gamers (55%) found this review helpful
This game is a very very good racing game, and the best in the series I think. You may think that the game will not be very good because of the change in direction for the series, but that's not true at all. The game holds pretty true to it's previous titles. If you liked the other games then you will probably love this one. The crashing is nicely done, and seems quite realistic. The scenery is nice, and really makes you feel like your there. The audio is also top notch. I would give this game a perfect because I think that it did everything that a racing game is expected to do, and did it very well, but also gave us a little more.
If you take away running from the cops on the open road, racing through down town streets, going the wrong way on the highway just for fun, you get a another rip off of GT or any other race simulation.
Graphics are great, the sounds are also better then I expected and the physics are better the past Need For Speed games (you can tell when you're driving a different car), but Game play is what is lacking badly. Tracks are very small and seem to be all the same with diffrent back grouds, and the so called "modes" are all the same expect for the drag racing (which is the only reason I played for as long as I did). Also from what I've seen you have a very small choice of cars (I didn't even see a place to buy a new car, though I didn't look very hard after I got board) and the upgrade system is off the wall. No idea what they were thinking with that.
The announcer makes me want to shoot myself as well... I lost interest after the first 3 "race days".
I was hopping for something more. Unless your into the Tuner sub-culture you will probably be just a disappointed as I was.
posted by CluB2DeAth (HARPER WOODS, MI) Dec 1, 2007
Member since Apr 2006
gamers (56%) found this review helpful
If you're a legitimate car enthusiast that enjoys tuning cars and sim-like racing, you will like this game.
If you're a Fast and The Furious ricer wannabe and want to run through a course without using that left pedal known as a brake, stay away.
The game is more of a sim that previous entries. It actually takes technique to get around courses, especially with a manual transmission. ProStreet looks much better than Carbon. Car models are a little better than the PGR series, but the environment has a little pop-in. If you deal with it, it won't bother you that much.
Tuning is a big part to this game. You can spend hours just tuning a car to perfection. You can pretty much tune a muscle car (like my Challenger R/T) to wheelie almost the entire 1/4 mile with the settings.
No free roam isn't a big factor if you're in it for the racing. Many people grew into the NFS series from Underground, so they never experienced the previous games like Hot Pursuit 1-2, Porsche Unleashed, and the first 3 that got me interested into the NFS series. Some people say that they have been fans since the first one and still burn this game, which I find kind of hypocritical, since this game goes back to its roots.
Just one bad thing that I've found the most annoying is the freakin' announcer. It sounds like the same guy from Burnout 3, or SSX3. And you can't even turn him off. If you have a loud enough custom soundtrack on that can cover him, then you're fine.