Will Freeman of Pro-G writes: The game's new direction is immediately apparent from the moment you see the cars. Whereas before they were rather glamorous interpretations of humble road vehicles, now far more of the real-world cars are sleek and long sports machines, covered in logos and sponsorship.
This accurately mirrors the shift that has seen street racers become more organised and a little more legitimate. As teams and companies are forming, more meetings are beginning to move to rented raceways and official events. The boy racer has grown into the street racer, and Need for Speed's latest subtitle shows the game has done the same.