrible characters. I only liked the customization system and the car list, I think this is the worst NFS entry on the series
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  5. Mar 11, 2018
    0
    As all time NFS enthusiast 8/10 as a gamer enthusiast 0/10. And the thought that people actually pay for this sh*t absolutely sickening.As all time NFS enthusiast 8/10 as a gamer enthusiast 0/10. And the thought that people actually pay for this sh*t absolutely sickening. Instead of buying this just stuff a finger down your throat, puke all over yourself and run, you will be better off. Expand
  6. Nov 14, 2017
    0
    Ghost studio and EA sucks.
    This game is total **** Bad programming, no sensation, bugs (the drag races with the speedmeter which disappears,
    Ghost studio and EA sucks.
    This game is total **** Bad programming, no sensation, bugs (the drag races with the speedmeter which disappears, so it's impossible to push the button at the right time, the signs of the road which disappears too...) This game has been made with piss and a total lack of talents.... it's a shame
    Don't buy it

    miss u criterion
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  7. Nov 7, 2017
    0
    was specting so much from this game, but EA did it again, the car controls like garbage, the single player story is as lame as it can get, dowas specting so much from this game, but EA did it again, the car controls like garbage, the single player story is as lame as it can get, do not buy this game Expand

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