Any new operating system will inevitably be judged by its games. This has traditionally been an area where Windows has excelled, and with the introduction of Windows 8, developers have had a chance to bring fantastic games to the Windows Store.
Though there are many games available in the store, many of them are cheaply made or not worth the money they cost. Hydro Thunder Hurricane is a definite exception.
Need For Speed is the most popular racing video game franchise in the world. And Most Wanted is perhaps its most popular sub-franchise. The hit 2005 game garnered a wide fan following and was perhaps the peak of the NFS brand name.
Since then, NFS has stumbled a bit in its last few attempts. Developer Electronic Arts (EA) tried going full-simulation (more realistic car handling), it tried to strike a balance between sim and arcade, but it never quite felt right. And meanwhile, Criterion Games launched its Burnout series and scored a mega-hit with Burnout Paradise, an out-and-out arcade racer (handling is not realistic, but more attuned for easier gameplay and control). EA ended up buying Criterion and put it in charge of reviving the NFS flagship with a remake of the 2005 classic.
But can an old game in new clothing really live up to expectations? Is the second coming all that it was hyped to be? And does it appeal to newcomers who have never been NFS fans? Read on…