hot  /  reviews  /  video  /  blogs  /  forum

Worlds collide in Need for Speed Rivals

12:30 PM on 06.13.2013 // Wesley Ruscher
  @wesleyruscher

It's all about All Drive

Autolog is perhaps the single most addicting gameplay mechanic to hit the Need for Speed series to date. In Rivals, autolog is back and promised to be bigger and better than ever. That said, it's not even what has most blown my mind with Rivals. That honor goes to the all new "All Drive" system.

With the All Drive system, offline and online worlds seamlessly blend to provide experiences that theoretically will never be the same. My hands-on time had me following the career as a cop -- the game is all about cops vs. racers, and supports two full career modes -- where similar to past entries I was challenged with busting racers. A simple drive against AI controlled vehicles, with a handful a mini-challenges to keep things varied.

That is, until one of the cars that drove by was a racer playing on another console near by.

When this happened the game instantly altered into a high speed pursuit, with the new human controlled racer as my main target. On their end, the simple race they were having now became a race with the cops trying to take them down.

Spike strips, EMP blasts, and turbo boosting to the finish line felt more satisfying than ever. Rivals looks fantastic and plays like you'd expect even though it's being developed by new comer Ghost Games. There is tons of Criterion talent and oversight keeping this title on track though, so if what I both saw and heard lives up to the promise, Need for Speed Rivals should hands down be the craziest entry in the series to date.

Photo Gallery: (3 images)
Click to zoom - browse by swipe, or use arrow keys




 Reblog (or) Blog Reply

Wesley Ruscher, Former Contributor
 Follow Blog + disclosure wesleyruscher Tips
Former Dtoid Weekend News Editor / Mash Tactics Host. Current Game PR Monkey Twitter @wesleyruscher more   |   staff directory

Get more destructoid:   We're indie-run, blogging for the love of it, and our site will always be free. Optionally, you can support us and get: (1) Faster pages from our cloud server (3) Wide(r)screen (3) No big ads on Dtoid, Japanator, Tomopop, or Flixist (4) Auto contest entries, and (5) Dibs on betas & downloads. Try it out

 Setup email comments

Unsavory comments? Please report harassment, spam, and hate speech to our moderators, and flag the user (we will ban users dishing bad karma). Can't see comments? Apps like Avast or browser extensions can cause it. You can fix it by adding *.disqus.com to your whitelists.


destructoid's previous coverage:
Need for Speed Rivals


  Aug 21

Need for Speed Rivals lets you play your way

New progression and customization features


View all:powered by:  MM.Elephant

Ads on destructoid may be purchased from:



Please contact Crave Online, thanks!



  Around the web (login to improve these)




Back to Top


We follow moms on   Facebook  and   Twitter
  Light Theme      Dark Theme
Pssst. Konami Code + Enter!
You may remix stuff our site under creative commons w/@
- Destructoid means family. Living the dream, since 2006 -