Need for Speed Unbound: Beginner tips and tricks to take on Lakeshore City

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AFTER a speedy three months from announcement to release, Need for Speed Unbound it here.

It seems this was all part of the plan though, and the fans seem to be really enjoying the open-world arcade racer.

Get to grips with Lakeshore City

We’ve put a decent chunk of time into the game, so we know how to make our way around.

If you’re looking to get into Need for Speed Unbound, check out our tips and tricks.

Need for Speed Unbound tips: Fast off the start

The start is the most important part of each race in Need for Speed Unbound, so it’s important to know how to master it.

A small bar above your speedometer will let you know the sweet spot for how much to rev your engine.

Each car has a different pinch point, so make sure you take note with each vehicle change.

Need for Speed Unbound tips: The joy of drifting

Drifting is another important aspect to each race, and you’ll need to be proactive and take some risks.

Pulling off good drifts, gives you extra nitro boost, which is another important strategy.

Drifting-themed events that pop up on the map are also a good way to earn loot.

Need for Speed Unbound tips: Don’t go with the flow

Nitro is necessary for overtaking and staying ahead at tough moments, but two other mechanics can help in these moments.

Follow closely behind your opponent to draft for a speed boost, or drive directly into oncoming traffic.

This second one is more risky, but offers big boosts the longer you can hold your mettle.

Need for Speed Unbound tips: Save your nitro

Always make sure you keep some nitro back for the last lap, and this is when your opponents will give it their all.

Despite dominating an entire race, it’s very easy to come second or worse when another racer takes you at the finish line.

Not only should you save your nitro for the last lap, but even for the final stretch.

Need for Speed Unbound tips: Don’t poke the bear

While farming police chases can help you make money during the daytime, at night by igniting your Heat System, you can make them very aggressive.

Always keep less than $5k on you in order to prevent you from losing large amounts if things go awry.

Also, every time someone asks for a lift, give it to them to unlock extra shelters, to deposit cash.

Need for Speed Unbound tips: Unbound exploration

Like Forza Horizon 5, Need for Speed Unbound aims for an open world filled with collectibles and goodies.

It’s not as packed as the aforementioned, but destroying billboards and bear mascots will get you some quick cash.

Written by Paolo Sirio and Georgina Young on behalf of GLHF.