What ever happened to the traditional NFS format? There are other titles that provide more fun, more realistic and more customisable racer experiences; NFS was never meant to compete with those titles. I still long for more NFS along the same lines as Undercover and Carbon.
3 stars is mainly for the arcady pick-up-n-play racing style on offer rather than the format of the game, which is repetitive and lacks any real storyline.
This is basically the same kind of game as NFS Prostreet, but with cars you can actually drive :-)