Firingsquad heeft een review van NFS4: High Stakes online gezet. Hier heppie een stukje over de gameplay:
High Stakes is just good clean fun, and it gives you plenty of ways to do it. In arcade mode, you can play a quick race, play a knockout tournament, or join a good ol' fashioned cop chase in Hot Pursuit mode, as either the fleeing car or The Man. The same options are available against one to seven human opponents in multiplayer mode, and finally, you can play in the game's flagship career mode. Convertible. Nice. Ssssssmokin'
In career mode, you start with a certain amount of money. You need this money to purchase cars, purchase upgrades, enter competitions, and if you aren't careful during races, repair your car. This being the case, you have to take into account the cost of body work when deciding whether to slam that pesky Beemer into the side of the course. Busted up cars don't perform as well, and (unless you're rich), you've only got one. Also, it's quite helpful to make sure your headlights work before going into a night race.