Need for Speed Rivals

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Need for Speed Rivals
Need for Speed Rivals cover
Developers
Ghost Games
Publishers
Electronic Arts
Engines
Frostbite 3
Release dates
Windows November 19, 2013
Taxonomy
Monetization DLC
Microtransactions Boost
Modes Singleplayer, Multiplayer
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives Third-person
Controls Direct control
Genres Racing, Open world
Vehicles Street racing
Art styles Realistic
Themes Contemporary
Series Need for Speed
Need for Speed Rivals on MobyGames
Need for Speed Rivals on Wikipedia
The Need for Speed 1994
Need for Speed II 1997
Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit (series)
Need for Speed: High Stakes 1999
Need for Speed: Porsche Unleashed 2000
Need for Speed: Underground (series)
Need for Speed: Most Wanted (series)
Need for Speed: Carbon 2006
Need for Speed: ProStreet 2007
Need for Speed: Undercover 2008
Need for Speed: Shift (series)
Need for Speed: World 2010
Need for Speed: The Run 2011
Need for Speed Rivals 2013
Need for Speed (2016) 2016
Need for Speed Payback 2017
Need for Speed: Edge 2017
Need for Speed Heat 2019

Key points

Frame rate is capped at 30 FPS.[1] See High frame rate for a workaround.
Game can not be paused, even in the single-player mode.

General information

PC Report
Steam Community Discussions

Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail
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Windows
Amazon.com
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Also Complete Edition
Windows
Gamesplanet
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Windows
Origin
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Included with EA Play.
Also Complete Edition
Windows
Steam
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Complete Edition. Included with EA Play (Steam).
Windows
All versions require Origin DRM.

Version differences[edit]

Limited Edition includes the Ultimate Cop Pack.
Origin Digital Deluxe Edition includes the "Digital Revolution" BMW M3 GTS livery, and 100,000 Speed Points for racer faction.
Complete Edition comes with six content packs: Simply Jaguar Complete Pack, Ferrari Edizioni Speciali Complete Pack, Concept Lamborghini Complete Pack, The Koenigsegg One:1, Complete Movie Pack, and Loaded Garage Pack. Does not include the Timesavers Pack.

DLC and expansion packs

Name Notes
Complete Movie Pack Included with EA Play.
Windows
Concept Lamborghini Complete Pack Included with EA Play.
Windows
Concept Lamborghini Cops Included with EA Play.
Windows
Concept Lamborghini Racers Included with EA Play.
Windows
Ferrari Edizioni Speciali Complete Pack Included with EA Play.
Windows
Ferrari Edizioni Speciali Cops Included with EA Play.
Windows
Ferrari Edizioni Speciali Racers Included with EA Play.
Windows
Koenigsegg One:1 Free, the car will be available after finishing the story.
Windows
Loaded Garage Pack Included with EA Play.
Windows
Movie Pack - Cops Included with EA Play.
Windows
Movie Pack - Racers Included with EA Play.
Windows
Simply Jaguar Complete Pack Included with EA Play.
Windows
Simply Jaguar Cops Included with EA Play.
Windows
Simply Jaguar Racers Included with EA Play.
Windows
Timesaver Pack Fully upgrade cars (racers only) and Pursuit Techs (both factions).
Windows
Ultimate Cop Pack Pre-order bonus, made part of the Loaded Garage Pack
Windows
Ultimate Racer Pack Pre-order bonus, made part of the Loaded Garage Pack
Windows

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\Ghost Games\Need for Speed(TM) Rivals\settings\
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/1262600/pfx/[Note 1]
Configuration files are encrypted.

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\Ghost Games\Need for Speed(TM) Rivals\settings\<user-id>.sav
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/1262600/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Origin
Steam Cloud

Essential improvements[edit]

Skip intro videos[edit]

Browse to game install location "Need for Speed Rivals\Data\Win32", delete/rename videos.toc and videos.sb.
This breaks the games tutorial, as videos are required to start initial missions.

Video settings[edit]

Video settings.
Video settings.

Graphics feature State WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
Multi-monitor
Use Flawless Widescreen to fix Vert- cameras.
Ultra-widescreen
Use Flawless Widescreen to fix Vert- cameras.
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Use NFS Rivals Cinematic Tools or Flawless Widescreen.
Windowed
Borderless fullscreen windowed
See Borderless fullscreen windowed.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
FXAA-like solution always enabled.
Aliasing can be reduced by increasing the render resolution.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
60 FPS and 120+ FPS
Frame rate is capped at 30 FPS.[1] See High frame rate.
Although possible the game becomes unplayable. See High frame rate.

