Need For Speed Pro Street – PC
Unlike the last two Need for Speed games, which told the story of an underground street racer through campy yet entertaining cutscenes, ProStreet follows the legal street racing career of Ryan Cooper. The game still uses cutscenes to try to instill some story into the proceedings–something about Ryan getting dissed by a big-time street racer–but it’s uninteresting thanks to terrible voice acting and unlikable characters. Ignoring the story, it’s your goal to head to different events, dominate them, challenge the best of the best, and then take on Ryo, the man who disrespected you after your first race.
Thanks to the sheer number of race days you’ll need to win, it will take a long time to get to Ryo. Each race day consists of a number of different events. Most of these will be familiar to anyone who’s played previous Need for Speed games. Grip races are standard races with eight cars on the track, and your goal is to finish first. Other events have you trying to get the fastest time or highest speed through checkpoints, or the best time out of your class of cars. Drift racing is back, but has been revamped and is actually fun this time around since you don’t lose all your points for going off the track. You’ll also be doing a lot of drag racing. It’s fun for a bit, but gets old quickly thanks in no small part to the preceding minigame in which you have to heat up your tires–it’s lame, and you have to do it before each of the three rounds. While there’s no shortage of events, there isn’t a whole lot of variety. Many of them feel the same–you just want to go fast. This makes the game grow old quickly, a problem when there are so many events to slog through before you reach the end.