Born in 1994 on 3DO (and yes it goes back), the franchise Need for Speed is now one of the most prolific series of mobile racing games in the gaming sphere. Having colonized many devices over the years, what more normal than to regain the license on our good old mobiles. After relesing Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit and Need for Speed: Most Wanted, this is an original mobile racing game that will be released this time on the blinds under the name of Need for Speed: No Limits pure tradition. Nevertheless, and I will not tell you today, a good Free to play is a rare thing in this world. So what about this NFS No Limits? Verdict in the following paragraphs.
At the risk of astonishing you, the screenplay of this NFS No Limits does not break three legs to a duck. As a newcomer, you will have to win the respect of all the drivers of the Underground by making speak the displacements of all calibres by chaining street racing on the street races. A simple scenario, not to say simplistic, and completely worn out that ultimately serves only as a pretext to push us to tirelessly pace the virtual bitumen created by Electronic Arts.
NO, NO. NO, NO, THERE’S NO LIMIT! (OLD REFERENCE)
First of all, this Need for Speed: No Limits is a Free-to-play pure juice, with all the disadvantages. As a result, with its limited energy system, its races that one can only repeat a number of times and its premium currency that limits a bit the margin of progress, the side NFS No Limits touted in the name of the game takes a severe blow in the wing. Nevertheless, and it should be emphasized, this is a F2P rather well-done and that goes in the right direction. If one can at times feel frustrated by the limitations imposed by this format, the game remains generous enough not to make it unpleasant, and especially impossible to play. After a few hours of play without paying, the curve of progress remains extremely satisfactory and the impression of stagnation almost absent, sure you can use cheats like Need for Speed No Limits hack to generate gold and gain as much energy as you need. A good point for EA therefore (and it’s very strange to say that when you know the practices of the firm a bit).
Now that we have removed this aspect of the game, let’s talk a little about the heart of the game. In a rather classic way, it proposes several “modes”. The first, named Underground, is the heart of the Need for Speed. This is basically the story mode that will allow you to gain experience and pieces of equipment for your racing car. The second is simply called Car Series. Under this name hides different races that can only be played with a certain type of vehicle. Very interesting, these races allow you to win a lot of XP points, and rarer equipment. Finally, it will be possible to find Special Events, time-limited events and tournaments, which are equivalents to the classic PvP. Whether in Tournaments or Underground, the principle remains the same. After selecting your vehicle (there will sometimes be marks or car types imposed), you will have to go from point A to point B and above all finish at the top place. Various objectives can be added to the race to spice it up (to use and abuse the boost, to escape the cops, etc.), but again, nothing very original. Nevertheless the simplicity and efficiency of the controls makes the whole very pleasant to play. And it is with pleasure that we chain the races until exhaustion of the reserve of energy.
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The other highlight of the game, beyond its gameplay eminently sympathetic, lies in the customization of vehicles. Indeed, as in many Free-to-play games, it will be possible to collect vehicles and make them evolve via a system of equipment. Of course, a system of scarcity is present and the rarest vehicles will be real monsters of power able to meet all the challenges. As I said earlier, this progression, although dependent on the Free-to-play aspect, remains fairly consistent even without paying. An important point to emphasize so many titles seem to outrageously favor those who come out of the portfolio. Finally, be aware that it will be possible to customize the appearance of each vehicle via a whole host of cosmetic options (colors, ailerons, air intake) via points collected during the game. Perfect for fans of cars customization.
Before concluding, a word about the realization of the game. Graphically, the game proves absolutely beautiful. The modeling of vehicles, which can be admired from every angle in a dedicated showroom, is exemplary. And it is with great pleasure that we can admire them in action when launching a race. The decorations, and the atmospheres, also benefit from a particular care. Despite their small number, they all have a certain charm reinforced by magnificent lighting effects. Special mention to the rainy sequences that are extremely good. For the rest, Need for Speed No Limit is very well optimized, and apart from a small weakness in the display distance (some buildings tend to popper in the background), it turns extremely well on an iPhone 6 and without heating it (a feat compared to the competition). In my two cents opinion, this NFS mobile is a real treat for the eyes, let’s say it!
Does it worth to play?
Despite its DNA from Free to play, Need for Speed: No Limits is a racing game that does not lack attractiveness. Visually first of all, this mobile iteration is simply beautiful. Sumptuous decorations, incredibly successful light effects and weather, impeccable modeling of the cars. Everything is assembled to flatter the retina of the player. Filled with luxury, the game is perfectly optimized and hardly heats the phone on which it spins while having a more than honest battery consumption. On the gameplay side, this NFS is just as satisfying. With its simple controls, fairly varied objectives and its evolution system of cars, it will be able to captivate players for long hours. Nevertheless, and unlike its name, Need for Speed is encumbered by limitations that come a little spoil the party. Beginning with this good old energy system that limits the number of races that can be played during a game session. These limitations spoil a little the pleasure that one also feels to play under the company of “Electronic Arts”. Nevertheless, as long as you are not too resistant to the economic model of the game, Need for Speed: No Limits remains a solid, fun and very pleasant racing game to play.