Summary: Parents need to know that this game features illegal street racing and most of the trappings found in "pimp my ride" culture: Everything is neon, everyone sports an attitude, and lawlessness is "cool." A lot of emphasis is put on spending money to "trick" cars out with cool accoutrements. The game glorifies illegal acts, to put it lightly, and EA is aware of this.
Conclusion: Gameplay-wise, Via Domus is an average adventure experience that most players will be able to wrap up fairly quickly. Odds are, even a run-of-the-mill gamer will be able to play through the game from start to finish in about ten hours or less. And, much like a TV show, once you’ve finished it, you probably won’t go back to it for quite some time. There’s virtually no replay value whatsoever.
Conclusion: The vehicles and race types are the same online and there is always people ready to play. With hard competition online at times, it is not easy to always win, but nevertheless the playing is more important than winning. Because of the achievements been unobtainable, I'll give it 4 stars rather than 5.
Excerpt: Need for Speed Carbon (NFSC) brings the street racing series to the Wii for the first time. Now when you bring a game to the Wii it’s hard not to try and take advantage of the game’s motion-sensing controllers even when the game is a port from other systems. Sometimes this works well, sometimes it doesn’t. With NFSC it doesn’t.
Excerpt: Was I the only one that thought the Lost island was inhabited by dinosaurs? When those giant trees came crashing down as a beast of some sort ripped through them there was only one logical answer: a rampaging T-Rex was about to eat Jack, Kate, Sawyer, Locke and Hurley (or at least try) for dinner. This of course was left unanswered for weeks and although now all cleared up, I still hope to see a little T-Rex arm before the series is over for good.
Excerpt: EA struck a chord with speed hounds in 2003 with the street racing success Need for Speed Underground. Naturally, strong sales brought us a sequel, a handful of shoddy replicas (SRS and Juiced come to mind), and eventually the release of last year's solid Most Wanted, which launched alongside the 360.
Summary: is yet another entry in a franchise that has become for street-racing what
has for football. (No snickering, please.)
manages to keep the core gameplay of the previous games while adding a few new innovations. While arguably the crew element and the storyline in the game's career mode is something players could do without, the driving action is the best this side of a Vin Diesel movie.