Mixed or average reviews - based on 69 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 27 out of 69
  2. Negative: 4 out of 69
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  1. Nov 2, 2015
    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. Nov 3, 2015
    One of the best Need for Speeds ever. Even if Ventura Bay can be a bit boring, the game is pure fun and adrenaline-driven.
  3. Nov 2, 2015
    The live-action scenes are a great idea and work well at times, but I also felt they were just put there to move me from race to race. I never fully found myself connecting to any characters or the story.
  4. Nov 2, 2015
    Ghost Games brings us a Need for Speed game with many fan-favourite features such as customization, impossible skids and arcade driving. Although being always online could have been optional and some of the game aspects could have been taken from another perspective, the game is great and most fans won't be disappointed.
  5. Nov 3, 2015
    The customization features are a welcome return, and the five-layered career lets you play with different approaches to driving. Some aspects of Need for Speed could use more variety, but it’s a solid foundation to move the series forward.
  6. Nov 15, 2015
    Need for Speed on the PS4 goes backs to basics and delivers a sturdy racing game on this console.
  7. Nov 3, 2015
    Need for Speed listened to its fans, and that’s why this game deserves to call itself a reboot of the franchise. There’s a few minor flaws, but especially in its multiplayer, this Need for Speed is the first fun one to come out in years.
  8. Nov 30, 2015
    Need for Speed is fast, fun and good looking.
  9. Nov 5, 2015
    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.
  10. Nov 4, 2015
    It's a good starting point to build on. Celebrating 20 years for the NFS brand, Ghost Games delivers an experience filled with content. There's room for improvements in the online and in the AI, but the foundations for a new interesting direction for the saga are all there.
  11. Nov 3, 2015
    Need for Speed offers nice arcade racing action. It is a good thing tuning your car to your own taste is back, but the acting that is full of semi - hipster words might be a tad annoying.
  12. Nov 3, 2015
    Racing feels amazing and organic, with just a small amount of depth which could have been a bit more refined. We could have done without the storylines told by actors that try too hard to be young and modern.
  13. Nov 3, 2015
    An enjoyable, solid and extremely accessible racing game.
  14. Nov 3, 2015
    Need for Speed it's a great game full of good intentions. But the franchise still has a long way to travel.
  15. Nov 3, 2015
    A rebirth for the series, but not the perfect one fans hoped for. While the Tuning is awesome, and the campaign is long and satisfying, seeing rubber band AIs in 2015 is truly appalling. This choice, paired with the “always online” structure) kind of ruins an otherwise great arcade racing game.
  16. Nov 3, 2015
    There's the racing, which benefits from better customization, diverse handling models, competitive visuals, and assorted racing challenges. These are the things that you expect, and Need for Speed delivers. Then there are the full motion video sequences, which thrive on first-person fist bumps, Monster energy toasts, and people saying the word "hashtag" without irony.
  17. 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.
  18. Nov 3, 2015
    The game is far from perfect, but it is, at points, truly exceptional. Its jaw-dropping visuals, adrenaline-pumping audio, and highly-customizable handling make screaming around the darkened streets of Ventura Bay an intense thrill. The sense of ownership that comes with tuning a single ride to perfection rather than simply grabbing the flashiest vehicle available proved tremendously rewarding.
  19. Nov 4, 2015
    Need for Speed, like the world of Venura Bay, is full of dark and light areas. The tuning, the speed feeling, the visuals are good, but the AI and the lack of variety make its tires blow.
  20. Nov 3, 2015
    Need for Speed certainly looks better than ever, but in the process of recovering its visual identity, it loses some of its more amusing gameplay features such as over the top chases and simple but effective multiplayer structure. Need for Speed is more about neon lights than actual spark.
  21. Nov 2, 2015
    Need for Speed has rebooted itself with a game that recovers its tuning-nocturnal past and mixes it with an open and social world, but it has lost some options and the AI cheats so much that it can be frustrating.
  22. Nov 20, 2015
    Need for Speed is an excellent racing title with a laid back attitude and plenty to enjoy – if you can get past a few of the glaring design choices that is.
  23. Nov 10, 2015
    Need for Speed is a nice reboot of the series, but with its own flaws. From a technical standpoint the game looks amazing, and the sound is great too. There is plenty of content in the box, but the game lacks personality.
  24. Nov 10, 2015
    Not the best of reboots, but certainly not the worst, the latest Need For Speed plays it safe with a reborn franchise that is focused on finding the lust for momentum that it had lost in previous installments. A solid start, even if it doesn't finish ahead of the pack.
  25. Nov 9, 2015
    Need For Speed is a better-playing game than The Run, but still falls far short of any of the Criterion games or the early ’00s games as well.
  26. Nov 3, 2015
