To be fair it is a good racing game but if you are going to hold the same name as the 2005 mega-hit you should at least try to incorporat some of the same feautures. Lack of a story, characters, customization, currency and predictable police. Its just the score attack game with cars, customization may as well be some cards you hold in your hand and use your imagination. There is no repucution to being arrested, in the old one you would lose money and if you got arrested in the same car to many times you would lose the car. This one you just wonder around the full map aimlessly until you find new cars to drive and "Jack" them. Then do a bunch of races with that said car to unlock the "cards" to upgrade the car. You can drive any care in the game for any race, they scale the speed down to you. In a Lamborghini you'll expect and pretty intense race but in say a Ford Focus that same race will be half the speed.
The game relies heavenly on you having an active friend roster that plays and it'll fill their pictures and scores into the most wanted slots. I have one person that played it and he was rank 8 then after him it was just some Cars, no character to them.
I have always been a fan of the NFS series and was kind of looking forward to playing it,but was on the fence because of the reviews it had gotten. Well, anyone who tells you to stay away from this game, listen to them!! The steering mechanics are horrible causing the cars to wander all over the road almost constantly, the AI pedestrian cars purposely try to make you crash into them. After my first race I was so confused with the menus and trying to figure out what to do next that I became angry. The game lasted 40 minutes in my house. EA really needs to step back and re-evaluate where they need to go next in the NFS franchise,or just scrap the series all together. You can only rehash the same idea so many times that it becomes stale and that's exactly what has happened here. There is no story,get in a car, do some races find other cars, repeat. There's to much going on during a race,to much stuff happening on screen, speed cam flashes are a bother, the dirt effect on screen some times gets in your way of vision..grinding or hitting a dip makes the screen change color for like 1/2 second and the little cut scenes before entering a race are unescessary. There is no car customization,once AGAIN! The upgrades for the cars do nothing except for the tires. The most frustrating thing is at when you are in a race and have a huge lead, the opponents behind you will catch up to you in seconds zooming right passed you,same goes for the cops. How do you catch up to me while I'm doing over 200 mph and you are in an SUV!!!???