Everyone in this year's Need For Speed—racers and cops both—is an asshole. Neither side is likable. Thank God. It's incredibly freeing to be a total, speed-obsessed jerk, especially when it's accompanied by amazing visuals and intense velocity. Way to welcome us to next-gen, Need For Speed Rivals.
Viewed on PlayStation 4, Rivals will make your eyes pop out. The streaks of rain on your car's back window, the swirling leaves as you blaze through a forest road and a rock-solid framerate all combine into an experience that feels cutting edge. Piloting a Bugatti Veyron cop car into a rowdy scrum of illegal street racers during a thunderstorm through canyon roads feels like a collective fever dream that Ghost Games decided to make a reality. All of it happens with an amazing sense of speed, too. This game is the enemy of blinking. One distraction and you're screwed.