What the game does, it does very well. The developers have a lot of experience making arcade racing games, and this one is prime example of that talent.
The things that dew me in to the previous Need for Speed titles, were just missing from this version. No doubt that was by design, but they are still things I missed. There is no more customizing a vehicle with art, wheels, body kits, paint, etc. You get a random paint job that changes when you drive through a repair spot. Even when you get "Aero Body" kits from races, they do not change the look of the vehicle.
I also liked the previous story and characters. The new version lacks any narrative and gone are the characters behind the wheel.
To a lesser extent, I also miss the environmental tack downs that were in previous iterations. I could easily live without those though for the sake of characters and vehicle customization.
There are a lot of cars and an interesting open map, but at the end, I don't feel compelled to see what happens next, because I know what happens. There is another car parked around a corner, or eventually I can win of the most wanted cars. No mystery, just races.
I wrote a review for PS3..I gave it a so so kind of rating which I've improved and upped to almost an 8..making the grade at 7..so i'm here giving it a little better praise. I also almost rented the 360 copy thinking DLC wasn't coming out for PS3.
The races here are much harder than anything I've ever experienced in the Burnout series (mainly Revenge & Paradise)..which is what lured me to this game..not the NFS lineage of titles..which honestly I haven't played since PC days..I've been on burnout as far back as original xbox and PS2..so as I said in my PS3 review..my heart goes out to anyone feeling betrayed that the NFS style of game is gone..Burnout brought me here..and i'm somewhat happy..
Bottom line is this...the game is enjoyable and quite challenging as long as you have a souped up ride..and not a scrub car which the game starts you off with..Yes yes we can't all buy the DLC Ultimate speed pack to start off with great cars..(but I DID) but the true challenge if you so desire it ..is to race your scrub car and achieve the greatness by pulling your hair out & lose a lot of races only then to make your ride that of super car status.. I wasn't up for that challenge so i bought the aforementioned DLC...Bugatti and the Pagani are the best cars I've used here so far
The Timesavers pack is more politically correct in that jack spots are revealed (single player mode) and a much better assortment of cars is available for you to use in multiplayer as opposed to the scrub lineup you are defacto dealt with. The super cars you get with the other DLC only appear as jack spots if you've earned enough points so the timesavers is basically the top tier of better than scrub cars..Lamborgini gallardo, tesla roadster, B-A-C mono are preferred if you want the uphill challenge..
so the game gets better with DLC...now I'm hooked..
but starting from the scrub level clawing your way to the top..given how many burnout titles ive played..ive earned the right to not be a s