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Video: Need For Speed returns with Payback

by on June 2, 2017

We had a tease yesterday, with a very, oversaturated image, that some believed had the Space Needle from Seattle in the background, while others argued that it was a building in Las Vegas. In the end however, both sides were wrong. Today, EA and Ghost Games have unveiled the newest entry in the Need for Speed line, subtitled, Payback, due to be released November 10th for PS4, Xbox One and PC. Sorry Switch fans, nothing was said about Nintendo’s newest console.

NFS: Payback, looks to be a fresh take on the franchise, sort of, while still offering player some of the things they’ve grown to love. First, the game will take place in a fictional city called Fortune Valley. Secondly, the folks at Ghost Games have taken a page out of RockStar North’s book and will make the player play as three different characters, Tyler, Mac and Jess and you probably guessed it, they are the obligatory white guy, black guy and female characters. Apparently this time around, the story mode is going to be front and center. Just not very original, the bad guys… yeah, a “Cartel,” known as the “House.” EA calls the game’s story, a gripping story of betrayal and revenge, full of intense heist missions, high stake car battles, epic cop pursuits and jaw dropping set pieces.” 

“Players will take on the roles of three distinct playable characters reunited by a quest for vengeance against The House, a nefarious cartel that rules the city’s casinos, criminals and cops. Each driver must take on races, missions and challenges to earn the respect of the Valley’s underground and enter the ultimate race to take down The House.”

So basically it’s the same basically formula, you, an unknown racer, will take down a cartel, by… racing?!? Ok, normally it takes cops, swat teams and FBI agents with guns and plans and sting operations to take down a Cartel, but hey, I guess if you’re fast in car, same thing. This game must exist in the same world as The Fast and Furious. Where thuggy street racers can suddenly become the world’s best hackers and superheros.

As I mentioned previously, there are still elements of the franchise that players have come to love, still found here in Payback, like the deep car customization. EA says that Payback will have the deepest customization the series has ever seen. One feature that’s new and sounds cool, assuming you win, is the new betting system. Players can wager money on their performance and if they win, get a nice fat payday. If they lose? They lose it all.


As with any game these days, a pre-order bonus is available, the Platinum Car Park. This pack gives players five extra cars at launch, each with a special “blue tire smoke” when burning rubber. The cars in the pack are:

  • Nissan 350Z 2008
  • Chevrolet Camaro SS 1967
  • Dodge Charger R/T 1969
  • Ford F-150 Raptor 2016
  • Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport 2016

But wait, there’s more, order within the next 5 mins…. I’m kidding, sort of. There’s not hurry or incentive or order now, but there is more. A deluxe edition, most likely the $99 version (though no price has been mentioned) will also be available. The deluxe edition will also feature the Platinum Car Pack, but will also include bonuses like a special license plate, NOS color, in-game discounts and XP bonuses. Plus, you can play the game three days earlier than everyone else. Is that worth the extra $40? Three days and NOS color? You decide.