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Need for Speed Rivals



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

What parents need to know

Educational value

Need For Speed Rivals wasn't created with educational intent, and we don't recommend it for learning.

Positive messages

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.


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.


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.

What's it about?

As with the many Need For Speed games before it, NEED FOR SPEED RIVALS is a multiplatform arcade racing game that lets you play either as the street racer trying to avoid the authorities or as the police determined to catch up to the reckless racers. In Rivals, playing as either side of the law comes with its own distinct career experiences, each with its own set of challenges, rewards, weapons, tech, and cars. Along with stunning environments, high-definition cars, and special effects (powered by the advanced Frostbite 3 engine), this game also boasts an all-new scoring system and multiple solo, cooperative ("co-op"), and head-to-head game modes.

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.

Families can talk 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.

Game details

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
Developer:Electronic Arts
Release date:November 22, 2013
Topics:Cars and trucks, Magic and fantasy
ESRB rating:E10+ for Mild Violence

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Teen, 16 years old Written byMalik1Saad2 July 8, 2015

Great game

All you do is race and break the law.
Kid, 10 years old April 20, 2015

A game about doing illegal things.

To family's, I don't want you immediately saying... "Oh. Your being illegal and running from police. No good." Well first of all the things you are doing may be illegal but it's not like Grand Theft Auto or something where you try to kill police men and women. It's really just racing. Plus if you really want you can be a police man or woman and catch the bad guys. There is no foul language and a small but of violence. I must say it is a little bit hard to play. Even I had trouble. The controls may be hard at first but you adapt. Why it's really hard is because as the racer mode, you must bank all money you make or it is lost. That is why I don't think anyone 7 or under should play this game. As a finishing note, no people are seen,no blood,and you can't die. Also it is strictly online and your child or you could hear people online.
What other families should know
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Kid, 12 years old April 24, 2016

Good Game

This game is good. If you want to be a police man when you're older, get it, or a street racer likewise. You pick a side, racer or cop, after trialing with both. Language is barely used, violence is only when you continuously crash; as the screen darkens. Sex, alcohol and drugs aren't included, so get the game.
What other families should know
Great role models
Easy to play/use


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