Need for Speed Payback sees you taking the wheel and controlling three characters in total, with Tyler, Mac, and Jess fighting back against a group known as The House. This group pretty much controls everything, so it's up to you and a few smaller groups you meet in events along the way to fight back and take them down the only way you can. No, not by actual force silly, as these guys never get out their cars to even chat with each other the lazy buggers. These guys, of course, use their own unique driving skill they each have while playing through the tier based events to unravel the story. while at the same time smashing the holy hell out the lovely place that is Fortune Valley along the way. If you're going into a Need for Speed game expecting a story that will hook you in, then I really don't know what I can tell you, as the whole game is pretty much a what would the guys in Fast & Furious do when it comes to any sort of big moments in the game. Any sane person would think about stealing a car while it was parked up in a garage, but this bunch of misfits say OH HELLLLLL NAAAAA to such simple thinking, and would rather drive alongside a lorry doing 100mph and jump on it and drive that sucka out the back while it was still moving. Why you ask? Because they're young, cool, and give zero shi**, That's why.
Away from the story, the game does offer a lot of things to do, with the likes of collecting chips, smashing up billboards, collecting bait crates, and racing against other racers that are shown as arrows on the map as you venture around Fortune Valley. Take down these small racers a number of times to face their boss, but once again it's a lot more of the same seen in the events of the story so it can become a little too much if you feel like you need a break from these events. On top of this you also have small little tasks to do on the roads while travelling to places, with drift zones, speed traps, speed runs, and jumps littering most of the roads.These not only offer friend leaderboards for you to beat, but also give the chance of earning stars for shipments cases which allow you to fully pimp out your cars with vanity items such as smoke, lights, and horns, while also giving you cash and tokens for a spin of the wheel for speed cards at item shops. Speed cards are essentially cards that boost the performance of your car in a certain area, with cards allowing you to try your best to boost your favourite car and make it able for you to stick with it for a while.
Also in terms of looks, I've got to say I was expecting much more from this. Sure it looks alright in places, but at times when cars were loading up, I could literally watch then load in pixel by pixel, the same can be said for scenery and the road surface too. I came out not being impressed at all by the visuals.
Overall: Need For Speed Payback was just alright I guess is the short way of saying things. If you enjoy your arcade style racers and the series in the past, this will offer a good week or two of game time in return. Those wanting something a bit different won't find that here, with the game coming out pretty much what I was expecting in terms of storyline hook and content. Playing this on my launch day console and Xbox One S, I can't say it came anywhere close to the likes of Forza 3 when it comes to looks and content, and you can pick that up these days for under £25.00.