The Need For - Online Play and Better Presentation
posted by JMichaud (BETHESDA, MD) Nov 21, 2010
Member since Jan 2008
gamers (94%) found this review helpful
The Need for Speed franchise was built on one thing - street racing, which is mostly illegal (that’s why you have the cops on your tail for most of the races in these games.)
But in the Wii version of Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit, the presentation is about as bland as you can get. You get to participate in five cities, and in each city there are three parts. Each part has four races in it - Hot Pursuit, Time Attack, Eliminator, and Rush Hour.
The Hot Pursuit is your basic race - finish first after a set number of laps.
Time Attack is where you have to finish one or two laps of a track in a certain amount of time.
Eliminator is the same as Hot Pursuit, except that after every 45 seconds, the player in last place is eliminated - so the trick is to stay out of last place.
Rush Hour has you as the last racer of 100. You have to move up to a past a certain place every 45 seconds or be eliminated.
You need to get bronze or better in three of the four races, to get a medal in that part of the city. Get a medal in all three parts, and you race against the boss - to see who can get to the most checkpoints in that city first.
Win that race, and you go on to the next city, and so on.
But, there’s no story, cut scenes or awards; you go straight from one section to the next. Boring.
As you go through the motions, you get Bounty with each win which you use to buy better performing cars - which you need to get past the later stages. You can also customize your car in many ways.
But one big thing lacking here is online play - there isn’t any. If you want multiplayer (which is fun), you’ll have to go split screen. This omission really hurts this version of Need for Speed.
Another problem I had was the races can get tough, namely the second to last set (Las Vegas). If you get stuck, there’s no way out - the game will grind to a halt.
Still, this game fulfills my Need for Speed - for a short while. RENT IT.
This game had descent graphics, but the content of races where not well thought out. I was not impressed. I wouldn't buy or rent again.
If you care to check out what I am comparing too? Check out this title by maker of Need for Speed... "Undercover" is Far Superior.
posted by Coldsalmon (JERSEY CITY, NJ) Nov 19, 2010
Member since Nov 2010
gamers (60%) found this review helpful
The Wii version is not the game that is advertised: that game is on the Xbox and the PS3 only. The Wii version is a different, extremely bad game. It is not the PS3 game with worse graphics, as I expected. It is a totally different game with worse graphics than I could have imagined. It is not set in Seacrest county: all races are in dreary urban environments. The tracks are different than the tracks in the advertised game. If you hit a curb in your 500 horsepower supercar, you will bounce off an invisible barrier. There is no way to play the good cars without literally slogging through traffic jams for hours. The game is based around driving mediocre cars through traffic. Apparently, supercars are available after you do this for several hours, but I wasn't going to wait that long to do something that probably would not be fun anyhow. This is what I do every day to get to and from work, and my actual commute is more fun than this game. I posted a detailed review on Amazon, with the same title, explaining exactly why my commute is more fun than this game.