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Need for Speed Unbound

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Need for Speed Unbound nails what it sets out to do and is one of the better racing experiences of the year – its a beautiful game that doesn’t sacrifice style for substance.
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Need for Speed Unbound nails what it sets out to do and is one of the better racing experiences of the year - its a beautiful game that doesn't sacrifice style for substance.

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Richard Wakeling (GameSpot)

Need for Speed Unbound delights with a vibrant new art style and some exciting arcade racing, but familiar issues are as frustrating as an inopportune oil slick.

December 6, 2022 |

Need for Speed Unbound feels like a breath of fresh air. The arcade-style racing has seen quite a significant improvement from its predecessor, and the game’s general styles and sensibilities definitely make it one of the most unique-looking racing games out there. All in all, and this is weird for a Need for Speed game, but there’s little to complain about. The cars feel great to drive in, and just about everything looks gorgeous.

December 5, 2022 |
8/10
Shunal Doke (GamingBolt)
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Zack Zwiezen (Kotaku)

Need for Speed Unbound is unlikely to pull the franchise out from underneath the shadows of bigger, more popular racing games in 2022. But I do think it has a chance of helping the series stand out more. And regardless of if Unbound becomes a big hit or not, it’s a damn fine game with some great ideas that make every race more exciting and every upgrade feel more valuable. And it looks rad the whole time, too.

December 1, 2022 |

Richard Wakeling (GameSpot)

7/10 - (Read Review)

Need for Speed Unbound delights with a vibrant new art style and some exciting arcade racing, but familiar issues are as frustrating as an inopportune oil slick.

Shunal Doke (GamingBolt)

8/10 - (Read Review)

Need for Speed Unbound feels like a breath of fresh air. The arcade-style racing has seen quite a significant improvement from its predecessor, and the game’s general styles and sensibilities definitely make it one of the most unique-looking racing games out there. All in all, and this is weird for a Need for Speed game, but there’s little to complain about. The cars feel great to drive in, and just about everything looks gorgeous.

Zack Zwiezen (Kotaku)

Recommended - (Read Review)

Need for Speed Unbound is unlikely to pull the franchise out from underneath the shadows of bigger, more popular racing games in 2022. But I do think it has a chance of helping the series stand out more. And regardless of if Unbound becomes a big hit or not, it’s a damn fine game with some great ideas that make every race more exciting and every upgrade feel more valuable. And it looks rad the whole time, too.

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Race against time, outsmart the cops, and take on weekly qualifiers to reach The Grand, Lakeshore’s ultimate street racing challenge. Pack your garage with precision-tuned, custom rides and light up the streets with your style, exclusive fits, and a vibrant global soundtrack that bumps in every corner of the world.

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