    Need for Speed collects all its historical heritage in a game where you’ll find what you had and what you missed. But along the way it’s lost some of the courage that characterized it.
  27. Nov 2, 2015
    One of the most important racing franchises of all time is back. The new Need For Speed takes the greatest elements of the series and combines them into a single game. The lack of innovation may be a down point, but in general, this is a pretty good video game.
  28. Nov 13, 2015
    When the pedal is to the floor, its a great experience. However as soon as you let up and are left to explore the other aspects of the game, things start leaving a lot to be desired. The new direction of the franchise shows promise, but there is still a ton of room to grow.
  29. Nov 5, 2015
    Need for Speed is a fun, accessible racer that’s both aesthetically impressive and technically stable. The always-online requirement means server problems can affect your game and oh yeah, you can’t pause, either. I’m sorry but it just wasn’t necessary.
  30. Nov 8, 2015
    While Need for Speed may look and sound great from afar, it's sadly little more than a mostly empty box wrapped in shiny wrapping paper (and one which you can only open when connected to the internet to boot). If you're desperate for a new racing game experience, you could do worse, just bear in mind that your mileage will definitely vary.
  31. Jan 20, 2016
    Need for Speed is a well-wrought game, full of interesting features, albeit without many fresh ideas. However, it is prone to deliver most of the gamers in the uncomfortable arms of boredom sooner than later, although it is bound to satisfy the hardcore fans.
  32. Playstation Official Magazine UK
    Dec 16, 2015
    Some great modifications, but lacklustre world design, shallow progression and awful cutscenes deprive it of traction. [Christmas 2015, p.80]
  33. Nov 11, 2015
    The new Need for Speed is a successful sequel in the popular series, providing hours of content. It's not ideal, but examples of Driveclub or The Crew show that errors and deficiencies can be corrected over time. The final score could be higher, but we have to wait for more difficult races and some AI improvements in the promised free DLC.
  34. Nov 10, 2015
    Need For Speed feels like a plucky contender, that is close to greatness but tragically falters at number of key moments.
  35. Nov 4, 2015
    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.
  36. Nov 3, 2015
    When you reboot a franchise, it's done with the tacit understanding that it needs to move to a better space. Need for Speed checks off the boxes for the series, but unfortunately it's not a revaluation that necessarily improves on what's already come before.
  37. Nov 3, 2015
    The new Need for Speed has some solid points and it's a fun racer but we found it lacking in some points and we would enjoy it more if it was varied and lively.
  38. Nov 2, 2015
    You’d be hard pressed to find an automaker willing to take an extra year to reset their car line much like Ghost Games did here with their second run on Need for Speed. What we get is a more focused and competent racer but one seemingly unwilling to risk standing out from the crowd.
  39. Nov 2, 2015
    Need for Speed is a compelling driving experience that needs to be beefed up to stand with its competitors.
  40. Pelit (Finland)
    Jan 4, 2016
    Need for Speed’s decent feel of driving and nice tuning options don’t amount to much when coupled with harsh rubber banding, boring environments and a terrible forced story mode. [Dec 2015]
  41. Nov 6, 2015
    It's like tuning a car on the cheap. Nice looks, but still a rust bucket underneath. It suffers from performance problems, cheating AI, a boring world, a boring story and useless multiplayer features.
  42. Game World Navigator Magazine
    Nov 12, 2015
    Instead of a triumphant reboot we got a weird game that resembles Most Wanted (2012) with tuning options thrown in. [Issue#203, p.64]
  43. Dec 8, 2015
    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.
  44. Nov 18, 2015
    The online requirement seems pointless, but it’s an enjoyable racing game overall.
  45. Nov 11, 2015
    The new Need for Speed is fun enough, but the lack of a day-and-night cycle, decent AI and offline features make for an enormously disappointing package. Oh and the less said about the live action cutscenes, the better.
  46. 65
    With strong arcade-style racing, great visuals and sounds, Need for Speed looks the part, but falls short in other areas such as poor A.I., limited body part options and lack of incentives to keep you motivated to race.
  47. Nov 5, 2015
    Need for Speed is a one-night stand but it's definitely not the love of your life. A depressing open-world, some uninterested cops, an empty scenario : this reboot is not what you've been waiting for, except for the very impressive visuals.
  48. Nov 2, 2015
    A perfectly serviceable racer with great looks, plenty of customisation options, and passable driving, but it’s a real shame that latest reboot of this franchise had the hallmarks of the greats in the series’ past and could have been truly special.
  49. Nov 3, 2015
    Need for Speed looks the part, sounds the part, and is surprisingly reverent to real-world car culture. I like the direction Ghost has taken here, and I think it’s the right one, but beneath its flashy exterior it's not quite firing on all cylinders.
  50. Dec 16, 2015
