Back when Need For Speed: Rivals released, I decided then that would be the last Need For Speed game I purchase. It is 2017, and after seeing gameplay video’s on YouTube, together with assessing this year’s Need For Speed (Payback), I decided I would give Need For Speed a second chance. I bought the PC version and boy is this game loaded with hectic stuttering and lag 🙁 I just hope the devs are working on a patch.  

Before I start this discussion, here are the specifications of my system: 

Notebook: Asus FX553VD

CPU: Intel Core i5-7300HQ 2.5GHz

GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 4GB GDDR5

RAM: 8GB DDR4-2400MHz 

OS: Windows 10 Home 64-Bit (1709)

Other: 1TB HDD, 1920 X 1080 screen resolution 

According to EA’s minimum system requirements, I should be playing it at low to medium graphics. I been running this game on high graphics 🙂 . Changing graphic settings has no effect on reducing lag and stuttering. I have played this game for about two hours – I couldn’t play anymore because of the hectic stuttering and lag. Lag and stuttering is more severe in cities – whether you are in a race, roaming around, being chased by police, or being pursued by the House. In area’s out of town, the gameplay experience is better – there is a bit of lag and stuttering but it is not so much. Below is a video of me racing in town – note how hectic the lag and stuttering is. 

Notice how there is little/no lag and stuttering at events out of town. See the video below: 

What I find sad about all this is that this Need For Speed is great one – I am loving the story they put together, great characters (Mac, I am looking at you), the chit-chat that happens in events, and the bosses (I have defeated La Catrina so far). Speed cards don’t annoy me as much. The lack of police whilst roaming is the only game-related issue that annoys me. This is the perfect way of driving people away from your product; sell them something that does not perform well. I would love if EA/Need For Speed could tweet, to let us know they acknowledge the lag/stuttering issues, and that they working on a fix – hearing some news is better than hearing nothing. 

On EA Answers, several users, with high-spec PC’s are complaining about the stuttering and lag. Here are threads of people complaining: 

https://answers.ea.com/t5/Technical-Issues/This-game-needs-a-patch-ASAP-PC-version/td-p/6414284 

https://answers.ea.com/t5/Technical-Issues/Need-for-speed-payback-stuttering/td-p/6412103

From the few events I have done, I can tell this Need For Speed is going to be great one! I wanna play more and more of this game – it is just the stuttering and lag that’s ruining overall experience. If Ghost Games can fix the lag and stuttering issue, this game will seriously be lit! Come on Ghost Games, please bless us with a patch that fixes everything! I am loving what I am seeing so far!