Conclusion: Rivals serves as a refinement of ideas and principles established over the last three iterations of Need for Speed. This can lead to a feeling of sameness bleeding over Rival’s rough edges while also serving as a condensed interpretation of the series’ better ideas. In this regard Rivals acts as a natural step forward, lessons learned and amended properly.
Excerpt: Keep your hands at 10 and 2. [ Xbox One Update : I finally got my hands on Need For Speed Rivals for Microsoft's next-gen hardware. I don't have a very large display, so I honestly can't tell the difference between PS4 and Xbox One versions, other than a bunch of friends on one platform and a bunch of friends on another platform. Both controllers feel comfortable in my hands and the triggers have a nice sense of push back.
Race as or against the police in this arcade driving game.
Common Sense Media
25 October 2013
Summary: Parents need to know that Need For Speed Rivals is an arcade driving game that lets you play as a street-racing gang or the police in an attempt to outrace their rivals. There are realistic crashes, which you can initiate, along with weapons such as spikes and pulse blasts. Gamers who play online might hear inappropriate language.
Summary: Need for Speed Rivals is a fun game, however the open-world racing genre still needs to be refined, especially with the limit of 6-players. Nonetheless, the gameplay is sturdy, graphics detailed but the multiplayer definitely needs some work.
Excerpt: Before we talk about Need for Speed: Rivals, let just take a look at brief history of this long running racing franchise. The series was started way back in 1994, and Need for Speed: Rivals is the Twentieth title in the series, so developer Ghosts Game had clear instruction from publisher Electronic Arts, do whatever you can but keep franchise fresh and new with Need for Speed: Rivals, and so the creative mind at Ghosts Game came with new cars, new maps, new challenges,...
Conclusion: So if it’s the duck nuts, ko-zee-ii, what’s with the “8.5” down the bottom, you might be thinking. Well there were a few potholes which got in the way of the silky smooth ride I was hoping for. Your hideouts, and I understand that by definition this is what they are, are a little too hard to find the entrance to on the fly. When you’ve got a slew of Five-0 on your tail the last thing you want to do is pussyfoot around.
Pros: Fiendishly addictive, Challenging at the highest levels, Frostbite 3 destruction, ShockRamming mofos, Branching mission paths, Instant event transitions
Cons: Hideouts too hidey, Disappearing pursuits, Douchey campaigns