Thank you so much for your answer. I can see the brilliance of this game, but there is so much that is annoying and I am starting to see why some long time need for speed fans are hating it. Aside from the general bad design of the menus, I'm most annoyed about the fact that I don't feel immersed. With Hot Pursuit sure, the maps were too simple. But at least you could just drive them at full speed and RACE. With this game I could be playing with my friend for 2 hours and we'd probably only be racing neck to neck for less than a minute in that time. Honestly, who cares who jumped the furthest? It's SECONDARY to actually racing, which this game seems to have none of.
I live with my friend and we want to play Online together with other people. I see only two options. Friends Game - Doesn't include other people so is 1v1 i.e. boring. Public Game - One of us joins a game, invites the other, and they can't join because the game is full. How can we reliably go online together? And another couple of questions: 1. What do you press to see who is in your online game, sometimes the list of players is hidden and I have no idea who I'm playing with 2. What indicates that certain gametypes are going to end, I don't see any clock counting down. 3. I'm only interested in racing against my friend, with other players to keep it interesting. How do I do this? General Moaning: 1. Why is it that, when an event starts, you have to wait for the ticker to scroll across before you even know what you're supposed to be doing? 2. This is a racing game, and yet every race I've been in lasts 2 minutes. 3. What are you supposed to do when you get 'free time' in an online game? I came to race not drive around pointlessly. 4. What's the deal with races starting with half the people facing the wrong way and always me it seems having just been taken out. Often results in the race being over before I can catch anyone up. 5. What's the deal with the map being shocking? a 2d map to describe a 3d route and you have no indication of which level of road to take. Am I missing something? Other questions: 1. What engine does this game use, is it different from NFS - Hot Persuit? It Looks different. 2. What's with the shocking anti aliasing? you can pan around and artefacts jump out at you all over the place. Would it kill them to smooth it out?