The first major Need for Speed Payback update is set to release December 19. Not only will several abandoned cars ( Mazda RX-7 Spirit R, Volvo 242DL, Volvo Amazon P130, Plymouth Barracuda, Nissan Skyline 2000 GTR and the BMW M3 Evolution II E30) start appearing in Fortune Valley for free, but there’ll be a new type of event to compete in called Speedcross. This will be available for Deluxe Owners, and can be purchased separately.
Here’s more info on the Need for Speed Payback Speedcross mode:
Take control of Mac as you go up against a number of drivers from all over the world, with cities such as Palmont, Bayview, Rockport, Fairhaven and Olympic City all represented, with the ultimate goal of beating the reigning champion, The Barracuda.
Speedcross is an event that focuses on scoring as many points as you can through a pre-determined course. Go big, and go fast as you score points in each of the following areas; Drift Zones, Jumps, Speedtraps and Smackables.
The introduction of Speedcross will also include sixteen brand new events, split across four zones; Canyon, Airfield, Construction and Ember valley.
Two new cars will be added within the Speedcross pack, the Mini John Cooper Works Countryman and the Infiniti Q60 S. These won’t be the only cars available within the Speedcross class, joining them are the; Nissan 350Z, Ford Focus RS and Dodge Charger.
Check out the Need for Speed Payback Speedcross trailer below:
Part of this grind comes down to car customization, which is split into performance and vanity spectrums. The latter means that it’s fully possible to equip your vehicles with hilarious car horns, colored smoke, and other items. Sadly, there’s some poor user interface when it comes to customization as navigating the cars in your in-game garage is a total hassle, and shops only refresh their items every half-hour, which means a lot of waiting around when you just want to purchase a better exhaust. These design choices don’t result in a better player experience, and merely get in the way of enjoying the gameplay.
Need for Speed Payback feels like the natural evolution of the series, and that’s a good thing considering the game ends with a great tease for a potential sequel. While I finished the story in around 15 hours, it’s worth noting that there are a ton of side events and collectibles that I failed to collect in that time. I could see myself easily doubling my time within Payback, and do so with a smile on my face the entire time.
Need for Speed Payback is available now.