EA's 2010 Need for Speed Most Wanted was all about races and pursuits, and that's about it. If you are expecting something more realistic, then this game isn't quite for you. Well, speaking of a realistic racing game, it reminds me of Need for Speed Underground series, also from EA. In the game, you can customise your car to a truly comprehensive extent, such as installing scissor doors, split engine hoods, neon, and many more. However, such a level of customization is not to be expected from the Need for Speed Rivals.
In this latest installment, EA enables players to customise their cars with some custom license plates, decals, rims, liveries, and also paint jobs, but that’s about it. There are no such things as custom front and rear bumpers, side skirts, or other stuffs you could once find in the aforementioned Underground series.
One key feature of the Need for Speed Rivals, however, is likely the 'All-Drive' system. It eliminates the barrier between single player and multiplayer modes. While playing in the single player mode, you can now seamlessly take part in an ongoing multiplayer action where your in-game friends are already in the middle of a pursuit or a race. This is a feature not yet found in other games of the same genre.
The game is now available for pre-order for PC, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3. As always, EA offers bonuses for gamers who pre-order the title. So, will this game bring you a whole new load of fun or is it simply a disguised Need for Speed Most Wanted? It's up to you to decide.