Pedal to the metal
The Need For Speed
series is one of the undoubted legends of the racing genre, having spawned innumerable offerings over the years, from Underground
and many more. This one is the latest entry in the venerable franchise and while it might not be the best of the bunch it still delivers pretty much everything you could want in such a game. This one is set in the popular underground racing scene and which finds you taking part in a complex, hard-hitting story involving a rookie driver's rise to the top. There are multiple ways to progress through the story, depending on your actions and choices along the way but for most players, they'll be more interested in the cars and the racing. And as you'd expect, there's heaps of both to discover. There are lots of racing styles to check out, along with loads of cars to drive, and petrolheads will be pleased to know there's a whole lot of customization options as well, so you can pimp your ride to your heart's content. You've got a multiplayer mode to go along with the standard racing and this does bring a nicely competitive edge to things, especially if you're racing against your chums. As with other big yearly franchises like Call of Duty
, you pretty much know what to expect from this before you even pick it up. And indeed, for the most part it delivers everything you could want. There's no shortage of hair-raising racing action to take part in and the sheer range of cars and customization means there's always something new to play with. It doesn't deviate from the template much, but when it's this much fun, who cares?