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  • Summary: Jump behind the wheel of some iconic cars and put the pedal to the metal through Ventura Bay, a sprawling urban playground. Explore overlapping stories as you establish your reputation – and your dream car – and become the top racing icon. Play repeatedly this time, you have five distinctJump behind the wheel of some iconic cars and put the pedal to the metal through Ventura Bay, a sprawling urban playground. Explore overlapping stories as you establish your reputation – and your dream car – and become the top racing icon. Play repeatedly this time, you have five distinct ways to win. Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 27 out of 69
  2. Negative: 4 out of 69
  1. Nov 2, 2015
    90
    A gorgeous-looking, very well designed game that offers five different racing styles to tackle - and a bevy of interesting cars to modify and make your own. Its story is a lot of fun, and it's set in an impressively large environment that is very enjoyable to drive around. A great arcade racer that's both challenging and addictive.
  2. 80
    Ghost Games is onto something seriously promising with this franchise reboot. However, being unable to pause the game as well as no option to play offline may prove two obstacles that are not surmountable for some players.
  3. Nov 5, 2015
    80
    Need for Speed returns with a title that lacks innovation and content, but it still is very fun and engaging. Also, if you've missed tuning your cars, you'll love this episode.
  4. Nov 4, 2015
    70
    A worthy successor to the both Underground games doesn’t reach their quality though. Arcade riding feels fresh and if you are up to an easy fun you have just arrived to your destination.
  5. Dec 8, 2015
    65
    It’s a real shame new Need for Speed turned out to be a game with a great potential that in the end offers so little.
  6. Playstation Official Magazine Australia
    Dec 15, 2015
    60
    Looks gorgeous, rewards driving out of your comfort zone, has pleasing physics and sense of velocity... but needlessly online-only, pumped full of irritating live-action pap, and runs out of fuel early. [January 2015, p77]
  7. 40
    A tragically misjudged series reboot that gets all of the fundamentals wrong, while adding absolutely nothing new to the franchise except flashier graphics.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 97 out of 263
  2. Negative: 90 out of 263
  1. Nov 3, 2015
    10
    Perfect arcade all about driving fantastic cars in the night, bad weather and marvelous mornings. Nothing more, nothing less. You could bePerfect arcade all about driving fantastic cars in the night, bad weather and marvelous mornings. Nothing more, nothing less. You could be disappointed if you expect something bigger. Expand
  2. Nov 3, 2015
    9
    Отличная перезагрузка серии. Сразу вспоминается Underground 2, разве что внешнего тюнинга меньше, лично для меня это не минус. ИнтересныеОтличная перезагрузка серии. Сразу вспоминается Underground 2, разве что внешнего тюнинга меньше, лично для меня это не минус. Интересные заезды, отличная графика, зажигательный саундтрек - ну что еще нужно для NFS ? ) Expand
  3. Mar 24, 2018
    8
    It's really good NFS after long time **** worst games in this series. Payback is a **** again...
  4. Nov 7, 2015
    6
    It was THE racing game I was waiting for since EA released the first trailer of Need for Speed. It felt like eternity until I could hold theIt was THE racing game I was waiting for since EA released the first trailer of Need for Speed. It felt like eternity until I could hold the game in my hands. The day I got it I had to play until my eyes burned. After hours of playing I still wasn't sure what to think about the game. The more I played it, the more I got demotivated. The story is ok, but nothing you really need. The phone calls are so disturbing that I already wanted to mute my tv. Who the hell gets hundreds of calls within a few hours? The next thing that wasn't really necessary was the "no you cannot pause the game. period!" Why the heck can we not just pause the game? Lets move on. What did the developers have in mind when they created the AI? The AI is the most frustrating thing in the game. You can drive like a hero but you will lose! The NPC driver crash the whole time, drive unfair (and I thought that the kiddies in Driveclub are the worst). I got so frustrated while drift train that I almost destroyed my controller. Why do the NPCs drive so slow and as soon as you are a little bit faster they overtake and kick you out that you have no chance to get back to them. This happens the whole time to me. This game still needs a lot of optimization and a mass of patches. I'm so disappointed, frustrated and sad because Need for Speed could have been a hell of a game. Expand
  5. Mar 8, 2021
    5
    Não é um bom jogo. Definitivamente a repetitividade das corridas, o mapa é pobre e pequeno a economia do jogo facilita muito a vida doNão é um bom jogo. Definitivamente a repetitividade das corridas, o mapa é pobre e pequeno a economia do jogo facilita muito a vida do jogador. Quando você compra o carro mais caro (ainda com uns 30% de progresso no jogo), o gameplay perde totalmente a graça. Totalmente dispensável. Jogue apenas se você gosta mesmo de um arcade e fazer drift. A personalização dos carros, que foi um dos carros chefe do marketing na época do lançamento não é tão bom. Gráficos muito escuros, borrados e não passam aquela sensação de realismo que os jogos de corrida dão. Jogos como o Drive e The Crew são muito mais divertidos do que este NFS. Expand
  6. Nov 20, 2015
    3
    I was really looking forward to this game, but maybe I was expecting a Little bit too much.
    My overall conclusion is that this game doesnt
    I was really looking forward to this game, but maybe I was expecting a Little bit too much.
    My overall conclusion is that this game doesnt deliver what it promised. When I first found out that they were going to release a new Need for speed game (or an actual reboot of the underground series) and they were actually going back to the good old NFS roots, my inner child burst out with excitement and hope for the NFL's future games (which turned out to be a rather dangerous cocktail) because my inner child ended up sitting in the corner and crying. What should have been a "good nostalgic back to childhood trip" was instead an empty feeling and a feeling of regret. I couldnt simply feel that the old roots came to life in this game. But there is at least 3 positive things about this game!

