The latest Need For Speed went back to its roots, maybe it should stay there.

At first I wasn’t very optimistic about this game, don’t get me wrong I didn’t give up on the series I just didn’t think the developers wanted to create a game for the fans, until I heard that the developers wanted to go back to the roots. This was their chance to make Need for speed fun again. The need for speeds series where known for their awesome customizations  and fast and furious like stories. When I started the game I smiled because people told me that the actors where horrible, but I didn’t see the horribleness in it, this reminded me of the old-school games where they used real actors to tell a story not all great but guys come on we just want to tune the car. Need for Speed is an open world racing video game developed by Ghost Games and published by Electronic Arts, released for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in November 2015, and to be released for Microsoft Windows in 2016. It is the twenty-second installment in the long-running Need for Speed series, and was a full reboot of the franchise. It marks the series’ second eighth generation installment, and was the first Need for Speed title to only be on eight generation hardware. It marks the franchise’s first return to the import scene and tuner culture focus since the release of 2010’s Need for Speed: World.



The story revolves around the player and a small ragtag group of racers waiting to be noticed by any of the game’s five icons, all of them being real-world motorsport and street racing figures. Spike (Adam Long) wants to impress Magnus Walker, Amy (Faye Marsay) wants to impress Akira Nakai, Robyn (Christina Wolfe) wants to impress Risky Devil, Manu (Howard Charles) wants to impress Ken Block, and Travis (Leo Gregory) wants to impress Shinichi Morohoshi. As the game progresses, the player earns money and reputation among the other drivers and people he meets along the way. Once the player defeats Magnus Walker however, a cutscene appears making Spike jealous and angry saying that the player got the chance before Spike did. After this, Spike gets over it because of Travis saying to him that if one of them gets noticed, they all get noticed. Once the player becomes the ultimate icon, the final challenge is against the icons of the game and also against Travis, Spike, Amy, Robyn, and Manu. After the race, the final cutscene includes of them all taking a group photo together but the player wears a mask to hide his true identity.


Let’s talk about the customization options their almost endless, I started with a ford fox body 1990 I was thrilled to start with this car it is vintage and its awesome, after spending time customizing this car I was ready to take on the competition, the driving feels very trustfully still it’s hard to get the corners and find the best drift angle. I need to say I’m not a very good driver but it have a lot of fun. Between customizing you can tune your car for instance the wheels in the back and front you can choose between a drift car to drive like a real ken block, or you can choose to take another approach for the straight mile street racing. I need to say the game has a wide variety of customization it was a very long time I had this much fun in customizing cars in a game like Need for Speed. This game gave me a good nostalgic feel, You can smoothly walk away from a race with $5,000. You can unlock, build and buy your dream cars from the assortment offered in-game, and via pre-order bonus if you did so before launch. From Volkswagen’s starting at $8,000 all the way up to Ferrari’s for over $200,000, you can buy your dream car and race it against anyone. Need For speed offers the most customization options available in its extensive history. It also offers the largest map in the series so far according to EA. Ventura Bay is much larger than the former Need for Speed Rivals map.


Need for speed still lacks with online experience for instance joining friends doesn’t go as smooth as I wanted and sometimes the servers kick you out without a reason. This can be a major issue due  the game’s always online, but they are fixing this issue with a patch.


Need for speed looks amazing when you drive through the rain and neon lights reflect on the water puddles. I had a lot of questions why need for speed always plays in the dark, well easy street races always happen at night and almost never during the day this because at night the city sleeps and the bad guys come out to play I guess. Maybe because they couldn’t put the shadows on the cars reflections, but putting that aside the game looks amazing even with a 30 FPS framerate.


Replay Value

Once the storyline has been drifted out there’s not much replay value in the game, since no DLC is planned yet. Maybe the developers are planning on bringing out  car packs, accessory, and customization or even musical packs. We “might” also see the return of classic stages from past entries, like Bayview in Need for Speed Underground 2, or even storyline DLC to open older locations to race in.

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Jorge Wolters Gregório

Gamer dad who loves the classics, indies, racers and the occasional shooter. Have been in the industry for almost two decades now and am as enthusiastic as ever! #4theplayers

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