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  • Summary: Need for Speed Rivals inserts gamers behind the wheel of both sides of the thin blue line, daring them to cross that line as either a cop or racer in order to gain any advantage in the street’s ultimate rivalry. Players decide between two distinct career experiences, each with its own set ofNeed for Speed Rivals inserts gamers behind the wheel of both sides of the thin blue line, daring them to cross that line as either a cop or racer in order to gain any advantage in the street’s ultimate rivalry. Players decide between two distinct career experiences, each with its own set of high-stakes challenges, rewards, pursuit tech and cars. The intensity of the action is enhanced as a result of AllDrive, a feature that destroys the line between single player, co-op and multiplayer. Through AllDrive, friends are connected to one racing world where their races and chases can collide at any time. Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 42 out of 53
  2. Negative: 0 out of 53
  1. Nov 15, 2013
    100
    Need for Speed: Rivals takes some of the best features from prior franchise entries and combines them with a seamless single-multiplayer mode to create an absolutely terrific, utterly bonkers race-and-chase game that looks and sounds as good as it drives.
  2. Nov 17, 2013
    90
    Need for Speed Rivals proves how impressive a PS4 racing game can be by offering a fully realized product that blows past conceptions of what a launch title can offer.
  3. Playstation Official Magazine Australia
    Dec 2, 2013
    85
    Rivals is a sequel that confidently overtakes 2012’s Most Wanted. No doors are blown off, but needs are very much fulfilled. . [Christmas 2013, p75]
  4. Nov 15, 2013
    80
    Need for Speed: Rivals is very much in the tradition of Hot Pursuit, but that great, familiar gameplay has been infused with enough new elements to make it as thrilling here as it's ever been. It sure is good to hit the open road again.
  5. 80
    Rivals offers thrilling arcade racing of the kind the kind that you can just pick up and play a few rounds of, and has enough graphical prowess for you to show off your new console for your friends. We could do with a little more innovation next time, though.
  6. Nov 22, 2013
    80
    Need for Speed: Rivals is one of the most impressive launch games for PS4. It is very pretty visually, and it has enough content to keep players busy for quite some time. There are some drawbacks to its design, but nothing that will derail the fun.
  7. Nov 28, 2013
    50
    The rivalry aspect never gets a chance to bloom as the huge open world only lets in six players at a time. The sound is astonishing and the concept of a huge world just waiting to be explored is an interesting one, but in the end Rivals never climbs beyond mediocrity.

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  1. Positive: 49 out of 124
  2. Negative: 33 out of 124
  1. Nov 15, 2013
    10
    Best auto game ever! Works like a charm on PS4. I'm really impressed with the gameplay and the graphics. The multyplayer is very entertaining.Best auto game ever! Works like a charm on PS4. I'm really impressed with the gameplay and the graphics. The multyplayer is very entertaining. A small downside, but nothing to make me not to rate this at 10, are the fps lock at 30. EA execceded my expectations with this new NFS. Expand
  2. Feb 2, 2014
    9
    NFS: Rivals puts you in the middle of a small city, a forest in the hills, a snowy mountain, and a desert. The games graphics are massivelyNFS: Rivals puts you in the middle of a small city, a forest in the hills, a snowy mountain, and a desert. The games graphics are massively impressive. The lighting, reflections and shadows are awesome on PC. And the cars look SO much better than anything else I've ever seen. The game also has a system where the time of day changes. So it can be sunrise, sunset, mid day, or night time. The game looks best at sun rise. It's breathtaking how awesome this looks. Most of the roads you ride on are blacktop with a very reflective surface. And you always have some type of debris floating around, whether it be snow, sand, green leaves, brown leaves, or rain. When it does rain, it can be anything from a drizzle to a thunderstorm. The rain looks amazing as does everything else. There is nothing like being a cop chasing a racer through a forest at night, and it's pouring down raining while your sirens are blasting and your engines revving up. It's an awesome experience.

    The sounds of the game are also quite impressive. As I've played racing games a good bit, and NFS: Rivals sounds are right on the money. Each car has a different sound and slightly different feel. Some cars are rather slow while others are blazing fast. You won't really hear too much background noise, other than other cars, cops talking, sirens, tire screeches, pursuit tech, and your own car. So you won't be hearing a whole lot of the birds chirping or water or anything like that. Although you can hear thunder if a thunderstorm rolls in, and yes you'll here waterfalls if you go right by them. But most of the time you just hear the radio playing and your own car. So thank goodness the sound track is awesome. I didn't know any of these songs before I played this game, but now I love the songs. The sound track is awesome. Awesome in that I've downloaded these songs and listen to them daily now.

    I've searched far and wide for an open world racing game that has the graphical standard I am used to from playing Far Cry 3, Crysis 3, and Metro LL. And this is the only game I can truly recommend. FYI, the next best is NFS: Most Wanted, although the graphics are a definite step down, it still looks better than anything else.

