The PS4 launches later this week, and there’s no shortage of quality titles to pick up at launch. We’ve already covered a number of titles such as NBA 2K14, Knack, and Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag, but now it’s time to burn some rubber with Need for Speed: Rivals.
Here are five reasons that you should be paying attention to the next-gen racer.
The Only Next-Gen Racing Game on PS4
I guess we can make an addition to that previous sentence, as Need for Speed: Rivals is the only next-generation racer launching alongside the PlayStation 4. After Driveclub was delayed, there’s quite literally nowhere else to turn. Rivals is no mere consolation prize, however, and has been shaping up to be the best racing game in the PS4’s lineup since E3.
The Return of Ferrari to NFS
Casual racing fan may not have noticed, but Ferrari, one of the most recognizable brands on the planet, has been absent from the Need for Speed franchise since 2002’s Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit 2. The car maker is coming back to the series in a big way with six different cars, including the sublime 458 Italia and hyper-exclusive Enzo.
Ghost Games and Criterion Games Have the Cred
Rivals is co-developed by Ghost Games and Criterion Games; Criterion’s Burnout series, as well as their Hot Pursuit and Most Wanted reboots, have earned them a racing pedigree, but who are Ghost Games? They’re a new studio founded just to make Need for Speed games, taking staff from Slightly Mad Studios (NFS: Shift), Turn 10 (Forza Motorsport), and even DICE executive producer Marcus Nilsson. There’s no shortage of gearheads at Ghost, and they’re even working with the stunning Frostbite 3 engine that powers Battlefield 4.