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  • Summary: Welcome to Redview County, where a street-racing rivalry between cops and racers never ends as both sides compete in all-out warfare featuring the fastest cars, mods and technology in a gritty open road environment. Play as either a copper or racer, where each side of the law has its own setWelcome to Redview County, where a street-racing rivalry between cops and racers never ends as both sides compete in all-out warfare featuring the fastest cars, mods and technology in a gritty open road environment. Play as either a copper or racer, where each side of the law has its own set of high stakes challenges, rewards and consequences. Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 12
  2. Negative: 1 out of 12
  1. Nov 21, 2013
    86
    Need for Speed comes back with another outstanding game, full of content and full of fun. However, there's that "something" missing, something only Criterion can give.
  2. Nov 27, 2013
    85
    Rivals takes Most Wanted's open world and blends that with the open roads and landscapes of Hot Pursuit, with a paradise filled with distractions and dangers. The seamless transition between single- and multiplayer it so that another player can challenge of help you in every event. Rivals guarantees a continuous sense of excitement and sensation with great controls and a relentless sense of speed.
  3. Nov 22, 2013
    80
    Mixing an offline and online driving experience is the key for Need for Speed Rivals, a look into the next generation of gaming.
  4. LEVEL (Czech Republic)
    Dec 28, 2013
    80
    If you tend to see the glass as half full, instead of half empty, you will see Rivals as a success. Gameplay innovations make up for the lack of technical fidelity present in the old gen versions. [Issue#237]
  5. Dec 2, 2013
    75
    The small player cap is disappointing in this day and age, but AllDrive shows real potential. The frame-rate issues I encountered were a downer on an otherwise impressive arcade racing game.
  6. Dec 2, 2013
    75
    There is no doubt that the driving mechanics of Rivals are fantastic, and most of the game's systems are a success. However, it's a multiplayer-oriented game that fails to bring players together, and the content elsewhere is merely good.
  7. Nov 26, 2013
    40
    Perhaps most disappointing of all is the actual world. The map consists of long wending noodles of road draped over Frostbite landscapes. It’s built for you to drive fast and bang into cars, so it minimizes the concept of mastering a route or reacting to the road. It’s all long, thin, shallow. This means there’s little sense of place. There is minimal traffic. There are too few opportunities to actually turn onto another road or take a shortcut. The world even feels small. You’ll be chasing someone, or running from someone, and suddenly you’re back where you were just a little while ago. It all feels so constrained.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 29
  2. Negative: 12 out of 29
  1. Jun 22, 2015
    10
    This game is so much fun, it has lots of variety and can either be played on free explore mode or by hopping easily between races. I am tryingThis game is so much fun, it has lots of variety and can either be played on free explore mode or by hopping easily between races. I am trying to complete it but it take so long, there are at least 60 levels for each of the cops and the racers. Expand
  2. Mar 25, 2014
    10
    I purchased this game and i had to buy a hard drive that cost me 130 dollars. I first of all do not know why people are talking about the hardI purchased this game and i had to buy a hard drive that cost me 130 dollars. I first of all do not know why people are talking about the hard drive when it is a game review. One of the best games i have played it was worth it to buy a hard drive. Expand
  3. Oct 3, 2015
    9
    This game is my favorite out of the entire series. A verity of weapons, 2 careers, an array of cars, one huge open world, and a serious butThis game is my favorite out of the entire series. A verity of weapons, 2 careers, an array of cars, one huge open world, and a serious but dark story and when you mix all of these it is incredible.

    The game revolves around a cop story mode and a racer mode. They are both heavily different with each perspective being different with racers seeing cops nothing more than little dogs chained up on a fence trying to chase the mailman, while cops see racers as a menace of society and it works out too.
    There is over 80 cars in the game and with a frame rate almost with a solid 720p30FPS the game runs very well.

    Weapons are also very unique with some being reused only for a different task. Such as the EMP and EMP Mine. They can reach up to levels as high as 4 and that's actually pretty decent. Cars look almost realistic but however it contains a sad story in customization zone. You can only customize car paint, wheel paint, some wraps and decals and that's it. The Last-Gen versions have one thing that saddens me about is the fact that there is no motion blur in this version.

    The story mode is separated in to categories that are distinct from other categories in the respected faction. You can rank up to 61 in the game. After beating a rank you will be able to unlock cars or wraps (racers only). Cops get cars for free while racers have to buy them.

