Need for Speed: No Limits

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Need for Speed: No Limits
Need for Speed No Limits cover art.jpeg
First version of the app's icon featuring a 2015 Ford Mustang GT
Developer(s)Firemonkeys Studios
Publisher(s)Electronic Arts
SeriesNeed for Speed
Platform(s)iOS
Android
ReleaseSeptember 30, 2015
Genre(s)Racing
Mode(s)Single-player, multiplayer

Need for Speed: No Limits is a free-to-play racing video game for iOS and Android, and a mobile installment in the Need for Speed video game series, developed by Firemonkeys Studios and published by Electronic Arts.[1] It is the twenty-first installment in the franchise, the franchise's second free-to-play title (after Need for Speed: World), as well as the franchise's first original title made for mobile devices, unlike past mobile games in the series that were adaptations or companions of various Need for Speed games. It was released on September 30, 2015.[2][3]

Gameplay[edit]

Need for Speed: No Limits has a heavy focus on street racing, vehicle customization, and avoiding the police.[2][4]

The player must race in "Campaign races" (which is considered the game's story mode), "Car Series races" (where only certain cars may participate to win in-game rewards) and "Rival Races". As well, the player can participate in time-limited special events, where the player will be loaned a special car for use in the event. If the player finishes the event before the event time runs out, the player will be able to keep the loaned car as a completion reward.

Most cars in the game can be customized with wheels, body-kits, widebody kits, paint jobs, and wraps, in addition to performance upgrade. Unique cars acquired from time-limited special events (as well as Ferrari cars), however, can never be visually customized.

Special events[edit]

The first time-limited special event of the game was held from October 7-12, 2015, in collaboration with American rapper Snoop Dogg. In this event, the player was given a chance to try out the Ford Shelby GT500 specially marked as "Snoop Dogg", which the player would use for the Muscle-Off street racing tournament organized by the Renegades. The event was rerun on November 2015 and November 2016.

In relation with the 2005 game Need for Speed: Most Wanted (which was a high success for EA and the Need for Speed franchise), a special event that ran between October 28 and November 2, 2015 brought the game's main antagonist, Clarence "Razor" Callahan, to Blackridge. The player was granted an opportunity to race using a specially-modified BMW M4 with a livery based on the 2005 game's BMW M3 GTR (E46). This event also introduced an undercover cop named Officer Rivera as the player's partner for the event, who knew much of Razor's past and wanted to keep him out of Blackridge. The event was rerun on March 2016 and January 2018.

The next special event, called "Xtreme Racing Championship", running between November 25-30, 2015, followed the story of the player taking part in the eponymous racing tournament. In this event, the player teamed up with professional rally driver Ken Block, and was given access to the Ford Mustang Hoonicorn to compete against Ivy's Flaming Skulls street racing crew.

To celebrate Christmas, the game held a special event running between December 22-27, 2015. In this event, dubbed "Lamborghini Accademia", the player was loaned a Lamborghini Huracán LP 610-4, and was tasked with completing a series of races under snowy condition, assisted by Bob Natale and his Little Helpers crew. The event was rerun on December 2016.

Another event, which ran between February 8-13, 2016 to celebrate the Chinese New Year, the player got a chance to try out the Jaguar F-Type. In this event, the player was introduced to Trippa and his Monkey Crew, who would accompany the player throughout the event, and an exclusive gameplay feature called "Aura".

An event, which began on June 19, 2016, gave the player a chance to own the Nissan Skyline GT-R R34 by restoring it through a series of races over the course of five days. The car will automatically be modified with a Speedhunters kit based on the Nismo Z-Tune when won, but can be made stock. The event was rerun on August 2017.

An event series called Fastlane started on July 13, 2016. The first car was the Nissan 180SX Type X, followed by the 1969 Dodge Charger R/T, later a rerun of the Jaguar F-Type event, followed by the 2006 Ford GT, the Nissan Silvia S15 and the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution VI.

Another event ran from August 11-18, 2016, entitled Devil's Run, an event inspired by Need for Speed: The Run where the player can win the Lamborghini Diablo SV by winning a 100-car race driving it. It was rerun on November 2017.

In March 2017, a special event was launched, which featured the player teaming up with Hot Wheels designer Jun Imai to build a real-life Hot Wheels car: the Time Attaxi; followed by a Fastlane special event featuring another Hot Wheels car: Gazella GT.

In June 2017, the Devil's Run returned, with a new car to use: the Porsche 918 Spyder.

Another event, No Man's Land, ran between December 26, 2017 and January 2, 2018, where the player could own the Koenigsegg One:1. This was followed by the Blackridge Rumble event, featuring the Hennessey Venom GT, which started from January 4-9, 2018.

