The Next Generation of NFS
You know racing games have come a long way especially Need for Speed. Not for those who don’t know though most do I’m just going to say NFS from now on because this is another title I’m going to get tired of respelling through this article. Anyways, moving on!
No really though you have to consider the advances we’ve come in racing games because a lot has to be taken into account when building these games.
You’re talking about Physics, a platform to customize your car from bodywork to the tuning of the car, open landscape, enivornment, the AI programming, graphics, the car themselves from the old school Mustang to the Bumblebee Camaro. A lot has changed since the original NFS games such as Hot Pursuit 2 and Underground.
Shoot we’ve come so far in the franchise we now have a Need for Speed Movie. Which was a pretty good movie if you’re just wanting to see it for the cars, stunts and races. But for this game here, I was very excited I got it about a few weeks after it came out as a matter of fact I was able to get my hands on the limited edition 😀
From a technical aspect remember kids video games did not operate at the level of sophistication they did oh…20 years ago even 10 years ago. I’m talking about the actual hardware we had back then couldn’t possibly handle the demand games were requesting. Prime example playing in high definition was not as common back then as it is now. Let alone the video cards necessary to handle the fine details that games to have. Ok I’m going to get off the technical side and get to the game itself now.
This was an addicting game to me. I could not get enough of this game. I fortunately had a lot of down time when I got this game. Not to mention I enjoyed the demo just the same. I will say I’ve enjoyed Criterion’s spin on Hot Pursuit since everyone loves free world driving, I know I did for that’s why I loved Most Wanted on the PS2 so much.
Now if you don’t know who Criterion is, simply put they are genuises behind Burnout Paradise. Now one thing I think really astounded me was the information they provided with each car. From the low end to the elite cars that most of us dream of driving one day.
But what really impressed me was a soothing female voice giving me an audio recording of the written content about the car. Now I don’t know much about cars like I just recently learned how to drive a car with a manual transmission so I feel accomplished in saying that.
But as I kept unlocking other games to play with and hearing her speak on the specifications of the car and the history of it the car itself I found myself getting a solid education on cars as a whole. This is just the words from a person who again doesn’t know much about cars.
What I also enjoyed was the simple customization of the car. Mostly referring to the different paint jobs on the car. Though they did take out the tuning in this game which I don’t mind since many of us were living off the thrills of racing with cops catching us. I even enjoyed getting the 360 degree field view of the car and being able to take snapshots of the car before going into action.
You can even tak epics while driving live in action as well but I admit it takes some skill and precision to get a good shot while also makign sure you don’t crash. Nonetheless, this is great because Hot Pursuit will have many moments that you wish to have captured. Some of wish I put at the bottom of this article.
The online gameplay is has been just amazing to me. I still play online till this day and there are still plenty of gamers still out there playing. I’ve absolutely loved how you can be chasing your friends are running from them I love it. The wait time to load up the next sequence of gameplay isn’t that long which is great.
But this is an experience where you have to be focused because this game is based upon reaction and anticipation with very little time to react. Be it drifting, speeding or dodging traffic.
Me personally I take pride in my driving skills on this game so I don’t always go the easy route in busting racers. Because some people out there just spam EMP’s because they know they can’t keep up with you. I’m talking about they suck at drifting and getting around traffic to bust a racer.
Yeah they hit me with emps but once they’re out of those they can’t use spike strips because they can’t get around me. And let’s be honest it doesn’t take much to dodge heliptor spike strips.
Also to let me address something else. For some reason people purposefully don’t race and only seek out to wreck the cops. Which can be fun but sometimes annoying. And I notice many who do this drive the Lamborghini Elemento. I’m starting to get annoyed with people who repeatedly drive this car because well obviously it has great acceleration and it can take a lot of damage.
But like I mentioned earlier because msot people (not all) can’t drive with some skill so they pick that car to compensate for their lack of skill. And I’ve busted many racers who pick this car and act like they aren’t going to be busted even if they don’t race. This isn’t me bragging it’s fact.
Oh and a side note, I suggest playing this game on a HD television screen for reading the text on the game can be very difficult. Also too, the biggest drag on the game was you couldn’t challenge a friend by hooking up another controller. The only multiplayer available to to play online.
So if you don’t have a PSN, internet access and a decent internet speed you’re pretty much stuck playing this game alone And that is one thing I kind of fear when it comes to modern day gaming. If you grew up in the 90s you had to invite friends over to test your skills, trash talk you name it.
Don’t get me wrong it is a whole different thrill to play against people all around the world but sometimes nothing beats kicks your opponents butt especially when they are sitting next to you 😀
Anyways, in a nutshell this game has a lot of replay value since this game is four years old and many still play it today. I left a gift for you all with some awesome pictures from NFS Hot Pursuit.