Yet another year has passed and that means another Need for Speed title hits store shelves. After last year’s foray into racing with Need for Speed: The Run the series left a bad taste in the mouths of many fans. Although it took the series in a new direction, it felt dull, uninspired and overall an unpleasant experience. This year Criterion takes the helm, bringing their signature style, love of speed and crashes as from Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit, and layering it on an open world. The mix should be a winning combination, but odd design choices hamper what could have been a great racing experience.