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5.0 out of 5 stars NFS: Racing that Requires Skill and Finesse, March 29, 2013
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
This review is from: Need for Speed Most Wanted U - Nintendo Wii U (Video Game)
At its core, Need for Speed Most Wanted U is a fast-paced racing game that requires skill and finesse. Steering using the analog stick and operating the brake/handbrake takes some getting used to, but once the player learns the mechanics of the game, the experience is very satisfying. This game is geared toward the more serious gamer: if you're looking for a more whimsical racer that can easily be played with motion controls, wait for Mario Kart U. If you are looking for a racer that is well thought-out, semi-realistic, and boasts a ton of edge-of-your seat gameplay, then read on.

The Objective
Earn SP (Speed Points) in order to race the ten most wanted drivers (which are really cool cars) in the city and unlock the use of their cars. SP are awarded for a number of things: winning races using jacked cars (all available from the start in this version), driving objectives (air time, driving distance, drifting distance), and etc.

Map/World
All of the racetracks of this NFS games are incorporated into one open world. This makes the game feel wide and free; I frequently find myself joyriding and attempting to outrun the cops rather than playing the more structured and "on rails" races. Around the city and on the outskirts of it, you will find plenty of places to take your ride off-road, catch air, and explore. The roadways and their surroundings are well constructed: there is almost always something interested and appealing in the background and foreground. The fact that you can enjoy the game purely on the basis of it's core gameplay (driving around) is a major plus.

Visuals
Simply put, the game looks great. The developers were able to use PC textures in this version (Wii U), and therefore this is definitely the best-looking version of the game. In particular, the lighting really makes the cars look glossy and sleek, while minor details like headlights coming on in tunnels and overexposed sunlight when exiting tunnels really demonstrate that the developers put a lot of thought into making the game aesthetically pleasing. That said, it seems that certain areas of the game's world were not done up all nice and pretty purely for pragmatic reasons: any water in the game looks like it's straight out of an N64 title.

Wii U Features
Here's a list: Off-TV play, Co-driver mode, Motion Controls, better visuals, and included DLC. The best of these, of course, is the co-driver mode, which allows the player (or a second player) to turn off traffic, change night to day and vice versa, change cars on the fly, pull up a full screen map on the gamepad, and alter control settings. If you play alone and have the Wii U Pro controller (I do) this mode is still useful, particularly for changing cars and changing night to day. Also worth noting: you can assist someone with steering using the gamepad if the other player is using the pro controller.

Negatives/Shortcomings
-Off-TV play works well enough, but it certainly ups the difficulty level because the road is harder to see.
-Multiplayer was choppy and in-game chat didn't work well when I used it.
-Steep learning curve.
-No penalty for getting caught by the cops.

In sum: While this game is not for everyone, if you're looking for a very polished racer with a relatively high level of difficulty and excellent core gameplay, I highly recommend this game.
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