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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: 68 out of 299
  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. Jun 14, 2021
    9
    И он вернулся=) Да, этот тот самый ниид фор спид, которым вы его дюбите, дамы и господа и фанаты андеграунда и мост вонтеда.И он вернулся=) Да, этот тот самый ниид фор спид, которым вы его дюбите, дамы и господа и фанаты андеграунда и мост вонтеда.
  3. Oct 20, 2020
    7
    Я не знаю почему так жестко хейтят эту игру, возможно, дело в том что я ее забрал бесплатно по PS+ и она уже вся запатчина. Да и играл яЯ не знаю почему так жестко хейтят эту игру, возможно, дело в том что я ее забрал бесплатно по PS+ и она уже вся запатчина. Да и играл я вообще без надежд и ожиданий.

    Зашел, игра сходу зацепила, продолжил проходить и появился дикий интерес получить платину, игра прям заинтересовала, а со мной такое редко бывает. Возможно это из-за того, что я искал замену Форзе на плойке, а онлайн тут чем-то похож. Чтобы иметь нормальную тачку я побежал проходить компанию.

    Управление чуть менее ужасное, чем в других частях НФС. Например, заходил я в Heat - удалил через 10 минут вождения.

    Игра полна на активности, я не понимаю людей, которые говорят, что она скучная.

    Ну и главное, это единственная часть НФС (не из первых частей), которая меня заинтересовала и я прошел ее полностью, сейчас хочу забрать платину.
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  4. Nov 11, 2017
    2
    Need for Speed Payback..... Hab mich sehr darauf gefreut, wurde aber wieder enttäuscht. Eine große Open World die aber total leblos wirkt, dasNeed for Speed Payback..... Hab mich sehr darauf gefreut, wurde aber wieder enttäuscht. Eine große Open World die aber total leblos wirkt, das größte Problem das ich habe ist aber das Leistungstuning.
    Ein Beispiel: Hab mir einen Mustang zu einem Dragracer mit einem Level von 200 getunt und musste dann bei den Dragracer ein Sprintrennen durch die Stadt fahren. Da besagter Mustang einen Wendekreis eines Schiffes hat, musste ich auf ein anderes Drag Auto zurückgreifen. Dieses muss aber wieder erst auf Level 200 gebracht werden, also alle vorherigen (bereits geschafften) Rennen nochmal mehrfach wiederholen bis ich wieder an meinem Punkt bin. Bereits verbaute Tuningkarten kann man nicht in andere Fahrzeuge einbauen.
    Da ich keine Lust habe bei jeden neuen Fahrzeug alles Hundert mal zu fahren landet NFS vorerst im Regal.
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  5. Dec 27, 2017
    1
    Seriously, don't waste your money on this, the singleplayer is okay (very short) and the multiplayer, oh boy, might actually be the worst gameSeriously, don't waste your money on this, the singleplayer is okay (very short) and the multiplayer, oh boy, might actually be the worst game I've ever played, the online playlists require NO skill at all, it's basically who ever gets f*cked with the least. Expand
  6. Aug 28, 2018
    0
    #Payback --- This game is Payback for people hating on Need for Speed 2015.
  7. Nov 10, 2017
    0
    This game is just a very **** and boring version of Forza Horizon. All NFS games after Carbon have been trash and any game working with EAThis game is just a very **** and boring version of Forza Horizon. All NFS games after Carbon have been trash and any game working with EA should not be purchased. Expand

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