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Rather disappointing given its namesake and predecessor,
This review is from: Need for Speed Most Wanted (Xbox 360) (Video Game)Maybe I went into this game expecting a similar experience to the original NFS: Most Wanted. Sadly, that certainly isn't the case. As far as racing games go, it does what it says on the tin - but don't expect much more.
The graphics are impressive, and the control in gameplay stays true to arcade-style handling, with cars drifting all over the place and hurtling through crowded highways. The game presents a wide range of races from checkpoint and circuit to maintaining a certain average speed over the course of a track. All of these allow you to find your own route through the checkpoints, encouraging the exploration and discovery of hidden short cuts, although the mini-map still displays the main route. The crashes are Burnout-esque in their style, and certainly impressive - although I would have liked to see more damage displayed on the cars, as despite numerous pile-ups the worst I've done to my car is shatter a window and loosen the bonnet.
Sadly, Need for Speed: Most Wanted lets down on some of the core elements of the previous games in the series. Whereas the original Most Wanted had a faily interesting plot (relatively speaking, of course - it's still a racing game, so it was hardly going to be a Mass Effect in-depth epic), this completely goes away with any semblance of story, instead simply pitting you against the ten nameless racers on the Blacklist. No cut scenes, no voice acting, nothing. And this starts off the recurring theme that, for me, ruined this game - the lack of variety. Cars have very little customization available for them - you can unlock and apply nitrous, off-road tyres and the like, but that's it. Gone is the autosculpt of Carbon and the vinyl desgin, so once you've maxed out the performance upgrades there's little incentive beyond beating your friends best times to go back to that car. Cars are found, rather than purchased, and while it is great to cruise around the impressively scaled and detailed open world to find them, I kind of miss the money element from previous games. In particular, it kind of ruins police chases when, if they catch you, nothing happens. Your car isn't impounded, you don't have to pay out bail. I've actually just pulled over to let the police arrest me on various pursuits as it's faster and easier than trying to outrun them on my way to a race start.
Maybe I just expected too much from this game. Before this I was playing Assassin's Creed 3 and Sleeping Dogs, so maybe I'm just too used to interesting plots and variety. Don't get me wrong - as far as a fast-paced, high powered racing game goes, Most Wanted is good. I'm just not sure that it really offers anything to stand out from the competition.
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Initial post: 15 Dec 2012 18:50:21 GMT
I hear ya, i was just about to buy this game but i think i'll give it a miss, i love the money element in games, and i really honestly thought EA made this game to put the icing on the cake with the whole series wrapping it up into one.
I wanted a garage, to spend hours spraying, modding my car, with 100's of body parts, engine, nitro and lights to pay for with hard earned cash from races, as none of these are in this game i think i'll just wait till they get it right!
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