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This game tries to be an open-world version of NFS Underground, and fails. If it did that, we'd all be very happy - but it doesn't; there's too many problems with this game to list but I'll try.
-It's an openworld game, but there's no reason to drive around outside of races. Literally. Nothing at all happens. There's not even that many cars driving around - maybe 1 or 2 passing by every minute or so. Bizarre.
-Even though it's an openworld racer, all the races take place on closed tracks. (I guess the illegal street racing ring you infiltrated has quite a lot of political power to be able to close off streets for its races.) Those 1 or 2 non-racing cars you see, though? They can drive straight through these walls. Bizarre.
-The game is just implausible. They have live action cutscenes (which is a nice idea, but they're ridiculous) where they tell you to get evidence, and then you win a race, and they're all "OKAY WE HAVE ENOUGH EVIDENCE TO BAG THIS GUY." What? And why does this illegal street race gang only race during the day...? Bizarre.
-There's car customization, I guess. But it doesn't affect the way the cars drive. Which by the way, is horrible. It's neither GT5 realism nor Burnout arcadeish, it's just terrible. Cars fishtail like its going out of style with the slightest of analog stick movements. Bizarre.
-The game looks bad when compared to ANY other racer in the last year; on the PS3 it also runs really poorly. There's this awful glitch where the shadows change direction with proportion to your speed - like it's changing the time of day, but the sun rotates 360 degrees in like 10 seconds. Bizarre.
There's just really no reason to play this game. The sound is nice (although the music sucks,) and there is a really stylish presentation (which is probably why the two reviews before me called it things like "hot") but its just not a fun game at all. Get Burnout Paradise or Midnight Club LA, but avoid this one at all costs.
NOT A BAD GAME BUT VERY REPETITIVE AND PREDICTABLE ENDING GRAPHICS ARE DECENT BUT EVEN ON THE POWERFUL PS3 I FOUND YOU CAN OUTRUN THE PROCESSOR AND CAUSE A LOADING DELAY WHICH IS FRUSTRATING. HOPEFULLY THE NEW NFS SHIFT WILL HAVE A NEW CONCEPT AND MAYBE DEVELOP A MORE INTERESTING LESS REPETITIVE GAMING STYLE. THE WHOLE MOST WANTED / UNDERCOVER WERE BASICALLY THE SAME GAME I WOULD LIKE TO SEE A NFS THAT HAS A POLICE MODE SIMILAR TO THE GAMES OF OLD FOR THE PS3/ 360.