I was kind of excited to get this because I really REALLY liked playing NFS: U. Frankly, I'm completely unimpressed with this effort. The driving physics just suck. I mean, this was never a simulator in any way, shape or form, but they've gone and destroyed the physics of the car to the point where the game just isn't even really fun to drive the cars anymore. I play this on the same machine I used for NSF:U...same controller, everything. The brakes? They suck. Accelerator? Sucks. Hand brake? Sucks. Steering? Ha! It's just not fun to drive the cars at all.
Graphics, are they better? Maybe. A little at best. That new car morphing customization thing? Pffft. Worthless. Cinematics? Laughable. Story? What, there's a story? I couldn't tell. Drag racing? Gone!?! W.t.f.?
What is improved? Hmmm.... The city's better and bigger. Canyon racing COULD have been fun if the driving physics hadn't been destroyed. The new multiplayer COULD have been a lot of fun, if only they hadn't ruined the driving part.
I hate it. I'm disappointed. They ruined it.
EA's really dropping the ball lately. After BF2142 and this, I'm losing what little faith I have left in EA.