Need For Speed (2015) was recently released and the game looks great. The cars, cutscenes and customization features are some of the things that have caught the attention of gamers. There is one little problem, the game requires players to be online for everything, including single player.
Online gaming is popular around the world, but when it requires players to be online all the time, it becomes a problem for some since there are countries where internet connectivity is unstable. The racing game needs a steady connection, especially when you’re competing against other players around the world. Need For Speed (2015), the newest title of the popular racing games, requires an Internet connection even when you’re trying to advance through the story.
For the game to work, gamers have to login to one of the servers. The decision to make this an always online game has not been well received and has been heavily criticized by fans of the games, who want to play but can’t because they don’t have a stable Internet connection. Many agree with the criticism because even when you do get to play the game, there will be times when you’re going to get disconnected. This is a huge obstacle, especially for a racing game, where you and your competition are seconds apart and a disconnection can ruin everything.
Those who live in Europe and North America don’t really have a problem with this requirement since most of the connections there are good enough to play. Gamers in other countries do have a problem since the connections are sometimes unstable or limited, making this a game that only a few can play. There are thousands of NFS fans out there and there has to be a number that did not buy the game after hearing about the requirement.
The latest NFS title comes with many improvements and reminds us a little of the Underground, Underground 2, Most Wanted and Carbon games. NFS 2015 looks great but the requirement is something that is making gamers stay away. The requirement is nothing new and might be the future of gaming, but it is definitely something that is leaving gamers out.
Will It Be Changed?
NFS 2015 always online requirement also leaves the pause button out. Gamers who need a break after a race, are currently going to the garage and using that as pause. Many think the idea of turning this into a huge online multiplayer is not the right thing to do for a racing game.
The problem can be fixed if an update to allow players to at least play single player offline is released. Again, this is not the first time a game has this requirement, but it is something we don’t see all the time. The game was recently available at a lower price, but the always online requirement might affect sales in other countries.
Have you played NFS 2015? What do you think about the always online requirement? Let us know in the comments.