Would you like to know why? Let’s go over a few things:
It won’t have a cockpit view. Thankfully our EA overlords were generous enough to bring back the bonnet/hood camera, but for the purists out there, especially those who remember the early Need fo Speed titles where the crude 2D (and eventually 3D cockpit) were hallmark features in a quest for authenticity, this will not make up for the lack of an interior camera.
There will be no manual gearbox option. This is probably something that will mainly affect users who play Need For Speed with a wheel (why you’d do that with an arcade racer in the first place is beyond me, but to each their own), but it still takes away some of the individual choices each player would like to make for themselves. I personally always played with Automatic shifting because I couldn’t find enough buttons on my controller to make it feel comfortable, but I know for sure that James played the games with a wheel.
And even Midnight Club: Los Angeles had a manual gearbox option.
There will barely be any tuning. What most Sim Racers understand under the term tuning, is most likely building or tweaking a setup. As it looks now, this will be available in NFSU3, but so far the only options are sliders that don’t really do anything apart from changing the big slider at the top of the menu which dictates how loose your car will drive. I highly doubt that changing your tire pressures will change your top speed for example. I mean seriously – The game has a fucking option to toggle drift mode by pressing the brake, as you can see in the video below.
You will only be allowed to own 5 cars. This might not be a huge issue for most people, even I was someone that, when playing Underground 2, sold his current car to buy a new one plus all dem sikk modz tbh smh fam, but for people who like to play the story with more than a few cars, this will become an issue. Additionally, there is no word out yet if the game will have a simple tuning-only mode again where you can do whatever the fuck you want with all the cars and upgrades you have unlocked so far. Pray to Jesus that it does.
It will only have 17 cars on launch day – at least that is what it’s looking like now. So far only 17 cars have been confirmed to be on the car list, and almost all of them are literal meme-cars depending on which car-enthusiast sites you frequent
It will require an active internet connection. Prepare for microtransactions and intrusive social media integration.
I wonder how many other bombs EA is going to drop on us next in terms of dumbing down the franchise even more. Auto-steering? Auto-braking? Progress in the story can only be made if you get 12345 likes on your photos? I really, really hope it doesn’t get any worse than this. The past two Underground titles were fantastic the way they were, there is no need to assume you’re selling the game to children and only children.