NEED FOR SPEED: RIVALS
PS3 (also on
PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PC)
you seen the little piggies, skidding in the dirt? And for all the
little piggies, life is getting worse...
At least in the
ultra-Californianistic Redview County. For the inexplicable pull of
reality TV notoriety’s seduced local outlaw racers. Voiceovers are
so runny with cheese that they’re reminiscent of a Jax Teller
monologue. But fuck it, who cares? We wanna race, and as long as
that rocks then the ‘X’ button cuts the crap.
Pick a faction –
cop or racer. Redview’s big – really big - so there’s lots on.
Several racing flavours, with missions varying depending upon which
law side you’ve straddled. Initially it seems the outlaws drew
the short straw, paying for automobilic beauties and battling to
retain ill-earned loot by needing safe house sanctuary to get it
snugly bank accounty, while cops amass moolah willy-nilly and blag
all the hot cars they can eat for nix. Progress reveals advantages
to taking a walk on the wild side, though. No risk, no reward. Plus you
don’t smell all bacony, which is nice.
It’s essentially a
canny collision (get used to those, BTW) of
NFS: Hot Pursuit
and last year’s genius NFS: Most Wanted, with shades of
Kart weapon pilfering (but less adventuring – boo!). Blatting about
causing havoc or just having fun’s cool, although missions can get
Still, everything’s gorgeous – especially weather
variations - mostly flitting about with polygonical nimbleness,
while blood pressure soars when trying to jam into a safe house with
the fuzz on you like, erm, fuzz onto crims.
You enter Redview
with other real people (the ludicrous handles with numbers enough to
break The Count’s brain – pop-ah-ah-ah! - a dead giveaway).
Frustratingly, we encountered several freezes, dropouts and
glitches until unplugging. We trust EA are onto it.
If not, what
they need’s a damn good whacking...