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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
|Ford||Escort Mk1 RS1600||1974|
|Ford||Mustang Boss 302||1969|
|Land Rover||Defender 110||1992|
|Mazda||RX-7 Spirit R||2002||276HP|
|Nissan||Skyline 2000 GT-R||1971|
|Volkswagen||Golf GTI Clubsport|
|Volkswagen||Golf GTI Mk1||1976||33,800|
|Audi||R8 V10 plus|
|BMW||M3 GTR (E46)|
|Bugatti||Veyron 16.4 Super Sport|
|Chevrolet||Corvette Z06 (C6)||2006||516HP|
|Ford||Roadster - Beck Kustoms||2009||808HP|
|Lamborghini||Murciélago LP 670-4 SV|
|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|
|Lamborghini||NOMAD Diablo GT-1 (JGTC)||2000|
|Pagani||Zonda LM Race Car||--|
|Toyota||Castrol TOM'S SUPRA (JGTC)||2000||576HP||1,350,000|
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.
|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|
|Chevrolet||Corvette C6.R LM||2009|
|Dodge||Viper GTS-R Team Oreca Race Car||2000|
|Ferrari||330 P4 Race Car||1966|
|Ford||GT LM Race Car Spec II||2011|
|Ford||GT40 Race Car||1969||477HP|
|Ford||Model T Tourer||1915||20HP|
|Gillet||Vertigo Race Car||2004|
|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|
The game's soundtrack for Need for Speed: Outlaw features songs from various artists.
|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|
|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|
|13||Straight Outta Compton||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|
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.
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".
- 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.