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Need for Speed - Most Disappointed!,
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This review is from: Need For Speed Most Wanted - Limited Edition (Xbox 360) (Video Game)
With the hype and the fact that Criterion were the developers working on this one, as a fan of Need for Speed, Burnout and arcade racers in general, I was really looking forward to spending hours on end with my friends racing in Fairhaven. Sadly, that's not going to be the case.
Graphics are not as sharp as NFS The Run or Burnout and even then, the game suffers from slow down. Fairhaven is pretty enough, but never makes you go 'wow!'. The 'jackspot' idea sounds great in theory, but in practice, really kills any feeling of progression or achievement. There is no penalisation for being busted by the police, making them more of an annoyance than a threat. Without even the slightest hint of a story, the game feels quite soulless. Races are generally boring and tricky to navigate with the markers not being clear enough and this took me to the point where it was so dull, I couldn't be bothered to compete against my friends via Autolog.
Multiplayer isn't much better. The challenges are confusing and are not much fun to play. Also, there are no police in multiplayer mode!
A game has been hailed as a mix of Burnout Paradise and Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit, NFS Most Wanted sounds like a great idea at first, but the problem is it does nothing to improve on those games; in fact it is worse - lacking the sheer speed of Burnout and the exciting chases of Hot Pursuit.