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Ghost Games gives video gamers new options for adrenaline rushes with Need for Speed Rivals. This version of the series provides many options for play. The speed demon can choose to be a racer or a cop pursuing the racers. There are also options for single play or to play against others. Choosing which side of the law the driver will be on gives the player different rewards and different risks.
The game’s location is the fictional Redview County. The open world set-up features a number of variables to challenge the drivers, with speed traps and jumps, even un-mapped shortcuts. There are over 100 miles of open road, all covered by a dynamic weather system that can affect the driving as well.
Players are given the choice of being a Racer, trying to beat other Racers as well as evading the Cops, or they can be a Cop going after the Racers, trying to knock the competitors out of operation. The selection of cars available to the Racers is highlighted by the return of Ferrari to the franchise series. The accumulation of Speed Points allows players to move upward in rankings, purchase new vehicles, or provide maintenance to their current chariot. But losing a race, being caught by the cops, and all those points can disappear.
Designed into the process is the option of switching from single player to competitive play. Both Racers and Cops have the option of adding various gadgets to their arsenals in order to outwit and outdrive the other players. Redview County sits waiting for road warriors hungry for the Need for Speed, especially if they are Need for Speed Rivals.