I have to say I'm one of those who used to be a fan of Need for Speed. It just always seemed to me that the series lost all of it's appeal with this latest generation of hardware. All the games seem like giant steps backwards in terms of everything except graphics. Maybe it's just hard to get a NFS game right.
The duties of making the latest were passed on to a team that I thought would absolutely nail it, the guys who made Burnout Paradise. Burnout Paradise is easily one of my favorite racing games of all time, and there is a STRONG connection in style with that and this game. The clean presentation, open cities, interesting (though destructively tame, which you'd expect with licensed cars) crashes, and tight controls are there.
Where it fails, is in the worst possible areas. First off is the police AI. It's fine if you get caught speeding in the open world, but it murders any sense of fun in the "ambush" races. These see you starting out with an alert level, and you have to shake the cops in a time limit. The problem being that the moment you DO shake the cops, the game spawns more of them directly in any path you could take. To call that frustrating is an understatement bordering on profane.
And the other thing that fails is the most wanted races. Each and every one of them... you will fail. You will fail until you memorize the track, and you will fail after you memorize it until the AI makes a mistake and crashes.
The only other thing that needs mentioning is the rubber-band thing. I get that in the old days you needed to find ways to manufacture a challenge, but these days if you get ahead of the AI, you should be able to stay there without having to watch them teleport (often literally) behind you at top speed to keep things 'interesting.'
I'd call it worth a rental... but don't get your hopes up for something groundbreaking or non-stop fun.
posted by cruzinho (IMPERIAL BEACH, CA) Nov 16, 2012
Member since Apr 2005
base on the games demo i got bored after 10 min , of course with the name most wanted i was expecting it to be like the other one and nope no where near , in my case i enjoyed nfs the run better than this one