Criterion has gone ahead to change the core NFS feel and made it just another burnout game.
The cars are spectacularly detailed and the graphics and sound are good.
But changing the core element of a series that is more than 15 yrs old is not acceptable.
There are cars spread throughout the city which have to be found in order to be driven. Each car has a specific set of races it can enter. And don't look for a good driving experience as the physics have been done by a kinder garden student. Press the handbrake and the cars stop almost immediately.
Player is awarded with speed points for every race won or cop evaded and similar tasks. Rack up points and a most wanted opponent can be challenged which is childish. There aren't variation in race modes to keep entertained.
The game is ruined because it lost its core value which rather spoils the mood.