I was very excited when I saw that NFS had a new game coming out. And I was very happy to find that it was affordable. My Excitement faded quickly. This game felt like once again they were in too much of a hurry to get a game on the shelf. Please EA Take your time next time
When in free roam you may find yourself getting confused, if you are a NFS fan (which I definitely am). It will feel familiar, but out of place. This is because the map is a fun-house-mirror image of the NFS Most Wanted map. The three separate regions are connected by Highways that weren't in the original map, and are attached in odd places.
Two thirds of the map are warped reversed images of the original. Rosewood and Downtown Rock Port became Sunset Hills and Palm Harbor. And Port Crescent is almost a carbon copy (no pun intended) of Camden Beach. There are, of course, several pieces missing, IE the Golf Course. And, several pieces re-arranged, Like the College campus.
In My Opinion, They should have either used the old map completely, or not at all.
Unfortunately, the map is only one of the first few things you will notice. The Story Line is weak at best, at times confusing, and doesn't always make sense. In the opening cut scene where you meet Maggie Q, is she talking to you, or the suit? Are you the suit? (no, you aren't) And logically speaking there are times, when it would be impossible to remain undercover after performing some of the tasks you are required to do (takedowns for those that have played it)
The controls (on the PS2) are just as twisted as the map. Check the controls before starting the game. You cannot adjust them at all, by the way (once again PS2) You Also cannot toggle the Event Camera, which is a major pain while in a race, or in a pursuit. More than once I have found myself nosed into a wall, during a race, Or a mere few inches from a spike strip while in a pursuit.
Absolutely no Free Cars Cool Downs are in really odd places Invisible wall extensions, and curbs
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I would rather slam my head into a door, over and over and over. I Love the Need For Speed Series, but the only fun thing in this game is running from the cops and running up a huge bill for the city to pay....thats about it.
Need For Speed Pro Street came out BEFORE this game and has BETTER GRAPHICS.