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[other] Need For Speed - What Did Ea Do Wrong?

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I know this supposed to be a blog post but then I think its nice to share it here on the forums so everyone can also criticize and add some things EA screwed.

As a big fan of the NFS series, I am saddened to see how the NFS series got wrecked when EA developed it throughout the years. I would like to give my sentiments about it. I am actually comparing the old NFS and the newer NFS.

Well I guess the NFS series gets so much beating because EA just screws it. We know that NFS: Undercover should have been the last nail in the coffin to make sure NFS is dead. Many game reviewing groups already listed the most recent NFS as the worst game of the year ever. But then did we really know what caused it to suck? I guess yes, but what was it? I know I don't have to write this topic but its worth going back in the drawing board.

Customizations ruined it

Customization at its infancy

Back when NFS:Underground was released, the car upgrades was a stunning feature in the NFS series. But then it got old so quick that when it was carried on to the newer NFSs, it caused it to suck. I agree upgrades like engine, rim, body, n2o resulted in freedom for users to customize their rides, nothing beats customization. But when the newer NFS series came, customizations were the same. They didn't seem to improve, but it evolved. Evolved into a more complicated way that may not be appealing to players. I guess customizations were only appropriate on few selected NFS series, not the entire series. It over evolved and everything in customizations were overdone.

One other thing that pissed me off is their Upgrade System. Level 1 N2O? Level 2 N2O? Level 3 N2Oh wat?

Acquiring the Upgrades were also easy to get, because money was just lying around in the game. And whenever you win a game, you get big stacks that is too much for you to keep.

If we go back on the older NFS series, there were only cars which had different characteristics but were not customizable. It still rocked and I still even play ye old NFS 2, why don't EA just go back on how the older NFS series worked? No upgrades, just plenty of balanced cars for us to choose.

Cars

Lets bring back the old FZR2000 cheats.

Cars were fine, I have no problems with them. As what I have written above, EA does not have to limit the number of cars and just put plenty of upgradeables for the users to enjoy modding with. Plenty cars will do the job. It doesn't matter if the car is fictional or not. Fictional is fine as EA will not have to do some copyrighting stuff for the cars they will have to put in. Nonfictional is also good, nothing beats the feeling that in NFS you drive the car that you actually own in the real life. You get to crash that car in game for fun where you can't do it in real life(why would you crash your Hummer Truck when it isn't even insured at all?).

Game Difficulty was, well... Too easy in hard
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One thing I've noticed about the newer NFSs is that money was just like raining all over. You do not get that feeling that your money is short or lacking for you to upgrade. When you get all of the upgrades, you just noticed that you just had too much money left in your pocket and there's nothing left to purchase.

Its not just that money was almost free but opponents and cops were really stupid. You can easily exploit their weaknesses by taking them down. Its like these drivers never learned defensive driving, just stupid driving. You'll notice that the AI cars sometimes ram and crash into pillars even though there is no interference in the enemy ai. And even if the game is in the last lap already and you're in 8th place, you can still catch up and win as first. There's no sense of challenge in this game, even with plenty of newer NFS games out there, AI didn't improve at all.

Story

Start reading a book instead.

Back on the older NFSs, they didn't have a background story. When EA placed a story, it was a major turnoff when everything wasn't perfectly staged. The way it was staged was not just the only downside but also how can you put a story on a Racing Game. Even if NFS:Underground was still good, it's story was still confusing. How can a plot evolve by just racing and winning in the game? Even using actors as storytellers was not an improvement because it just won't basically fit in the genre in the game.

Forget NFS, take Burnout Paradise as an example. It's a game of today's generation similar to NFS. It doesn't have a story however it tops against NFS even if you take out Burnout's Unique drive-and-crash driving system.

New NFSs being released almost year by year
Need for Speed: Underground (2003)
Need for Speed: Underground 2 (2004)
Need for Speed: Most Wanted (2005)
Need for Speed: Carbon (2006)
Need for Speed: ProStreet (2007)
Need for Speed: Undercover (2008)
Need for Speed World Online, Nitro and Shift (2009)

Are you now getting the pattern? The gap between each game released is only 1 year away. EA should start thinking about quality, not quantity about $$$ and their portfolios.

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Do I need to expand this further?

I know EA might not read this and ignore this instead. But I hope they would stumble upon this article and start rebuilding NFS. And this ends my review of Need For Speed - What did EA do wrong? Please comment on what you think about this article! If there's anything you think that should be added in here, post it!

