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Need for Speed Payback Deluxe Edition Free Download GAMESPACK.NET


Need for Speed Payback Deluxe Edition Free Download GAMESPACK.NET I hope you like the car you choose in Need For Speed Payback. You’ll be spending a good long while with it. For me, almost six hours into the story, I was still driving the Honda S2000 I had picked as my first ride in the opening of Payback’s story campaign. The unrelenting challenge posed by brute-force AI racers prioritizes making upgrades to a single vehicle over acquiring new rides, much less personalizing them. Cars, parts and all of the customization options that have given the Need For Speed franchise its variety and glamor are bought with the same in-game currency, forcing an unpalatable choice: Drive the same car in different races, or drive different cars in the same races, to grind out currency and diversify my holdings. It’s a shame because there’s a strong arcade racer under the hood of Need For Speed Payback. Notwithstanding the lunkhead competitor AI and trivial pursuit vehicles one encounters, the handling and power inside the cars made the strongest invitation for me to explore Payback’s open world — vacant though it is. The wild oversteer and braking power takes some acclimatization, but it’s there to help users of all levels through the game’s wild drift-racing events, and to whip through right angle turns in getaway chases.TOP/BEST ADULT VIDEO GAMES IN UNITED STATES OF AMERICA (USA)

Need for Speed Payback Deluxe Edition Free Download GAMESPACK.NET

Need for Speed Payback Deluxe Edition Free Download GAMESPACK.NET

The problem with Need For Speed Payback is that the cars aren’t really the stars. Neither are the humans, in a hackdraft story that is pure expository dialogue and cornball reversals. Sure, there are three main characters with three specialties — the street racer, the drift/off-roader, the wheelwoman. But to give any of them a new ride — Mustang, Lotus or Charger — is to effectively start over, grinding through low-level races one has already beaten for currency, “speed card” upgrades and other items to then fashion the vehicle into something competitive. And competitive it must be. Each story mission in Need For Speed Payback helpfully gives a recommended vehicle rating to beat it. A car that matches that rating, or is even 15 points better, is still going to have a hard time on the first try or two. Cars south of that number by more than 5 points will be left in the dust, particularly in technical events like drift racing on pavement. I don’t mind a stout challenge, even in an arcade racer where I know the AI is going to race a perfect line and hit each corner at top speed.

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The progressively better handling and higher performance of unlocked vehicles in Need For Speed Payback did feel like a reward for learning how to gut out white-knuckle laps with shaky rides earlier in the game. It would be a lot different if the story’s detours from street racing to the drag races and getaways paid off with better cars on the spot, or resources to apply toward ones sitting idle (speed cards awarded in these events are applicable to the class of car that raced them). Cars may be unlocked after beating questline events but they still have to be bought with the same in-game currency used to tune up everything else you race. Somewhat to the game’s credit, you can’t just buy a tranche of that currency for real-world money. But it is part of the “shipments” that are available for “speed points” which are available for real dough. So while the road between real cash and in-game currency isn’t direct, it’s still paved and waiting for those who wish to take it. Shipments still come every day for logging in, and they include a chunk of in-game cash, a batch of parts tokens (exchanged on a 3:1 basis for a speed card) and a vanity item that can be exchanged for the aforementioned money.American Truck Simulator

Need for Speed Payback Deluxe Edition Free Download GAMESPACK.NET

Need for Speed Payback Deluxe Edition Free Download GAMESPACK.NET

It’s not an extravagant bounty but it is a help. Still, Need For Speed Payback’s punishing grind, loot boxes and multiple currencies offers a tacit encouragement to spend money to bypass its automotive chores while holding a fig leaf over the bad PR of a true pay-to-win scenario. A more user-friendly system would allow drivers, as they tackle one branch of the street racing series, to put what they earn from it into a new vehicle for another. But in every race I felt I had to bring a car with optimum performance to the starting line. The closest I came to a real economy of scale is where I plowed through the initial getaway storyline with few upgrades to the car (a really smooth Audi SS Sportback), because none of the events were against a racing field. I used everything I earned from that — currency and speed cards — to acquire a suped-up Honda NSX Type R and easily pass the first two events of the drift-racing storyline. But then I was still quickly out of dough, feeling forced to push money into the braking and nitrous upgrades that sustain the long power slides that win those beauty pageants. There’s a live-tuning option (for attributes like vehicle stance, brake bias and the like) that I appreciated because it didn’t require me to fast-travel to a garage.

