PROS: This is a decent game, visuals are stunning, car looks, feels and drives excellent. Plenty of cool cars and LOTS of customization that we all have come to expect from NFS. Game actually does a good job of determining how you drive and in the first level will adjust your car for your experience. Computer AI is good, I swear that the computer will come back to exact revenge and try to wreck you when you mess with them.
CONS: This is Need For Speed. The biggest draw of the franchise (in my mind) has been the ability to run from the police, getting away in either Large beautifully rendered cities or in vast countrysides and a captivating story. This is not in this game (like at all). The premise of the game reads like the instructions for shampoo; collect trophies and work your way up through the ranks, purchase every car you need, upgrade it, race, repeat.
Load times are bad, not really bad, but bad enough that you want to pull your hair out after a couple hours. And the games autosave feature kicks in every time you do pretty much anything between every race, even if you retry. This just adds to the load times. Usually NFS games arn't too bad about this, this is the exception. No story, no cutscenes no police, no fun.
Game Plays Like Gran Turismo, just not as good of a game. Not nearly as difficult.
Wow were are the people who developed nfs II cause we need to bring them back. They have the nerve to call this a simulation. Well the only simulation going on is in the driver seat and thats questionable.. Listen I took a Skyline and drove it into the back of a Viper and the Viper came off the ground and was sitting on top of my hood. What the heck inda simulation is that. What the point of going 200 plus miles an hour if all the AI slam on there breaks infront of you then pile up for every major turn.. Just remake NFSII I had more fun using cheat codes racing with a school bus and a log then I have had playing any of these current NFS... Need For S... you fill in the rest.