    While I ended up being surprised at how much I liked Need for Speed when it wasn't trying to strangle the very joy out of life itself, it's a game that's obviously flawed -- the cheating AI, the always-online requirement, the glitches -- but it's still a damn good looking racer that gives a real buzz when it's working as intended. Whether people will be willing to put up with the bad in order to enjoy the good... Well, that's debatable.
  51. Playstation Official Magazine Australia
    Dec 15, 2015
    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]
  52. Dec 6, 2015
    Ultimately, this new Need For Speed has rebooted nothing; it’s an open world racer the likes of which we’ve already seen many times last-gen, but when the mechanics themselves fall short – well, that’s not a message any new start wants to begin with.
  53. Nov 18, 2015
    Need For Speed’s solid driving and fantastic graphics are worth experiencing, but I wanted more darkness, more danger out of this game. I wanted consequences. Without it, we get an odd Need For Speed that presents a strangely empty, Disney-fied version of an “underworld” — one with guardrails on the sides of the road.
  54. Nov 12, 2015
    Yet in Need for Speed the handling, the fun, the art, all of this, they are so stacked under layer after layer of meaninglessness, multi-faceted surfaces that gesture at everything and deliver nothing. It was a good run, but as I came off the slope and headed into a tunnel bathed in tungsten glow the moment was lost.
  55. 60
    What Need for Speed has done spectacularly is put the focus on the car. In every opportunity possible the game showcases these machines, almost fetishising them. And that’s great, but in achieving this, Need for Speed has left behind what makes players stay for these games. Not matter how great my car is, if I’m not driving down interesting streets, or being able to compete in diverse challenges, then slowly the thrill of the car will fade.
  56. Nov 3, 2015
    While Ventura Bay looks good and the game has plenty of missions and side missions to complete, the constant distractions I felt while playing it kept me away from enjoying it as much as I have previous iterations of the franchise.
  57. CD-Action
    Jan 12, 2016
    The latest Need for Speed feels old in every aspect. The driving model, the AI, the story and the characters, the environments – all of it is simply poor. [13/2015, p.68]
  58. Games Master UK
    Jan 3, 2016
    The racing simply isn't good enough. [Christmas 2015, p.69]
  59. Nov 6, 2015
    This reboot feels like a slick sports car with loads of custom tuning, but with a big engine failure and a story that is nothing but embarrassing. The driving feels okay most of the time but overall the fascination fades faster than a nitro boost.
  60. Dec 2, 2015
    Given the lack of content, the game feels like a work-in-progress with some poorly conceived features and contrivances that only diminish the game's few strengths.
  61. Nov 16, 2015
    It's obvious that Ghost Games and Electronic Arts are trying to build a great Need for Speed game, but they still haven't quite gotten there. This more reboot friendly Need for Speed feels incredibly shallow, resulting in a racing game that seems to be running on empty.
  62. Nov 9, 2015
    Need for Speed's got many of the parts required of a great racer, but it's lacking a mechanic to assemble them and apply a lick of paint.
  63. Nov 6, 2015
    The live action cutscenes make Need for Speed painful to witness and the bland events and dull tracks mean you'll soon tire of hanging out in Ventura Bay. It's a shame, as the graphics are fantastic and the customisation options are top quality. If EA continue with the Need for Speed brand, they need to focus more on what's under the hood.
  64. Nov 2, 2015
    Need For Speed is rebooting the series with style: the graphics are fantastic and the cars completely customisable. But for the rest of the experience, fans will be disappointed by this quite boring open world racing game.
  65. Nov 2, 2015
    It does exactly what it sets out to do. But what it sets out to do is boring, bland, unimaginative and thoroughly dull.
  66. Edge Magazine
    Dec 12, 2015
    Need for Speed is a disappointing follow-up to the flawed but big-hearted Rivals, and while it's billed as a fresh start for the series, it feels more like a false one. [Christmas 2015, p.118]
  67. LEVEL (Czech Republic)
    Dec 3, 2015
    One misstep after another, wrapped in shiny packing, which covers not only a lousy driving model (as usual), but this time it also covers a complete loss of self-image. They tried to turn it off and on again - but it's still broken. [Issue#258]
  68. Nov 12, 2015
    Despite its less impressive iterations over the years, the Need for Speed name has delivered some truly excellent games - from Underground’s street racing to Shift’s wannabe-simulation, all the way to Hot Pursuit’s absurd action. But rather than build upon this rich diverse history of fun, Ghost Games has sucked the fun out of a game that should epitomise the outlandishness of going really bloody fast. When you could be playing Driveclub, or Forza Horizon 2, or Project Cars, or even the beautiful and superiorly quick Forza Motorsport 6, offering a racer without speed? That’s suicide.
  69. 40
    A tragically misjudged series reboot that gets all of the fundamentals wrong, while adding absolutely nothing new to the franchise except flashier graphics.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 1337 Ratings

