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  • Summary: Jump behind the wheel of some iconic cars and put the pedal to the metal through Ventura Bay, a sprawling urban playground. Explore overlapping stories as you establish your reputation – and your dream car – and become the top racing icon. Play repeatedly this time, you have five distinctJump behind the wheel of some iconic cars and put the pedal to the metal through Ventura Bay, a sprawling urban playground. Explore overlapping stories as you establish your reputation – and your dream car – and become the top racing icon. Play repeatedly this time, you have five distinct ways to win. Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 30
  2. Negative: 1 out of 30
  1. Nov 3, 2015
    90
    Yes, there are better, more realistic racing experiences on the market, but few titles can match the pure engagement that this year’s Need for Speed offers.
  2. Jan 8, 2016
    80
    Long story short, Forza’s customization is more professional but harder to use, while Need For Speed’s customization lacks in areas and it more suitable for people with less knowledge on cars.
  3. Nov 23, 2015
    70
    Need For Speed is definitely a step in the right direction for the series, at least. With genuinely intelligent AI and the removal of rubber banding, as well as a cleaner lens, the next game from Ghost could well restore Need For Speed to its former glory. At the moment however, it is still unable to catch up to a game released two generations ago.
  4. Nov 3, 2015
    69
    Need for Speed is not a horrible game, but it is definitely not the amazing ‘reboot’ experience I was looking for. Its biggest detractors are the repetitive gameplay, the graphics engine hanging up or stalling at some very inopportune times, and the ‘less than robust’ online modes.
  5. Official Xbox Magazine UK
    Dec 8, 2015
    60
    Disappointing. [Christmas 2015, p.66]
  6. Nov 3, 2015
    60
    There are so many glaring flaws right up front; the framerate bottoms out, the story characters forced upon the players are atrocious and the always online requirement simply eats up bandwidth while adding nothing to the experience. When it hits that perfect line, however, this manages to be a satisfying and beautiful experience.
  7. Nov 3, 2015
    40
    The quality feel of the driving and nice-looking environment are buried under heaps of technical issues and bland objectives.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 56
  2. Negative: 24 out of 56
  1. Nov 3, 2015
    10
    WELCOME BACK ! KING OF RACING GAMES !!
    Ghosts game made it ! great graphics and control.
    The arcade gameplay is very, very fun. I am
    WELCOME BACK ! KING OF RACING GAMES !!
    Ghosts game made it ! great graphics and control.
    The arcade gameplay is very, very fun.
    I am grateful that they have returned to their origins and bring a good car game
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  2. Apr 26, 2016
    8
    All done right with enough space to improve. Obviously there was a lot of spending on the 'story', still it never felt like a story at all.All done right with enough space to improve. Obviously there was a lot of spending on the 'story', still it never felt like a story at all. Not talking about RPG like story, but something like in NFS Underground 2 or at least the original Most Wanted. However, those cutscenes and stuff is just good for the overall feeling. It's just pure arcade-fun. Police is a bit too decent and I would have loved some more neonlights with the tuning :) It happened to me twice that I had to stop playing due to issues with the internet, that sucks. So please change this always online. Expand
  3. Nov 17, 2015
    7
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Need For Speed this game gave me mixed feelings for various reasons so lets get in to this review i'll start with the positives i love the fact you can now tune every aspect of your vehicle from the ride height to how stiff you want the handbrake and even put camber on the wheels although you do have to level up earning rep from various styles of play to unlock all these options this makes a pleasant change from slapping a decal on a car and getting right in to it

    The graphics are another positive the car models look fantastic the view of the city is stunning as well even though its nearly always at night but i'll tackle the day and night cycle in further in to this review

    Live action cut scenes were a nice addition to the game although at times a little cheesy with random fist bumps and a heavy push of the monster energy drink brand but i definitely would not consider them a negative

    Ok so now the negatives to this game lets start with that day and night cycle its 90% night and raining occasionally day comes around and then it switches back to the night again pretty sharpish this can be rather annoying

    The AI still think this is demolition derby and not need for speed in certain events like drift races for example the tiniest bump or scratch makes you lose all your points and the AI especially in drift train events do not consider this and will write you off like you do not matter

    Then there is the good old fashioned need for speed perfectly timed cars and trucks appearing just at the right time when your doing 150+ MPH to write you off this can be frustrating especially in sprint events

    There is also no offline option so you can't really pause this game which can be annoying as hell if your halfway through the race and you have to answer the door or have to pop out at an instant you either have to stick it out or crash basically

    The city feels dead if you feel like you just want to cruise around the city there really isn't any traffic anywhere apart from the odd truck and lonely car where is everybody !!!

    Last but not least the police are pretty non existent i know the aim was to tone it down but its so hard to find the police anywhere especially if your trying to do the outlaw challenges you have to drive around forever find a police car then nudge it to get it to chase you then you have to proceed to do 40MPH until it calls for backup just in case you lose it especially in faster top end cars
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  4. Nov 6, 2015
    5
    Okay, I don't want to be all negative, but list of bad things will be huge.

