I love the Need for Speed franchise for it's simplicity and the ability to just pick up and go. This game still has that, doesn't require you to worry about minute details like gear ratios and is all-round just fun to play. Upgrades on the cars are even simpler/less of them so you spend less time with a slow car and more time just racing for the fun of it.
The problem is that that's where it stops. The game has little in-line with a master-plan (10 easy Most Wanted races) and just simplifies and rehashes old concepts. There's probably about 10 different races/tracks in total, with each car you get 5 of these, then the races are recycled for each car. Once you get good at the game you spend about 30 minutes driving each car.
It feels like a half finished game and is quite buggy. Numerous times I "crashed" because the road didn't appear. To top it off, if you want to "unlock" further races/much sought-after cars (i.e. McLaren F1), you have to buy the "Ultimate Speed Pack".
All in all, the game would justify an arcade-game price 5-10, but doesn't qualify for the price I paid for it when it was new.