RETURN TO THE STREETS
Need for Speed (2015)
A FAMILIAR TRACK Back in 2003, EA released a game that was well received due to the generous amount of customization options, and partly because of the hype that
created. Fast forward 12 years, and EA is attempting to revive the glory days of the
spin-offs with a brand new game that’s simply called
In this latest installment, you once again jump into the boots of an up-and-coming street racer who’s eager to make a name for himself in the street racing world. To this effect, you join a crew of racers who each specializes in a different form of racing. ONE BIG FAMILY In there are five different ‘disciplines’ you can participate in to progress through the game. There’s Outlaw, Style, Build, Speed, and Crew. As mentioned, each of the five crew members is associated with one discipline.
Outlaw is where you run the streets, causing as much damage to public property as possible, and evading the cops when they’re hot on your heels. Style is basically drifting, while Build is all about customizing your car aesthetically and performance-wise. Speed is self-explanatory, and Crew is all about keeping up with a pack of cars, usually while drifting. Regardless of which discipline you choose to progress in, it’ll lead you to a showdown with a real-life icon in that discipline. FULL THROTTLE When it comes to gameplay, the always-online factor makes it a little annoying, as sometimes, you will find trolls disrupting your race. They can and will intentionally block you during a race and unfortunately, you can’t play this game offline. As for the AI, rubber banding is bearable, and only becomes noticeable later on in the game. Fortunately, what this game lacks in gameplay, it makes up for in the visuals and customization department.
Like the spin-offs, the amount of customization in this game is great. You can bolt on body kits, or even select individual body parts to swap. More importantly, you can tune your car to your driving style – let it slide around the corners, or turn in tightly. Once you unlock upgrades for your starting car, you’ll be able to pretty much tune how sensitive the steering is, how low the car is, and how stiff the suspension is.
More importantly, is handling. Overall, controls feel slightly arcade-ish, which is true to the Need for Speed franchise. However, there are some realistic elements to the handling as well. Tune your car to drift, and turn off the assists, and it will tend to spin out of control when you take a corner. It’s easy to learn, and not as difficult to master. Unfortunately, the controls don’t feel as refined as that of The most atrocious thing about the controls though, is the fact that there’s no option for manual gear shifting.