But has it actually improved?
Happy New Goodyear
Need for Speed Payback is to be updated with a whole new way to play, according to a tweet from yesterday afternoon. Online free roaming will be added to the game for free later this year. At this stage, there's really not much else to report. We imagine there will be more information as the release draws near, but we doubt...
But has it actually improved?
EA’s pulling more U-turns than the ragtag group of rookie racers in Need for Speed: Payback’s boisterous campaign. Swedish developer Ghost Games has announced that – after reading community feedback – it’s in the process of tweaking the racer’s progression system, which unfortunately is a bit of a mess...
Surprise! Need for Speed: Payback is out this week on the PlayStation 4. You may not have realised because EA has seemingly completely forgotten about the racer as well. And early reviews aren’t looking stellar at the time of typing. In a unique twist that never ever happens during the holiday period, we’re still waiting for our review...
Need for Speed: Payback’s flashy Fortune City will be the largest open world in the franchise’s history. The glitzy adaptation of Las Vegas will become your proving grounds in Ghost Games’ latest, as you go in search of abandoned vehicles and enter into events against racing crews with different attributes. It’s looking good so...
A large chunk of EA’s Gamescom 2017 press conference earlier today was spent promoting the BMW M5 – presumably because the publisher has signed a marketing arrangement with the manufacturer. You can check out the vehicle in action courtesy of the Need for Speed Payback trailer embedded above, which is the only game you’ll be able...
Exclusive platinum blue tire smoke. That’s what you’ll get if you pre-order forthcoming Fast & Furious-inspired racer Need for Speed Payback from Australian retailer EB Games – and practically any other store. You’ll also get the Platinum Car Pack, of course – which comprises five exclusive vehicles including the Dodge...
EA showed off the first gameplay trailer for Need for Speed Payback in its EA Play Press Conference today, and the game is looking more and more like a love letter to the Fast and the Furious franchise. The video sees a relaxing drive through the desert turn into a frenzied road battle replete with slow motion cut-scenes for you to...
How fast do you wanna go?
As leaked earlier today, Need for Speed Payback is the next instalment in EA Games’ legendary racing franchise – and it promises to be an “action racing fantasy” set in Fortune Valley, which is basically Las Vegas. The plot will see you assume the role of a trio of petrol heads, as you participate in “intense...
After the disappointment of 2015’s rebooted Need for Speed, developer Ghost Games is going full-on Fast & Furious with 2017’s edition, Need for Speed Payback. Scheduled to release on 10th November, the new entry’s set in Fortune City, where you’ll be racing against a syndicate named the House that controls the city’s...
Expect customisation and cop chases
The last Need for Speed game wasn’t great, was it? Bizarrely, we enjoyed the 90s-inspired FMV cut-scenes and silly storyline, but the actual racing itself fell flat for us: the open world was forgettable, the driving was bland, and the always-online aspect was a source of strong criticism for some. In fact, so...
EA's not-E3-2017-but-totally-still-E3-2017 satellite event at the Hollywood Palladium in June will play host to Star Wars Battlefront 2 and the next Need for Speed game. With both games slated to release later this year, this news shouldn't come as a massive surprise, but there it is in black-and-white all the same. Woohoo? Other titles...
Gimme some skin
Who would have thought that last year's Need for Speed game would be best remembered for its live action cut-scenes rather than its coma-inducing racing? Swedish developer Ghost Games got off to a decent start with Need for Speed: Rivals, but its attempt at rebooting the iconic franchise barely got out of first gear. We're pleased...
Asleep at the wheel
For a game that's so high on Monster energy drinks, Need for Speed sure could do with a sugar rush. Ghost Games' long-awaited reboot – which was constructed over the course of a two year development cycle – is a slow and turgid affair, which is in direct contrast to its hyperactive cast of characters. It's frustrating because...
When you're forced to recycle old subtitles, you know that it's time that your brand got a reboot. EA Games' long running Need for Speed series has been securing podium finishes for almost as long as we can remember, but despite there being a movie in the interim, the publisher resisted the temptation to churn out a 2014 sequel to PlayStation...
