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Need for Speed Rivals Review: The Best Need for Speed to Date?

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The Need for Speed racing game series has always been about fast-paced action, as you drive the latest and hottest sports cars through an assortment of realistically-rendered locations, sometimes with the police on your tail. The latest installment, Need for Speed: Rivals, stays true to the tried and tested formula, but offers a rich, more engaging gameplay experience.

Story

Unlike in the other games in the series, there is no pretense of a story in Rivals. All the player has to do is choose a side — racer or cop — as he or she sets out to defeat the other side in various challenges involving hot cars. The action takes place in Redview County, a fictional area of the United States filled with many unique locations and unseen trails just begging to be discovered.

While there is no story, the ability to unlock new levels and cars, as well as numerous other perks, provide plenty of motivation to see challenges to the end.

Gameplay

The gameplay in Need for Speed: Rivals is solid and is arguably the best yet in the franchise. It combines the best bits from each of its predecessors, such as the awesome open world experience that made Most Wanted the best game in the series, and the fast-paced driving and cop chases that made Hot Pursuit a cult hit. A dynamic weather system greatly contributes to the game’s sense of realism.

Speed points are gathered as you play, which can be used to customize your car in many different ways. And as expected, there are many sports cars and supercars to choose from, and they all look and feel great. As a racer, you can enhance them with such cool features as nitrous or turbo boosts; as a cop, your options include spike strips, electric shocks, and numerous other gadgets that shut down any illegal racer. Considering that we have seen most of the cop weapons in Hot Pursuit, a little more variety would have been appreciated.

Multiplayer

The multiplayer system is a key highlight of Rivals. Called ‘AllDrive’ and described as “destroying the line between single player and multiplayer”, it blends seamlessly with single-player mode, allowing players to transition from single-player mode to playing with friends almost seamlessly. Co-op play is also part of the packaged experience.

Graphics & Sound

As hinted earlier, Rivals is the best-looking Need for Speed game to date, benefiting from some of the latest in graphic technologies. Complementing the nicely-detailed and rendered cars are beautifully-imagined locations that sometimes make you want you to pull over to take in the scenery.

Like the graphic, there was no corner-cutting with the game’s sound. The cars sound as they should, while the selection of background music is composed of the latest in rock, hip hop and dubstep. Everything sounds great, adding to the impressive sense of immersion.

Conclusion

In the end, Need for Speed: Rivals brings a solid racing experience that will surely be fun for anyone remotely interested in fast cars and driving fast. Even if it suffers from a lack of variety at times, it more than makes up for it by giving us a detailed game world that we can easily sink hours into. And for that, it gets an 8 out of 10.

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New Xbox Is Four Times More Powerful Than Xbox One

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It’s true — the new Xbox releases in 2020 with Halo and is leaps and bounds more powerful than the Xbox One.

The earlier leaks regarding the next-generation Xbox console’s power, release date and launch game were true.

At E3 2019, Microsoft confirmed that the new Xbox — codenamed “Project Scarlett” — sources its computing power from an Advanced Micro Devices chip that makes it four times more powerful than the Xbox One X.

It is able to show up to 120 frames per second (twice the speed of the average TV) and features a solid-state drive that allows games to load much faster than on older mechanical hard drives.

The new Xbox will be released during the 2020 holiday season, with Halo: Infinite as a launch title.

It is shaping up to give the PlayStation 5 a serious run for it’s money. Are you excited? What do you hope for?

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Halo: Infinite Releases With New Xbox, Watch The E3 Trailer

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Fans of Halo might shed a tear or two while watching the latest trailer.

E3 2019 brought us a new trailer for Halo: Infinite, as well as a release window for the game.

The sci-fi first-person shooter sees the return of Master Chief, and it takes the Halo franchise in” ambitious, unexpected directions.”

Seeing master chief resuscitated back to life to “finish the fight” will surely make quite a few hardcore Halo fans shed a tear. Watch the trailer and let us know what you think in the comments below…

Halo: Infinite will be released during holiday 2020 as a lunch title for the new Xbox console (AKA Project Scarlett).

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Cyberpunk 2077 Stars Keanu Reeves, Releases April 16, 2020

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It’s a pleasant surprise, to say the least. Are your surprised?

CD Projekt Red used E3 2019 to release a new Cyberpunk 2077 trailer that reveals Keanu Reeves as the main star.

Not only that, but the big-name Hollywood actor also stepped onto the stage after the trailer was shown to announce the long-awaited RPG ‘s release date.

Isn’t he such a wonderful man? Watch the trailer and let us know what you think…

Cyberpunk 2077 comes out on April 16, 2019. Are you happy to see Keanu Reeves as the main star?

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Xbox “Scarlett” Can Do 120FPS And 8K, Releases Holiday 2020

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Halo: Infinite could very well be a launch title.

Several leaks suggest might have revealed some titillating details about the Xbox Scarlett family of consoles, as well as the release window for Halo: Infinite.

According to leaker Sabi, Scarlett supports up to 120fps and is backwards compatible with all Xbox consoles of the past. The Elite Controller will apparently be “extra special.”

Finally, Halo: Infinite will supposedly be released during holiday 2020 as an Xbox “Scareltt” launch title.

Stayed tuned to GameTribute to see if any of this proves true, as well as for the latest video game news and trailers.

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Check Out The New Doom Eternal Trailer

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As expected, Doom Eternal looks crazy intense.

E3 2019 brought us two major videos of Doom Eternal — an official story trailer and some gameplay footage.

The story trailer (above) revels in the game’s weird and intense biblical imagery, while the gameplay footage (below) shows off its intense gameplay, flashy UI and wide array of collectibles.

A new multiplayer mode called Battlemode pits two player-controlled demons against a single player-controlled Slayer to see who’s the last one standing.

Bethesda also announced a big special edition of Doom Eternal that come with a wearable Slayer helmet and story DLC.


By the look of things, fans of Doom are in for more of what the love about the series. Doom Eternal releases on PC, Xbox One, Switch and PS4 on November 22, 2019.

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Do You Already Hate The Sonic Movie?

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The new Sonic movie trailer has everyone horrified and confused. Are you?

To the say the first official trailer for the Sonic the Hedgehog film is a head-scratcher would the understatement of a lifetime. It is WACK!

We get a look at Sonic rendered in real life, as well as Jim Carrey’s Doctor Ivo “Eggman” Robotnik. If the tagline “Every hero has a genesis” is anything to go by, the movie will be an origin story for the blue hedgehog that was an integral part of our 90s gaming experience but struggles in today’s video game market.

To be honest, he looks downright creepy, which probably wouldn’t have been the case if the designers went for a cuter, more compact aesthetic like in the original 2D Sonic games.

Instead, we get scruffy, frizzy-looking creature “thing” that could easily be mistaken for an extremely lean man in a full-body costume, a man who likely skipped leg day one too many times.

Something along the line of Detective Pikachu would have definitely be more palatable, don’t you think?

If you hate Sonic’s look, enough to even be reluctant to watch the movie, you’re not alone. Reactions to the trailer have been hilarious , and the film’s official Twitter account has been swamped with thousands of responses.

So, are you happy with the direction Sega and Paramount took with the live-action Sonic movie? Let us know in the comments below.

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