Need for Speed Rivals


If real-world physics and accurate car handling are what you are after, then Need for Speed probably isn’t for you. However, if you want arcade style racing with handbrake turns, death-defying jumps and high-speed pursuits, this game will be perfect. When playing pursuit, you can play as either a cop or boy racer using weapons and gadgets such as tyre spikes and EMP electrical pulses to give you the edge over your rivals.

The graphics in N4SR are outstanding. Real weather and lighting dynamics make for a spectacular driving experience, whether the sun is shining in your eyes or visibility is diminished by rain. Online connectivity means that the only time you can relax, peruse the map and pick your next task is when in a safe house. When out on the streets, other online players will ensure that you are kept on your toes by challenging you to head-to-head races or by attempting to ram you off the road if they are playing as a cop.

An obvious omission is the lack of split-screen play, so you can’t play against friends and family at home, but the sophisticated online play makes up for this problem somewhat. Glitches where a race is dropped mid-way through can be annoying, but overall N4SR is a worthy racer for the next generation of consoles.

PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PC
£34.99 – £49.99 (7+)

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