Need for Speed: Edge

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a game by EA Spearhead
Platform: PC (2017)
Editor Rating: 7.5/10, based on 1 review, 2 reviews are shown
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See also: Racing Games, Need For Speed Series
Need for Speed: Edge
Need for Speed: Edge
Need for Speed: Edge
Need for Speed: Edge

Need for Speed: Edge is the latest addition to EA's long-running racing franchise. As an avid fan of arcade racers, I was eager to check out this free-to-play MMO take on the series. After spending some time with Edge, I'm happy to report it delivers the fast-paced, over-the-top racing action the series is known for.

The core of the experience is racing against other players in a variety of competitive multiplayer modes. There are standard races, drifting competitions, team races, and more. Like previous Need for Speed games, you can customize and upgrade a garage of slick supercars.

Drifting and drafting builds your nitrous meter, allowing for satisfying bursts of speed. Power-ups scattered across tracks spice things up further. It's a familiar formula, sure – but one that works well.

Smooth Driving Mechanics

Edge utilizes the Frostbite 3 engine, and the results are impressive. Cars control in a weighty, satisfying way. Subtle details like cockpit camera shake and dynamic surface wetness make things feel immersive. The arcade handling strikes a nice balance – it's loose and drifty, but still grounded.

Coupled with a solid sense of speed, racing around the detailed urban environments is an absolute blast. It gives players the tools for high-speed glory without the unforgiving simulation of something like Project CARS. If you're looking for an accessible, arcade thrill ride, Edge delivers in spades.

Addictive Progression

As you race, you'll earn cards that unlock new cars and upgrades. It's a randomized system, but provides a compelling loop as you build your dream garage. There are over 200 vehicles, so collecting them all is a formidable challenge.

Extensive customization options allow you to create unique looks. Whether you prefer JDM imports, American muscle, or European exotics, there are plenty of options for car lovers. The constant stream of new goodies will keep you coming back to the garage after every podium.

Varied Multiplayer Modes

The selection of multiplayer races and competitions is impressive. Alongside standard races, there are drifting battles, item-based racing, and a unique mode where two cars battle to overtake one another. Cops even chase racers in certain events, in the same vein as Need for Speed: Most Wanted.

The varied modes provide diverse tests of driving skill with plenty of room for mastery. Playing against real people gives races an extra dimension of excitement and tension. While the online population is smaller nowadays, you can still find events at peak times. The scope of content ensures there's always something new to experience.

In the end, Need for Speed: Edge successfully translates the arcade racing action of its predecessors into an online, multiplayer setting. With its robust customization, progression, and modes, it offers a compelling platform for gearheads and adrenaline junkies alike. That said, be prepared for some fairly aggressive microtransactions.


Need for Speed: Edge delivers the fast-paced arcade racing action the series is known for in a polished online package. If you're seeking a polished online-only entry in the Need for Speed series, Edge is absolutely worth a look.


  • Satisfying driving feel
  • Tons of cars and customization
  • Varied multiplayer modes


  • Progression can feel grindy
  • Smaller online population
  • Aggressive microtransactions make the game feel pay-to-win

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System requirements:

  • PC compatible
  • Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP

Game Reviews

Need for Speed: Edge is a closed-ended online arcade racing project where sports cars are cutting a desert road at 300 kilometers per hour.

Pros of Need for Speed: Edge:

  • A fleet of cool cars: Lamborghini Aventador SVJ, Jaguar XK220 1992, Mazda RX-7 VeilSide
  • Opportunity to improve your car
  • Cool physics on turns and speed
  • Arcade element - racing with lightning strikes and setting traps against opponents
  • Super scenic locations: European cities, mountain road, unfinished port track

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