Review by amitchell2005

"Leave the cops in the dirt!"

Ah yes! Another great NFS game! These game series has been around forever, but it’s still one of the best and one of the strongest running series. It has been a huge hit on the Playstation forever, but now it’s time for the XBOX to get a piece of the action!

Gameplay: (8/10)
This is a really fun game to play. You have a lot of options as to what you can do. There is a championship course you can play through, and there is a hot pursuit challenge you can also play through (which is much the same as the championship course, but in this one you are chased by cops as you race). You can also create your own tournament for you and your friends to play through or you can become the cop and go on high speed chases after people.

Throughout the game you earn points by winning medals and by winning races or by issuing tickets to people when you are the cop. You can use these points to unlock secret cars and tracks just like in the old NFS games. The game may be a little bit if the points were money instead, but it’s still cool.

Story (10/10)
The storyline is basically the same as all racing games play through the circuit and rack up points and medals. The more races and medals you win, the more points you earn to unlock really fast cars and tracks with.

The reason I gave this a 10 is because the circuit challenge is challenging and very fun to play through. The hot pursuit challenge is also very fun and very challenging as you must try to keep your place and not get pulled over by the cops all at the same time.

Graphics: (8/10)
The graphics could be a little better than they are, but they do look great. They are such an improvement over the older NFS games. Some of the cars look absolutely sweet and so realistic. The part that brought the graphics score down was the track graphics which don’t really look all that impressive, but the water does look nioce (on the tracks that there is water).

Sound: (10/10)
The songs in this game are great if you like rock music, but if you don’t you may not like the music very much. If you don’t like the music, you can always tell it to play one of your tracks stored on the XBOX hard drive so that fixes that. The sound gets a 10/10 because it is fully customizable so if you don’t like it just change it.

Play Time/Replayability: (9/10)
It will take you some time to beat the game, but there is a lot you can do. You can work towards better medals or work on improving your track time or just building up a lot of points to unlock anything you want. The choice is yours.

Final Recommendation:
I have beat this game a few times and I still love playing it. It’s even better with two people. The game is only $20 so it’s a really good deal on as game that doesn’t really get old like some games do.

Overall Score: 9/10

Reviewer's Rating:   4.5 - Outstanding

Originally Posted: 12/30/03

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