|EA's long-running cat-and-mouse racing series returns with more police chases, a new scoring system, and seamless multiplayer action in Need for Speed Rivals. Gamers head to the open world of Redview County, where they can play as a lone racer looking to outsmart and outmaneuver the fuzz, or they can join a crew of cops and try to track down flamboyant speedsters. A variety of gadgets and abilities are available to each side, with racers using turbo boosts, electromagnetic pulses, and jammers, and the police calling in roadblocks and helicopter support.
The new all-or-nothing scoring system rewards racers with multipliers and quicker progression if they can remain on the lam for as long as possible before finding a hideout, but if the cops make a bust, they earn all the points. Players can choose from more than a dozen supremely powered supercars, including the BMW M3 GTS, the Ferrari Enzo, and the Hennessey Venom GT, and each vehicle can be upgraded with new paintjobs, decals, rims, license plates, and performance enhancements. The new All-Drive system is designed to offer a seamless transition between multiplayer action and solo adventures, letting gamers challenge friends to races at any time, without the need for lobbies.