I’ve noticed that a lot of gaming outlets are reviewing the latest annual release of publisher EA’s Need for Speed series. In an effort to stay relevant, we’ll be reviewing it too.
Need for Speed (2014) stars Aaron Paul, famous for starring in roles like Jesse Pinkman in Breaking Bad, and Tobey Marshall in Need for Speed (2014). In this title, the protagonist needs to travel from one coast of the United States, to the other coast of the United States. The plot may be bare-bones, but it has plenty of fast-paced action. Much like Need for Speed on the Nintendo.
Unfortunately, even with talent like Jesse on the set, the characters are flat and poorly written. This isn’t necessarily a huge detriment, because the player will be experiencing this new Need for Speed for the intense racing experience that the series is famous for, and let me tell you, it’s crazy. The physics is ludicrous, the racing is fast, and the action is brutal. Long-term fans may find issue with this, but players who have enjoyed the more recent titles will probably get a kick out of this. On top of that, there are a wide range of camera angles to enjoy, including first person from the cockpit.
Players should note that the title takes a leaf out of Need for Speed: The Run‘s cinematics. It’s also heavily scripted, and offers little interaction. Also taking from the recently released Need for Speed: Rivals, 2014’s single player experience is identical to the multiplayer experience. At the moment, players are forced to participate with other individuals, but there will likely be a future release to enable the anti-social to enjoy the product on their own.
The visuals are breath-taking, and incredibly realistic for current gen Hollywood. Much like the indie gaming scene, the visuals have that retro flair but with the presentation of a clean, modern release. It’s really impressive, and enhances the action extraordinarily well. The attention to detail is fantastic, with little bits and pieces of shards from cars that crash and explode flying around on screen. This can even be viewed on a 3D TV; although, typically this may reduce the rendered quality.
Overall, this title fits right in with the rest of the series. It has little to no story, and what little story it has is poorly developed and written, regardless of the actors at hand. It’s visually impressive, and the action is intense, but player interaction is severely lacking, making it at home on the PlayStation. While this reviewer would personally not spend $60, it may be worth purchasing on the PlayStation Store during a sale for a laugh with friends.
Note: The reviewer has not experienced this title after the actual launch, so there will be no score. We don’t want to accidentally give it the wrong score and upset people. It’s also worth noting that the reviewer hasn’t actually experienced this title before launch either.