Need for Speed: Payback Articles RSS Feed | Need for Speed: Payback RSS Feed on en Launch Media Network Vampyr, Need for Speed Payback are October's PS Plus Free Games Wed, 30 Sep 2020 17:05:45 -0400 Josh Broadwell

October is almost here (or already here depending on where you are in the space-time continuum), and that means it's time for a new round of PS Plus games. The October PS Plus games are the horror adventure Vampyr and vengeance-fueled Need for Speed Payback.

They'll be available starting October 6 and available until November 2. Vampyr and Need for Speed Payback come on the heels of September's free games, Street Fighter 5 and PUBG, which are up for download until October 5. 

Need for Speed Payback

Need for Speed: Payback revolved around the gritty criminal underworld of Fortune Valley and the big city of Silver Rock. The player is out for vengeance against The House, a gang controlling Fortune Valley's entertainment districts and the government itself.

Gameplay is split between three mission types: races, risky jobs, and off-road competitions. At its core, though, Payback is pure Need for Speed: go as fast as you can, and don't get caught.


In Vampyr, players take control of Dr. Jonathan Reid and figure out ways to help flu victims in 19th century London. The twist is that Reid's a vampire and must turn his patients into his own victims while avoiding vampire hunters and other denizens of the night.

It's a choice-driven adventure where decisions made could mean London's salvation or Reid's transformation into a monster void of all humanity. We called it an intoxicating" RPG adventure and one that still holds up on Nintendo Switch for those who prefer the portable life.

Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more PlayStation Plus news each month and as we head toward the launch of the PS5

6 Of The Worst AAA Game Titles Fri, 29 Dec 2017 10:00:01 -0500 ReadyPlayerPaige


6. The Sims 4


Yet another series going down for the count. Usually, The Sims games were highly praised for the gameplay simulation, customization, and interesting activities in the game. However, as much as SimCity deserves to be on this list for numerous reasons, including their DRM policy, The Sims 4 has now over thrown SimCity as the worst of the worst AAA game title in the Sims series. What made this game such a major pain to gamers were the inability to save their game data, lots of glitches and bugs, and the removal of some of the things that made the Sims games very popular. EA sure does know how to take a great series and destroy its legacy.




Which other AAA game title was the worst to you? Post your comments below, and thanks for reading.


5. Need For Speed: Packback


EA's Need for Speed series was highly praised for its unique graphics, beautiful cars, and unbelievable city environments. Unfortunately, the series has now suffered due to EA's lack of direction, which is causing infamous rage among the gaming community. Need for Speed: Payback was a highly anticipated game that led to a major letdown, especially since they now include micro-transactions and free-to-play loot systems in the game. Let's not forget the terrible story mode and characters or the fact that there's no free-roaming cops as well. Gamers were outraged by this, wondering why EA has butchered what was once a great series. Truly, there is no wonder why people have now dubbed EA as one of the worst gaming companies ever.


4.Tony Hawk Pro Skater 5


The old saying goes for skateboarders, "If you fall off your board, you get back on." That is what this series was trying to do with Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 5. After the events of Ride and Shred, the series had fallen on its face, and Activision was trying to get it back on its feet. Unfortunately, the fifth game in the Pro Skater series failed to capture the magic of the four games before it. Gamers felt that it was too buggy to play, a glitched mess, there weren't enough inspiring activities to do in the game. As this might be a final nail in the coffin for the series, it's not too late to get this series back on its feet and skate once again.


3. No Man's Sky


No Man's Sky had so much promise, and it was well-regarded by so many people before its release. So what happened? Sean Murray promised so many features for the game, but those promises were nothing but hype with false advertisement. The game was to be a massive multiplayer game where players could interact with other players in an open-world environment. However, the game had a lack of variety in gameplay, uninteresting environments, and poor optimization on the PC ports. A high-priced game of $60 drove gamers to return their games for refunds because of its broken promises. A low score of 2.9 on Metacritic and a 5/10 on Steam really speak clearly about this game.


2. Star Wars: Battlefront 2


Star Wars: Battlefront 2 was highly anticipated, badly executed -- much like the first Battlefront game, which should be on this list as well. There is no doubt this game should belong on this list, for the most part due to the controversy surrounding it. Not to mention the things that lack in the game, like the single-player campaign and taking over 40+ hours to unlock Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader. One of the of the most controversial things about the game is the loot boxes, which some have compared to gambling. EA's trying to mitigate the major backlash, but the damage is already done. The game had a user score of 0.9 on Metacritic, and EA lost $3 billion because of this issue.


1. Friday the 13th: The Game


Sometimes games that are crowdfunded have a 50-50 chance to be successful. Fortunately, Friday the 13th was a successful campaign due to unique features like having the ability to not only play as a victim in a multiplayer environment but also as Jason himself -- and you can do multiple environmental kills in the game. Unfortunately, the game lacks in a couple of areas, and when the highly anticipated title was finally released, it looked very unfinished. It might not be the worst, but it was truly disappointing.


