Need for Speed Rivals
By Marc Saltzman,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Race as or against the police in this arcade driving game.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Need For Speed Rivals wasn't created with educational intent, and we don't recommend it for learning.
The game's message is mixed: On one hand you can play as the police to catch fast drivers breaking the law (good), but you also can be chased by the police and cause them to crash their cars (bad).
Positive Role Models
The game has you play either a police officer or a street racer, "to gain the upper hand by any means necessary," says Electronic Arts. As a result, the role models can be good or bad, depending on what you choose.
Ease of Play
The game is fairly easy to play using the console controller, plus there's a tutorial and some in-game aids you can activate.
Violence & Scariness
Although no one gets hurt in the game, there are many car crashes you can initiate, plus there are weapons that can be used such as spike strips and electromagnetic pulses. Crashes are realistic in nature.
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Products & Purchases
There is downloadable content in the game, available for real money, but the first car (a 2015 Mustang) is free.
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. Under the CCPA law you have the right to protect your personal information. Make a Do Not Sell request to Need for Speed Rivals.
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Need for Speed Rivals
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What’s It About?
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
- Available online?: Available online
- Publisher: Electronic Arts
- Release date: November 22, 2013
- Genre: Racing
- Topics: Cars and Trucks, Magic and Fantasy
- ESRB rating: E10+ for Mild Violence
- Last updated: August 25, 2016
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