As somebody who had until recently, let the NFS hype pass them by, I decided that I would finally try the series out with the launch release for the Wii.
Upon starting the game, the very first thing that I noticed were the controls. First impressions were poor. The controls were unbelievably akward, but as time passed, I did find that I did get used to the controls. Whilst they aren't perfect, they certainly aren't bad, and definetley not as bad as many reviews have made them out to be.
As for the racing, well at first, it was good fun. For somebody who's main racing game experience has been from games such as Mario Kart and F-Zero, racing around the city was a novelty, but this novelty soon wore off. What struck me was how quickly the courses became repetitive and uninspired. Most have the same feel to them, and this soon becomes tiresome. What was more worrying, was that in a game called Need For Speed, the racing seemed anything but fast. In fact, it feels rather pedestrian. Add to this a terrible story, and you have a rather dissapointing game here.
With all the hype surrounding this series, I have completley failed to see what all the fuss is about. It comes across all arrogant, but for no reason, it's not fast, it's not exciting, and the fun is short lived. If you want a good racer, get Excite Trucks instead.