posted by User_1138 (SAN GABRIEL, CA) Sep 21, 2014
Member since Sep 2014
This is a lousy game, typical of EA games of that time period: no tutorials, no help, no explanations of the terms or labels they use. No information about what the controls are supposed to do or how they are intended to be used in gameplay. Nothing to help out people "new" to the series. They just throw you directly into the game under the assumption that you know everything there possibly is to know about the topic and the game as well as the programmers that created it.
The controls are sluggish and unresponsive, your commands seem to be buffered and carried out long after you have changed to a different instruction (really "not good" for a steering game). The gameplay really feels as if the game does what it wants to do and your instructions via the controller are merely "taken under advisement." I believe the saying is, "They're really more like 'guidelines' anyway..."
After more than 15 honest attempts, still could not "beat" the opening challenge, which you have to do just to progress into the actual game. Sent it back and deleted it from my gaming history. (Would have snapped it into little pieces, but it didn't belong to me.)
If you played all the other NFS games, you will probably like this one, as it is just the next sequel in an endless line of them rolling out of EA. This game is NOT an entry point for those new to the NFS franchise or for those looking to "try it out" to see if they like it. The best way to describe this game is that it is like a chapter out of the middle of some book. If you had read the book from the start, you'll like this. If you haven't, don't waste your time. Get a new book that you can read from the start, or one that the author takes great pains to introduce the characters and summarize the back story to get you up-to-date.
At the time this game was made, EA Games was just interested in churning out games as fast as possible and didn't care if they were "user friendly" or not. Games like this are the result.
I love this title. It is, in my opinion, the best arcade racer ever developed. The entire game is just amazing. I have probably played the entire game through 15 times including getting first place in all of the cop challenges. If I had to complain about anything at all, it would be the lack of customization to the cars, but it was good enough in that regard and everything else was so good that it completely made up for that tiny little complaint.