First time I hear about the fixed calendar schedule, bad decision to put something like that in the game.New need for speed!
new need for speed actually good?
new need for speed not completely cringe?
what happen? Why good?
Been playing for a few hours, and only just made it out of the tutorial/intro part of the game. It's fun. The handling is still very similar to Heat, and it's clear they intended for flashy, drifty driving. But, going full grip and hitting apex' is also viable - just not with a stock car. Bolt just a few upgrades to your ride though, and you're good to go. Currently I'm using a Eclipse with some performance upgrades, and it's going great. I'm not hitting 3 stars in any side activities, but it's only the beginning of the game. There are also full-on drift events, but I haven't tried them yet. Mostly because I set up my car to be a grip car, not a drifter.
Story mode seems to be a major step up from Heat, too. It's still very "young people" focused, but it's... real-er, less "hello fellow kids". There are jokes that make sense, dialogue that doesn't make your body recoil in horrible cringe, and there is actual tension between characters.
The only downside I think of is the fixed calendar schedule. Without too much spoilers: after the intro, you are told to take part in a Grand finale race, and to qualify, you have to win 4 qualifiers. But, each qualifier has specific requirements, and you are given one week to reach those requirements. One week subsists of 6 days, each with a day and night cycle. Returning to your garage ends a cycle, so you can only really go back to swap cars or make modifications 11 times before the story forces you into the next step. It makes sense to prevent people from just grinding away, ignoring the story, but... It feels very bad, especially in the beginning.
Graphics wise, it's a banger. Frostbite 2 is pretty as ever, and the anime-looking effects all over the game don't feel weird or out of place. Well, to me, at least. You're still stuck with the whole graffiti thing whenever you make a jump or pull off a drift, so if you're really against that aesthetic, you're gonna have a bad time..
It's €70. Them's the breaks. It's a lot. Worth it? Ehn, debatable... The game is fun, and it seems to be massive, but the online mode is unfinished. Literally. Some features have been disabled, with the promise that they'll "return after a few updates". Sounds like they found unacceptable bugs that they need to iron out, but... Support for Heat got dropped after a few months, so I hope this game doesn't get the same treatment.
And damnit, I really wasn't a fan of the graffiti.
No way I'm gonna pay €70. Might check the game out once it gets cracked though.