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- Includes Need for Speed standard video game and an official SteelBook, an Amazon Exclusive. A SteelBook is a limited, high quality, premium metal case.
- Internet Connection Required: You will need a persistent internet connection. Need for Speed is committed to being a live service so they can deliver an ongoing experience that is constantly changing and evolving. Need for Speed will include free content updates and challenges as an ever-present ways for you to earn rewards and continually explore the game.
- Five Ways to Play: Need for Speed returns with Five Ways to Play - Speed, Style, Build, Crew and Outlaw, enabling you to earn reputation and ultimately win your way. Combine all five to create that perfect Need for Speed moment
- driving insanely fast, sliding through a corner in your customized ride alongside your friends, whilst being chased by the cops.
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Discover the nocturnal open world of urban car culture, driven by Five Ways to Play, in this thrilling reboot of Need for Speed. Carve your own unique path, via multiple overlapping stories, gaining reputation on your journey to become the ultimate icon.
Need for Speed delivers on what fans have been requesting and what the franchise stands for – deep customization, an authentic open world filled with real world car culture, and a narrative that drives your game.
Ventura Bay is your urban playground - from sweeping hillside roads overlooking the city, to the police infested urban districts with tight city corners - the city comes alive while others sleep. Home to five real world automotive icons, the heroes of today's car culture, they will inspire you, push you, and test you. Build your reputation and earn their respect on your journey to become the ultimate icon.
Top Customer Reviews
To help all those on the fence about it. Be prepared to sit for a good few hours not only upgrading your vehicle, but also tuning it. I've played this game since it's launch, before the update on its now more complex tuning and even before then I've honestly left the garage and returned millions of times simply because of tuning. Finding my type of driving. Which in my opinion is the closest thing it comes to the real thing. Upgrading and knowing how to drive is only a part of it. Tuning plays a huge role, and the fact every car needs a different tune to fit your driving style supports the realism even further. Any real car enthusiast would understand this, that simply slapping the biggest turbocharger or a more efficient ECU is only half of the racing.
Now for the car listing. It has a very good variety of cars. I've been waiting for this franchise to drop classification and tiers of cars. You can now upgrade your Supra or 69 Mustang to compete and even dominate against Lambos, Porches, Ferraris. You no longer have to resort to buying a super car to compete against super cars, which even supports the realism even more. Any one who's anyone who knows about cars knows that, with enough modifications, a Supra or R34 can hold its own or even beat modern day super cars. Being a guy who favors Japanese Imported tuner cars over Super cars, this makes me really happy. They are also releasing more cars with updates, the most current one are hot rods.
Now for Cosmetic upgrading, this game holds up to real brand upgrades. EX. Rocket Bunny. It is limited though, but only slightly. If it's a concern, then think about it this way. It is a whole lot better then it's previous predecessors because now you can make your cars literally look like ones you see at car meets/shows.
You may have heard of this game only limiting you to 5 cars at a time, but the new updates have given you more space to store your cars but I emphasize on the word "storage". You can only have five cars in your garage, your other cars are stored in a warehouse in a separate location but it's no big deal because you can swap out cars from your storage from your garage. It takes like 5 seconds to do so. It's really no big concern either.
Other then the con of requiring Xbox Live/Playstation Plus to even play it,this game is perfect for all car enthusiasts who love street racing
First of all, Need for Speed is an arcade racing game at its heart. Yes, you can customize your honda civic to go just as fast as a tricked out 1000 hp Lambo. Does it make sense? No. Can you have fun with it? Yes.
I've played this maybe 10 hours so far, and I honestly quite like it. The customization options are pretty good, and you can make whatever car you pick look ridiculous. Race types are usually some variation of circuit, sprint, or drift. They did add drag racing and manual transmission with a patch.
It was a little tough to get used to the handling of the cars, but it does seem they all drive fairly similarly. I've only got 3 cars so far (subaru BRZ, mazda RX-7, and 2014 Camaro Z28), so it is hard to judge. A lot of how they handle can be adjusted with the tuning of your car. You can really make every car drive exactly the way you want it, if you put time into tuning it right. I also recommend turning off the "auto help" options for steering. I feel like they just make it harder to steer your car the way you want it to.
- Good customization options
- Decent number of cars and variety
- Tuning system seems to work well
- drift races are fun
- Cops seem well balanced - they don't interfere too much and are easy to get away from, until you have a ton of heat.
- Fun to find random real people to race (would be a lot more fun if you have friends with this game as well)
Relatively minor Cons:
- The "story" is terrible. I have no idea what the other characters are talking about 90% of the time. My understanding is that my character is new to the underground racing scene in this city, and my "Crew" is going to help me be the best in the city by finding me people to race. Oh yeah, and don't get caught by the cops. The rest is lost in cultural references or some side love story between NPC's that I don't understand or care about. I do love how amazing the cutscenes look though.
- No neon for your car (or hydraulics, just for added ridiculousness)
- Not able to save different tuning settings (different tunings for drift vs sprint for example)
- miss the "Pro" and "Street-X" (or whatever they were called) races that were in Underground 2.
- sometimes feels like I am not in control of the steering, particularly after exiting a drift.
- map is huge (more roads) compared to Underground 2. Taking a long time to learn the map.