Set in the underworld of Fortune Valley, players drive as three distinct characters reunited by a quest for vengeance against The House, a nefarious cartel that rules the city’s casinos, criminals and cops. They take on a variety of challenges and events as Tyler, the Racer; Mac, the Showman; and Jess, the Wheelman to earn the respect of the underground. Featuring the deepest customization from the series, players can truly craft a personalized and unique ride, or spend hours finding and tuning an abandoned derelict into a supercar.
They can then push their cars to the limit and raise the stakes by betting on their own performance, where they can either multiply their winnings or risk losing it all.
In an effort to make players shell out for microtransactions, developers ramped up the difficulty, which led to a surprisingly enjoyable result – it’s the first time we get a relatively difficult NFS in recent years. [Issue#226, p.44]
NFS: Payback is full of defects, such as the boring story, highly repetitive missions, useless open world design, and annoying microtransactions. However, it is not terrible enough to get a fail score. This game contains exaggerated and cool controls, exhilarating car chasing, and fascinating background music. If you also enjoy the passionate scenes of the Fast & Furious movie series just like I do, I think you will love this game anyway.
Payback has the ingredients to be an entertaining arcade racer, but poor game design choices and lame gameplay prevent that.
Oh dear, that went pretty wrong! After all, the last Need for Speed had some problems (we just say: filmed cutscenes), it was a competently done and above all entertaining racing game.
Need For Speed: Payback was one of the most anticipated racing games of 2017. We thought it would bring back our beloved franchise to its feet again. But with luck-based modification and a lack of online free roam, it clearly didn't.
Enjoyable arcade handling packaged within a game that gets monotonous long before it rewards your time investment.
The new game from the Need for Speed series does not respect your time at all. You should pay it back the same and don´t lose any moment with it. Unprepared and unbalanced free to play mechanics with a strong gambling part destroy otherwise quite usable and somewhat entertaining, though not very interesting arcade.
November 20, 2017
EA checks on Need for Speed Payback progression system, after players bad feedback. Read more
November 7, 2017
M. Nilsson (Need for Speed Payback): “We see more people playing fewer games for longer”. Read more
October 26, 2017
Need for Speed Payback confirms the full playable vehicle list. Read more
October 20, 2017
FIFA 18, SW Battlefront 2 and Need for Speed Payback: EA’s line-up for Paris Games Week.