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Need For Speed: Outlaw is a racing video game co-developed by Exesoft and Ghost Games, and published by Electronic Arts. Released worldwide on November 17, 2019 for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Microsoft Windows, it is the twenty-fifth entry of the Need For Speed series, made to commemorate the franchise's 25th anniversary.

Gameplay

Need For Speed Outlaw plays similarly with its two predecessors, Need For Speed (2015) and Need For Speed Payback, taking place in an open-world environment of United Freedom City (the in-universe stand-in for Chicago) where players can purchase new cars and can customize their vehicles with parts they either win or buy. They can also obtain prize cars by winning events or defeating certain rivals. The game also adapts RPG-like elements, they can level up their driver level to access more unlocks by completing races, missions, activities and quests. It is also one of the first where a player can customize their own avatar representing their in-game driver.

General gameplay is split into two modes: single player and multiplayer. Players earn rewards for driving with style, excessive speed and evading police pursuits. Offering a risk and reward design, earning experience goes towards rewards with long strings of driving maneuvers offering multipliers called Heaters. Challenges also offer opportunities to earn bank, but also raise the stakes in races. In online, players can connect their experience and link their playthrough with other players through the use of certain servers.

Events

Through the single player career or multiplayer experience, players, online or offline, can participate in several engagements through up to 15 different events across the United Freedom City with an optimal performance rating before entering as well as an Autolog recommendation from either a friend or a rivals. Players are allowed to swap their vehicle before entering an event.

  • Bait Crate - Find a hidden crate and reach the escape point before time runs out without being busted.
  • Circuit - Finish the last lap of the race in first position.
  • Courier - Reach all targets before time runs out.
  • Drag - Achieve maximum tyre grip, hit perfect shifts, and race to the finish line.
  • Drift Contest - Accumulate the highest drift score within the time limit.
  • Drift Train - Beat the target score by drifting in line with other racers.
  • Drift Trial - Beat the target score before reaching the finish line.
  • Elimination - Reach first place and be the last car standing before time runs out.
  • Endurance - Finish a lap in first place after a specified amount of time.
  • Gymkhana - Beat the target score within the time limit. Points are earned by performing drifts and jumps.
  • Mission - A story event with multiple objectives.
  • Sprint - Reach the finish line in first place.
  • Time Attack - Obtain the fastest lap time around a circuit course.
  • Time Trial - Reach the finish line before time runs out.
  • Touge - Accumulate the highest drift score before reaching the finish line.

Completing an event will reward the player with reputation experience, cash, parts and prize cars. Rival battles can also be a marathon composed of at least three different events.

Pursuit

If players are seen committing a driving offense, a Pursuit will occur with the police deploying an amount of available units differing across the UFC. When a player has a higher reputation level, new and more police units will be deployed at a given time. Players will find more police units patrolling downtown whilst others will have no police presence. Players can crush destructible debris to trigger collapse animations to immobilize pursuing police cars nearby. Areas lacking a police presence are called "Safe Zones". During the Pursuit, players cannot go back to their garage or enter shops.

A Pursuit will end once the player has been either busted or evades engaged police units by staying in Safe Zones in an amount of time. Players has an option to turn themselves in, upon initiating a pursuit, and pay a fine as a means of avoiding a lengthy Pursuit.

Cars

In the game, there are a total of 400 cars, a lot of which cannot be bought in dealerships and only won on events. Cars are divided into six different rarity classes: Common, Uncommon, Rare, Exotic, Legendary and Mythic.

Common

Brand Name Year HP Price
Acura RSX Type-S 2002 43,450
Alfa Romeo GTA 1965
Bentley Bentayga
Buick Verano Turno 2017 301HP
Chevrolet Camaro SS 1969
Chevrolet Malibu 2016
Dodge Charger R/T 1970
Dodge Challenger R/T 1971
Fiat 500 2009
Ford Capri RS3100 1974
Ford Crown Victoria 2008
Ford Escort Mk1 RS1600 1974
Ford Focus RS 2015
Ford Mustang 1965
Ford Mustang Boss 302 1969
Ford Roadster 1932
Land Rover Defender 110 1992
Lotus Ford Cortina 1965
Mazda MX-5 1996 38,900
Mazda MX-5 2015 300HP 42,850
Mazda RX-7 Spirit R 2002 276HP
Mercedes-Benz 300SL 1954 286HP
Nissan Fairlady 240ZG 1971
Nissan Silvia Spec-S 2000
Nissan Skyline 2000 GT-R 1971
Nissan Versa 2011
Plymouth Barracuda 1972
Subaru BRZ Premium 2017
Toyota Corolla GT-S 1987
Volkswagen Beetle
Volkswagen Golf GTI 2012
Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport
Volkswagen Golf GTI Mk1 1976 33,800
Volvo 242 DL 1975

Uncommon

Brand Name Year HP Price


Rare

Brand Name Year HP Price


Exotic

Brand Name Year HP Price
Aston Martin One-77
Aston Martin Vulcan 2015 820HP 1,254,800
Aston Martin DB11
Audi R8 V10 plus
BMW M3 GTR (E46)
BMW M5
Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Super Sport
Cadillac CIEN Concept
Chevrolet Corvette Z06 (C6) 2006 516HP
Chevrolet Corvette ZR-1 2019 585HP
Dodge Challenger Concept 2006 526HP
Ford Roadster - Beck Kustoms 2009 808HP
Ford GT 2016 632HP
Hennessey Venom GT 2011
Jaguar C-X75
Jaguar XJ220
Koenigsegg Agera R 2013 925HP 985,720
Koenigsegg Regera 2016 1,500HP 1,558,900
Lamborghini Aventador Coupé
Lamborghini Murciélago LP 670-4 SV
Lamborghini Reventón
Mazda Furai Concept
McLaren 12C
McLaren 650S Coupe
McLaren F1
McLaren P1
Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG
Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren
Mercedes-Benz Mercedes-AMG One
Pagani Huayra BC 2012 745HP 1,033,910
Pagani Zonda R
Pagani Zonda Cinque
Porsche 918 Spyder 2013 887HP
Porsche Carrera GT 2004 633HP
SRT Viper GTS
SRT Viper TA


