Well, I've been playing the Career mode of the game for a couple of hours and thought I'd share my experience with this game.
I've never actually played one of the Need For Speed
games prior to this one. I used to play Burnout Legends
on XBOX and was looking for a similar game on Steam
. That's when I purchased this one, judging by the review it seemed the closest to Burnout Legends
Racing game's Career mode is what I'm after, so I was really looking forward to the one in Need For Speed
. No surprise here, it's about climbing the ladder and become a Most Wanted
(or the cop version of it, haven't played it much, though). During your career you'll drive faster cars, perform more risky stunts, take more (intelligent) shortcuts and try to keep your opponents behind you.
Very Hot Pursuit
The game is very, very challenging. Very. If you think Burnout
's Career mode is challenging, you've seen nothing yet. And I'm not talking about 80% through, I'm talking about 10-20%. This is both good and bad. With enough patience, you can improve your driving (and eventually beat the game). But it might just as well get you frustrated.
Proper Game Controller Support, Anyone?
I used to think that driving games would be played best with a computer driving wheel controller, but that was actually more difficult than it was fun. Playing Burnout Legends
using the XBOX controller was nice, so I was looking forward to a proper Game Controller Support. Unfortunately, Need For Speed
fails to deliver. Although the controller is supported out-of-the-box the button mapping and the overall controller sensitivity feels to fragile. Seriously, when I play a car racing game that's about risky driving maneuvers I don't want the controls to be configured as if I had a think piece of glass in my hand that'd brake anytime soon. Admittedly, that's very subjective, but maybe there are others that are looking for the same thing that I was.
Cut The Videos, Please!
In my career, all medals have to be gold. I don't know why, but I like to beat the score and finish the level, so to say. That's why I prefer cutscenes to be skip-able, restart the whole race quickly, load up a new level, etc. I've recently upgraded my setup and was expecting Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit
to load and respond rather quickly. But the opposite is true: It takes f****ng ages to load, restart or quit a race. Seriously: Why does the game need to load (!) the whole map again when I just want to restart the race on the map that is already in memory?
Sorry, but this is one of the biggest annoyances with this game for me.
Speedwall? Forever Alone!
After every race I'm presented with a Speedwall
which I suppose is some kind of highscore. Only problem is: I'm the only one on that list. No one to compete with, not even strangers from the server. Only my score. Yes, I get it, the game is not the newest one available, and propably none of my friends even plays it. But then please let me challenges other players from around the globe and compare to some international ranking.
+ Very challenging
+ Integrates with Big Picture
+ Native XBOX 360 USB Controller support
+ Nice graphics
+ Great, motivating soundtrack
+ Fun to play
- Very challenging
- XBOX 360 USB Controller configuration/sensitivity doesn't match a racing game
- Shortcuts can be well-hidden and often require a good knowledge of the map
is annoying. Signing up for an account? - I'm logged in to Steam
- Online leaderboard doesn't work or is not available
- Incredible long (and unnecessary) loading processes, even for restarting only a race on that very same map