As an update to my play of Need for Speed Rivals: I observed a curious thing today.
The game seems a lot easier when I’m playing online. It almost seems like there’s a finite amount of police driving around the world, and when you’re connected to the internet and have six other racers in the world, it keeps the cops distracted to an extent.
Playing offline, I’d routinely get 5-10 cops on my tail, and get hopelessly steamrolled after barely scraping together 30k of the “SP” currency.
Playing online, I usually only aggro around 2-ish cops and can comfortably bank 100k-200k SP in most scenarios.
The only problem there is that once you get disconnected from the Rivals server, there is no way to reconnect without closing and relaunching the game. And while connected, you’re suspect to host migrations and all sorts of other network problems.
Also, sometimes, even with “finite” police, the game will spawn phantom cop cars on the edge of my minimap just to artificially keep chases going.