Borderless fullscreen windowed[edit]

Add launch option[citation needed]
  1. Add -noborder command line argument.
  2. Launch the game and go to PC Settings.
  3. Under PC Settings, set Full Screen to Off. You can also use combination of keys: Alt+ Enter.

Notes

This may cause the game to cover only a fraction of the screen the next time it is launched. Simply toggle the Full Screen setting to On and then Off to restore borderless fullscreen windowed mode.

High frame rate[edit]

Add launch option[2]

Add the -GameTime.MaxSimFps 60 -GameTime.ForceSimRate 60.0 command line argument.

Notes

Change both 60 values for a different frame rate (use the same number for both).
If the frame rate drops below the specified threshold the game will slow down. High rates can cause impossibility to complete some of events; the event will be abandoned while the player is between checkpoints. The game will also limit the top speed of the players vehicle (especially with the upgraded high-end cars) to far lower values while the AIs top speed won't be affected; making the game unplayable. The issues get worse the higher the frame rate cap is set. In these cases set both 60 values to 50 or lower.

Increase render resolution[edit]

Add launch option[3]

Add the -Render.ResolutionScale 1.5 command line argument.

Notes

This doubles the render resolution without affecting the display resolution. Can be further tweaked up to 2.0
Using Nvidia's DSR instead, provides better performance.[4]

Input settings[edit]

Haptic feedback[edit]

Disable controller vibration[6]
  1. Install Special K by following the Special K Unofficial Guide.
  2. Start the game and press Ctrl+ Shift+← Backspace to toggle Special K's Control Panel.
  3. Expand Input Management and Gamepad.
  4. Enable Disable ALL Rumble and close the Control Panel.

Audio settings[edit]

Audio settings.
Audio settings.

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Music, sfx, dynamics.
Surround sound
Subtitles
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English
Traditional Chinese
Dutch
French
German
Italian
Japanese
Brazilian Portuguese
Polish
Russian
Spanish

Network[edit]

Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
Local play
LAN play
Online play
6

Issues fixed[edit]

Disappearing DLC cars[edit]

On rare occasions, the DLC cars may not appear in the menu. There is no known permanent fix for that issue, only a workaround exists.

Workaround[citation needed]

Try one of the following methods:

  • Pick any car, earn some points (even the smallest amount will do) and return to the hideout.
  • Set AllDrive to Public and then switch it back to your previous setting.
  • Quit NFS Rivals, switch Origin to offline mode and relaunch the game.

Ingame objects stuck[edit]

Occasionally during game, all objects may stuck. Timer is still working, wheels are spinning, but game stops for a few seconds.

Workaround[7]

Make sure you are not using Reloaded binary with SweetFX, or your hardware has at least 4GB of RAM. x64 binary may be more stable than x86.

FPS drops on average machines with high details[edit]

Game slows down, works in slow motion, or stutters, drops FPS heavily in some moments.

Notes [7]

Original, recent version of binaries from Origin performs much slower than other ones with latest patch v1.3 (v1.4.0.0). It points to a problems with Origin DRM's implementation.

FPS drops on low-end machines[edit]

Especially on dual core processors, game is unplayable in some extend due to substantial performance problems.

Add launch option[8]

Add the -GameTime.MaxSimFps 18 -GameTime.ForceSimRate 18+ command line argument.

Notes

In cooperation with low-end machines also helps Ragno1997 low specs. It is set of configs for various games.
Disable V-Sync[9]

Use D3DOverrider software to force game to disable V-Sync. It is also recommended to turn on triple buffering in Graphic Card Control Panel. After complying to these steps, it is pointed on FPS boost, and change in the graphic output.

Pick "Prefer max performance" in Power management mode in Nvidia Control Panel[4]

VR support[edit]

3D modes Native Notes
vorpX
G3D
Officially supported game, see official vorpx game list.

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 11
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes
Windows

System requirements[edit]

Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) Vista SP2, 7, 8, 8.1
Processor (CPU) AMD Athlon X2 2.8 GHz
Intel Core 2 Duo 2.4 GHz
System memory (RAM) 4 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 10 GB
Video card (GPU) AMD Radeon 3870
Nvidia GeForce 8800 GT
Intel HD 4000
512 MB of VRAM
DirectX 11 compatible

Notes

  1. 1.0 1.1 File/folder structure within this directory reflects the path(s) listed for Windows and/or Steam game data (use Wine regedit to access Windows registry paths). Games with Steam Cloud support may store data in ~/.steam/steam/userdata/<user-id>/1262600/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (1262600) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.

References