For a while now, developer Criterion has given up the Burnout franchise to work on another successful arcade racer: Need for Speed. After Hot Pursuit which turned out to be an excellent title, they are back with Need for Speed: Most Wanted, a sort of reboot of the game which was available at the 360 launch. Because the PC version suffers from a few framerate issues for the moment, we can't show you any 1080p/60fps gameplay footage of the game but Miguel took *a few* screenshots to accompany our videos of the 360 version. Enjoy! Update: Added three PC videos at 30 FPS with still some slowdowns.
Some US websites have been very enthusiastic about this new installment, we are a bit less, not so much because the game isn't fun, but mainly because some areas are a bit disappointing in our opinion. For example, cars cannot be totally wrecked as in Burnout, even when you crash into a wall at full speed. It can clearly be explained by the fact that cars are now licensed and they must look good. Moreover, there's a bit of latency in the controls that makes gameplay a bit awkward in the beginning. When you get used to it, you tend to forget about it, but it feels a bit odd at first. Finally, not everyone will like the rubber band AI, as it will always be impossible to lose your opponents even when your driving is at its best. All in all, Most Wanted is still a good game, with a good amount of content, and you'll especially enjoy it if you miss the good old Burnout vibe.
But they haven't stayed consistent. In BF1 the best vanilla SMG is *by far* the hardest to unlock. (6 Hours ago)
Example: the best AR in BF3/4 is the AEK and it's one of the first guns you unlock in both games. (6 Hours ago)
@Tinks: Right.. a lot of their unlocks avoid this issue by putting all the best stuff at the front of the unlock tree. (6 Hours ago)
the unlock rate is bad when it means gaining perk advantages against others with less playtime. (7 Hours ago)
and then letting you use those weapons against users who don't have them has always seemed wrong to me (13 Hours ago)
@MikeManiac61: I don't mind the unlock rate too much (although there are a few exceptions in BF1) since they frontload the best weapons a lot of the time. But locking good weapons behind DLC (13 Hours ago)
@GriftGFX: Having the same sentiments. It's reminding me of Battlefront 2 and their system where you have to grind so much for an unlock. (13 Hours ago)