Need for Speed Rivals PC a sloppy port to avoid

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Need For Speed Rivals is gearing up for release on PC. The game has been getting good reviews on consoles but as my PC gaming brethren will know, this means nothing.

Need for Speed Rivals is capped at 30FPS on PC – and while this is arguably not the worst thing that could happen, it’s still not great.

The frame rate of Need for Speed Rivals has been demonstrated to be linked to the “speed” of the gameplay, and it seems the physics and animation systems are also somehow linked to the framerate. The result of fiddling with console commands to unlock the framerate results in a comically unplayable racing game. Funny, until you remember this is a $60 AAA game.

PC gamers expect the ultimate version of a game on their platform – we can push games to 60FPS and beyond, so why shouldn’t we? Certainly not because a developer made a poor design decision aimed at locking console frame rates, making the PC port a mere afterthought.

Luckily, there’s still time to cancel your preorder.

Some love him, some loathe him, but I respect his opinion and analysis – gaming critic John “TotalBiscuit” Bain has taken the game to task, identifying a number of issues, including the frame rate problem and a poorly designed UI.

The bottom line from TotalBiscuit: PC gamers should avoid Rivals.

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  • Things sure have changed! I remember playing the original NFS Most Wanted on my PS2 (2005?) and getting the distinct feeling of it being a sloppy port from PC.

  • Sad, but very true.

  • Jaid Orfali

    ROTFL @ that vid.. XD

  • Charl van der Merwe

    and so the Dumbing down of PC games Continues

  • Jameson Walker

    I’ll be honest and say that the Need for speed franchise for PC is dead, there are so many other great racing games available for PC, even the aging Race 07 is a far better racing game, with tons of active public servers.
    Although, the NFS shift series was a good shift in the right direction.

  • VirtualForce

    i don’t know why the guy goes so nuts about the intro and tutorial. Some games start off with an unstoppable cut scene, to set up the game. As for the tutorials, not all every one in the world is as highly enlightened as this blabber mouth is. Its there to help new players. It wont be there in every single race.

    Not sure whether he played the game on that specific PC before, if he did and that long cut scene comes up every time, then its stupid.

    But, I agree with the 30fps thing…however, I would be very interested in an unbiased review of the game on PC. Guys who go full tilt like him doesn’t really convince me of anything.

  • Martin Gibbs

    I agree 100% with every gripe. Loaded it 3 times and can’t be arsed to go through that intro again with no mouse control and no support for my PC gamepad. It’s a piss poor design and a piss poor port onto the PC and insults us all.

Need for Speed Rivals PC a sloppy port to avoid

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