    The game's multiplayer however is blended in to the single player. That doesn't mean it's online only. Pausing in NFS Rivals is impossible especially when in single player which is kind of a boner killer if you ask me. The game also features easydrive again but it feels better than most wanted '12 with the U.I. on the screen still.

    Since this is an EA game lets talk about the glitches. Whenever you are driving at a fast paced rate, the game will sometimes automatically stop you in your tracks while it is going on still. But this doesn't happen to often. There is also quick respawn glitch which doesn't happen often either. Getting stuck out of the map doesn't happen to often either so thank goodness but when you do you're forced to restart the game because what happens is (one situation) you're stuck, that's it. Then, you can move outside the map but the only way to get out is by *coughs x2* killing yourself if you know what I mean.

    The cops in the game are aggressive and will do whatever they can to bust you if your on the opposite faction. The game also comes with a multiplier which increase as up are out in the open. Deviation. More points, more money. Speedpoints count as your currency and used to buy upgrades and such.

    Easter eggs are also in the game as well.
    That's all I have to say, see ya when I review COD AW.
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  4. Aug 15, 2016
    6
    Need For Speed Rivals is a decent game,but nowhere near the standards of the franchise.

    NFS Rivals has basic physics.It is very similar to
    Need For Speed Rivals is a decent game,but nowhere near the standards of the franchise.

    NFS Rivals has basic physics.It is very similar to Burnout.High-tech weapons are back from Hot Pursuit.You can play as both a racer and cop. However,the AI is so cheap for cops when you are on the run that you will probably throw a controller.Car list comprises of sports cars,muscle cars,and supercars

    The graphics are amazing,but the framerate is awful.

    The sound design and soundtrack are mediocre.

    The game's story is decent on both sides.Both campaigns last around 6 hours.

    Overall,Rivals is a decent game.
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  5. Mar 26, 2014
    3
    Why did this have to suck balls?

    The 360 version sucks. Why? Cuz EA just went "Okay **** this let's get to the XBOX One crap!" This is why
    Why did this have to suck balls?

    The 360 version sucks. Why? Cuz EA just went "Okay **** this let's get to the XBOX One crap!" This is why the 8th gen versions are WAY better!

    Get this: when I loaded the game, it told me to donate 1.4 GB for mandatory HD content. Then, they got sneaky and forced me to used a hard drive, which was 110 dollars.

    WHAT THE H***!!!

    So I got it after New Year's Eve and it worked. AND IT SUCKS.

    The graphics look good up close, but objects randomly appear from a distance, which makes this feel like the first NFS. Plus, the AI is too smart and handling too stiff for anything to work. The drifting is a disaster!
    Plus, the only cars in this game are sports coupes! I want to be able to drive more than that, and Evoque and Raptor and BAC and Ariel Atom, but EA put (here I lose control) 1 PERCENT OF THEIR COMMON SENSE INTO THIS PIECE OF F****** SH**!!! WHY DID THIS HAPPEN!!!??? COULD IT BE LESS DISAPPOINTING! EA, WHAT'S HAPPENING!? OH, AND WHY IS THERE NO PAUSE BUTTON!?

    I don't use XBOX LIVE so I would probably get a better experience if I connected, but the single player is really that bad? Oh, and BTW, the game loads too long, not too frequently.

    Pros: Good graphics up close, more customization options than Most Wanted, sort of engaging, that's all folks.

    Oh, if you destroyed your USB to make it XBOX compatible, can you make it compatible with Windows again?
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  6. Jun 17, 2014
    3
    This game feels and looks HORRIBLY downscaled for the Xbox 360. The graphics are unacceptably pixellated for a game at this price point andThis game feels and looks HORRIBLY downscaled for the Xbox 360. The graphics are unacceptably pixellated for a game at this price point and supposed "quality" - have a look at Forza Horizon for amazing open world Xbox 360 racing grafx. Expand
  7. Jul 16, 2014
    0
    One word...RIPOFF! Icant play this cos i dont have a hard drive! When i did at someone elses house i was appualled! The lighting was bad. TheOne word...RIPOFF! Icant play this cos i dont have a hard drive! When i did at someone elses house i was appualled! The lighting was bad. The hit detecion was super off! I glitched when i was in a race so i flying in the air, the map disappered and when it did a load of cops smashed into be and i got busted! This game is terrible! Expand

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