Need for Speed reviews round up

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Need for Speed is back! After a year’s hiatus, EA’s annual racer is back, doing all it can to bring the series back to the flashy, street racing roots of one of its most successful and beloved series; Underground. With car customisation, night racing and cheesy Full Motion video, it should do just that right? Perhaps not. Here’s what critics think of the latest Need for Speed.

Gamespot – 8/10

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The game is far from perfect, but it is, at points, truly exceptional. Its jaw-dropping visuals, adrenaline-pumping audio, and highly-customizable handling make screaming around the darkened streets of Ventura Bay an intense thrill. The sense of ownership that comes with tuning a single ride to perfection rather than simply grabbing the flashiest vehicle available proved tremendously rewarding. Even just the breathtaking speed of upgraded vehicles makes the driving in Need For Speed absolutely gripping. This foundation of gratifying gameplay anchors the experience, while the rest of Need For Speed’s specifics run the gamut from equally outstanding to smash-your-controller frustrating.

Videogamer – 5/10

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So, in a roundabout (none of those in this game) way, Need For Speed is a success. It does exactly what it sets out to do. But what it sets out to do is boring, bland, unimaginative and thoroughly dull. It’s sometimes fun, very pretty, and enables you to plaster stickers of dogs all over your newly-pink Mustang, and it’s riddled with great ideas like the fine online challenges with friends and enemies alike, annoying connectivity issues aside. But it meanders, settling on a rhythm that can only be described as ‘safe’, not pushing the player to be anything other than adequate.

IGN – 6.3/10

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Need for Speed looks the part, sounds the part, and is surprisingly reverent to real-world car culture. I like the direction Ghost has taken here, and I think it’s the right one, but beneath its flashy exterior it’s not quite firing on all cylinders.

USgamer – 4.5/5

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Need for Speed returns to its urban car culture roots with a gorgeous-looking, very well designed game that offers five different racing styles to tackle – and a bevy of interesting cars to modify and make your own. Its story is a lot of fun, and it’s set in an impressively large environment that is very enjoyable to drive around. A great arcade racer that’s both challenging and addictive.

God is a geek – 6.5/10

NFS_7

It’s a perfectly serviceable racer with great looks (which is expected from racers nowadays), plenty of customisation options, and passable driving, but it’s a real shame that latest reboot of this franchise had the hallmarks of the greats in the series’ past and could have been truly special. While it’s not bad by any means, it’s just plain old “decent”, and that’s not really enough with the competition out there.

The biggest drawbacks appear to be its always online nonsense (when will EA learn?) and that it’s just playing it safe. If you love Need for Speed’s brand of arcade racing, you may get a kick out of it, but it’s nowhere near revolutionary. We’ll have our own review soon.

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Last Updated: November 3, 2015

Geoffrey Tim

Editor. I’m old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time – they were capable of being masterpieces. I’m here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.

  • (Umar) Must be Cipher

    Not looking for the next big racer. Just want a racing game with some awesome customization options. Looking forward to this…

    • Me the same, atleast that part of the game works I guess

    • Nikola

      Me too dude, quite excited to customize my cars make them my own:)

    • HairyEwok

      I’ve always loved grand Turismo. Literally I think Grand Turismo will be the best racing game ever if you have the gameplay of GT with the customizing of NFS.

  • WitWolfy

    Eish… I knew the online DRM was gonna kill the score? I for one wasn’t planning on getting this anyways… DriveClub, Project Cars and Forza 4 is all I need…

    • Greylingad[CNFRMD]

      Project Cars FTW!

  • Hammersteyn

    • Sean Carbutt

      Damm,that’s gonna leave a scar

      • Hammersteyn

        They said the bridge was okay

  • Sean Carbutt

    Well it’s EA? MMhh. NFS lost the plot a long time ago, somewhere around the Most Wanted and Underground games. Will give this one a miss and wait for Gran Turismo. Will probably be on pension when GT comes out. LOL

  • Alien Emperor Trevor

    Need for Average Speed.

    • Think I will give them a fine for going to slow

  • Hammersteyn

    Always online because (and now I’m quoting Old Tweets):
    “More variety and a more rewarding experience with friends”
    “To deliver the best experience possible and make playing with friends more rewarding, an online connection will be required”
    MORE REWARDING
    MORE REWARDING
    MORE REWARDING

    Bloody idiots!

    • WitWolfy

      Translated from a EA bullshit detector…

      “MORE REWARDING
      MORE REWARDING
      MORE REWARDING”

      ….

      Complete:

      NO TRADE IN VALUE
      SHORT TERM SUPPORT
      CONSTANT DISCONNECTION FROM SERVERS DUE TO A INFERIOR INFRASTRUCTURE

      • Hammersteyn

        I sincerely hope they learned their lesson from SimCity else there will be a shitstorm unleashed

        • WitWolfy

          I dunno… I think they’re gonna keep doing this until every potential studio they bought has been closed down for not making a profit. RIP Ghost…

        • Rock789

          They do this with Mass Effect… And there will be a literal sh#tstorm heading their way!