So what exactly is a "AAA" game title? It's basically a highly anticipated game with massive hype surrounding it, with high marketing and production. Some games hit the mark because they are well received by critics and gamers alike. Unfortunately, some games don't due to lack of direction, development issues, and other unfortunate errors. So, lets take a look at 6 Of the worst AAA games out there.

Need for Speed Payback Guide: All Billboards Locations Fri, 17 Nov 2017 12:31:44 -0500 Sergey_3847

Need for Speed: Payback offers some exciting challenges for players who like to smash and destroy the beautiful scenery of the Fortune Valley. As of now, there are 30 billboards all over the world map that can be destroyed using ramps and your own car.

If you manage to smash all the billboards into smithereens, then you will get a special achievement -- Does Not Obey (20G, Bronze, 20pts). If you don't want to spend hours upon hours searching for all their locations on your own, then simply follow this guide for all the billboard locations in Need for Speed: Payback.

All Billboards Locations in Mount Providence

The first 10 billboards are located in the western district of Fortune Valley:

  • Two of them are located in the northern area near Marshall Observatory.
  • One at Fortune Valley Resort & Casino, one at Soledad Church, and one at Mount Graint -- all can be found in the central part of Mount Providence.
  • The remaining five are scattered all along the southern highway that leads to Newhaven Cabins.

All Billboards Locations in Silver Canyon and Liberty Desert

Liberty Desert contains six billboards:

  • The first one can be found near the Las Almas Church in the southern part of the desert.
  • Two more are standing on the way to the Fortune Valley Railway Station.
  • Another one is located to the east from the Fortune Valley Solar Project.
  • The last two are positioned to the east and north from the Airfield 73.

Silver Canyon contains 11 billboards:

  • The first one is located at the Ember Peak.
  • The other two can be found to the east from the Gas Station.
  • Another one can be seen way up north at the Silver Dam.
  • The remaining seven are scattered along the central and southern parts of the Silver Canyon Highway.

All Billboards Locations in Silver Rock

There are only three billbaord locations in Silver Rock:

  • The first one stands at the crossroads of the Boomville and The Barrio districts in the north.
  • One can be found at the Lakeside.
  • And the last one along the highway leading to Ark Tower.


Now that you know where to look for all 30 billboards in Need for Speed: Payback, you will quickly earn the Does Not Obey trophy. And, if you're having trouble finding the specialized car dealerships in the game, follow the guide below:

Need for Speed Payback Guide: All 5 Dealerships Locations Tue, 14 Nov 2017 14:31:39 -0500 Sergey_3847

Purchasing new cars and parts is essential for winning at events that require the best of the best from their participants. The only way to buy a new car in Need for Speed: Payback is through an in-game dealership. But where are the dealerships located? 

Fortune Valley is huge, and there are only five specialized dealerships in the game, so it is possible that you will have a hard time finding all of them. Don't worry, just follow our guide, and find all the dealership locations quickly and easily.

(Side Note: With the release of the NFS Payback update 1.08, "cycling through a dealership will no longer cause issues when looking at the downloadable cars UI.")

Location 1: Runner Dealership

map showing location of the Runner dealership

In order to find the Runner Dealership, go to the southeastern part of Silver Rock area -- The Rustway. The building is located in the southern part of the map.

This dealership sells runner cars, such as the new 2017 Porsche Panamera Turbo, which is perfect for running away from cops.

Location 2: Drag Dealership

overhead view of map location for the drag dealership

The Drag Dealership is located in the center of the Billionaire's Row district, which is also a part of Silver Rock.

This is one of the most important dealerships in the game, as drag racing is super popular in Need for Speed: Payback. Through this particular dealership you will be able to purchase a derelict car -- the Nissan Fairlady 240z.

Location 3: Drift Dealership

overworld map from NFS Payback showing where to find the drift dealership in NFS Payback

Drifting is one of the most popular mechanics in the game, so if you're looking for a Drift event, you will need to buy a proper vehicle, such as the Nissan 350z or R34 GTR.

Both of these cars can be purchased through a Drift Dealership located in the central area of the Lakeside district (west of Silver Rock).

Location 4: Offroad Dealership

map view from Need for Speed Payback of where to find offroad dealership

Now let's move on to the central part of Fortune Valley -- the dangerous Liberty Desert. In the southwestern area of the Fortune Valley Railway Station, you will find the location of the Offroad Dealership.

It features crazy vehicles like the Chevrolet Bel Air fitted with light bars, blowers, lifted suspension, huge wheels, and fender flares -- perfect for all sorts of off-road shenanigans.

Location 5: Race Dealership

Location of the race dealership in NFS payback as displayed on the in-game map

If you've been asking yourself, "Where is the Race Dealership?", you're not alone. Probably the hardest-to-find dealership in the game is the Race Dealership. It stands right next to a gas station at Ember Valley, located to the north of Liberty Desert.

Here you will find cars like the Pagani Huayra BC and Lamborghini Aventador.


That is all for the car dealerships locations in Need for Speed: Payback, but be sure to check out our guide on where to find all the billboards while you're here. As always, come back soon for even more NFS Payback guides at GameSkinny!