Also,why there doesn't seem to be any night settings in the game,i've browsed thru the NFS webby,and Gamespot and couldn't find a single screenshot showing a racetrack at night! *Screams in horror*
To me,one of the best things about NFS is your ability to tweak the weather/day & night cycles.
The police lights flashing off walls and objects and some of the lighting effects at night are truly stunning.
Like when your Porsche enters an darkened tunnel and u can see your headlights lighting up the way,or German police BMW M5s hot behind your tail chasing you thru the village in Hot Pursuit ala "Police Wildest Chases" with sirens shrieking,night driving is one of the great gaming experiences in NFS.
A NFS without night driving is like drinking non-alcoholic beer,or a 4th of July celebration without the fireworks!
I don't know about the rest,but having a good replay function enhances your experience,like when u power drift between two cars when coming into a wicked corner,or when you took some wicked air and the cop car behind you smashed and flipped,you know,things like that make really good replays. Since the theme on Hot Pursuit is about outrageous driving and wicked air,the exclusion of a good replay function will detract from the enjoyment.
And it was in all the previous NFS games,so why the change now? Every decent motor sim has a good replay function,from Gran Turismo to Superbike from EA.
As with lugnut,i am a long time gamer,and a NFS fan from the 1st game onwards. Funny how things change when EA is doing multiple gaming platforms on the series now. Sure maybe they'll earn more that way but if the result is a lukewarm game and cutting corners(pun not intended)then i'll say the series has taken a step backward,and not foward.