Where as the 2 previous NFS games were all based at night,
this time around they have deiced to set it all in the day time
which I think was a great idea as the graphics look stunning in
the game. Every thing looking crisp and slick, the cars, glass,
signs and other metal objects have this shiny glare of them reflecting
the sunís light. Thereís even rain that pours down in races although
this does not effect your handling that Iíve noticed, another
cool effect is when you are driving out of a tunnel Ė thereís
this bright beam of light at the end as if it was a wall of light
to give you the effect of your eyes adjusting to the sunlight
as you leave the darkness.
Ones again the city is open to drive around in thatís very well
designed from curved roads and straights throw the city with short
cuts along the way to take advantage from when racing. There are
also wide big open roads and highways that are great to test out
the top speeds of your rides.
The cars are of course the stars of the game, with each and every
car very well detailed with kits on or as standard. The reflections
off the cars are on par even with the Gran Turismo games. Only
down side of the graphics is the traffic it self with them being
quite plane and dull.
The cut scenes this time around are worth watching as not only
they are extremely top quality but also follows a good storyline.
The soundtrack contains about 25 songs from rock, hip-hip and
techno, with none of the songs Iíve hear before and very few groups/singers
Iíve heard of but still has some good tracks but more importantly
then fit in to this racing scene.
The sound as all ways it excellent with the roaring of the engines
and the dump values and turbo going as you change gear. The voice
acting is pretty well done also with many characters through the
game where as only one would come close to being called famous
being to woman that helps you out through the game acted by Josie
Maran who has been a model since aged 17 that have also stared
in films like ďVan HelsingĒ and ďThe AviatorĒ.
The controls are pretty much the same as another other
racing game but where as you have to use the analogue stick to
control the steering as the d-pad is used to access map, shops
and the phone. The one thing that I notice about the controls
is did not respond correctly at times when changing the gears
manually or using the special slow-mo turning ability and the
only way around this was to press on the button a bit harder instead
of a quick press.
Another thing that annoyed me was that there was no button to
change the view from which you drive from, instead you had to
go into the options when paused. As I prefer the inside view where
you can only see the bonnet, I sometimes would like to change
view just to check out my ride and would have been better if they
added this to the pad.
Like I said before itís an open city where you can drive
around freely and enter any race you feel like. To challenge each
of the blacklist racers you most first complete a number of races
as well as milestones.
The races include the Lap and point 2 point races known as circuit
and sprint, then thereís the drag race. There are another 2 type
of races that are brand new to the series which as called Speed
Trap and Tollbooth. In the Speed Trap race you most race through
a number of speed camera at the fastest speed you can, the winner
is the one with the highest totally cumulative score. Tollbooth
is the only race where its just you vs the time, you are given
a time limit to get to the each tollbooth where as getting the
them will give you extra time, this one may sound boring to some
of you but this one was my favorites as itís usually set on the
highways which really lets you test out your speed as you fly
pass everything in a blurry.
The Milestones that you most complete is to do with police pursuits
that they have brought back in. Racing around the city at high
speed will of course attracted attention from the police where
they chase you down and try and stop you which if court you will
have to pay fines. The more heat you get from them a bar will
rise and at points will get harder in the form of FBI cars and
racing version cops and even roadblocks, spike traps and latter
on helicopters. The milestones you need to complete are things
like ram 10 police cars, escape in less than 2 minutes, last for
4minutes or long, dodge at least 5 roadblocks and so on.
These milestones do get harder as you progress as well as do
the races. The Police pursuits are fun to do and are chance from
just racing all the time. Along with escape in from them you can
also your own type of rock blocks, dotted around the place are
destructive buildings and scene indicated by red arrows to show
which part you most drive into for the structure to fall down
on top of the following vehicles behind you to damage and stop
them dead in the tracks.
Onto the customization now of the cars, after defeating each
of the blacklist racers you unlock not only new cars to buy but
also body kits, performance parts and visual. Like the cars themselves
the body kits are very detailed and make them look much better,
although I found some of the rear of the kits look to odd and
the problem is the kit goes on as a whole one, where previous
NFS games and other racing games lets you add bumpers, side skirts
separately. The spoilers and bonnets have a very large amount
to buy from which is great as you can really personalize it to
Replay value varies depending on how much you really
enjoy the racing, as ones you completed the main game there is
no more items to unlock by playing it again.
I started it a second time as I wanted to try out some more of
the cars, although thereís only 32 cars in the game, they are
pretty good ones. Only complaint about the cars is that some donít
really fit into street racing games really like Aston Martin,
Corvette, Lamborghini and Porsche. I guess it nice to see a few
different cars compared to more usual standard cars but I think
they gone over the top a bit by having too many from the same
make. Where as thereís 5 Porscheís , 4 Mercedes and 3 Lamborghiniís,
as they pretty much look similar I would have been best cut some
out and have more other makes and cars which will add more Varity
to the section.
What also adds to the replay value are the 2 player modes that
include all the types of races as well as being able to use your
career cars to race with. If you looking for value other than
2 player and playing career mode again thereís the challenge mode
where you have to complete races and milestones just like the
ones seen in the main game but your given car to race in. Complete
each one of this unlocks a few more to compete in and finally
successfully completing all 64 challenges will unlock another
The career mode should take between 1 and 2 weeks to do. Although
the PS2 version has dropped the online play but you still can
have 2 player modes and challenges will extend to many more happy
days of racing.
==BUY OR NOT TO BUY==
Myself not being a fan of NFS games I really enjoyed
this one and is the best one Iíve played (note: Iíve not played
NFS: Carbon). Great racing, stunning cars and the return of the
police chases are funny. A must buy game if you like street racing