NEED FOR SPEED PAYBACK
Developer Ghost Games Publisher Electronic Arts Format PC, PS4, Xbox One Release November 10
The focus in Payback is on making the player feel like Vin Diesel: an open world to whizz representations of real-life cars around; arcadey handling over hyper-realistic sim driving; long, straight stretches of highway on which to pump the nitrous. It certainly looks and feels Hollywood. Ghost Games has worked hard on the camera to make it react subtly but satisfyingly to every drift and sudden acceleration. Less subtle, but equally gratifying, are Burnout- esque takedowns. Moving from slo-mo crashes back to real-time action sequences jars, as does an overabundance of cinematic heist cutscenes. Meanwhile, handling is still doughier than we’d like. We do come away with an overwhelming urge to star in a street racing action flick franchise, though, so Payback is firmly on track to realise its own ambitions – even if we continue to dream a little bigger for the series.