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  • Summary: Welcome to Redview County, where a street-racing rivalry between cops and racers never ends as both sides compete in all-out warfare featuring the fastest cars, mods and technology in a gritty open road environment. Play as either a copper or racer, where each side of the law has its own set of high stakes challenges, rewards and consequences. Collapse
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 12
  2. Negative: 1 out of 12
  1. Nov 21, 2013
    86
    Need for Speed comes back with another outstanding game, full of content and full of fun. However, there's that "something" missing, something only Criterion can give.
  2. Nov 27, 2013
    85
    Rivals takes Most Wanted's open world and blends that with the open roads and landscapes of Hot Pursuit, with a paradise filled with distractions and dangers. The seamless transition between single- and multiplayer it so that another player can challenge of help you in every event. Rivals guarantees a continuous sense of excitement and sensation with great controls and a relentless sense of speed.
  3. Nov 22, 2013
    80
    Mixing an offline and online driving experience is the key for Need for Speed Rivals, a look into the next generation of gaming.
  4. 80
    If you tend to see the glass as half full, instead of half empty, you will see Rivals as a success. Gameplay innovations make up for the lack of technical fidelity present in the old gen versions. [Issue#237]
  5. Dec 2, 2013
    75
    The small player cap is disappointing in this day and age, but AllDrive shows real potential. The frame-rate issues I encountered were a downer on an otherwise impressive arcade racing game.
  6. Dec 2, 2013
    75
    There is no doubt that the driving mechanics of Rivals are fantastic, and most of the game's systems are a success. However, it's a multiplayer-oriented game that fails to bring players together, and the content elsewhere is merely good.
  7. Nov 26, 2013
    40
    Perhaps most disappointing of all is the actual world. The map consists of long wending noodles of road draped over Frostbite landscapes. It’s built for you to drive fast and bang into cars, so it minimizes the concept of mastering a route or reacting to the road. It’s all long, thin, shallow. This means there’s little sense of place. There is minimal traffic. There are too few opportunities to actually turn onto another road or take a shortcut. The world even feels small. You’ll be chasing someone, or running from someone, and suddenly you’re back where you were just a little while ago. It all feels so constrained.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 20
  2. Negative: 9 out of 20
  1. Jul 18, 2014
    10
    I really love the NFS games and I also love this game. I think it is the beginning of a great concept where there is seamless transitions from free play to structured races. It is also a lot of fun to be doing multiple events at a time, being chased while racing. The voice controlled navigation helps a lot, especially when you don't have time to go into the menu while racing a race and need repairs or something. I would say it is more fast paced, but there needs to be more multiplayer contact. It takes some time to find someone, and then they are usually in an event and race away or something. Expand
  2. Nov 30, 2013
    10
    This is a great game, it has the good graphics of most wanted(which I loved), and the cop and racer game play like hot pursuit. A big beautiful map with fast cars that look great. I could be in free roam the whole time. It's so fun. I recommend this game. If you like urban ares more, i would recommend most wanted Expand
  3. Feb 24, 2014
    9
    A great game made better by the fact other online players can play along side you on the main game map. This can be frustrating when in a main game mision but surely makes it more fun as you never know what will happen next. not as realistic as other games like Forza horizon but i would say alot more fun. Expand
  4. Jan 9, 2014
    5
    Now this is a good game BUT!....Graphics are my issue. I have a 2GB Xbox 360 Slim with a 250GB HDD and a Microsoft Cooling fan attatchment. When I play....the distant background is either flashing on and off, just not there or has a lot of pixels. The graphics up close in the environment ( Car, road, buildings ect. ) are great. The game play is solid..Online that is....Single player was short annnnd..lacking to say the least. I love the fact I can play with other people, I just hate when all they want to do is mess with you , and not chase / race you. Overall for the graphics issue (For Xbox 360) and the amount I had to spend on the HDD drive ( As much as my 2GB consol is now ) $129.99 is why I give it a 5/10. If I had to JUST rate the gameplay...Single Player 4/10 and Multi-Player 8.5/10.

    Good game.
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  5. Feb 12, 2014
    3
    READ THIS READ THIS READ THIS You can tell some of the people who gave this suck-a*s game a 10 are FAKE. There is no sense of speed; I thought I had the metric on. There is no feedback for turbo from controller. The game take forever to choose an on-line world and is CONSTANTLY stopping in middle of race to MIGRATE TO NEW HOST OR LOST CONNECTION etc, and forget about what YOU want to do because other racers and cops all want to smash your car up so it's totaled in the middle of your race or time-trial...start ALL OVER...AGAIN...AGAIN... and if you don't want to race someone watch out for retribution because they will smash you until your car blows up. This is the LEAST enjoyable game I've EVER played. Expand
  6. Jun 17, 2014
    3
    This game feels and looks HORRIBLY downscaled for the Xbox 360. The graphics are unacceptably pixellated for a game at this price point and supposed "quality" - have a look at Forza Horizon for amazing open world Xbox 360 racing grafx. Expand
  7. Jul 16, 2014
    0
    One word...RIPOFF! Icant play this cos i dont have a hard drive! When i did at someone elses house i was appualled! The lighting was bad. The hit detecion was super off! I glitched when i was in a race so i flying in the air, the map disappered and when it did a load of cops smashed into be and i got busted! This game is terrible! Expand

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