Blame Underground, Underground 2, and Most Wanted for selling absurdly well (the best ever for the series in terms of copies moved). I was born in 1995 so the Gamecube/PS2/OG Xbox generation was my first, and for all intents and purposes NFS started with Underground for me and my peers. I owned a copy of Hot Pursuit 2, but it would be literally years before I learned that NFS had existed for as long as I had lived.I think you quite dont get it.. And sorry to disappoint you but, just turning 37 soon, been playing since around 88 with different systems, and if this track -->still today is on my playlists in home, car, where ever i go.. So i think you will take some words back.. I was there when the TRUE NFS's came out back in the day's in day 1, and thru 2000's. But NFS has lost its thing a long time a go already, its the bling bling now that matters.. bwoah... In the past, take a mag in your hands, see example a Lamborghini Diablo SV there, then the little boy started to dream.. Only way to live the dream was, to put a disk in the machine, go to the menu where a guy with hes cool voice tells things about your dream car, then you here that music, you listen it time after time after time and you watch the slideshow... Until you go to select a car and road on the countryside, or up to the mountains, and have a go, flatout.. Back then that was so exiting. You, supercar, road and play some cool music. Now bling bling tune s..t out of whatever and have a nitroboost crash pingpangpong in citystreets or something like that..
EA has spent nearly two decades trying to recapture that spark.