I love arcade racings games that are just pure distilled fun. For example Disney’s (Black Rock Studios) Split/Second: Velocity was one of such games. No drama or massive PR campaigns around it. It just arrived in to the gaming scene and took my heart. It was just pure racing fun. But since then, there weren’t many fun arcade racing games (hint literally just Need for Speed left), the rest are simulations and realistic wannabes like Forza. So, NFS:Payback was released recently and I wanted to satisfy my Need for Speed. And here’s the top dumb shit they included in it (or removed good shit from it). Because 2017 ya’ll!
Speed Cards & Micro-transactions
The game doesn’t work anymore in the way that you buy a car, go to parts store or garage and simply buy parts and upgrade it to boost acceleration, top speed, nitrous capacity, brakes and aerodynamics. NFS 2016 was pretty good in this regard and I spend hours and hours upgrading and fiddling with cars. But nope, now you have some dumb ass “Speed Cards”. And they’d be somewhat bearable if they made any kind of sense. Instead, these stupid Speed Cards have dual statistics. For example, you buy an ECU and it somehow also boosts Brakes if it’s that kind of a card. Or you buy a Turbo card and it somehow boosts your Jump statistics. And if you use 3 of the same “brand”, it gives you extra bonus. And all of this is just a cover for even more retarded “loot crates”. They don’t call them this way, but thats essentially what it is. You can “trade in” unused cards to get tokens which you can then spend on randomizer bullshit which gives you some random card for 3 tokens. You can also buy these tokens for real money and then go through the randomizer to use tokens bought with real money to give you some random Speed Cards if you feel like you’re dumb fuck who literally spends real money for some pointless randomly generated goods. I never asked for this micro-transactions shit. And neither should you. Because it’s making games rotten. Get this shit out of our games. I might stop buying EA games entirely because of it. I stopped buying Ubisoft games entirely. You’re next EA if you continue with this shit (and it doesn’t look like they have any plans to stop it). I’m really sick and tired of this crap. Season passes, DLC’s and shit, fine. It’s real content you can decide for. You know exactly what you’re buying. But paying real money for some randomized garbage with zero actual content value is just dumb. I can’t believe people are so obsessed over it and all game devs are just rushing to include it. I see where this is leading and it’s the future I DON’T want.
No cops what so ever in free roam
When I complained last year for Need for Speed 2016 having absolutely useless cops in free roam, EA representatives assured me that “next NFS game will have badass cops again that will want to take you down!”. Their Twitter rep said almost exactly the same words to my inquiry if cops are any good like month or two ago. Just to realize game after its release that it does NOT have cops in free roam at all. You can forget about insane random cop chases that could last for several minutes. There aren’t ANY cops in free roam. What the fuck EA?! You go on and spend time adding some retarded stupid “Speed Cards” and “loot crate” like system, but you remove cops from Free Roam entirely? Only time I’ve met cops was in scripted “missions”. NFS 2016 was boring because cops were dumb and so slow they didn’t give ANY challenge even for a freaking stock starting car. In NFS:Payback, there simply aren’t any cops. And even those in scripted missions are rather dull and uninspiring. They just chug along and you bump into them till they crash Ugh?. NFS3 in 1998 had more capable cops and we ran the game on freaking Celeron 333MHz CPU’s. Or Most Wanted from 2005 which brought us one of the most epic open world cop chases I’ve encountered to date. Fast forward to 2017 with game running on hexa core CPU at 4.5 GHz and they can’t make some god damn cops that want to chase you if you crash into cars too much or destroy to many objects? C’mon, what’s this bullshit!? Congrats EA, you done fuck up the game at its core already. People bought NFS games because they were fun and they had cops that you could piss off and then wreck them in epic chases while sweating in some dark corner as your cooldown timer was counting down. All this is now gone and you’ve turned the game into a fucking casino with cars. Fuck you EA.
Second thoughts about this game…
Bad thing that I can’t refund the game because I bought it from alternative store. Good thing is I didn’t pay the EA’s asking price for it. Because that would be just a straight rip off. And don’t even think about buying a god damn “Deluxe” version for 80€. I’ll track you down and bitch slap you if you do.
I’ve had some racing across entire map and have done some missions and also done quite a lot of “activities”, but I’m already starting to feel the “boring” part kicking in. Especially seeing how much of this stuff I’ll have to go through to even get to the fun cars. Almost half of the list are some normie cars before you even get to Porsche’s and other more exotic stuff. NFS 2016 had the edge because of traditional car upgrading without stupid Speed Cards, it was exciting to buy new cars and upgrade them while saving for new car till you ran out of garage slots to buy them. And cars had tweaking that actually affected car handling and behavior a lot. While driving model by itself is admittedly pretty good in Payback, none of that fun stuff is in this game. And this is making me angry and disappointed.
If this is “returning to the roots” as EA said when they rebooted the NFS franchise back in 2015 (first on consoles and then 2016 on PC), we don’t seem to be thinking of the same Need for Speed roots apparently…