          • WitWolfy

            They didnt do it with Dragon Age.. But you never know…

          • Rock789

            Exactly… You never know… Hopefully Bioware have enough influence to keep them at bay.

  • VampyreSquirrel

    Those reviews are all over the place and that saddens me. Was hoping this game would be great.

    • I was too 🙁

      I don’t care about simulator racing, I like fun racing.

      • CypherGate

        m sure the game is very good. I just honestly think they nitpicking on some unnecessary stuff like the whole ‘playing it safe’ comment. Some reviewers are just asses. Check the game out for yourself. Thats what im going to do.

    • CypherGate

      Im sure the game is very good. I just honestly think they nitpicking on some unnecessary stuff like the whole ‘playing it safe’ comment. I mean first they try and re-invent NFS and people complained that its not the same etc etc for years. Now that they went back to the underground formula, most wanted and carbon now they complain they played it safe. This game will be good. Sure the always online thing is shit (they will never learn), but overall the game must be good for a reboot. The sequel will address some stuff and even add features NFS never had before. It will get better cause this is a good start either way.

      • VampyreSquirrel

        Well said.

  • Greylingad[CNFRMD]

    So USGamer and Gamespot got their cheques right? I fell asleep during the first 5 minutes of watching the first 20 minutes of NFS… Not to say it’s boring or anything, it was simply not exciting…

    • Hammersteyn

      BUT IT CAN HAZ CUSTERMIZATION

      • Alien Emperor Trevor

        • Greylingad[CNFRMD]

          HAHAHA!!! There is a large amount of death in that cats eyes!

          • O Christmas tree O Christmas tree, your ornaments are history!

          • Greylingad[CNFRMD]

            HAHAHA!!!

          • Hammersteyn

            XD

      • Greylingad[CNFRMD]

        HAHAHA!!! I love how the customisation goes to the length of handling and stickers, but still no manual gearbox….

        • Hammersteyn

          Or…… brace yourself…………..

          No
          cockpit
          view.

          • Greylingad[CNFRMD]

            NOOOOO!!!!!

            At least there is a bumper view…So they tried…

          • Hammersteyn

            Hopefully you can customize the back window with those family stickers. Mom, dad, five kids, eight dogs, three cats and grandma buried in the ground

          • Greylingad[CNFRMD]

            HAHAHA!! Aah man, I can see it already, psycho dad with a spade, killer mom with a shopping cart full of guns and poor old granny, who went out with a bang…those stickers… I saw a lady with one sticker representing her and something like 6 or 7 animals all around…

          • Nikola

            Honestly cockpit view is pointless in this game, you are going to customize the shit out of your car spend hours to get it looking right to have the in car camera???

          • I usually spent and hour making the perfect character in an MMO , only to put a helmet on his/her head 5 min later xD

          • Nikola

            hahah to be honest I do the exact same thing lol

          • Greylingad[CNFRMD]

            Yes! Of course, it’s not like you buy a supercar so that your friend could drive it?

          • Hammersteyn

            That’s like saying manual transmission is pointless too. Because only casuals play racing games. Well maybe I want to see the rev counter run into the red on the dashboard as I do burnouts.

          • Nikola

            Manual Transmission I understand why people complain about with a game that focuses so much on engine customization it should have been there 100%. Cockpit view just no…

          • Greylingad[CNFRMD]

            I remember playing a game years ago, where the only different view setting you had was how far your seat is away from the steering wheel…Given that it was a bloody good racing sim, it didn’t cater for arcade style racing…not in the least bit…

  • Greylingad[CNFRMD]

    It’s quite sad to see a game franchise that inspired hundreds of other games not making headway, of course NFS is an arcade racer, but it has been the benchmark of it, everyone has played it, at least once, but it just goes to show that Vinals and screeching tyres don’t always make a game all that good…Especially not with cheesy cutscenes…

  • Nikola

    I am still excited for the game I think I will have a lot of fun with it, been craving a arcade racer with deep customazation! Only thing that bothers me personally is the always online because this type of game REALLY doesn’t have to be online unlike games like Destiny and Division for example who are built around online plan this should have been an offline game!

    • Hammersteyn

      bye bye data.

      • Nikola

        hahaha nah:) It should not use a lot of data, it’s not Destiny haha which is just ridiculous data hungry:) My bro played BF4 yesterday I think almost all day online wasted like 100MB

        • Hammersteyn

          O_o Destiny uses more than that in an hour

      • Jonah Cash

        I have an insane amount of data since I stopped playing Destiny. Even considering using my free year Unotelly sub win O_o

        • My unused Vox data keeps carrying over every month, It is now capped at 2 Terabyte. Maybe I shall give this destiny a shot xD

          • Jonah Cash

            That is insane O_O
            I don’t think Destiny alone will sort out that amount of data! You might have to start up a piracy business model or something…. hahahaha

          • And I download so much damn Anime every month. I was worried I was gonna run out when I switched from uncapped to capped due to throttling irritations.

