After waiting months for a new game to come out that catches my eye I believe that after flicking through the pre-order list I may have just found one. For as long as I can remember now the market has been a tad bit dormant in the games department for catching my eye for a sale. I had Gran Turismo Sport in my mind as the game to break the trend as I eagerly awaited it’s release trailers. Unfortunately for me the teaser didn’t do much for me.
Well it seems that the franchise I fell in love with over a decade ago may well have tempted me back from the edge of the abyss. I’ve been engrossed by RPG’s for the better part of a year now and I’m taking a turn at the cross roads and looking for something a little less serious with a bit more fun going forwards.
Need For Speed (NFS) Payback is that game. After watching the recent teaser trailer on the PSN and looking further into what the game has to offer, I’m being drawn more and more into this latest title in one of the biggest selling franchises of all time topping over 150 million sales. It seems to me that the latest instalment soon to hit the shelf is going down the road of The Fast & Furious films which have attracted millions of viewers over the years and I’m sure this could draw a few more fans back into the driving seat.
Here is a gameplay clip of what is to come.
There are 5 distinct car classes in the game:
The staple for any car collection and in order to compete within the street racing events of Need for Speed Payback you’re going to want to have a number of these stored in your garages. Some of the best at cornering and with a solid straight-line speed, cars in this class can be seen as the balanced all-rounder. Have a street race coming up that is based on tarmac? You’ll be wanting one of these.
With the ability to go truly off-road in Need for Speed Payback you’re going to need cars that excel at leaving the tarmac behind and switching it out for sand, dirt and other loose surfaces. The ability to maintain speed while driving off-road, coupled with stability in the air and good recovery on landing make these the go-to car class for any off-road based activity.
There’s nothing quite like going insanely fast in a straight line and that’s where Drag cars come into play. In an event that requires cornering? Look elsewhere. However, should you require some rocket like speed in a straight line, then you’ve come to the right place. Throw in some extra powerful nitrous and the ability to perform a wheelie and drag cars are truly a sight to behold.
While not as fast in a straight line or when taking a standard turn as the Race class, Drift cars still have the ability to put out some decent speeds. Where they truly shine is sweeping mountain roads where you’re going to want to make a series of alternating turns in quick succession. In the need of a car that can throw itself sideways through a series of turns at speed? You’ve come to the right place.
Every now and then you’ll find yourself in need of a car for a special type of job, that’s when the Runner class comes into play. When picking a car of the Runner class you’ll notice a few visual differences; subtle paint job, black rims, tinted windows, lowered ride height, wide track width and the absence of a license plate. Agile, precise, good landing stability and great at getting away from the cops.
That’s not even half of what makes this game appealing. One of the major attraction points in this franchise is the ability to customise your car with an array of parts and upgrades. Along with mechanical upgrades to increase the cars performance you also have style upgrades such as body kits, trims, neons and more. This is one of the unique selling points, the options to upgrade and customise some of the worlds most popular and sought after vehicles. Here is a clip all about your customisation options in NFS:Payback.
I’m a massive fan of the Volkswagen classics so having the option to find a derelict beetle and the 4 unique parts in order to transform the chassis in a stock car excites my tastebuds to no end. I spent endless hours customising cars on Forza and uploading them online so I should imagine that option will be available here. As to whether you can sell your set ups or designs online I’m not sure.
All in all I believe with the right exposure this could be one of the best racing games in years, certainly in this franchise. There is everything there including what looks to be an interesting narrative, customisation options and race types. Certainly enough to keep you occupied for hours on end. Out on November 10 on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Windows and available for pre-order now.