So, here's Seacrest County in Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit. It's got every challenge a street racer could want, but man, this place feels familiar.

Tri-City in Undercover or Rockport in Most Wanted didn't feature night driving nor snow-capped mountains, but the rest of this - the freeways, coast and back roads - have struck me as a dead match for the franchise's old stomping grounds. I'm not necessarily saying that's a bad thing. It's a racer, some environmental continuity can be a gamer assist. I just keep wondering why they change the name when the scenery largely stays the same.

Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit is out Nov. 16; the demo is available until Tuesday.