I'm not a huge fan of racing games and NFS series in particular, but sometimes I buy such games for casual playing.
Last time I played NFS around 2004, it was pretty arcade, but with lots of carporn (not talking about streetracing crap, just the way cars look), dynamic gameplay and suitable music. I bought this game because I saw it in Steam after seeing a few dozens of positive reviews by series fans who were talking it's the best game in the whole franchise.
What did I get? Disgusting music. Copy-pasted vehicles. Broken game mechanics. This game doesn't fit it's title at all: instead of dynamic races with smart opponents we are getting tons of catch-up, ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ opponents who is just cheating all the time (if you are first and driving at 340 kmph it doesn't mean that some random half-broken opponent car can't outrun you, driving at 400 kmhp approximately). Game modes are mostly boring, actual pursuits take 10% of play time, other 90% is boring crap like races against the timer (for cops? really?). 1 cop vs 1 racer (and he will keep driving at impossible speeds easily going through curves without braking) and other kinds of boredom. In-game physics are bad beyond any point, don't even try to bust a racer by braking in front of him, he will just throw you away and won't get any damage), all vehicles have the same handling and differ by top speed and acceleration only (what is most hilarious, some of the cars doesn't have these characteristics in the description, having "classified" instead), it's almost impossible to actually crash (so you can forget about braking before turns). Also, the game is suffering from a major case of being overfilled with different opponent-side cheats, of course I understand that it is made just to made gameplay more interesting for a player, but sometimes it just looks idiotic: you, riding the top exotic car, cannot catch a guy who is driving some box-shaped american piece of metal, and even constant crashes can't keep him from winning.
Another problem is cars. We got used to have dozens of perfect concept cars in every NFS game, but now we are having just a few of them, mixed with dozens of ugly american crap like dodge, chevrolet and other same-looking metal coffins.
And last, but not least, is the gameplay itself. You will not get interesting competitions with different opponents, you will get hundreds of same crappy races on the same highways. By the way, game map seems to be huge, but actually it's pretty small and consists of same highways with different backgrounds. Which are, I must say, very scenic and beautiful, but still not capable of making this game any better.
And a few words about music: I was never a fan of music styles and genres that NFS usually had as a soundtrack, but at least it was very good in pair with gameplay. In this game it's just a dozen of generic tracks from hipster bands you can hear on every generic radiostation.
Julkaistu 11 maaliskuu(ta) 2014.