Electronic Arts launched the bestselling ‘Need for Speed Rivals’ as a launch title on current-gen consoles the Xbox One and Sony PlayStation 4. The open-world arcade racer took the series back to its roots with adrenaline-tinged racing and some of the hottest supercars to have ever been produced. While ‘Need for Speed Rivals’ is today among the best arcade racers of recent times, there are plenty others worth checking out for a new Point of Difference. Listed below are our recommendations for the Top 5 Best Alternative Titles to ‘Need for Speed Rivals’:
1. Forza Horizon 2
This Xbox One exclusive (also available on the Xbox 360) is a brilliant semi-simulation open-world racer. Some of the supercars featured in the game include: the Lamborghini Huracán LP610-4 and the Veneno, the McLaren P1, the LaFerrari, the Koenigsegg Agera, and the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport. This time the series returns to the track in the south of France and parts of northern Italy. Players take part in the fictional Horizon Festival, and the ‘Dynamic Weather System’ is a series-first.
Disney Interactive takes a stab at the action-racing genre by putting racers in high-octane sequences that look like they’ve been directed by Michael Bay. In this game, it’s not about the cars as much as watching out for ‘powerplays’ activated by opponents that are potentially destructive. Imagine going head first into a passenger jet on an airport runaway or buildings collapsing all around you like a scene out of Transformers. The only arsenal you have is in the form of these ‘powerplays’ which build up over time, driving like a maniac drifting and drafting behind opponents. Players are participants in a reality TV show ‘Split/Second’ with each episode unlocking newer maps and faster cars.
3. Burnout Paradise
Before Criterion shifted focus to EA’s ‘Need for Speed’ franchise, the company was well-known for the highly-acclaimed ‘Burnout’ series. ‘Burnout Paradise’ is the tribute to the old Criterion – in other words it’s all about raising hell! The game kicks off with Guns ‘n’ Roses ‘Paradise City’ as you have arrive… in Paradise City, where all heal is about to break lose. Race, Marked Man, Road Rage, and Stunt game modes allow you to take down opponents, win races and experience spectacular crashes all in an open-world. ‘Burnout Paradise’ is the best of the franchise all-in-one neat, tidy package.
4. Midnight Club Los Angeles
Rockstar’s ‘Midnight Club’ series has always held its own against the Need for Speed franchise. In ‘Midnight Club: Los Angeles’, the City of Angels is re-created in its entirety as racers partake in different races to level up, earn cash and buy hot new rides. New to the series is the Highway Battle Mode that puts you up against other racers on crowded freeways. Both cars and bikes allow for the use of powers that were introduced in the previous installment ‘Midnight Club 3: DUB Edition’.
5. Need for Speed Hot Pursuit
Now, I know what you’re thinking… A Need for Speed alternative for Need for Speed? As it turns out, Electronic Arts teamed up with ‘Burnout’ developer Criterion Games to release one of the best titles in the NFS franchise. ‘Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit’ returned the series to its roots, taking inspiration from the 1998 classic of the same name. Though similar to Rivals, ‘Need for Speed Hot Pursuit’ is a nostalgic title that for most gamers is a welcome trip down memory lane.