Game overview Need For Speed Payback

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An Arcade racing — a genre is very specific. The fact that any little thing done wrong can send in a ditch the entire game: just overdo physical model — play will be completely uncomfortable, you will miss the design lines — lose the fun, come up with a few game modes — the game quickly get bored and leave to gather dust on the shelf. To continue this list can be very long, but an important one: in any arcade race should be a carefully considered balance between complexity and interestingness to break that easy. And at first glance, the authors Need For Speed Payback for the first time in many years managed to find this «the Golden mean». But it is, unfortunately, only at first glance…

Game: Need For Speed Payback
the Platform: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC
the Genre: arcade racing.
the release date: 10 November 2017
the Developer: Ghost Games
the Publisher: Electronic Arts

But first, let's dive into history. It begins in 1993, when he opened a Studio Criterion Games, who created a cult series of games about destruction to the wheel, crash and part of one of the most fun avtoarkad — Burnout. Parallel to this, in year 1994, there appeared the first part of the series Need For Speed. The intersection Criterion Games and Need For Speed was the year 2010, when the comrades of the Criterion (at that time already owned by Electronic Arts) undertook to work on the rebooted Need For Speed Hot Pursuit. The not too successful previous Undercover, and especially in the background curled up in a mill serious racing game branch with the subtitle Shift the new Hot Pursuit looked (and most importantly, played) quite cheerfully and interesting. Fights with the cops looked certainly no worse than the legendary chase from NFS 2002 (on which relied the authors when creating a restart).

The Next meeting of Criterion and Need for Speed took place in 2012 in the development of Most Wanted, which were also very warmly received by players and critics. Apparently, around the time EA boss and decided to take the most talented people from Criterion and for them to found a new Studio Ghost Games. Subsequently, they did a great NFS Rivals, and then very ambiguous, 2015. The annual edition of "need for speed" was suspended and the developers have made more than two years to release a new game that made the NFS series great again.

At First it seems that Ghost Games has done it perfectly. We met new city Fortuna valley with very extensive suburbs, including canyons, forests, deserts, mountainous terrain, long roads and winding switchbacks. The world is diverse and worked just fine. Each area is a decent area of the map unique and very beautiful, and for a complete set lacking only the snow-covered areas, but they would look highly inappropriate here, because the developers when designing the Fortuna valley is clearly inspired by the natural open spaces of Nevada. Even the city buildings with an abundance of casino is clearly hinted to us gambling capital Las Vegas. In General, the open world is very well designed, and not the last role in it is played by a lot of activities, which can take the player apart from the main story.

The Map is just littered with points of interest: you can find gas stations, auto parts stores, garages and car dealers (all of them, by the way, and serve as points of fast travel), a drift zone, race on the speed cameras, which need to travel at a certain speed, hidden collectibles, advertising shields that must be broken. Scurrying here and there free racers, ready at any moment to take your call. You can entertain yourself search of the legendary cars which after assembling will be much more powerful than those that can be bought in local stores (at least at first). And what is surprising: all of these optional activity to perform extremely exciting. I say this as a clear opponent of collecting unnecessary stuff in video games. The fact that the above would be extremely dull, if not a competent game design and excellent physical model of vehicle control.

Now here's the thing: Need For Speed Payback, unlike previous games in the series, very nice to play. Coincidentally, that play in Need For Speed in 2015 I managed only a couple of months ago, and I distinctly remember how heavy and slow were the cars in that game. Normally you can manage it only in the configuration "drift", and it was necessary to find you suitable car, which you would have skated the rest of the game, as to change something that for so long accustomed, had no desire. Need For Speed Payback dokrutili physical model to a desired level when the weight and dimensions of the cars feel fine, but the control do not roll in the direction of simple arcade where you need to press only 1-2 buttons to win. Returning to the design environment, I want to note that every corner of the world is just full of shortcuts, jumps, non-obvious ways to overcome the terrain, and if it is possible to apply it to a race, the whole process becomes some kind of "verticality" when you need to not only focus that is at the front, but also to decide whether to "hop" the next obstacle and significantly reduce the route, losing maneuverability or safely to avoid this place on the road without the risk to turn the car.

Overall, from a gameplay perspective, the new "need for speed" was just a wonderful project to play which is interesting, but to explore the open world — fascinating. What can be said about the plot. Yes, in the race, he is not the primary role, but the ad campaign focused on what we have available will be three different from each other character, around which will unfold the real crime story in the spirit of the best of the movie series "fast and furious". In fact, we have a set of clichéd characters: Tyler Morgan the typical rider who loves high speed, Sean McAllister, an African American, a lover of drifting and off-road racing, moved to the US from, if I'm not mistaken, the UK, to become the best in the business, and Jessica Miller Virago, which is not averse to wrestle with the cops, and indeed, does not hesitate to do business with the underworld. A turned out supporting characters and villains that are "bad because bad". The story begins with a very "original" of betrayal that the characters will take revenge on the entire game, climbing up the ladder of illegal racing Fortuna valley.

But God bless him, with the plot, because in the game much nicer to participate in a series of races, not to watch talking heads (otherwise called characters I just can't, unfortunately). And the races here to satisfy every taste: conventional circuit races, and sprint, the already mentioned drift, returning (finally in the normal form!!!) in a series of drag racing, the race with the police, the task of the delivery of goods, the "battle" with a timer, but stands apart offroad. Within those races, which almost always take place in the desert and its surroundings, lies the lion's share of fun: first, for the series is extremely fresh solution. Before such was not. Secondly, these races are very interesting, because in front of you is actually a set of control points and the mass of the already mentioned ways to slice. Sometimes you can just rush, almost jumping over the mountains, spit on the track. And heaps of dust and dirt escaping from under the wheels of cars, make the race incredibly entertaining. And this despite the fact that artificial intelligence behaves on the road properly, not cheat and sometimes wrong, and in multiplayer, of course, the fun increases significantly! Somewhat disappointing in all this just a lack of different weather conditions. In fortune valley is always Sunny.

It would Seem that the game is good, but the catch came from not waiting for — the authors managed to screw it up with the economic model of the game. Let me explain: as in any series of NFS, we need to tune the car, improving its characteristics, and from time to time to buy a new car when the old one is already pumped to the limit. So, Payback was introduced very strange system tuning. In order to improve the performance of machines, you need not to change the suspension, engine, braking system and so on, and you can buy special Speed-card. Just a car it is possible to set 6 such cards, each of which is different in characteristics which it improves. In addition, there are several "manufacturers" of cards, each of which specializiruetsya on something: some more suited for building speed, while others — to improve handling and so on. What's the big deal? Well, replaced the suspension/brakes are on the cards. What's the problem? And that in local stores these cards a limited number (about 6-12 pieces at a time). From different manufacturers and for different needs. The selection changes every 10 minutes, and to accelerate this process does not. But you can buy the missing cards in exchange for special tokens that drop from... luchboxes.

Yes, some cards give victory for the race, and the new loudbox decreases each time you increase your level of skill. But the problem is that this is a great random is not the end: when you have accumulated the required number of tokens and choose to buy the right card, you will find the most a real roulette! Before the unwinding of roulette you can choose one of three characteristics, which are sure to be on the new card: manufacturer's system that are improved, or new bonus cards (they can be up to three). After this, you can only hope that you will drop the desired item. Moreover, the developers did not even hesitate to bring up the following prompt...

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