    1. Graphics: The Graphics in this game is absolutely amazing, they did a really good job when it comes to this part. Sometimes the Graphics almost look life like and some parts of the game is absolutely breathtaking. But good Graphics doesn't necessarily make a good solid game.

    2. Costumization: This part is a 50/50 for me, there is some cars where there is tons of customization, but sadly there are some cars where you barely can do anything to them and that destroyed the experience for me, and I am a big fan of customizing. It's not fun when you buy a good old Volvo 242 GT and then you can barely do anything to it, what you can do to it doesnt make it look any special and that's a shame. They promised a lot of costumization, but they somehow forgot to tell us that it only included some particular cars, and thats heartbreaking to find out, especially if you are a really big fan of costumization in racing games. But overall what you can do to some of the cars are absolutely amazing so thats why it ends up on the positive list.

    3. The sound: Great sound, doesnt sound fake, it gives a good rush hearing your car roaring through the streets.

    Now to the negatives!

    1. Story and cutscenes: The story is poor, but its hard to even make a story when the game is about cars and underground street racing so I can slightly forgive that. The cutscenes on the other hand which are in the live-acition category are embarrasing and skip-over worthy, sure the actors do their best, but it ends up sounding and looking fake. To me there shouldnt have been any kind of cutscenes at all, NFS Carbon did a good job with the live-action cutscenes, but this?....

    2. Phone Calls, phone calls and more phone calls: If it wasn't for the last negative part on this list, this would be the most irritating thing about this game. You can barely race to the corner of a street without getting a bunch of phone calls on the way, and its mostly about complete nonsense, and it's not necessary. Getting 3-4 phone calls in a row is just annoying and irritating. Texts would have been better, but this is just frustrating.

    3. Ventura Bay: Ventura Bay is beautifull, but sadly dead. Even a Little village on the countryside has more life than whole Ventura Bay itself. The map is big, but mostly it's motorways which gets boring driving on one motorway to the other to get to a sertaint point on the map, fast travel saves this point.
    I missed traffic, there is barely any traffic and for me the cops was a bit too easy to outrun, at least they could give me a bit more challenge.

    4. Steering: The steering is overall bad, you have the choice with making your car drifting or gripping, but if I wanted to make my car steerable, I had to make it between drift and grip, but a little bit more on the drift side. It you make it total grip you end up hitting a wall, and if you make it too much drift, then you also end up hitting a wall sooner og later.

    5. No time for pause!: Yep there is no pause option in this game, tried to find it but failed, I tried to go on the map because I thought maybe that it would be the way I could pause the game, but my car was still driving when I went to the map screen and it ended up hitting a wall.
    So if you play this game and it is during a race and you have to take a Little trip to the toilet, well then you have to hold on until the race is finished.

    6. Online only!: Last but not least, this game is an online game only!
    If you dont have an internet connection you simply cant play the game and if you have a really really bad internet connection then be prepared to get pissed because then you will be thrown out of the party if the internet goes off. The online is good if you want to play with many other people, but it should have been an option. when I played this game all the people that were in my game minded their own business, I didn't invite them for race and they didnt invite me so the online only is simply useless for most people if they just want to play their own game.

    This game has potential and its hitting in the right direction now, but has a long way to go before I will dive into the NFS univers again! This game needs a lot of improvement.
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  7. Nov 14, 2019
    0
    This game should be called "Need for Speed Drift".. What an awful lot of drifting! It's not a racing game, it's a drifting game.. On my listThis game should be called "Need for Speed Drift".. What an awful lot of drifting! It's not a racing game, it's a drifting game.. On my list of the most irritating and frustrating games I've ever played.. I want my $7 back i paid for this piece of cr*p! The worst experience ever.. Expand

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