And I can't remember the last time I was so quickly, and thoroughly, disgusted with a game. I mean, what in the absolute fvck is going on with this game? Zero car customization. Zero car buying, even. Terrible, floaty controls. No option for manual shift, no penalty for crashing, and rolling starts for all races = no skill of any kind. Hold down the gas with one hand, and light a blunt with the other. I mean. seriously? Rolling starts, and NO FVCKING MANUAL SHIFT??? AND THIS IS A RACING GAME??? I get that it's Criterion now, and they're basically just making Burnout games with a different name, but this is a bad Burnout game. Looks about as pretty as expected, and that's literally the only thing that even begins to be good.
Very glad that it's just one of the games I pretty much stole from Origin last weekend. If i had actually spent money on it, it would be the first and only time I've ever taken a game back to the store, and raised hell about wanting my money back.
Now, I'm curious. I haven't actually played any racing games in several years, and I'm wondering if the standards are just that low, now? Because, from all I can gather, NFS:HP is one of the more popular and critically acclaimed racers these days. Are all the modern racing games this kind of, "cheap and lazy, even for arcade standards" racers? How are the other NFS games? Last one I played was Most Wanted (the one from 2005, obviously), and I loved that game, aside from the so bad they weren't even funny cinematics. The car customization, race mode diversity, and option to cruise the city, open world style, and get into police chases, was all sweet. Anything else like that these days?