Average User Score: 5.7Apr 2, 2013Need for Speed is back to its core, or is it?
I have been a long time fan of the Need for Speed Franchise but have been disappointed in the series in the past few years. The Run was shameful, ProStreet was abysmal, Undercover was just a Most Wanted Rip off. Although Hot Pursuit and Most Wanted have been redeeming and funnily enough made by the same developers.
Gameplay 9/10 Action packed, Cinematic police chase and crazily fast races. All this makes Most Wanted one of my favourite racers this generation. If you've ever played Burnout Paradise, you'll instantly be able to see the comparison between the two. The Races can get a little repetitive at points and you only have 5 races per car or up to 4 extra with the DLC but you could easily get lost driving around the city.
Story 0/10 No Narrative, Just Takedown the Most Wanted to be the Most Wanted... Simple.
Presentation 8/10 I do love the new way the things are presented in the game (which are also featured in Metal Gear Rising), from race starts to scores everything is easily visible and clear. Race checkpoints and finish lines can be seen above the buildings in the distance and the scores are tagged onto the car like little price tags. Its brilliant and Minimalistic.
DLC 6/10 The DLC for this game is quite good, the new terminal brings in a whole new section into the game... although its just an airstrip with a few jumps it does make for some fun races and jumps as well as a good place to set some top speeds. The Pricing of the Packs are £7.99 each or £20 for the bundle. Getting the bundle is worthwhile as you get a bunch of new mods and cars, new and old. I personally love the Spyder & the James Bond DB. I wasn't a fan of the pricing though.
Overall 9/10 Brilliant game which has brought the need for speed series back to its roots, although the customisation is limited and it feels alot like Burnout Paradise 2. It separates itself from that shadow and brings its own unique content. The Graphics of the game set it apart from things like GT5, the Lighting under the wheels when the tires are blown are amazing at nighttime making it seem like fire from under the car.
I really enjoyed this game and recommend you buy the game, aswell as the DLC bundle!… Expand
Average User Score: 5.9Apr 2, 2013Brink has an interesting concept on paper, But fails gameplay-wise.
Gameplay 6/10 The Idea of the SMART system seems really interesting. It was supposed to bring Mirrors Edge into the world of FPS. But when they came to implement it, it kind of failed. What we got was a clunky climbing mechanic which feels more like Duke Nukem Forever than Mirrors Edge.
The Campaign Missions feel alot like Unreal Tournament 3's Story mode, by that I mean, basically its just the games online mode but instead of other players they are replaced with bots.
Story 4/10 The story in this game is basically non-existent, the main focus of the development of the game was the Customization and Online mode so the story mode was just tacked on. There is nothing I can really say about this other than, if your after a story driven game... look elsewhere.
Presentation and Extras The Customization clearly took a page out of Army of Two's book. It is in-depth and you can clearly spend hour swapping and changing your characters clothes, skills, weapons and abilities. The Presentation of this game was pretty well done, I fell in love with the menu's and the way everything was presented, the way you snap to different body parts when you are in the customization mode and the way you swing through the different sections.
Final Verdict 6/10 Not what I was expecting when I got the game but the customization is enough to bring me back. If you are looking to buy the game buy it pre-owned or cheap.
Thanks to Grainger Games for providing this game for review.… Expand