Need for Speed Payback is out tonight, fast and with fury

Though Need for Speed Payback‘s official launch day is Friday, for us here in the UK it’ll be 11pm tonight. Payback brings fast and furious driving through an action movie-style story campaign, as well as an open world to pootle around and, I suppose, car races if that’s your short of thing. Actually the game is already out now if you’ve paid enough, as the Deluxe Edition launched on Tuesday, but I didn’t mention that before because Deluxeers were surely informed of that fact by their butler or video game sommelier.

The story campaign of Payback follows a crew of carcriminals trying to stick it to The House, a cartel who run the local casinos (and have the rozzers in their pockets, obvs). It’s riffing a fair bit on the Fast and Furious movies, our Brendan thought when he played a preview version. Beyond that, it does have plain ol’ racing as well as an open world to lark about in.

Observe, a trailer:

Payback will cost £55 on Origin when it launches at 11pm. Or the £70 Deluxe Edition is already out. Members of EA’s £4/month subscription service Origin Access can already play Payback for ten hours as a trial too.

Holding back the release for people only willing to pay £55 is weird. I imagine there’s an element of needing to placate shops going on here but sheesh, if someone is willing to pay full retail price on launch day and others are already allowed in, let ’em play.


  1. Hussain Ali says:

    I don’t know why people are trying to berate it for copying Fast & Furious when it worked perfectly fine back in 2003 with the release of Underground which itself was based on F&F 1 and 2. It might work, it might not, but let’s give it a chance, shall we?

  2. Riaktion says:

    Agreed, I think it looks great, it is just the £55 price point which is putting me off. If it was £30 I probably would have picked it up at launch, been ages since we have had a game like this (Burnout Take-downs etc I mean). Anyways, let’s see what the reviews say :)

    • Skid says:

      It’s £43 on Amazon (£45 without prime), because you know, it’s EA, they got to charge a stupidly high price on there own service.

  3. Avioto says:

    Pretty much no marketing for this game and the fact they send their review codes very late before launch tells me this is probably gonna be awful. Which I guess wouldn’t be a huge surprise considering EA’s track record of late.

  4. Kurokawa says:

    Apparently, if early opinions I read are to believed, Payback replaced simple “choose and pay for” car upgrades with random upgrade “Speedcards” (aka lootboxes), repeated grinds to get the one specific card you need to have a chance in the next story mission inclusive.

    And here I thought repeatedly taking control away from you mid-race, to show you “great” scripted stunts instead of letting you drive yourself, was the worst problem the game would have…

    • johnny5 says:

      Launching the deluxe version early shows EA greed, but the real reason I’m not buying is lootboxes.

    • 4004 says:

      Wow, as if Ghost couldn’t make it even easier for Forza to rule the racing landscape. Such a shame for the franchise

  5. Kollega says:

    What compounds all other shitty stuff, though perhaps only for me, is that the game is set in a desert. Again. If the setting was instead New England, or the Midwest, it would be a hell of a lot more appealing than driving through the boring deserts yet another time.

  6. Avus says:

    People who like playing racing game with loot crate should buy this game…
    People who like playing loot crate with racing game should buy this game…

  7. KikYu0 says:

    Perfect Game for Me. Open World, a lot Icons to Finish, Sexy Cars – jehaw.

  8. philosoaper says:

    I’m not gonna pay a dime for any full price game that has microtransactions of this kind in it.. I’ll wait for them to remove it or a pirated version of the game comes out.. if not, I’m not short of a backlog of games to play.. to summarize : fuck it

  9. Ham Solo says:

    Matchmaker pitted cars level 399 against level 170 in every match i had. Plus 4 cars are missing from the game, and the horrible lootbox card upgrade system is shit.