NFS: Ri­vals

Gadgets and Gizmos (India) - - LEVEL UP - ( Dis­trib­uted by Mile­stone In­ter­ac­tive)

You start with a Porche and go on

to un­lock­ing the most fas­ci­nat­ing cars ever made. And Fer­rari, Lam­borgh­ini and Audi are just a stan­dard. You could even take a Pa­gani or a McLaren shim­mer­ing with sur­face mois­ture for a spin, or just burn rub­ber on tightly wound snow-cov­ered tar­macs or ex­pan­sive dust-blown desert tracks.

Cars fea­tured in Need for Speed:: Ri­vals can ei­ther be ex­clu­sively avail­able ei­ther to the racer or the cop, with the As­ton Martin Van­quish be­ing the only ex­cep­tion. Both sides can have their ve­hi­cles up­graded with per­for­mance parts and Pur­suit Tech.

Whichever side you choose, your progress is dic­tated by how you per­form a se­lec­tion of tasks themed around three driv­ing styles – Hot Pur­suit, In­ter­cep­tor and Time Trial. Rac­ers can trig­ger head-to-heads with ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence or hu­man driv­ers, while cops can be­gin ad-hoc pur­suits by sim­ply switch­ing on their sirens.

Mi­nor glitches aside, this is a great game, and the cars are an ab­so­lute joy to drive. Many crit­ics have noted the the lack of a pause fea­ture. But I say, whether you are a racer or a cop, once you are be­hind the wheel, you have no right to keep pulling your car to the side of the road. Just drive!

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