The Need for Speed is all about the underground, illegal racing, but in this installment, The Need for Speed: Nitro, feels very - well, legal.
There's really no need to keep an eye out for the cops to bust you for the "illegal" street racing.
You pick you car (you start off with one, but will easily get more later on) pick a track from the first of six spots, Rio De Janeiro, and go racing. (The other five are Cairo, Madrid, Singapore, Dubai, and Grand Prix) There are six events
The first one is a simple race against the AI/other players, the second is an elemination race (after 30 seconds, the driver in last place is eliminated), the third is a race against a clock, the fourth is a drifting contest to see who can fishtail the most, the fifth is a drag race down a mostly straight track, and the last one is a speed camera where to have to go as fast as you can in certain spots of the track.
For the races (normal race, drag race, elimination race), you get one star for third, two for second and three stars for first.
In the normal race/elimination race, you can get a star for having a lap time better than a set lap time, and you get a star by doing a lot of "style" points (having the lead of a race, drifting, jumping and so on.)
The Speed Camera level awards stars for your total speed through one lap of a course, and the race against the clock awards stars on how fast you complete the course.
With these stars, you unlock several cars (there are 33 to get here), more levels on a city, then more cities.
You goal: to get to and win the Grand Prix, a six race tournament. Then you get to do it all over again with more powerful cars, and then one more time with the best cars in the game.
Problem is, this game can get real old real fast; there are only ten tracks available, some events are just repeats of other events, and this game should have an online mode.
But Need for Speed: Nitro can be fun - for short periods of time. RENT IT.