I would have thought more over the top, trashy cut-scenes would have been the thing the latest tonic for Need for Speed. They’re genuinely awful, but in the best way possible. Really.
But for PC users, this might be even better news. The port of the Need for Speed reboot is getting some pretty handy features, features that some might even argue should be completely standard.
First of all, let’s get to the biggest bugbear. Locked frame rates have been an immense frustration with the previous Need for Speed titles; you could unlock the game from the default 30fps by editing .ini files, but it had the bizarre effect of rapidly speeding up the game.
That appears to have been fixed, with the PC port shipping with a unlocked frame rate and native support for 4K resolutions. If you’ve got the internet for it, check out the 60fps footage below.
Having played the PS4 version and tolerating — barely — the 30fps limit there, the prospect of having a much smoother experience is very, very enticing.
Something that I’ve not quite seen as a necessity for the NFS series, but some will undoubtedly appreciate, is support for racing wheels. “With the release on PC we’re also adding steering wheel support for a selection of wheels from Logitech, Thrustmaster and Fanatec,” the announcement on the NFS page says. Manual transmission will also be supported, something that racing wheel owners would certainly want.
If you’re looking forward to the NFS reboot on PC, you’ll have to wait until March 17 (that’s the Australian date, in case you’re wondering). If you used a VPN to pay for Origin Access, you’ll be able to play the game for a limited period from March 10. But from my experience, it’s the sort of game you can binge through pretty easily — so you may as well just wait until the full release.