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1.0 out of 5 stars I don't quite understand why NFS still exists, November 5, 2012
= Fun:2.0 out of 5 stars 
This review is from: Need for Speed: Most Wanted (Video Game)
I grew up with the NFS franchise. The games were always great. The series peaked 3 times equally: Porsche Unleashed because of its attention to historical detail and physics, Underground 2 for taking all that was good about Underground and then adding an open-world environment, and then Most Wanted for taking what UG2 did, and simply removing the boring bits and enhancing the best ones. After Most Wanted, things started to slide. Carbon was okay, but then the series went off a cliff. Undercover had the worst environment detail ever with even less plot, Hot Pursuit simply was not made for people who have ever driven a car in real life (keep in mind all NFS games were great BECAUSE they were arcadey, but predictable and had linear handling), The Run wasn't even finished, and then we get this, Most Wanted 2, for all intents and purposes. Without question, this is the most disappointing game of the entire franchise. Why? It's not the worst in full, but since it meant to update the original and is absolutely terrible, it loses even more points. Let's get started:

Graphics
Quite outstanding, actually. The port is just fair, but the game is actually nice to look at. Not up there with Hot Pursuit, but still nice. Doesn't matter though as the remainder of this review will show you.

Handling
There is none. Cars do not behave like cars, they all behave exactly the same which is something like a cross between a yacht and driving on an ice rink. Accelerating is fine. Braking is fine. Turning? You turn by hitting the handbrake and going into a preposterous slide. This would be fine if it was like Burnout, but there is no correlation between how much you slide and how fast you were going. If you try to brake normally and turn, the car reverts to boat mode. This game makes Cruisin' USA look like a simulator. I can put this another way: it is as though the handling model simply was not finished, but they wanted to get this game out for what...the on-Halloween season?

Gameplay
Gone are the days of racing for cash to buy cars and upgrades. Instead, you, with zero back story, start in an Aston Martin and are told to simply drive up to a Porsche, press a button, and then you can drive it. Yes, you find cars scattered throughout the city, but you aren't rewarded for your task. No. Instead, you just can swap cars on the spot as though you already own them all. Speaking of which, you can even do this when being chased by the police. Have 8 cruisers on you? No problem, hop out of your 911 and get into a Shelby Mustang and you'll hear on the radio "Suspect has changed vehicles, now in pursuit of grey Ford Mustang!". Keep in mind these cars are literally on the side of the road or in the middle of fields. Those familiar with NFS games will understand that the problem known as rubber-banding is worse than ever. Doesn't matter if your Gallardo is going 180mph, the basic police cruiser will still pass you as though you're standing still. The only thing more inane than this is that you can have a full head-on crash into a wall, get a message on the screen saying "CRASHED!"......and then continue your chase, but if you slow down normally, you'll get busted. This isn't like the rewind feature in The Run, it just happens. I could go on, but there's no point.

Plot
The entire game is run from a HUD saying you have x amount of points until you get to challenge the Most Wanted racer in x position. Woo hoo. So no, there is no plot, you come out of nowhere in an Aston Martin Vantage, and immediately "steal" a Porsche 911 and just hop off and start racing. I am not exaggerating, that is your first 45 seconds of gameplay.

If you have owned any NFS games in the past, let me just put it like this: this isn't one. It's a terribly made game which happens to have good looking models of cars in it. Once again, graphics have taken the front seat and actual fun fell off the top of the roof as you did a burnout to start a race (yes that is how you start races). Look elsewhere.
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Initial post: Nov 9, 2012 1:05:18 PM PST
Bravo, sir. Agreeing 100% with your assessment of the past NFS games, I have to take your review seriously. I was planning on picking this up in a year or so when on sale for ~$10, but it sounds like that isn't necessary. Thanks for the good warning review.

Posted on Nov 10, 2012 9:29:20 AM PST
A. Carter says:
Completely agree. I was horribly disappointed with this game, especially because I absolutely loved UG2 and the original MW. This game is burnout with a NFS name.

Posted on Nov 13, 2012 4:06:55 AM PST
Mike M says:
I really wanted to enjoy this game but the poor car handling just takes the fun out of this game. I'll continue to play Hot Pursuit 2.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 16, 2012 12:34:07 AM PST
Jayce Kibler says:
I don't know why people keep saying this is burnout with the Need for Speed name. I recently checked out burnout just to see if this is the case....its not. Burnout was actually fun.

Posted on Nov 19, 2012 12:53:47 PM PST
Leg says:
I agree with EVERYTHING written in this review. If you are a long time NFS fan, this game will disgust and disappoint you.

Posted on Nov 23, 2012 9:54:10 AM PST
Vanon says:
"This game makes Cruisin' USA look like a simulator."

Ouch. (What were the devs thinking?)

Posted on Nov 23, 2012 11:24:09 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 23, 2012 11:24:28 AM PST
K. Ali says:
I wish I had the will power to stave off buying this "lump of garbage" until comments like yours were made. You are not alone. I fear NFS has a case of Tony Hawk Pro Skater's disease.

Posted on Dec 4, 2012 11:45:56 AM PST
Zylo says:
Thanks for your review, just saved me some money and headaches. Used to be a big fan of NFS, particularly the last "Most Wanted", but games like the last Hot Pursuit made me so upset with its incredibly annoying rubber-banding regardless of how fast or flawless you were driving that just seeing this term in your review stopped my decision in its tracks. Then throw in no car buying, upgrading, reward system? Whats the point.

Its sad I also just got done reading reviews for the re-make Syndicate... EA continues its tradition of destroying masterpieces.

Posted on Dec 4, 2012 7:17:26 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 4, 2012 7:28:49 PM PST
For me the series peaked with High Stakes on PS1. The graphics don't really hold up anymore, but the game was a lot of fun, especially racing for pink slips with my friend, and it had WONDERFUL music that I still listen to. I even have the tracks from the menu of it as my Gran Turismo 5 custom menu music.

Porsche Unleashed was a lot of fun and I loved the historical aspect...enjoyed every minute of it, but for some reason it just didn't have the same feel as previous games in the series. After that, it was all downhill. The last 10 to 12 years has been sad when it comes to the series as each game seems to try rather pathetically to be something it isn't. The Fast & The Furious came out and suddenly every racing game (outside of GT and Ridge Racer) tried to be that film in a game including NFS. I remember when NFS was THE racing game with both Arcade & Simulation modes that all other racers (except Ridge Racer and until GT) tried to emulate and failed.

One after another, each entry since got more and more unfocused and strayed further away from the concept. I was hoping that terrible trend would change with this new one. They claimed with the last game to have tried to get back to it, but failed. From what I'm hearing with this new one, evidently they still don't get it. I don't know why I keep hoping things with be different and the series will get back to it's true roots. Hot Pursuit 2 for PS2 was the closest they came to it, but that too wasn't quite there.

Perhaps it's time for EA to move on and leave NFS a thing of the past...at least until the right developer comes along that actually comprehends the concept of what made those games great. Hint: It ain't a flash in the pan popcorn flick that happens to be popular at the moment nor is it some back story. The good ones never had one. They didn't need it.

Posted on Apr 29, 2013 6:30:22 PM PDT
The Widget says:
I'm new to the NFS franchise, my brothers a real addict but hes more of a console gamer, I have a question and I n=know this might be stupid but I dont know where else to as, What is a good NFS game where you race for cash to upgrade your car that is on pc? dont care about the specs or graphics but I just want a car game so that I can join my younger brother on his racing time sort of a older brother thing. Thanks
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