A quickie for today… Those who have bought into Electronic Arts’ EA Access program have gotten a chance to play the upcoming Need for Speed reboot a few days before the official launch next Tuesday, and most aren’t happy. The first fifteen minutes of the game have been posted on YouTube by MotoGames TV, and unfortunately the racing itself has taken a back seat to intrusive elements that aren’t appealing to anybody looking to sink some serious time into the title. An emphasis on ebonics, stereotypical characters, and plot holes are making it a chore for players to see everything Need for Speed has to offer.
EA might mean well in their effort to flesh out the world in which the game takes place, but the final product comes across as an awkward high school production with a multi-million dollar budget.
And unfortunately, the racing itself leaves a lot to be desired. These kind of initial impressions are huge, as it was quietly leaked earlier this year that 2015’s entry is the last attempt at saving Need for Speed – a franchise that has pushed out uninspired games on a yearly basis since 2006. The source of this info comes from a rumor posted online in late 2014, but given how many aspects of the rumor were proven to be true now that most people have the game in their hands, it’s a safe bet that if this game flops, Need for Speed is dead.
And flop, it shall.
Roll in Pepperonis, Need for Speed. You were okay, I guess..