Parents' Guide to

Need for Speed Rivals

By Marc Saltzman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Race as or against the police in this arcade driving game.

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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this game.

Community Reviews

age 13+

Based on 1 parent review

age 13+

Good but violent

This game is really a slightly convoluted version of cops and robbers. Although the gameplay is realistic but kid friendly some of the story isnt. In cutscenes there are videos of armed police raiding places, public disorder and a disturbing story of a police officer severely injured on duty.

This title has:

Easy to play/use
Too much violence

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (1):
Kids say (25):

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.

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