Need for Speed Edge Is Fun to Play Only When You Don't Play PvP Modes
I was excited about Need for Speed Edge because it's an MMO that boasts the biggest car lineup in the history of the NFS franchise, it allows you to trade cars with other players, and it has a car building system which is never seen in any other NFS games.
Recently I got the opportunity to play the China pre-open beta version published by Tencent Games. Car control feels the same to Need for Speed Rivals, and the graphics isn't compromised. What's more the Item Battle mode is intense for it not just challenges your driving skill but also your brain — you have to make the right and fast decision on when to use an item to attack or counter your opponents.
However, all the excitement just remains in the PvE mode, not in PvP. In PvP matchmaking the game is all about how “powerful” your car is. I got a Golf GTi with stats (max speed, acceleration, endurance and so on) rates at 227 and I barely stand a chance against cars with about 247 stats rate. How to increase the state rate? Grind for parts or spend money in the store to get them fast. It’s a bit frustrated that the car stats overruns player skill almost completely. Hopefully Tencent Games will balance it otherwise the matchmaking will be a party for money-spending players.