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Need for Speed Payback

Please note: This game has monetized random reward mechanics, commonly referred to as "loot boxes." These mechanics are similar to gambling and are being investigated by Belgium's Gaming Commission, the Netherlands Gaming Authority, and other government bodies.

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Based on 109 critic reviews
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Need for Speed Payback Reviews Summary

Unremarkable Open World
Vile Gambling Systems
Throwaway Characters

Summary: Need for Speed Payback is a roadblock for the franchise. A grindy progression system backs up mediocre driving, a lifeless open world, and forgettable storytelling.

General Information

Available on:PlayStation 4Nov 10, 2017
Xbox OneNov 10, 2017
PCNov 10, 2017
Xbox Series X/SNov 10, 2020
PlayStation 5Nov 12, 2020

Publisher: Electronic Arts

Genre: Racing

Drive straight into the action on the roads of Fortune Valley with instant access to five uniquely customized and tuned iconic cars, each with exclusive Platinum Blue Tire Smoke.

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5.9 / 10.0

Need for Speed Payback is a big, competent, and confident arcade racer but it's really let down by its linear cop chases, its overwrought and insidious upgrade system, its dreadful dialogue, and its superficial action sequences. It feels fine and it looks flashy, but Payback really went all-in on its direct-to-DVD revenge tale and it was a bust for me.

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No Recommendation / Blank

Need for Speed returns in this, a grossly unremarkable open world racer that marks another step back for the series.

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Enjoyable arcade handling packaged within a game that gets monotonous long before it rewards your time investment.

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Need for Speed Payback successfully returns to its Fast and Furious roots with aplomb, but a focus on the grind and a beautiful but empty world means it ultimately falls short of greatness.

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