Need For Speed: Rivals
Some of the slickest controls this side of a Burnout game.
Exciting mix of pure driving, aggressive maneuvering, and using technology.
Seamless integration of single- and multiplayer brings world to life.
Few noticeable problems holding it back.
Conspicuous AI rubber-banding.
Impact damage is dealt haphazardly.
By Pocket-lint on November 30, 2013
What Rivals delivers is a fun ride with the added bonus of taking down bad guys or evading the cops depending on what your slant is. Get bored with one and you can easily switch between cop and racer, so there's added variety. We've had loads...80
By New Game Network on November 29, 2013
Need for Speed Rivals is a fun, addictive racing title with seamless multiplayer integration, but stiff controls and occasional technical hiccups hold it...81
By Tech2 on November 29, 2013
If Wikipedia is to be believed, we're currently on the fourth generation of Need for Speed games with the release of Need for Speed: Rivals. With (relatively) new studio Ghost Games at the helm, we expected some radical departure from the work of...70
By TrustedReviews on November 27, 2013
A cracking next-gen debut for Need for Speed, and an open-road arcade racer to rival the mighty Forza Horizon. Rivals betters the cops vs. robbers angle of Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit, and the new AllDrive feature does a fantastic job of blending the pleasures of single-player racing with the excitement of online play.90
By IGN on November 20, 2013
I was looking for more explorations, depth, and variety, and in this department Rivals is slightly wanting, though it’s innovative approach to incorporating multiplayer does just enough to compensate.80
By Digital Trends on November 20, 2013
Need for Speed: Rivals encourages the griefing of other players by making it the most fun thing to do in the game. The controls are smooth enough to make the act of racing fun, but there just isn't enough to do There are only seven mission types in...75
By Polygon on November 19, 2013
Needing to accelerate back up to high speeds from zero meant giving up first place as often as not. Even when playing offline, I also sometimes noticed AI cops and racers spawning into the world in front of me.85
By EuroGamer on November 18, 2013
Before downsizing, Criterion created some of the last generation's very best arcade racers in Hot Pursuit and Burnout Paradise. Ghost Games has carried on that torch and crafted a racer that any of its competitors would do well to match in the new generation.90
By GameTrailers on November 18, 2013
Need for Speed Rivals is still a fun and exciting ride. Hunting down your prey as the police or getting to your hideout in the nick of time is exhilarating, and constantly sharing a social sphere with other players feels like a natural step forward for a series intent on putting players on opposing side of the law.84
By Destructoid on November 17, 2013
And through AllDrive's connectivity, I loved being able to race up alongside someone and mash L1 to instantly challenge them to a head-to-head showdown. Ramping jumps, drift contests, dodging speed traps -- it's all a blast. There's simply too much fun to be had here to get hung up on the gripes.80