Not so good, bruh
It doesn't really feel like there's a new Need for Speed coming out. While racing games have certainly declined in popularity, this franchise used to cause fervour among fans – but Ghost Games' latest has barely hit second gear yet. The reviews aren't going to help much, as while the response has been solid, it's not exactly...
Free content updates planned instead
Need for Speed – the abruptly named PlayStation 4 racing reboot coming this year from Ghost Games – has run over the concept of microtransactions, squashing them and leaving them by the side of the ride. Ill conceived criminal terminology aside, the developer has stated that it wants to keep its upcoming...
We've already established that Need for Speed's cringe-worthy live action cut-scenes look amazing, but what about the actual game itself? EA Games has released a new trailer showcasing the forthcoming PlayStation 4 racer, and much like a pre-release Rockstar video, it focuses on all of the activities that you'll be getting up to behind...
We reckon that the new Need for Speed looks pretty darn rad – especially with those so-bad-they're-good full-motion video cut-scenes. However, there is one downside: the game will be playable online only. Speaking with Official Xbox Magazine – yes, we know – executive producer Marcus Nilsson attempted to explain why that's the case,...
But that's the point
Need for Speed may be about to overtake Until Dawn in the dumb department – and that's a sentence that we never thought we'd type. A new trailer for the forthcoming PlayStation 4 reboot shows off the title's FMV cut-scenes, which are every bit as embarrassingly cheesy as you could imagine. No sign of Razor Callahan yet,...
Whoop, whoop, sound of da' police
Earlier this year we got our first look at the new Need for Speed; today we got to see the game in action during EA's E3 press conference. The mega-publisher displayed a couple of minutes of in-game action where we got to see the funky new drifting mechanic during a high-speed police pursuit - it all looked very...
You can forget playing the new Need for Speed game on the PlayStation 4 if you haven't got an Internet connection, as publisher EA Games has confirmed that the release will mandate access to the web. Responding to a fan's query, the company said that the benefits of this requirement "are nice", enabling "more variety and a more...
Race to retail
Need for Speed, the PlayStation 4 reboot of EA Games' legendary racing franchise, will tack on its body kit and take to the track from 3rd November – well, if a leaked Xbox Games Store listing is to be believed. Microsoft's been quite good at outing dates of late, and the Redmond firm pulled the page as soon as it was listed, so...
Ghost Games' reboot takes to the streets
Need for Speed is getting a complete reboot to the point where it will be ditching recycled subtitles. Indeed, the new game – due out on the PlayStation 4 later this year – will be named Need for Speed. No, there's nothing after that – it's literally just called Need for Speed. Oh, and it's not to be...
Green means go
After over a year in Ghost Games' garage, Need for Speed will be hitting the highway this week. Over on the franchise's official Facebook page, EA has teased that the latest title in the legendary racing series will be revealed on 21st May. The publisher's encouraging you to subscribe to the property's YouTube channel in order to...
Fast and furious
The likes of DriveClub and The Crew may rule the road this year, but EA’s not going to miss out on an opportunity to re-release last year’s Need for Speed game while the newest one is cooking behind closed doors. The no-nonsense Need for Speed: Rivals – Complete Edition is due out on 21st Oct
Out of the race
Those looking for some fast and furious fun may have to make do with this year’s Need for Speed movie, as EA Games has announced that it’s put the brakes on the brand until 2015. Despite being an annual fixture in the firm’s lineup for as long as we can remember, there’ll be no new instalment this year, as Swedish developer...
Not fast enough
With the multi-million selling first-person favourite Battlefield standing toe-to-toe with genre juggernaut Call of Duty, EA has chosen to focus its efforts on the modern military brand – but not without some casualties. Ghost Games UK, which aided production on Need for Speed: Rivals, has been hit by layoffs over the past few...
Cops 'n' racers
Need for Speed: Rivals rarely wants you to take your foot off the accelerator. Swedish upstart Ghost Games’ debut arcade racer fuses the fast-paced police chases popularised by Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit with the open world pandemonium of Need for Speed: Most Wanted, and serves up an emergent online experience that ensures that...
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