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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: 13 out of 18
  2. Negative: 0 out of 18
  1. Dec 5, 2013
    90
    Rivals is an arcade racer through and through. Despite the near-photorealistic graphics, action is as over-the-top and arcade-y as it comes. You’ll deploy awesome Bond-like gadgets to give yourself an edge, put your car into perfect drifts simply by tapping a button, go faster than any sane person would go and make a laughingstock of the laws of physics.
  2. Mar 31, 2014
    85
    The bottom line on Need for Speed Rivals for the Xbox One is that it's a gorgeous world that is pushing the hardware to its limit. Gameplay, however, is as close to the same as its Xbox 360 predecessor. For those who have the Xbox 360 version, it isn't a must buy.
  3. Nov 20, 2013
    80
    It has some of the best car chases around, and they’ve never looked so chaotically beautiful as they do on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.
  4. Dec 24, 2013
    80
    Rivals has managed to slip neatly into the middle ground between hardcore and arcade, offering brilliant gameplay mechanics and shameless thrills.
  5. Nov 27, 2013
    79
    Rivals is a solid racing game. It doesn't matter if you just want to finish the campaign, level up or compete with your friends, you won't be able to drop the controller. On the other hand, AllDrive is a great feature that takes the whole experience to a complete new level.
  6. Dec 9, 2013
    70
    NFS Rivals presents some good ideas, with a good enemy AI and bright visuals, but it gets partially ruined by an unstable frame rate and a general sense of repetitiveness in the game structure.
  7. Dec 16, 2013
    58
    Rivals does a great job of proving its worth when all the gears are turning, but with the rate its gears fall out of sync, it's tough to call it a solid step forward for NFS.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 32
  2. Negative: 15 out of 32
  1. Dec 11, 2015
    10
    I find this game interesting because I enjoyed how you can change from police to racer. The graphics on this game is very good because youI find this game interesting because I enjoyed how you can change from police to racer. The graphics on this game is very good because you can see what the objects are in the game. I enjoy this game more than test drive unlimited 2 and call of duty. This game brings more fun and you can play on-line multilayer with another friend. Expand
  2. Nov 19, 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 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.
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  3. Dec 6, 2013
    8
    I invite anyone playing Rivals on the XOne to add me

    Gtag: Auradin On to the review It's a great game, although anyone can certainly
    I invite anyone playing Rivals on the XOne to add me

    Gtag: Auradin

    On to the review

    It's a great game, although anyone can certainly realize that this game is an attempt to capitalize on the release date push back of Drive Club for gamers on PS4.

    As far as the Xone is concerned this multi-platform title currently suffers from a few minor hitches that prevent the game from realizing its full potential. That & the current competition against Forza might drive a split player base as far as this particular launch title is concerned.

    As is the norm for most racing games in the 21st century you will NOT see your average daily a&b cars in this game. The game is focused on the fastest models available to the Need For Speed community. There is a planned release for "traffic cars" that will be added as playable cars (such as the Cobalt SS and VW Mk6), but this won't be until closer to Christmas.

    Although this might deter some as the implementation of compact coupes (in Most Wanted/Carbon/Most Wanted 2012) is one of the highlights of those series of games. Rivals retains the old school Hot Pursuit style racing formula while attempting to expand on other elements in the most wanted series, while simultaneously providing seamless multi-player transition racing and an (albeit small) free roam map.

    While the multi-player concepts that drive the game and its world, this is also ultimately it's downfall. Currently the only issue I have experienced so far is finding other racers within the game itself. This makes for a very degrading experience considering that the game was created as an Online title.

    Aside from what is mentioned above this is a great title if you aren't after the simulation style of driving that Forza currently offers for the Xbox One.

    Although Need for Speed Rivals isn't a particular milestone that has any relevant features that set it apart from most Need for Speed titles already out, it is a good staple in the next generation multi-platform venue and a great launch title to hold players over until another GRID or BURNOUT game appears.
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  4. Sep 7, 2014
    5
    a quite sum up for this is - beautiful but boring as f**k. i turnt it on it was great to look at it but its so bloody boring, its the samea quite sum up for this is - beautiful but boring as f**k. i turnt it on it was great to look at it but its so bloody boring, its the same rubbis over and over again, once youve played 5 minutes thats it you haved done the game. you drive round the same boring map doing the same boring activities. and there isnt any variation if you pick cops or racers, its the same crap. being a cop you drive round the map over and over again chasing people and if your a racer you do the same crap chasing away from cops. 5/10 Expand
  5. Jan 13, 2018
    4
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Ich mache es so kurz wie nur möglich !
    Need for Speed Rivals versucht ein Hot Pursuit zusein, scheitert dabei aber kläglich.
    Die Story findet keinen Höhepunkt und pro Seite [Racer oder Polizei] gibt es gerade einmal 3 Events zwischen denen man auswählen kann.
    Im Grunde unterscheiden sich beide Seiten nicht wirklich.
    Die Grafik ist hübsch anzusehen, wird aber leider von Pop-Ups und Bugs sowie dem dauerhaften Regentropfeneffekt auf dem Auto runtergezogen.
    Die KI der Racer ist schlecht, die KI der Polizeistreifen hingegen ist grauenvoll, man wird von den eigenen Leuten angefahren und zerstört, ab und zu spawnt ein Auto der anderen Partei auf einem drauf oder direkt vor einem.
    Die Welt ist relativ groß und hat schöne Sehenswürdigkeiten, die man aber nicht besuchen muss weil das erkunden der Welt absolut garnichts bringt.
    Die Kollisionsabfrage beim fahren ist auch nicht wirklich gut, manche Laternen gehen kaputt, andere zerstören dich, manche Zäune gehen kaputt, an anderen zerschellt man.
    Wenn man dann doch mal zerstört wird kann es sein das einem das System in die falsche Richtung spawnt, oder direkt wieder vor einer Wand, sodass man gleich wieder zerstört wird, oder aber man kann ewig nicht fahren und die Polizei nimmt einen gefangen, das stört natürlich wenn man schon 300000SP auf dem Konto hat und dieses Geld gerade übertragen will ...
    Mit Fandungsstufe 10 kann man sich keinen Meter mehr bewegen, auch allgemein fahren schon viel zu viel Polizisten Streife.
    Alles in allem ein Titel den man sich im Sale gönnen kann, oder man nutzt das EA Access Programm und spielt den Titel für 4€ im Monat durch, mehr ist er nicht wert !
    Wer also Lust auf ein Rennspiel hat, sollte alternativ einen anderen Titel spielen.

    [This rewiev is written in German language]
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  6. Nov 2, 2015
    2
    I cannot put into words how annoying this game is, from being started facing backwards in a race, to not being able to leave online and havingI cannot put into words how annoying this game is, from being started facing backwards in a race, to not being able to leave online and having online players get in the way of sprints, everything annoyed me from start to finish. Played it for about 2 hours and never ever will I play it again. Please, for your sake, do not buy this, get Forza...any of them! This gets 2 out of 10 just for looking ok. Expand
  7. Dec 28, 2013
    0
    I started the race for career it save up to rank 9 I beat the game I was at rank 21 I took the game out next time I put it back in it put meI started the race for career it save up to rank 9 I beat the game I was at rank 21 I took the game out next time I put it back in it put me back at rank 9 and all the cars I unlocked was put back too and all the races I beat was put back too and the one car I put points in to was gone Expand

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