    • CypherGate

      m sure the game is very good. I just honestly think they nitpicking on some unnecessary stuff like the whole ‘playing it safe’ comment. I mean first they try and re-invent NFS and people complained that its not the same etc etc for years. Now that they went back to the underground formula, most wanted and carbon now they complain they played it safe. This game will be good. Sure the always online thing is shit (they will never learn), but overall the game must be good for a reboot. The sequel will address some stuff and even add features NFS never had before. It will get better cause this is a good start either way.

  • SmurFyZA

    Sigh… These reviews mess with my head. I was really hoping the game would be good. Those that played the beta have given positive feedback and the luckers with EA access are enjoying it. Maybe IGN and Videogamer are just salty?

    • CypherGate

      The game is very good. I just honestly think they nitpicking on some unnecessary stuff like the whole ‘playing it safe’ comment. I mean first they try and re-invent NFS and people complained that its not the same etc etc for years. Now that they went back to the underground formula, most wanted and carbon now they complain they played it safe. This game will be good. Sure the always online thing is shit (they will never learn), but overall the game must be good for a reboot. The sequel will address some stuff and even add features NFS never had before. It will get better cause this is a good start either way.

      • SmurFyZA

        Thanks for this. Am I the only one that doesn’t get why reviewers complain about the always online decision? I mean almost everyone has internet these days and consoles/games require internet for updates etc.

        • CypherGate

          Yeah true. I think they have an issue with the fact that should your ADSL go down you wont have any other way to play your game until your your ADSL gets reconnected. Which does kinda suck though.

          • SmurFyZA

            Well in that case then I guess the reviewers do have South Africa in mind. This will literally never be an issue for USA or EU 🙂

          • CypherGate

            Yeah exactly. Funny that they complaining about the always online. WE should be complaining lol

  • Rock789

    Knew it… I flippin’ knew it!! Ruined… :'(

    • CypherGate

      Im sure the game is very good. I just honestly think they nitpicking on some unnecessary stuff like the whole ‘playing it safe’ comment. I mean first they try and re-invent NFS and people complained that its not the same etc etc for years. Now that they went back to the underground formula, most wanted and carbon now they complain they played it safe. This game will be good. Sure the always online thing is shit (they will never learn), but overall the game must be good for a reboot. The sequel will address some stuff and even add features NFS never had before. It will get better cause this is a good start either way.

      • Rock789

        Agreed. And the customisation looks, honestly, amazing! But from what I’m reading in the reviews available so far, it’s not that they played it safe that’s the issue… It’s that it’s online only (which all agree is completely unnecessary and actually hinders more than anything due to connectivity issues) and that if you peel away the pretty graphics, it’s pretty bland… Very vanilla gameplay.

        Completely see where you’re coming from (and agree with the whole “complain for the sake of complaining” issue). And hey, I may give it a go one day, when I’m wanting a new racing game (at least one I haven’t tried yet) and it’s really cheap… But that day ain’t anytime soon. Would rather stick with Forza and Project Cars for the my racing buzz (and a little F1 2015).

        • CypherGate

          Forza is lightyears ahead of NFS and Project Cars (Even though this is more simulation based than arcade like NFS) I agree the always online bit is totally unnecessary as well. Yeah the customisation is deep and looks very satisfying. The base gameplay might be bland, but then again NFS never really pushed boundaries in that department. I noticed lately how expensive the console games are. Its scary. I think games are great, but I dont see myself paying R900 a game. Thats just wrong. No matter how good a game is R900 is just crazy. To make things worse if the game is shit and they charge R900. I think NFS would cost around R799 which is simply crazy. These console games should be max R500, but yeah. Pricing is a whole other story. I got side tracked lol

          • Rock789

            Lol… Same here – don’t get me started on pricing. 🙂

  • CypherGate

    Honestly now. First they stray way off the path and people complain. Then they go ‘back to basics’ with what made NFS very popular and then they complain that they playing it safe? seriously? I think people complain WAY too much over the smallest of things. The formula works. They can improve on it for sure, but to basically list playing it safe as a negative thing is a bit silly in my books. What happened to the whole if it aint broke?

  • Lardus-For the Emperor!

    Always online and no “real man” transmission? We need a GamingCins channel like we have CinemaSins…those two things alone would add enough sins that our Honourable Number 1 Leader would not be able to pronounce the figure!

    • Lardus-For the Emperor!

      • Hammersteyn

        hehehee

  • Ray

    My gripe with all the NFS titles after pro street was that the actual racing didn’t feel “solid” enough, almost like the cars didn’t have any actual weight to them. Felt more like Burnout game (for obvious reasons). If the actual driving feel is fine and there’s enough challenge then I might consider this

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