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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: 2 out of 7
  2. Negative: 1 out of 7
  1. Game World Navigator Magazine
    Mar 2, 2018
    79
    In an effort to make players shell out for microtransactions, developers ramped up the difficulty, which led to a surprisingly enjoyable result – it’s the first time we get a relatively difficult NFS in recent years. [Issue#226, p.44]
  2. Jan 21, 2018
    75
    NFS: Payback is full of defects, such as the boring story, highly repetitive missions, useless open world design, and annoying microtransactions. However, it is not terrible enough to get a fail score. This game contains exaggerated and cool controls, exhilarating car chasing, and fascinating background music. If you also enjoy the passionate scenes of the Fast & Furious movie series just like I do, I think you will love this game anyway.
  3. Nov 10, 2017
    70
    Payback has the ingredients to be an entertaining arcade racer, but poor game design choices and lame gameplay prevent that.
  4. Nov 10, 2017
    66
    Oh dear, that went pretty wrong! After all, the last Need for Speed had some problems (we just say: filmed cutscenes), it was a competently done and above all entertaining racing game.
  5. Need For Speed: Payback was one of the most anticipated racing games of 2017. We thought it would bring back our beloved franchise to its feet again. But with luck-based modification and a lack of online free roam, it clearly didn't.
  6. Nov 16, 2017
    53
    Enjoyable arcade handling packaged within a game that gets monotonous long before it rewards your time investment.
  7. Jan 21, 2018
    40
    The new game from the Need for Speed series does not respect your time at all. You should pay it back the same and don´t lose any moment with it. Unprepared and unbalanced free to play mechanics with a strong gambling part destroy otherwise quite usable and somewhat entertaining, though not very interesting arcade.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 79
  2. Negative: 52 out of 79
  1. Nov 11, 2017
    10
    A very good NFS arcade racing game, I think its being review bombed due to the speedcarda nd in game purchases - Which is a businessA very good NFS arcade racing game, I think its being review bombed due to the speedcarda nd in game purchases - Which is a business desicision I HATE.. but.. the Gameplay itself is so much fun!! I nearly didnt get it fdue to bad scores on Ign and gamespot but I am so glad I did. If you loved open world games like burnout paradise you will love this.! Miles better than 2015 nfs. So much to do in such a big world. Expand
  2. Nov 10, 2017
    9
    The fact this game is so divided in the review section demonstrates how bias and unprepared many of the reviews are. The game is not bad atThe fact this game is so divided in the review section demonstrates how bias and unprepared many of the reviews are. The game is not bad at all. Tons of content and an upgrade system which while not being my cup of tea is not a "mobile system" as it has been said to be. In 25 hours of ply time I have maxed 5 cars on each class and have not yet finished the story mode. I have not payed a single penny for any microtransactions simply cause I haven't had the need for it. Everything is accessible and might I add the upgrade system was chosen by the community in the subreddit post for need for speed two years ago.
    I would absolutely like to see some fixes in the multiplayer aspect which I must add I have only played half an hour of (see some online free roam, and a reworked tier system for online competition). Also like to see some easier grind on the upgrade shop. Cop chases and bait crates work fine for me, I am not much of a cop chase guy myself.
    Please do not listen to big corporation reviews and take a look at smaller youtubers and car community youtubers which actually play arcade racers in order to see what they think about the game, and not what a company full of corruption has to say.
    I would give the game an 8 right now, but the amount stupidity in the review scores make me take matters into my own hands, plus I'm sure this "issues" will be taken care of since it's Ghost games we are talking about here, and like it or not EA has really stepped up their game with the players.
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  3. Dec 27, 2018
    8
    This game deserves better rating. But not 3.3. This is mainly because of some **** micro transactions, but if you don't want to spend money onThis game deserves better rating. But not 3.3. This is mainly because of some **** micro transactions, but if you don't want to spend money on this **** don't buy it. You can easily earn in game money, so no need to buy that **** Compared to NFS 2015, you can see your tuned rides on the streets, because there is day/night. The best thing on this game is stunning graphics. I am giving it 9.5/10. Physics is also very nice as well as variety of cars you can buy. Handling with DS4 controller is perfect and I can tell you guys that I am enjoying this game really a lot. For 10 Euro (x-mas discount on Origin) it's a must have! There are of course some drawbacks and it's performance optimization. I have i7-5820k @ 4.26 GHz + 16GB RAM + GTX 1080 Ti. When I randomly opened task manager, I could see it was consuming 5.3 GB of RAM, CPU usage was at 45 -66 % usually and GPU usage was often at 66% only causing some FPS drops. But so far I did not have any glitches or any crashes or bugs. Maybe it's because this game is more than one year old. I can play it at 3440 x 1440 resolution with G-Sync on Ultra settings with frame rates 44 - 100 depending on the speed and environment. Go for it if you love racing games you won't regret it! Expand
  4. Nov 10, 2017
    2
    Need for Speed: Refund.Need for Speed: Refund. . Expand
  5. Sep 27, 2018
    1
    Казалось бы, куда еще хуже, но серия скатилась в еще большее дерьмище. Теперь с лутбоксами! ЕА находит все новые и новые грани абсурда, неКазалось бы, куда еще хуже, но серия скатилась в еще большее дерьмище. Теперь с лутбоксами! ЕА находит все новые и новые грани абсурда, не уставая закатывать свою репутацию в грязь. Expand
  6. Mar 16, 2018
    0
    What a waist of time and money. Worst framerate rate ever, lots of stuttering with gtx 1080ti.
    Almost unplayable.
    Don't support
    What a waist of time and money. Worst framerate rate ever, lots of stuttering with gtx 1080ti.
    Almost unplayable.
    Don't support microtransactions - do not buy this game.
    If you haven't buy it yet then skip it
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  7. Nov 18, 2017
    0
    Im so happy!
    New NFS, cool... stop... wait...
    Thx EA for speed cards in NFS payback. Awesome! This is not race anymore... its a casino!
    Im so happy!
    New NFS, cool... stop... wait...
    Thx EA for speed cards in NFS payback. Awesome! This is not race anymore... its a casino!
    Maybe next NFS without cars? new game experience!
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