‘Need For Speed: Rivals’ Races To Next Generation Consoles

Need for Speed: Rivals is coming to next generation consoles.

If there is one thing you can say for the Need for Speed game series, it’s that it has evolved over the years, adapting to the current state of racing popularity. That’s part of the reason it is one of the most memorable racing series ever made. Let’s ignore the fact that Electronic Arts is the publisher behind it.

It’s been a few years since the Fast and Furious films were neon spectacles filled with CG cars and acting so cheesy that Arnold Schwarzenegger couldn’t top it, so the street racing days are mostly gone. Need for Speed has reflected this in recent titles, the most popular of which so far has been Hot Pursuit.

Need for Speed: Rivals has expanded on the idea of cops vs racers by introducing Speedpoints, a new system where you try to capture your shenanigans on video. You take risks and evade cops, and unlock new cars and such along the way. In a way it’s a lot like Hot Pursuit, but probably with more free-roaming aspects where you have to lose the cops before you can truly enjoy winning the race.

The Ferrari is back in Need for Speed: Rivals, and players will be able to get behind the wheel of the F12 Berlinetta. This one sees the return of customization for your car, so you can upgrade the performance, give it a new paint job, apply decals, and other things we haven’t been able to do since Need for Speed: Carbon. Xbox One and PlayStation 4 owners could be in for a treat.

Need for Speed: Rivals gets a next generation upgrade itself, along with real-time comparison of stats with other players, and the return of race weapons. If Electronic Arts can pull it off, they may just have a serious competitor for Gran Turismo 6 and Forza 5 when the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 hit.

Are you excited about Need for Speed: Rivals coming to next generation consoles?

[Update] It is also coming to current generation consoles.