Need for Speed: Payback is EA's Racing Game For 2017
If you were getting Fast & Furious vibes from the trailer, you wouldn't be the first. Every other user made comment and gaming journalist who thinks they're clever is making the same remark. The other half - the ones lamenting the lost art of street racing in affordable cars - need to face the sad reality that those days are over. Not only are they gone in reality, but in fantasy too. It's been many years since the F&F franchise featured cars like the Honda Civic with streetglow driving underneath truck trailers. If F&F is all about companionship and going for bigger and better stunts then that's where Need for Speed is headed. Besides, the 2015 Need for Speed is as close as you'll get to a modern NFS with a street racing theme.
Looking ahead, EA says NFS: Payback will feature heist missions, car battles, and 5-0 chases. According to executive producer Marcus Nilsson, the game will also have "the deepest customization, an impressive roster of cars, intense races and open world pursuits". In game, you can play as one of three characters with the goal of taking down a cartel with an authority on the criminal activities in the fictional city of Fortune Valley. One of the key features of NFS: Payback is the ability to turn shabby, broken cars into supercars through its customization process. And players can potentially set the stakes for a race, increasing the risk for a higher payout.
As always, EA is offering a pre-order bonus giving you immediate access to a 1967 Chevrolet Camaro SS, 1969 Dodge Charger R/T, 2008 Nissan 350z, 2016 Ford Raptor, and 2016 Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport. The five cars are pre-customized and will include blue tire smoke. If you spend extra for the Deluxe edition you'll receive 3 days of early access (November 7, 2017), a special license plate, special NOS color, in-game discounts, and in-game currencies. Bleh. Those with EA/Origin Access will receive 10 hours of play time on November 2, 2017.
Need for Speed: Payback will launch on PC, PS4, and Xbone November 10, 2017. Standard edition retail is $60 USD while Deluxe edition retail is $80. Preorder is available now here.