Need for Speed Rivals: next-gen racing perfection?

While Need For Speed Rivals is hitting pretty much every current platform, it does have the interesting distinction of being the only racing title available at launch for the PS4.

The PlayStation 4 launched on 15 November 2013, and the Need For Speed Rivals reviews are out for the platform, giving us a look at the aggregated ratings

  • Metacritic: 84%
  • GameRankings: 81.25%

Rivals is co-developed by Criterion and new studio, Ghost Games. It will run on the impressive Frostbite 3 engine (DICE’s latest 3D engine powerhouse showcased in Battlefield 4), bringing next-generation graphics, effects and features to the NFS world.

Set in Redview County, Rivals will focus on the rivalry that exists between the high-stakes street racers and the county police force – as each side has to accumulate followers and supporters in order to win an “all out media war”.

Rivals will also feature deep customisation options, allowing you to enhance your car with performance upgrades, personalise your bodywork with fresh paintjobs, liveries, custom license plates, rims, and decals.

MyGaming got some hands-on time with the game on PS4 at Gamescom 2013, and discovered 5 great features in Need for Speed Rivals.

With Rivales heading to Xbox 360, PS3 and PC for a 22 November release in SA, there’s still time to pre-order: Need for Speed Rivals: where’s the cheapest

So, what do the critics have to say about the PS4 version of Need For Speed Rivals?

US Gamer – 5 / 5 stars

Need for Speed: Rivals takes some of the best features from prior franchise entries and combines them with a seamless single-multiplayer mode to create an absolutely terrific, utterly bonkers race-and-chase game that looks and sounds as good as it drives.

Escapist Magazine – 4.5 /5 stars

Need for Speed: Rivals is surprisingly fun. Unless you have a serious aversion to driving in games, you’ll thoroughly enjoy it. It’s wildly intense, full of action for both factions, and visually breathtaking throughout. The open world gives you plenty of freedom, while the mission system will keep you on track when you want a more structured experience.

Need For Speed Rivals

Need For Speed Rivals

PlayStation Lifestyle – 8.5 / 10

So, how do you make a series still feel fresh after twenty titles? By listening to your fans, knowing what works and what the fans want, and by delivering a game that’s more than just a seasonal refresher. Need for Speed Rivals is clearly ready for the next generation of gaming, and so are we.

Gamespot – 8.0

Need for Speed: Rivals is very much in the tradition of Hot Pursuit, but that great, familiar gameplay has been infused with enough new elements to make it as thrilling here as it’s ever been. It sure is good to hit the open road again.

Need For Speed Rivals

Need For Speed Rivals

GamesRadar – 3.5 / 5 stars

With an impressive open world that’s a blast to explore, and some enjoyable–if not repetitive–missions, Need for Speed Rivals sets the bar for what next-gen racing games. It’s fast, it’s fun, and while its paintjob is marred by a few scuff marks, it’s a worthwhile offering for would-be street racers. Let’s just hope developer Ghost Games decides to keep the potato for a little while.

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