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The parents' guide to what's in this game.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Need For Speed Rivals is an arcade driving game that lets you play as a street-racing gang or the police in an attempt to outrace their rivals. There are realistic crashes, which you can initiate, along with weapons such as spikes and pulse blasts. Gamers who play online might hear inappropriate language.
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Is it any good?
Played on a PlayStation 4, Need For Speed Rivals is an exhilarating racer with multiple cars and courses, fun ways to try to take down the enemy, incredible graphics (especially on next-gen platforms), and a blurring of the lines between solo and multiplayer games with a smart feature called AllDrive. This new addition to the series seamlessly fuses your accomplishments between on- and offline modes and connects you with your friend's games. Gamers who prefer a simulation might prefer to stick with the Gran Turismo or Forza Motorsport franchises for Sony and Microsoft consoles, respectively, but for pure, unadulterated fun behind the wheel, Need For Speed Rivals delivers a huge thrill. Note: All versions of the game are the same.
Talk to your kids about ...
Is Need For Speed Rivals appropriate? Although no one gets hurt, is it OK to simulate being chased by the police and causing them to crash? Is it OK, or even healthy, for games to take us away from reality for a while? Here's a handy video for parents on choosing the right games for your family.
- Platforms: PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox 360, Xbox One
- Subjects: Math: estimation
Science: momentum, physics
- Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: applying information, memorization, strategy
Self-Direction: effort, goal-setting, work to achieve goals
Collaboration: cooperation, teamwork
- Price: $59.99
- Available online? Available online
- Developer: Electronic Arts
- Release date: November 22, 2013
- Genre: Racing
- Topics: Cars and Trucks, Magic and Fantasy
- ESRB rating: E10+ for Mild Violence
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