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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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Fortnite Was The Most-Played Nintendo Switch Game Of 2018

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Fortnite is dominant on every platform its own.

Nintendo has revealed that Fortnite was the most-played Switch games of 2018.

The free-to-play title from Epic Games topped a list of the 21 most-played titles, with Nintendo’s own IPs rounding out the remainder of the top five.

This is especially impressive considering Fortnite launched six months into the year. By October, almost half of Switch users worldwide had it installed.

Here’s the full list of most-played Switch games for 2018. Are you surprised by the results?

  1. Fortnite
  2. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
  3. Super Mario Odyssey
  4. Splatoon 2
  5. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
  6. FIFA 19
  7. Minecraft
  8. Pokemon: Let’s Go, Pikachu
  9. Pokemon: Let’s Go, Eevee
  10. Xenoblade Chronicles 2
  11. The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim
  12. Rocket League
  13. Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle
  14. Pokemon Quest
  15. Stardew Valley
  16. Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2
  17. Octopath Traveler
  18. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
  19. Paladins
  20. Super Mario Party
  21. Mario Tennis Aces
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This Is Mortal Kombat 11’s Official Cover, What Do You Think?

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Mortal Kombat 11 official Cover art with Scorpion

It’s familiar, but different; simpler, but engaging.

Mortal Kombat creator Ed Boon has revealed the official cover art for Mortal Kombat 11, and its of little surprise that it only features Scorpion.

Compared to Mortal Kombat 10, the overall design is brighter and simpler, featuring a yellow, hot background that surprisingly works well with Scorpion’s yellow outfit.

Scorpion’s pose is imposing, and its interesting that NetherRealm chose go with the more modern version of the character rather than the classic one that appeared in the reveal trailer.

Mortal Kombat 11 releases on April 23, 2019 on PC, PS4, Xbox One, and Switch.

What do you think about the cover art? Better yet, what’s you favorite Mortal Kombat cover art of all time? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

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Epic Games Store New Return Policy Allows Unlimited Refunds, But…

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Gamers get more leniency and a simplified verification process.

Epic has updated the Epic Games Store’s return policy to make it more competitive with other digital storefronts.

With the old policy, you were allowed just two refunds per year, but now everyone has unlimited refunds within 14 days of purchase and with under two hours played.

The Epic Games Store doesn’t have a “self-service” solution, at least not yet, so you will have to go through Customer Support to request a refund.

A change was also made to the verification process for receiving a refund. Customers no longer have to provide their IP address, last four digits of the card used, account creation date, and other information if the return meets the set criteria, though a contact form will still need to be used.

Epic plans to add more regional pricing options to the store. There are currently 30 different regions available, encompassing a total of 130 countries.

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Chinese Minecraft Player Spent Entire Year Creating Awesome Cyberpunk City

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There is seemingly no limits to the scale and creativity one can realize in the blocky world of Minecraft.

Indeed, in Minecraft, you let your imagination run wild, and
we’ve seen some truly awe-inspiring creations

This cyberpunk city by Chinese Minecraft player AZTTER has to be one of the coolest ever.

The man has the patience and persistence of a winner, seeing as it took him an entire year to build it from the ground up.

The results speak for themselves …

Forget about the lights — just look at the scale of it all! AZTTER is bone fide champ.

Have you seen a city as impressive in MinecraftLet us know in the comments below.

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Amazon Is Working On A Game Streaming Service

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The e-Comm tech giant’s ambitions for world domination could span the full breath of gaming.

Looking to get in on the game streaming business early, Amazon is reportedly working on its very own game streaming service.

This particular segment of the video game industry is seen by many as the future of gaming.

According to sources familiar with Amazon’s plans, development of Amazon’s game streaming service is already underway, and the company has been in negotiations with game publishers to use the service. If all goes according to plan, it could launch sometime in 2020.

Amazon isn’t the only company looking to capitalize on the promising segment. Other big-names investigating or actively perusing ways to make game streaming viable include Google with Project Stream.

Sony already has PlayStation Now, and Microsoft is working on Project xCloud alongside the hardware for its next-generation console. Even game publishers like EA are working on their own solutions.

There is clearly money to be made in the game streaming arena, and Amazon wants a lot of that money.

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Sony Has Sold Over 91 Million PS4 Consoles, With About As Many PSN Active Users On Board

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The PlayStation 4 is a runaway hit with gamers, at least when compared to the Xbox One.

Sony has confirmed that more than 5.6 million PS4 consoles were sold worldwide during the 2018 holiday season, pushing the console’s all-time sales to an impressive 91.6 million units since its introduction in late 2013.

Over 50.7 million games were sold on the PS4 during the season, both digitally and at retail, and Spider-Man was by far the best-selling exclusive of the entire year.

Keep in mind that these are sell-through numbers, meaning sold to consumers rather than to retail outlets.

As for the number of monthly active users on the PlayStation Network,
Sony recorded over 90 million users as of the end of November, 2018.

Not every user is a paid Plus subscriber, but the impressive figure is a testament to the large, highly-connected community the company has diligently built with quality games and services.

Are you one of the over 90 million PS4 owners? How has the console treated you?

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