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  1. Nov 3, 2015
    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. Full Review »
  2. Nov 3, 2015
    Finally amazing NFS experience.

    Just bought it few hours ago. I really enjoying it so far. Great customization. Awesome graphics. Fun cut
    Finally amazing NFS experience.

    Just bought it few hours ago. I really enjoying it so far. Great customization. Awesome graphics. Fun cut scenes.
    So much customization, I love it. I played 2.5 hours so far. It all I’ve missed in NFS series. Truly exciting single player experience. Love driving at night and now I have so much of it.

    Choosing BRZ out of first 3 cars was no brainer for me, I love it, so much customization for it.
    Based on the first impressions. I love it and can’t wait to get back home and play some more.
    If you want another online racing game go look elsewhere, if you enjoy single player street racing games this just for you.
    For those who complain about driving experience, it’s an arcade game which supposed to be fun and it is. If you want realistic (authentic handling) driving experience buy a real car with a stick and start driving. It is like complaining that sex doll does not feel like a real thing.

    Almost forgot drifting is so amazing in this game.

    10 out of 10 for me
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  3. Nov 3, 2015
    Best NFS since Underground 2, no joke.

    Sure, there's some issues, it's not perfect but the awesome customization, great progression system
    Best NFS since Underground 2, no joke.

    Sure, there's some issues, it's not perfect but the awesome customization, great progression system and great graphics makes it stand out from the rest.

    All it needs is a little fine tuning like stability and extra parts and cars and it could very well be the best racing game this gen so far!

    Don't listen to the haters! This game is fantastic! I feel like the only one that adores the handling!
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