Legendary

Brand Name Year HP Price
Audi R8 Palmont Street Race Car
Auto Union V16 Type C Streamline 1937 517HP --
BMW McLaren F1 GTR Race Car
Chaparral 2D Race Car 1,000,000
Chevrolet Corvette C5-R (C5) 2005 599HP 2,000,000
Dodge Viper GTS-R Team Oreca Race Car
Ford GT90 1995 722HP
Lamborghini NOMAD Diablo GT-1 (JGTC) 2000
Pagani Zonda LM Race Car --
Porsche 911 GT-98 1998 698HP
Toyota Castrol TOM'S SUPRA (JGTC) 2000 576HP 1,350,000

Mythic

Mythic cars function similarly to the Legendary class, the exception being that they are only earned once in the entire game and sometimes, they don't even appear at all in an entire playthrough. They are also unpurchasable.

Brand Name Year HP
Audi R8 Race Car 2001
Audi R10 TDI Race Car 2006
Audi R18 TDI (Audi Sport Team Joest) 2011
Bentley Speed 8 Race Car 2003
BMW BMW M3 Rockport Street Race Car 2005 788HP
BMW V12 LMR Race Car 1999
Chaparral 2J 1970
Chevrolet Corvette C6.R LM 2009
Dodge Viper GTS-R Team Oreca Race Car 2000
Ferrari 330 P4 Race Car 1966
Ferrari F2007 2007
Ford GT LM Race Car Spec II 2011
Ford GT40 Race Car 1969 477HP
Ford Mark IV 1967
Ford Model T Tourer 1915 20HP
Gillet Vertigo Race Car 2004
Jaguar XJ13 1966
Jaguar XJR-9 LM Race Car 1988
Mazda 787B Race Car 1991
Mercedes-Benz Patent Motor Wagen 1886 3HP
Mercedes-Benz Sauber Mercedes C9 Race Car 1989
Nissan Fairlady Z Concept LM Race Car 2002
Nissan GT-R Concept LM Race Car 2002
Nissan GT-R LM Nismo 2015
Nissan R390 GT1 Race Car 1998
Nissan R89C Race Car 1989
Nissan R92CP Race Car 1992
Panoz Esperante GTR-1 Race Car 1998
Pescarolo Sport C60 Hybride - Judd Race Car 2005
Pescarolo Sport Courage C60 - Peugeot Race Car 2003
Pescarolo Sport Pescarolo-Courage - Judd GV5 Race Car 2004
Peugeot 905B Evo 1 Bis LM 1992
Peugeot 908 HDi FAP - Team Oreca Matmut 2010
Peugeot 908 HDi FAP - Team Peugeot Total 2010
Suzuki ESCUDO Dirt Trial Car 1998
Toyota GT-ONE Race Car (TS020 1999
Toyota MINOLTA Toyota 88C-V Race Car 1989
Toyota Toyota 7 Race Car 1989
Toyota TS050 - Hybrid (Toyota Gazoo Racing) 2018


Soundtrack

The game's soundtrack for Need for Speed: Outlaw features songs from various artists.

Track number Song Artist
1 Forever Drake, Kanye West, Lil Wayne and Eminem
2 Ridin' Dirty (feat. Krayzie Bone) Chamillionaire
3 Know Your Rights The Clash
4 Bugatti (feat. Future and Rick Ross) Ace Hood
5 Fuck Tha Police N.W.A.
6 I Shot The Sheriff Bob Marley
7 Trapped 2Pac
8 Killing in the Name Rage Against the Machine
9 Police on my Back The Clash
10 'Till I Collapse Eminem
11 Smack My Bitch Up The Prodigy
12 Rape Me Nirvana
13 Straight Outta Compton N.W.A.
14 Gangsta Gangsta N.W.A.
15 Hate the Police The Dicks
16 Black Rage Lauryn Hill
17 Cop Shot Dead Prez
18 Real Muthaphuckkin G's Eazy-E
19 American Skin (41 Shots) Bruce Springsteen
20 Pigs Will Pay Propagandhi
21 Radar Gun The Bottle Rockets
22 Summer of ‘81 The Violators

Development

The name of the upcoming 2019 game was revealed on March 9, 2019 in a teaser trailer that promises to deliver the "ultimate Need For Speed project" for the series' 25th anniversary. It is also announced that it will be released months after the American release of Need For Speed: Edge on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC on June 20, 2019.

In addition to new travel, luxury and sports cars, historical and racing cars will also be added into the game, similar to previous installments.

Reception

Upon the first four weeks of release, an estimated 300,000 units were sold across North America, and by the end of 2019, over 1,800,000 copies were sold worldwide.

The game also received generally positive reception, with reviewer consensus commending it as a "marked improvement over the 2015 reboot and Payback and a worthy contender of the 25th anniversary of Need For Speed".

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Trivia

  • This is the first Need For Speed title that is developed as a collaboration of two companies, in this case, Exesoft and EA's Ghost Games.
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