    Several hours into the game, I am still not enjoying any aspect
    Okay, I don't want to be all negative, but list of bad things will be huge.

    Several hours into the game, I am still not enjoying any aspect of it. Races are not fun, crew members are annoying, car list is not interesting for me (1965 Mustang and that old Volvo and that's it. I need more muscles and classics). I spent first two hours wondering if it's always night here or there's hope for some Sun and nice weather - but there's no hope. So I will spend some more hours and maybe I will find something pleasant in the gameplay, but I'm not sure at the moment.

    Now to the lists of good/bad and lets' start with the good. There's couple of classic/muscle cars, this is nice, but not enough.
    The graphics is good, no doubt.
    Having tuning and customization is a plus. But I'm afraid that's it.

    Now here's what's wrong with this game.
    - Always online is just NOT necessary here. It's okay in GTA Online, for instance, but here it's ridiculous. The only explanation is they really want to have full information on how much people are playing and what they're doing.
    - The city feels dead. Almost to no traffic, always dark, it just feels uncomfortable on those streeets.
    - The racing itself is not intense or interesting in any way. It's just not fun.
    - Live cutscenes are okay to me, but what's the point of them? Why do we need to watch it, why in the world there should be some "storyline" in a racing game? No one cares!
    - Those damned "crew" members calling all the time. ARRGGGGHHHHHHHHHH! They call even when you're in the middle of an event. Seriously? Once again, what's the point of having them in the game? Who gives a damn?
    - Depressing atmosphere. It's always in the night, rainy, dark. Damn, I hate such weather in real life, who would be happy to spend the whole game driving on wet streets under reddish city lights?
    - Blur and shaking effects - that's normal for racing games now, but it's too extensive. Let users to turn that shaking off, it's exhausting for eyes. Vibrating controller is enough for feedback.
    - No pause button. Everyone think it's not okay in solo mode. It's just plain wrong to not have pause button.
    - Most camera positions are not convenient. The best one is the hood cam. All heli cams are too low, the road is hidden by the car and it's hard to race this way. Why there's no cockpit view is also a mystery to me as it always should be in a racing game - it's essential for some part of gamers.
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  5. Mar 10, 2020
    4
    [ ] Perfect
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    [ ] Good [x] Good Bad [ ] Fail Não vejo necessidade em escrever um longo texto analisando sobre uma arte, a
    [ ] Perfect
    [ ] Awesome
    [ ] Good
    [x] Good Bad
    [ ] Fail

    Não vejo necessidade em escrever um longo texto analisando sobre uma arte, a nota é apenas um conselho para saber o quanto ela vale para sua vida.

    I see no need to write a long text analyzing an art, the note is just a piece of advice to know how much it is worth in your life.
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  6. Nov 6, 2015
    2
    A Need For Speed title that requires constant online connection yet lacks a proper multiplayer racing feature. I was prepared for many of theA Need For Speed title that requires constant online connection yet lacks a proper multiplayer racing feature. I was prepared for many of the aspects of the game to be bad or lacking but... this? What a stupid blunder by the game developers. The game also loves to stutter on Xbone, civilian cars randomly disappear all the time, even fully tuned cars rev only till 7k rpm, using handbrake to throw your car sideways can reduce your speed from 200kmh to 0 in less than a second, soundtrack is small and not memorable in the least, rubberbanding AI is a real pain in the ass.. the list goes on and on, I probably forgot half of the problems the game has.

    Worst of all, after 15 or so hours of playing I actually find myself enjoying the game, especially the touge area is really fun to drive. This game could've been so damn good but without actual multiplayer race lobbies the game has hardly any replay value and won't live long :|
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  7. Oct 19, 2018
    0
    wow it´s hard to believe how terrible this game actually is. imagine somebody actually thought this was a good idea? yeah lt them be alwayswow it´s hard to believe how terrible this game actually is. imagine somebody actually thought this was a good idea? yeah lt them be always online even if they wanna play offline. yeah great idea. and how about not beeing able to pause the game even in offline mode so it feels just like beeing online what people obviously want when they choose to play single player. and how about putting an ugly grain filter over everything people love a grainy image. and wouldn´t it be a great idea to hire the worst actors we can find and make them put on some redicoulous soap opera style overacting. on top of that let´s plaster everything with with hashtags yeah that´s so cool these days.
    everything about this game is unappealing and uninviting the world it creats is ugly and cheap and everything seems like it was cooked up in a board meeting vy executives of whom none had actually ever played a game. to be honest i played this pile of rubbish for about ten minutes in which i sat through the awful acting. i couldn´t even finish the first race i finished first and then the others parked there and nothing happened then a timer came up and the race restartet and the same happened again. i paid 5 dollars for this stinking pile of manure on ebay because i heard how terrible it was and wanted to check it for myself. but even that was way too much. just imagine paying full prive for this **** festival. this game is hust a very bad joke
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