Excerpt: Need for Speed Rivals talks a good talk about letting players take on the role of the police or criminals. Problem is I do not feel much like an officer when playing the police in Need for Speed Rivals.
Summary: " Need for Speed: Rivals " had amazing potential, and whilst it’s not wasted, it’s certainly not fully realised. The small player count on each server is pretty much unforgivable on the new platforms, whilst the lack of new event types or proper multiplayer playlists make it feel like (despite being...
Excerpt: Ever since the Need for Speed franchise was put in the very capable hands of Criterion, the games have delivered a very awesome mash-up of NFS and Burnout . Brought to us by a new developer, Ghost Games, comprised of both EA and Criterion members, does Rivals carry on that tradition?
Conclusion: Rivals serves as a refinement of ideas and principles established over the last three years. This can lead to a feeling of sameness bleeding over Rival’s rough edges while also serving as a condensed interpretation of modern Need for Speed.
Summary: Need For Speed: Rivals is an impressive racer held back from true greatness by a couple of issues. The fact that you’ll spend a good deal of time waiting at the loading screen just to join a game is a problem that simply can’t be overlooked.
Excerpt: Need For Speed Rivals finds itself in the unenviable position of being a between-generation game that needs to be good enough to look next gen, but also not be so advanced that a version of it can’t be released for the 360 and PS3.
Need for Speed: Rivals crashes through the wall between solo and multiplayer (review)
22 November 2013
Excerpt: If I were Need For Speed: Rivals right now, I’d be having a serious attack of stage fright. The arcade racer has frequently served as a benchmark for a new console generation’s launch.
Pros: In Need For Speed: Rivals, single-player and multiplayer modes are no longer options separated by a menu tree; they coexist inside the active game. Anything related to starting a driving event takes place on the road among the living, breathing, driving ecosystem, and anyone driving by can join a...
Conclusion: Need for Speed: Rivals is a wholly enjoyable open-world racer. The driving is solid, its streets are a joy to explore, and its racing assignments--though a bit repetitive at times--are incentive enough to keep you coming back for more.
Pros: Absolutely gorgeous, evolving next-gen environments, Redview is replete with both AI and real-life rivals, Some of the slickest controls this side of a Burnout game
Cons: The few reasons you’re given to upgrade your car, Impact damage is dealt haphazardly
Excerpt: The onramp to next-gen could have been messy. Shifting from the steady hand of Criterion Games to a new studio (albeit one headed up by top racing talent), Need for Speed Rivals could've easily taken a wrong turn. But Rivals passes inspection on Xbox One with flying colors.
Pros: + Alldrive excellently mixes single- and multiplayer., + Manages to incorporate many wonderful weapons and items without upsetting the balance.
Cons: - Not much buildup to new objectives or races like in previous, ? Is it just us, or is a garage or safehouse never nearby when we’re about to get wrecked?