gamers (88%) found this review helpful
Its been awhile since this game series didn't suck. Don't get me wrong, I just missed the really cool hot pursuit series, not the Vin Diesel based knockoffs they've been putting out for awhile.To be honest, I rented this for my son; didn't expect much just waiting on GT5. Boy, was I wrong.
First things first; its gorgeous. Its darn near beautiful, in a way that compels you to play it. The action actually plays with your adrenaline and man if there was a way to play your own audio files while playing ala Xbox, I'd be playing right now. You can tune the car without having to be a mechanic, nerd, or old pokemon fan. Racing is crisp and you can get into it easily. Yeah...good game.
gamers (80%) found this review helpful
I've played almost every ND4SPD title since I can remember. I've skipped a couple - but the game is still fun.
In this ND4SPD your working your way up the ranks and defining your driving by your actions. I have always found myself to be an aggressive driver, making others spin out to get a win. HeII, "rubbing is racing!" (Days of Thunder). However, according to this ND4SPD I am a precision driver?! Either way, I'm cool with it. A win is a win.
The upgrades are pretty cool, body kits look great - but I'm not a fan of trying the way you can customize the vinyls. It seemed a lot easier on past games. Maybe it's just me...
The racing itself is awesome! Very realistic. I love the fact that the screen goes blurry went I hit the wall at 100+mph or the fact that I can't see out of my winshield after 5+ crashes. It makes it more fun! (You shoulda seen what my Veyron looked like after one race - ha!)
The tracks are cool and can be pretty challenging at times. The different events - time trials, 1v1 competition - give the game some new things to do so that your not stuck playing the same thing over and over. Although...I do miss getting chased by cops and blowing through scenery, and watching them run into immovable objects on replay. Those were the days...
The only bad thing about this game is the long loading times, other than that I do not have anything to complain about.
The sounds are awesome, very hardcore and intense at times. Really makes you feel like you are part of the action.
Graphics are killer. Best graphics in any racing game.
Plenty of cars to pick from. Great customization options. Great level up systems. Lots of fun tracks.
The best part though is the cars can be adjusted to your liking. You are not stuck driving a car you can not control, you can adjust just about every aspect of the car in order to make it drive how YOU want it to drive.
You can make this game as easy or as hard as you want.