Edited by The Colonel, 06 August 2009 - 09:44 PM.


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Catch up should be removed from all racing games
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QUOTE (Garamiah @ Mar 23 2009, 06:51 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Catch up should be removed from all racing games


MotoGP 08 has no catch up. It's very challenging and frankly one of the hardest racing games I've ever played.

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Actually the series were fine till the games after Most wanted came in (carbon, etc). I mean NFS Underground 1 and 2 are great games and if you think about customization, 2 had it all. Yeah it wasn't a lot but there isn't actually a lot to customize if you think of it. Most Wanted for me was a good blend of the old school car chase games while still racing. It was only when Carbon came out when the NFS series started is downfall... You're right they release the games every year like pretty much every game they have (other than sports games of course)



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to much of the same crap! in my opinion, nfs Porsche unleashed was the last good nfs game, well, the underground ones were oook, but still..

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I used to like NFS up until underground 2 but now its pretty average and not a game id go rushing out to buy... but for me i think its more that it doesnt feel like real racing which is why id much rather play Rfactor or LFS they have more of a racing feel (especially with the G25 racing wheel) and none of that terrible story line to go with the game

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What did EA do wrong?

They let the big red tape from their legal team determine how the series evolved.

The funnest parts of the series were the ones that competed with GTA in terms of using the game as a safe outlet... last ones I really enjoyed were most wanted and underground 1/2
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The first underground is the greatest nfs. Just because it was simple easier menus. But the customizations sucked really bad and they needed more cars.

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I kinda liked ProStreet, dunno why... But the rest of the new NFS games have pretty much been blegh.

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in answer to the title .... they seriously fucked up .... SERIOUSLY FUCKED THE GAMES UP.

now the next one is going to be a circuit race game ... wtf Need for speed isn't Circuit

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The best NFS is Most Wanted. The cop chases where the best thing. But now, as the most successful racing franchise with over 70 million sales, it's dropped in quality. NFS Undercover is a remake. Never played it, but it starts in exactly the same way as Most Wanted, and has actors.
Now, for SHIFT, they're trying to push into Forza and PGR territory, with simulation and in-car view. It sucks because they're just copy + pasting from Micro$oft. It won't even come close to the same standards as Forza 2, NVM 3.
I guess the only thing going for it is the long-running success of the series, and that it's available on Xbox 360, PS3 and PC.
NFS World Online will be a free version of Test Drive Unlimited but more like Most Wanted.

Edited by N0_d3N1AL, 11 June 2009 - 04:12 PM.


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EA couldn't see the epic success that Most Wanted when they got hit in the face with a big wad of cash, so they decided to change it and fuck everything up. That's the natural circle of EA's life.

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I played most wanted and enjoyed for about a week. The repeativeness of doing 5 races to just to move up one spot in the black list made it really boring. Then Carbon came out which was practicly the exact same game and then of course, Undercover. They should've known that once you play the first one for a month, that it became ridiculously boring.

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And I must admit the new ones coming out down look all that much better then the last lot, I think it's safe to say NFS is rather dead. Which is cool because Forza>*.

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I liked Pro Street... even though the name is a lie.

tbh I would love to have a game that had the parts customization ability and range of cars that Gran Turismo has with a map like Test Drive Unlimited and some of the body mod options from NFS (withought the options to change the sizes of parts and shit like longer spoilers and modifying and sizes and dimensions of body kits etc...)

Also I recently finished Undercover and I thought it was no whare near as bad as every one says it is... its not that great and I still prefer Pro Street, Race Driver Grid, and Test Drive Unlimited.

[EDIT]

also, they split up their team into the following projects-

Action - Undercover (2008)

Arcade - Nitro (2009)

MMO - World Online (2009)

Simulation - ProStreet (2007) Shift (2009)

Edited by raw_genesis, 15 June 2009 - 09:20 PM.


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QUOTE (Dfector @ May 30 2009, 04:44 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
to much of the same crap! in my opinion, nfs Porsche unleashed was the last good nfs game, well, the underground ones were oook, but still..



I think need for speed hot pursuit 2 was pretty good and IMO the last good one

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Gone are the days of the Bomber, the Tombstone and the FZR 2000

Ah, the good old days...

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NFS: Hot Pursuit 2 was the shit, man. I loved that game.




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