On January 30, 2018 - Need for Speed No Limits Xtreme Racing Championship 2 - Following from its debut in Need for Speed Payback, the hulking 2018 BMW M5 has arrived in Blackridge in time for our next update.

On March 13, 2018 - Need for Speed No Limits #ZeroToHero Event (Zero to Hero) was updated in which player can win 2016 Mazda MX-5 (Speedhunters).

On May 01, 2018 - Need for Speed No Limits 5OKI ft. Steve Aoki - Hit the streets in two new Lamborghinis as Steve Aoki rolls into Blackridge! Jam to the new Steve Aoki 5OKI EP in-game as you take racing the roads to a whole new level. First event started at May 04, 2018 which was known as Blackridge Spirit Festival 7-day tiered reward event in which player can own 2016 Lamborghini Centenario. Second event which started at May 18, 2018 which was known as Proving Grounds 7-day event in reward player can own 2014 Lamborghini Veneno.

On June 12, 2018 - Need for Speed No Limits Underworld: Downfall Update - Members of the dangerous Blackridge Underworld have resurfaced, and they're gunning for your crew! Armed with the hyper-exclusive Koenigsegg Regera, you'll need all your skills to put Gina's mobsters back in their place. In Underworld: Downfall 7-day tiered reward event player was rewarded with 2016 Koenigsegg Regera.

On July 26, 2018 - Need for Speed No Limits Daybreak/Nightfall Update - The streets of Blackridge are at stake in the relentless Daybreak/Nighthunt event. Bring down your rivals in this intense special event and be rewarded with two incredible hypercars: the high-performance 2017 Pagani Huayra BC and the best-in-class 2016 Lamborghini Aventador SV. In Daybreak 7-day event which started on July 27, 2018 players were rewarded with 2017 Pagani Huayra BC and in Nighthunt 7-day event which is going to be started on August 03, 2018 players will be rewarded with 2016 Lamborghini Aventador SV. There is an third event known as Proving Grounds 7-day event which will be initiated on August 10, 2018 in which players will be rewarded with 2016 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio.

On December 12 - Need For Speed No Limits Christmas 2018 Update - Get behind the wheel of 3 incredible cars: the iconic BMW M3 GTR from Need for Speed Most Wanted in the Urban Legend which will begin on December 12

Development[edit]

The game was developed by Firemonkeys Studios (Real Racing 3 developers) and was published by Electronic Arts. The game was released on iOS on January 6, 2015, but only in Taiwan and the Netherlands. The game was initially only playable in Dutch as an alpha version for early testing. The game was released on Android on February 17, 2015 as a beta version, and was still only available in Dutch. The worldwide launch was in English, with better compatibility for quad-core and octa-core devices in which the game often crashed at its beta version.[citation needed] A new teaser trailer was released on YouTube on 18 September 2015. The worldwide release of the finished game was on 30 September 2015.

Reception[edit]

Reception
Aggregate score
AggregatorScore
Metacritic67/100[5]
Review score
PublicationScore
TouchArcade4/5 stars[6]

Need for Speed: No Limits received mixed reviews. Critics praised the game's visuals, controls and gameplay, but criticized its aggressive free-to-play system and short races. Review aggregator website Metacritic gave the game 67/100 based on 8 reviews.[5]

Harry Slater of Pocket Gamer gave the game a score of 8 out of 10, praising the game's visuals, fast gameplay and free access, but criticizing the game's short races.[7] Keith Andrew of Trusted Reviews gave the game 3/5, criticising the need to pay a considerable amount of microtransactions if players want to access all cars.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Hit the Road with Ken Block and Need for Speed No Limits". Electronic Arts. November 20, 2014. Retrieved January 6, 2015.
  2. ^ a b Hillier, Brenna (January 6, 2015). "Reminder that the only announced Need for Speed game is for mobiles". VG247.com. Retrieved January 6, 2015.
  3. ^ Preetam (November 22, 2014). "Need for Speed: No Limits Coming To iOS And Android In 2015". NextPowerUp. Retrieved January 6, 2015.
  4. ^ Nelson, Jared (January 5, 2015). "New 'Need for Speed: No Limits' Teaser Trailer Released". Touch Arcade. Retrieved January 6, 2015.
  5. ^ a b "Need for Speed: No Limits for iPhone/iPad Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved February 16, 2017.
  6. ^ Reinauer, Nathan (October 6, 2015). "'Need For Speed: No Limits' Review – More Timers, Less Aaron Paul". TouchArcade. Retrieved October 5, 2018.
  7. ^ Slater, Harry (1 October 2015). "Need for Speed: No Limits review". Pocket Gamer. Retrieved 2 March 2017.
  8. ^ Andrew, Keith (11 October 2015). "Need for Speed: No Limits review". TrustedReviews. Retrieved 16 February 2017.

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