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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: 64 out of 282
  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. Mar 31, 2021
    9
    Не заметил никаких проблем с "лутбоксами". Играл ТОЛЬКО сюжетные миссии, и без переигрываний ни разу не столкнулся ни с недостаткомНе заметил никаких проблем с "лутбоксами". Играл ТОЛЬКО сюжетные миссии, и без переигрываний ни разу не столкнулся ни с недостатком внутриигровых денег, ни с недостаточной мощностью автомобилей. По сути эти "карточки" - просто более наглядное отображение характеристик деталей. Прокачка практически идентична любому NFS или Flatout 2 - детали чем то лучше чем то хуже друг друга, и выбираешь что тебе нужно на каждой конкретной машине больше. Звучит вполне адекватно, как по мне. Тем более что лутбоксы дают: за выполнение сторонних активностей, за дрифт и хорошую езду, за старые и ненужные запчасти, за прохождение каждой трассы, за всё что угодно. Ни разу я не почувствовал что "надо бы задонатить", вся прокачка добывается очень легко.

    Кастомизация и классная и не очень одновременно. Кастомизация покраски просто шикарна, очень детальна и интересна, а вот деталей вроде бамперов, крыльев и прочего не блещет разнообразием у некоторых машин. Самое странное что у части машин десятки красивых деталей, аж глаза разбегаются, а на какой нибудь Mazda два с половиной бампера, один хуже другого.

    Управление очень аркадное, но вполне удобное. Учитывая что игра и не пытается быть "автосимулятором", удовольствие можно получить от любого вида заездов кроме дрэга. А когда на "дрэговой" машине заставляют участвовать в обычной гонке, это вообще боль, так как эта машина просто полнейший утюг.

    Кстати о машинах - автопарк тоже довольно объемный, машины сильно отличаются по ощущению от езды. Стоят машины дёшево, за пару гонок можно накопить с нуля. Прокачка раза в два дороже выйдет чем цена изначальной машины, а кастомизация вообще почти бесплатная. Итого на покупку и прокачку новой машины уходит довольно немного времени.

    Сюжет - полнейший бред, персонажи кринжовые и после каждой их фразы хочется выключить звук. Но при этом переговоры копов очень детальные и атмосферные, особенно если выводить их через динамик Dualshock'а.
    Музыки немного, и половина треков отличные (а вторую половину можно скипнуть на нажатие стика:^)

    Открытый мир набит активностями под завязку просто, на каждом шагу то соревнование, то радар, то запчасти для машин, то посылки, то рекламные щиты, то трамплины.

    В общем давно не получал такого удовольствия от игры в аркадные гонки, наверное со времен упомянутого выше FlatOut2. Далеко не идеальная, но отлично подходит для вечернего отдыха.
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  3. Jun 19, 2020
    7
    Amazing soundtracks!!!! But gameplay is not so good, good that we haven’t cards in NFS heat
  4. Jul 30, 2019
    2
    Nice sounds, cars, customization, but physics.. I would creators the game don't played after release and before. Trash game, btw
  5. Mar 26, 2021
    1
    The most boring game in the whole world. Car physics deserves a special place in hell.
  6. Aug 28, 2018
    0
    #Payback --- This game is Payback for people hating on Need for Speed 2015.
  7. Nov 14, 2017
    0
    Cards? Really? More micro transactions? EA ruined another game. A full price video game with lootboxes is the bottom of the pit.
    Please
    Cards? Really? More micro transactions? EA ruined another game. A full price video game with lootboxes is the bottom of the pit.
    Please peoples... Please... Don't buy EA games!
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