Need For Speed Payback has a stunning car library

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In a year where a new Forza Motorsport was hobbled by microtransactions, Gran Turismo Sport failed to live up to its own standards and Project CARS 2 was uneven at best, Need For Speed might have the perfect chance to overtake the competition and emerge as one of the best racing games of recent memory. 2015’s Need For Speed revival from developer Ghost Games may not have been perfect on launch, but a few patches down the line resulted in this reboot having plenty of horses under its hood.

Especially when your crew of Fast ‘n Furious crew rejects stopped calling you all the f***ing time. Especially then.

Having wisely chosen to give the Need For Speed franchise a biannual berth instead of forcing a new title down player throats every year, EA’s series races back into contention with a new look and attitude on November 10. Need For Speed Payback is the name of the game, and it has a selection of cars which hum with the kind of V8 growling that you’d expect when you’re digitally throwing fingers at cops. Take a gander here, via Autoblog, at the selection of cars on show:

  1. 2017 Acura NSX
  2. Acura RSX-S
  3. Aston Martin DB11
  4. Aston Martin Vulcan
  5. Audi R8 V10 Plus
  6. Audi S5 Sportback
  7. BMW M2
  8. BMW M3 E46
  9. BMW M3 E92
  10. BMW M4 GTS
  11. BMW M5
  12. BMW X6 M
  13. Buick GNX
  14. Chevrolet Bel Air
  15. Chevrolet C10
  16. Chevrolet Camaro SS
  17. Chevrolet Camaro Z28
  18. Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport
  19. Chevrolet Corvette Z06
  20. Dodge Challenger SRT8
  21. 1969 Dodge Charger
  22. Dodge (SRT) Viper
  23. Ford F-150 Raptor
  24. Ford Focus RS
  25. Ford Mustang
  26. Ford Mustang Boss 302
  27. Ford Mustang GT
  28. ‘32 Ford
  29. Beck Customs ‘32 Ford
  30. Honda Civic Type R EK
  31. Honda Civic Type R FK2
  32. Honda NSX Type R
  33. Honda S2000
  34. Jaguar F-Type R
  35. Koenigsegg Regera
  36. Lamborghini Aventador
  37. Lamborghini Diablo SV
  38. Lamborghini Huracan
  39. Lamborghini Murciélago LP 670-4
  40. Land Rover Defender 110
  41. Lotus Exige S
  42. Mazda MX-5 Miata NA
  43. Mazda MX-5 Miata ND
  44. Mazda RX-7 Spirit R
  45. McLaren 570S
  46. McLaren P1
  47. Mercedes-AMG A45
  48. Mercedes-AMG G63
  49. Mercedes-AMG GT
  50. Mercury Cougar
  51. Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IX
  52. Nissan 180SX Type X
  53. Nissan 350Z
  54. Nissan Fairlady 240ZG
  55. Nissan GT-R Premium
  56. Nissan Silvia S15 Spec-R Aero
  57. Nissan Skyline 2000 GT-R
  58. Nissan Skyline GT-R R32 V-Spec
  59. Nissan Skyline GT-R R34 V-Spec
  60. Pagani Huayra BC
  61. Plymouth Barracuda
  62. Porsche 911 Carrera S 991
  63. Porsche 911 Carrera S 993
  64. Porsche 911 GT3 RS 991
  65. Porsche 911 RSR 2.8
  66. Porsche 918 Spyder
  67. Porsche Panamera Turbo
  68. Subaru BRZ
  69. Subaru Impreza WRX STI
  70. Volkswagen Beetle
  71. Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport
  72. Volkswagen Golf GTI
  73. Volvo 242DL
  74. Volvo Amazon P130
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Wait, 74 cars? What is this? A CAR LIBRARY FOR ANTS? Jokes aside, that’s a  damn nice selection of vehicles. Less is more in a game like Need For Speed Payback, especially when the emphasis is on escaping quickly and in style. While I’m happy to see brands like Lamborghini, McLaren and Mitsubishi on that list, I have a feeling that I’m going to be spending some time with the hottest of hatchbacks: The always-reliable Volkswagen Golf GTI.

What do you think? A solid list, or is it missing a few contenders for when you play Smokey and the Bandit 2K17?

Last Updated: October 30, 2017

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  • Magoo

    Beetle: yes.
    Aston Martin DB11: yes.
    Ford GT: ..no 🙁

    A good selection nonetheless.

  • Hammersteyn

    Land Rover Defender? Wtf?

    • Admiral Chief

      Dey be rollin’

  • Admiral Chief

    GEE
    TEE
    EYE

  • How is there no Ford GT?? WTF?

  • MonsterCheddar

    Sales for this game probably peaks stukkend in the East Rand.

  • Gr8_Balls_o_Fire

    If the handling doesn’t even remotely resemble the cars then it’s meaningless.

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