Need for Speed: Rivals - PlayStation 4

Release Date:

29 November 2013

Viewing UK:

Also on USA.


Instead of Hot Pursuit’s, Need for Speed Rivals on the PlayStation 4 weaves a strange and disturbing story about a racer who is basically an anarchist and a cop, who sounds like he just wants to murder every single racer on the road as he goes about his business.

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Technical Information

  • Required Disk Space:
    • 14.8GB Minimum
  • Supported Video Output:
    • 1080p
  • Game Format:
    • Blu-ray Disk
  • DualShock Compatible:
    • DualShock 4
  • Average Playing Time:
    • 30 Hours
  • Remote Play:
    • Supported
  • Engine:
    • Frostbite 3
  • Number of Car(s):
    • 24
  • Number of Cop Car(s):
    • 25
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The 'Need for Speed' series has been gaining ground since its inception as one of the most fascinating vehicular based video games of all time. The latest entry, 'Need for Speed Rivals' on the PlayStation 4, was developed by the guys over at Ghost Games. Ghost Games is a rebranded form of the company EA Gothburg, whose employees have primarily been involved with 'Forza Horizon' and 'Project Gotham Racing'. 'Rivals' was published by Electronic Arts and it made its debut for the Xbox One and PS4 just this past year. We fell in love with the 'NFS' series and its shot in the arm of adrenaline a long time ago, so we couldn't wait to dig in and see what this game offered us.

The latest entry in the series puts you in the position to choose how you really experience the heart of the game. For the first time in a long time we get to take on the role of either a police officer or a street racer. The choice is up to you but be aware that whatever story you choose to follow, it will be unique and different from the other. This doubles down the time you can spend playing the game but it also limits your experience the first time you play through.

If you choose to follow as the street racer then you will drop into the body of a man by the name of Zephyr. Zephyr is a street wizened racer who makes a living maneuvering in illegal races. He's flashy and regularly puts his races on the internet. Eventually other street racers mimic what Zephyr is doing and soon there's a huge portion of the race world directly challenging police officers. The police play it cool at first, choosing to race as well until an officer by the name of McManis ends up injuring himself in a wreck. The police crack down hard and get abusive with their power, eventually causing a public scandal. The FBI brings in their special team and the story ramps up from there.

If you choose to follow the storyline as the police officer than your experience will be dramatically different. You start off this mode training to become an officer for the Redview County Police Department. Once done with that you will progress and watch a few street races thta end up going viral. Once your co-worker, John McManis, gets injured the entire force is sidelined while the FBI takes control. At this point your character, who is not named, decides that he has to take down street racing on the inside. So he impersonates a street racer by grabbing an impounded Enzo Ferrari. Through your incredible racing abilities you will eventually be recruited by the FBI's specialized team, the VRT. Eventually you will be tasked with taking down Zephyr.

As you can see there are two very different experiences to be had here depending on which way you want to go and the PS4 capably accommodates both experiences. Now looking past just the story aspect of the game we can dig into the gameplay mechanics. For longtime veterans of the series there is no need to read this next paragraph. Those looking to get into the franchise for the first time should take a little bit of notice.

The core of the game features you racing at tremendously high speeds as either a police officer or an illegal street racer. No matter which side you choose the actual racing element will handle similarly. You have a plethora of different cars to choose from, ranging from exotic cars all the way to the laughably humble. Controls are pretty simple in that you will want to keep your foot on the gas while learning how to drift around corners. There are some added gadgets that change the way you play during the game. You can upgrade them as you progress. Some of the most interesting additions include the EMP and the ability to call in police roadblocks while in pursuit of a criminal.

You aren't constrained to race levels, as is typical of many last generation racing experience, because you have the open world of Redview County to traverse across. The county itself is about 100 miles of open road and much more sizable than the playable area in 'Most Wanted'. The map itself is wonderful for keeping you on the straight and narrow but there are hidden unlockable cars, speed traps, and special shortcuts that you can only find by going in blind.

Many people grow weary of racing games due to the fact that they are rather repetitious once you actually get to racing. The developers did a great job in creating depth for players. There is a full progression based career mode for both cop and street racer. As a police officer you can become a patrolman, an enforcer, or an undercover cop. In order to progress into these different assignments you have to accomplish a set of dangerous objectives that will test your skill and your luck. The same set of standards and progression levels exist for the racers as well.

One of our favorite ways to keep the game fresh was by always touching up our ride. You always have the option to bring your vehicle into the garage to update and customize. You can add decals, change the paint job, edit your rims, and even change what your license plate is. Of course there are actual, technical, upgrades as well but those aren't nearly as fun to look at while you are in the game.

We were really impressed by the way that the game was presented to us as well. 'Need for Speed Rivals' really utilizes the next gen power of the PS4 to put out as pretty a product as possible. The cars look downright excellent and the music and atmospheric sounds really sell the feeling of speed. We really loved how the game played for us despite the fact that it was a minor upgrade over the prior entries.

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