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The Must-Play Game This Week – Need for Speed Payback


The year-end video game release deluge continues like clockwork. Last week gave us Call of Duty: WWII, then the week before featured Assassin’s Creed: Origins, Super Mario Odyssey, and Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus.

This week, we’re looking at Need for Speed Payback – the 23rd installment in the long-running racing series. Here are a few highlights to watch out for:

Three different protagonists

Set in Fortune Valley (a fictionalized version of Las Vegas), Need for Speed Payback follows three main characters:

  • Tyler Morgan (The Racer)
  • Mac (The Showman)
  • Jess (The Wheelman)

The game gives off a bit of a Grand Theft Auto V vibe with its three protagonists and heist missions. The trio attempts to take down “The House”, a cartel who controls Fortune Valley’s underworld.

Day and night cycles

2015’s Need for Speed reboot takes place only at night. While gorgeous, it was easy to miss the virtual daylight. This changes in Payback with its 24-hour day and night cycle. In fact, there’s a great deal of sunlight on display in its official trailer: