*MILD GAME SPOILERS* Now, many (including me) thought this was going to be some bullshit NFS:Most Wanted re-work spewed out to roll in some extra cash, but I was proven wrong. After a couple hours of racing, my view was changed. Alright, to start, this is almost nothing similar to the original Most Wanted, except for the large free-roam area. I know some want to head back to the Underground 1,2/Most Wanted/Carbon direction, but this isn't so bad. It's a new generation of NFS and I'm looking forward to Criterion making more NFS titles in the future. ~Graphics/Visuals- The first thing that hit me was the graphics. THE GRAPHICS ARE INSANE. The game is optimized very well, and I run a smooth max 60FPS no matter where I go. I haven't encountered a single "early stages for the game" glitch in the gameplay or the graphics. Sun glare is just right, the street reflections aren't mirrors, and the buildings are very detailed. Everything is just right. ~General Gameplay- You're almost immediately thrown into the game, which was quite enjoyable. There are minimal amounts of menus, and you're almost always racing. Your upgrades are in an "EasyDrive" drop-down menu you can access while in free roam, and it offers a variety of different parts to choose from. You may want off-road tires or track tires, depending on your terrain; or a lightweight body vs. a heavyweight body depending on if you want to absorb more damage or fly around the corners faster (and many more). Now what I thought was out of the ordinary was the way you changed cars. There's no garage to store your rides, or car lot to purchase some from. It's basically just hot-swapping in the middle of free roam! These "jack spots" have set cars in each spot that you can discover throughout the game, with 125 in all, varying 41 different cars. Each car has its own set of races that unlock parts for that car alone, so you're not using a single car throughout the whole game. ~Game Realism- Now you're not going to get your fancy Dirt 3 car damage, or Forza Motorsport car statistics, but Most Wanted does quite a bit better than its previous NFS titles. There's a lot more detail to roadside hazards that can stop your car if you slam into them, and realistic city cars that can slow you down. To combat the ugly damaged cars that you may probably not want to look at, they added in many "auto shop drive-throughs" that you literally drive through and it repairs/repaints your car. The car handling and steering is always hard to get to everyone's liking, but I think this will suffice. I'm not the biggest fan of their steering and how fast it auto-pulls you back to the center, but I can get used to it. You feel quite in control of your car. In conclusion, many of you will enjoy this game, and I recommend getting it. I picked it up for $37 on www.greenmangaming.com on pre-order, so I'm really happy. Here's a small bit of it, showing the jack spots to swap cars.