Dr Houbenheimer wrote:
I think it's easy to get into the 'EA won't deliver' mentality as has been a common frame of mind for a lot of users here lately, but seriously, give them a chance, the just announced it!
It all sounds good so far, having an awesome graphics engine shouldn't mean they're prioritising the graphics over the gameplay, and the story seems intriguing, so just wait and see...
You know why a lot of players have this mentality towards EA? And it is not here, it is everywhere. EA doesn't deliver quality games. At least when it comes to NFS. However, I do think that lately EA is slowly changing its modus operandi. That is, they buy companies to develop games, and even though they still have some "power", they let the companies do their work without much interference. You had pretty good games from the publisher
EA Games. However, when it comes to NFS, and with the exception of Hot Pursuit and SHIFT 1/2, which were both developed by other studios, EA Games is the solely responsible for those games. BlackBox is owned by EA and they "obey" them. Since they started working in the NFS series you see each year a worst game than the one before. They recycle content from previous games; they add no new things; they promise and promise, and they don't deliver.
Because let's face it, most recent NFS games are not good games. Quality-wise, that is. Of course that here we are fans of the series, we maybe forget about this or that and even enjoy the games. But if you think clearly, you see that most of their games lack quality. And the bottom line was with Undercover, where even the fans started saying "well this sucks".
So it is easy to have this idea that EA just promises things. Which is true if you look at it. The problem with recent NFS games is that everything looks good, but when you start playing it, it just has massive flaws that an AAA game cannot have.
This trend has been slowly changing with the release of Hot Pursuit and SHIFT 1/2. Those games are good, even if you are not a NFS fan. Let's see what Blackbox/EA can come up with now. They had more time to develop the game, so there are no excuses. 3 years should be enough. If it is a fail again, I think we would be right to think "EA won't deliver".
I will wait until the game is installed on my computer, ready to play. Because you can bet that all the descriptions, and videos and images they will release in the following months will definitely look good. The question is, are they really good?