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Submitted by StartWars 407d ago | opinion piece

Need for Speed Rivals: a series deja vu?

VVV: "Rivals is shaping up to be a game developed in direct response to the criticisms aimed at Most Wanted. Bring back police chases where you get to command the cops? Check. More in-depth customisation? Check. Finally feature Ferrari for the first time in 11 years? Check and mate. Slap on some next-generation make up in the form of Frostbite 3, and you have a ready-made Need for Speed title to showcase the new consoles conveniently in time to fill EA's annually reserved parking space in November." (E3, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One)

GentlemenRUs  +   407d ago
Would have preferred something along the lines as Underground2 but... Ah well...
Blankolf  +   407d ago
EA needs to look into the past, much like SONY did, and look what's wrong, we all love racing and adrenaline games (hence the cops vs robbers feature success) but we need something to keeps us pushing.

Despite the sexualism of having a hot chick into a racing game, I think it would add to the game but only if they also added a decent STORY, all the racing types and tracks are cool but after you repeat them you need something to inject more adrenaline and risk based missions, and a story is the perfect solution.

Need for Speed original Most Wanted had success because of this, despite not being one of the most incredible story, it feed on the hatred for the #1 blacklist for stealing your car (if I remember correctly) and that driven the player to keep pushing and feeling rewarded the more he pushed.

Story has to be included to the franchises formula or else, after 3 hours of gaming every race type and you will feel saturated.
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Enigma_2099  +   407d ago
Can I have another Hot Pursuit... that doesn't feel so much like a Burnout game?
BuffMordecai  +   407d ago
I bet this still won't have split-screen, DAMN YOU EA! Codemasters now includes it in their games.
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csreynolds  +   407d ago
The easiest way to sum up NFS: Rivals (from what I've seen and read) is Hot Pursuit 2010 + Most Wanted 2013, with bits of Burnout and Most Wanted 2005 thrown in for good measure. Yes, in many ways deja vu is a strong feeling, but NFS:R looks to incorporate the best bits of said games - customisation, open world, the ability to impulsively race other racers while cruising the roads, police chases etc.

I do wish Ghost/Criterion would've come up with something a little more imaginative, but I have a feeling this will be a fitting title for NFS fans that'll feel as different and it will familiar.
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Enigma_2099  +   406d ago
Isn't it sad that we have to get the Burnout guys to show EA how to do a NFS game?
csreynolds  +   406d ago
In a way, yes, it is. That said, letting Criterion in on the NFS series has been beneficial for us, the gamers. NFS: Hot Pursuit 2010 was critically acclaimed, and last year's Most Wanted also did really well, whereas the same cannot be said for the likes of Undercover and Carbon.

Going back to my earlier point, I do think it's time to switch things up a bit. When you look at what Ubisoft is offering with The Crew (which looks amazing to me), you can't help but wonder how Rivals 2013 is going to compare...
Enigma_2099  +   404d ago
@csreynolds

Simple... by giving fans the NFS game they've been wanting for so long

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