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It’s particularly useful for the drifting cars, but it took a lot of trial-and-error to get it to a point where I could feather the brakes and gas (or hit the NO2) to keep a long slide going. Need for Speed Payback is one step forwards and two steps back for EA’s 23-year-old racing series. While Payback does fix a host of the 2015 Need for Speed reboot’s missteps, it also brushes away a lot of the stuff developer Ghost Games got right at that time. You see, Need for Speed 2015 brought with it a resurrection of the spirit of 2003 and 2004’s successful Underground games and saw the return of meaningful performance and visual customisation. Between all the hokey live-action, first-person fist-bumping it also revolved around encounters with real-world automotive icons. That’s an idea I still genuinely like. Of course, it was very short, the world was largely empty, there initially wasn’t any drag racing, and you couldn’t even pause the game in single-player. It was flawed, no doubt. Payback remedies all that latter stuff. There’s a much longer experience here – it took me around 17 hours to complete the story alone. Plus, the world is filled with extra activities and events, drag racing is included from the get-go, and yes, you can pause it.Assetto Corsa

Need for Speed Payback Deluxe Edition Free Download GAMESPACK.NET

Need for Speed Payback Deluxe Edition Free Download GAMESPACK.NET

Truly a novelty. You may have heard that Payback has dialled back on the pure street racing focus in favour of a self-described “action driving” experience. The reality is that racing still pads out the bulk of the driving in Payback and the new “action driving” stuff is limited to a small handful of movie-inspired sequences and Payback’s new police pursuit system. They may look exciting on the surface, but they aren’t really that demanding; unlike, say, the Stuntman games, Payback doesn’t require us to do any of the trickier stuff ourselves – the game takes over all the cool bits. We’re just driving from cutscene to cutscene. They’re well-executed, particularly how they seamlessly swap you between characters and vehicles (like the opening moments of Forza Horizon 3), but they’re completely scripted. Fast and frantic, but shallow and not worth replaying. They’re really just built to service Payback’s paper-thin story, which starts with a confounding succession of betrayals and ends without ever really going anywhere interesting. The cop chases feel largely neutered too; escaping police is now a totally linear exercise.

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where we have to follow a set path via checkpoints within a time limit instead of improvising and doing something unpredictable to throw them off. Taking down cop cars in these events has a welcome enough Burnout 3 flavour to it – muscling your pursuers into spectacular slow-motion collisions with poles and parked cars is fun – but I don’t think it was worth losing proper pursuits for. No more darting down random side-streets at the last second to shake the fuzz, or parking in a dimly-lit area with the engine off, like Need for Speed 2015. There aren’t any cops around during free-roam, either; they’re only present in story missions or at certain triggers spread around the map that will initiate another linear, pre-set chase. Payback changes things up slightly in the penultimate race event, where it adds cops in the middle of an actual race, but otherwise police pursuits are basically now just time trials where the AI is trying to stop you. The cop AI seems robust enough, and they’ll work on boxing you in when they have the numbers, but I didn’t find them too dangerous. They’re supernaturally fast (as usual, standard issue Crown Vics are able to go doorhandle-to-doorhandle with seven-figure supercars) but player-controlled cars are incredibly powerful battering rams, tearing through cop cars like a bad curry through a colon.

It’s hard being Need For Speed in these modern times. The old staples that once ensured a Christmas chart-topping release—puke green Skylines out-NOSing each other to the finish line—have drifted out of contemporary appeal in the wake of Forza’s blockbuster simcade titles. 2015’s series reboot didn’t set the 23-year-old franchise back on track, and sadly nor has this much more ambitious effort from Ghost Games. The problems begin with the esteem Need For Speed Payback holds the Fast and Furious franchise in. After all, if Vin Diesel one liner-ing his way through wafer-thin scripts about cars driving through skyscrapers makes for a box office smash, why can’t a game appeal to that same appetite? Everything about Payback—the quasi-Vegas setting Fortune City; the revenge plot; the love for tuners getting airborne and smashing things—harks back to those movies. Those movies which, famously, exist on a precarious ‘so bad it’s good’ appeal hanging above every set-piece like the sword of Damocles. That appeal, the central kitsch of F&F, is lost in translation in Payback. The Hollywood set-pieces are jarring cut-scenes that rob you of the satisfaction of pulling them off, and the corny dialogue comes across as inept, rather than knowing.

Need for Speed Payback Deluxe Edition Free Download GAMESPACK.NET

Need for Speed Payback Deluxe Edition Free Download GAMESPACK.NET

Central trio Mac, Tyler, and Jess have voice talent trying their hardest to make their lines sound like human beings communicating, but there’s evidently only so much you can do with lines like “Wow, the torque on this thing!” and “Guess I’ll just have to beat you all.” Payback also badly is misjudges its pacing and draws out any sense of progression. This is an open-world game of The Crew and Forza Horizon’s mould, full of race events which become available as you make your way through the story, and shorter activities you can partake in upon discovering them. As the game’s radio frequently reminds you, this means there’s always something new to do in Fortune Valley—perhaps a new batch of drift storyline events, a jump to earn a three-star rating on, or a rival racer to beat in an impromptu faceoff. That’s the theory, at least. In reality Fortune Valley just isn’t a very interesting place to drive through. Police appear only at scripted points during races so there’s no cop-baiting to be had while cruising. Finding jumps, speed traps, and billboards to smash quickly becomes repetitive, and doing these activities is required if you want to customise your car’s appearance. In other words, if you want to do the thing Need For Speed has been about for over a decade (turning road cars into wide-body monstrosities.Forza Horizon 5

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