Need for Speed is the twenty-second game in the Need for Speed series of racing games and a full reboot of the franchise, bringing back the series’ focus to the import scene and tuner culture previously seen in the Need for Speed: Underground sub-series. As with other notable EA games, Need for Speed is built on the Frostbite engine.
Need for Speed features a storyline told through FMV sequences that seamlessly integrate with gameplay elements. The story itself is based around the player a small group of racers hoping to impress the game’s five main racing icons. Over the course of the game, the player character comes to meet other drivers and faces challenges that test his friendship with his comrades: Spike, Amy, Robyn, Manu and Travis.
As with previous Need for Speed games, Need for Speed is all about racing at high speeds in expensive, exotic super cars. Set entirely at night, this installment of Need for Speed features 5 different gameplay types: Speed, Style, Crew, Build and Outlaw, with each having its own, overlapping storyline that players can engage in to earn reputation. The game is set in a sprawling urban open world in the city of Ventura Bay and its surroundings, with players free to explore as they see fit. The city, set on the West Coast, is based off of Los Angeles and is set entirely at night time. Ventura Bay is comprised of six districts: Burnwood, Crescent Mountains, Royal Park, South Port, El Rey and Franklin Terrace. Of these, Burnwood is home to the player’s garage.
Apart from simply obtaining vehicles, players can customize them in a deep, improved customization system. A new, redesigned ‘Wrap Editor’ allows for extensive body modification, and the game features the inclusion of real-life tuning companies like SEIBON and RTR mustang. A new ‘Handling Slider’ also allows for further customizability, so that players can choose between increased grip or increased drift.
- Developer: Ghost Games
- Publisher: Electronic Arts
- Genre: Racing
- Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC
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