- I found the racing in the game to be very enjoyable. Everything felt fluid and responsive throughout and it definitely delivered a lot of fun times.
- The story in the game is actually pretty good and it gives you a massive reason to continue to play because it’s interesting and it made me eager to find out what happens.
- There is a huge amount of customisation options in the game and you can pretty much change everything, which means you can add your own personal touch.
- I was very impressed with how the online worked in the game. I didn’t suffer with many problems at all and there always seems to be something going on.
- The game offers you great variety when it comes to driving styles and races. This variety keeps things fresh and stops you from getting bored.
- I found the AI in the game to be quite annoying because they often cheat and this means the difficulty curve can be off the charts at times.
- There is too much in the way of micro-transactions present in the game.
- I found the sound design in the game to be a little lacklustre at times.
All in all the Need for Speed series has been up and down over the last few years and this has definitely put a few people off. I’ve always liked the Need for Speed series but there has been too many problems in the last few game’s, which in turn harmed the overall package. The problems are still evident in this instalment, but most of the core ideas have paid off and in the end Need for Speed Payback was pretty enjoyable. The racing in the game feels better than ever and I was very impressed by how fluid and responsive it remained throughout. I was also impressed with the story in the game, and whilst it may not be everybody’s cup a tea I found it to be quite engaging. There is a great deal of variety in Need for Speed Payback and that’s evident when it comes to the different driving styles and races. I must admit though that the game did frustrate me quite a few times and that was mainly down to the AI and the high difficulty curve the cheating AI brought with it. If you like customisation then this game has plenty for you to sink your teeth into. There is one problem with this though and that’s the micro-transactions that are present in the game, and unfortunately if you’re not prepared to pay for certain items then you will spend a lot of time grinding to get them. The presentation side of the game is pretty good, but I can’t help feeling that it could have been a little better. Visually the game can look stunning at times, but unfortunately the sound design is not as good and is lacking in certain areas. At the end of the day fans of the Need for Speed series will definitely enjoy what’s on offer here, but I don’t think this new addition will bring many new fans to the table. Don’t get me wrong it gets a lot of things right and it can be very fun at times, but the added micro-transactions and little niggling problems here and there will make some people stay away, which is a shame because the core ideas are well done and these ideas just do enough for me to recommend the game to you.
I rate Need for Speed Payback 7.5/10.
Written by: gerrardnum8 (Dean Martin)
Developer: Ghost Games
Publisher: Electronic Arts
Release Date (Xbox One): November 10, 2017