    The big downside to this game is the fact that it only runs at 30FPS. There is a "fix" to this where you can set it to whatever FPS you'd like. But if you have it set at 60FPS, and it drops to 59FPS, your game will slow down and your car will start to glitch. And even though I have a GTX780, it still drops to 59FPS every few seconds. Not because of the ability of the card, just because it's throttling to maintain 60FPS, and when you hit a point that gets strenuous, it'll drop to 59 then pop right back up to 60, simply because of the throttling, not the power of the card. So no matter how powerful your graphics card, you'll get this glitch. Although it looks SO much smoother at 60FPS, I run it at 30FPS so my car doesn't slow down and it doesn't glitch out. FYI, if I set the game with a 100FPS cap, the game only runs at about 80-85FPS with a 3570k@4.7Ghz and overclocked GTX780. So NFS: Rivals is a fairly demanding game. And I'm not surprised being that it's based on Battlefield 4's Frost Bite 3 engine. Also, I notice if I use this "fix", and I race online with other people, my car(although it doesn't feel like it to me)is a noticeable amount slower than other online racers. To the point that they beat you easily. Since I've gone back to the regular 30FPS this hasn't happened again. Maybe those players were just THAT good, probably not though.

    So between the looks, the sounds, and the gameplay, this is THE best open world racing game to date.
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  3. Apr 4, 2019
    8
    "Rivals" is a blend of Criterion's "Need for Speed: Most Wanted" and "Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit". It's not as good as either of those, but"Rivals" is a blend of Criterion's "Need for Speed: Most Wanted" and "Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit". It's not as good as either of those, but still manages to be entertaining. The cars, vehicle handling, sound effects, sense of speed and map design are all excellent. The game features online play and two campaigns (cops/racers) that will be familiar to fans of "Most Wanted" and "Hot Pursuit". As far as customization goes, there isn't a ton of it. You can upgrade your car's performance and design, but not in much detail. Despite the shortcomings, this is a good (if not great) arcade-style racing game. It was one of the better PS4 launch titles. I would rate with an 8 out of 10. Expand
  4. Jul 19, 2014
    7
    Incredible graphics, really fun races and challenges. But most of the history boring and multiplayer mode is a waste of time. I enjoyed it aIncredible graphics, really fun races and challenges. But most of the history boring and multiplayer mode is a waste of time. I enjoyed it a lot but I think it could be a lot better. Expand
  5. Jan 16, 2015
    5
    Not worth the $12 I paid for it or the time I invested. This game is, at it's best, a vaguely interesting cliche ridden pile of dross thatNot worth the $12 I paid for it or the time I invested. This game is, at it's best, a vaguely interesting cliche ridden pile of dross that somewhat answers the cries of the fans of the series. At it's worst, it is a supremely frustrating game with civilian traffic rendering out of nowhere, and races unfairly weighted.

    Speaking positively, the game at the very least attempts to create some plot to keep you interested. But at the end of the day, I just found myself running through the motions checking things off my to-do list. The game looks and sounds good, although I wish the cops had a bit more dialogue at their disposal than the same two or three lines. The social integration is a nice touch, although unless you have a sizable amount of friends playing with you, it falls flat, and human drivers just serve as another nuisance.

    The game world, while gorgeous to look at, makes it nearly impossible to navigate the numerous shortcuts that you have to take to succeed. It's almost as if the developers tried too hard to make a good looking game, as you'll find moisture on your car when there isn't a cloud in the sky. You'll often find yourself ending your race and losing all of your accumulated Speedpoints for that session all due to one unfortunate crash. The plot is basically non-existent, and without farming for points, it's impossible to accrue every unlockable vehicle.

    I really wanted to like this game. Unfortunately, the latest installment is just as forgettable as Hot Pursuit. While it may have been an entertaining time sink at launch, there are now far superior games out there that are more deserving of your time and money. Would not recommend.
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  6. Jul 11, 2018
    4
    I am really tired of every damn game today is an OpenWorld crap. I specially hate OpenWorld-Racing games. Why can't we have Racing games likeI am really tired of every damn game today is an OpenWorld crap. I specially hate OpenWorld-Racing games. Why can't we have Racing games like the original NFS Most Wanted and NFS Carbon when you have a carrier and you choose your Race from the menu without the need to drive around. Even NFS The RUN which many hated but I liked it a lot because it was new idea and was hell lots of fun. The only bad thing was that the game was short.
    And another thing I hate about this game and other NFS games like it... is the COP/RACER carrier its just stupid no one wants to be a cop. I play a racing game to be a racer no a cop you brainless devs.

    I DO NOT CARE ABOUT MULTIPLAYER CRAP........
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  7. Feb 12, 2017
    0
    This crappy piece of trash is not a game... it's a crappy piece of trash. This is a festival of bad ideas: for example: night & day cycle...This crappy piece of trash is not a game... it's a crappy piece of trash. This is a festival of bad ideas: for example: night & day cycle... when it's drak, you can't see a damn thing... the graphics of the "game" are a failure, too many lens flares, too many dirt... It's obvious the team behind this turd didn't play it.

    the worst game of the licence.
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