@seppli: It's mostly scenes with bright sunlight. There are scenes in BF4 that look great but any map where you are outside in direct sunlight it gets really harsh looking. This applies to all of NFS Rivals since the entire thing is outside.
With PVZ they don't have a super bright light source anywhere. It's very overcast looking. If you look at the first gamplay trailer (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jYjUrHOY7A4) it has the same harsh look to it.
I've only ever noticed it with Frostbite games. If anyone has any examples of games that use a similar style and don't use Frostbite I'd like to see them.
Is it just me or is it almost impossible to escape the cops at times. I can repeatedly get the "escaping" meter on screen and it fills all the way and then suddenly it just reverts to "persuit resumed" for no reason. No cops around me, I haven't driven past any speed cameras, nothing. It's incredibly frustrating. It's almost as if there is a roll of the dice behind the scenes as to if you actually have evaded the cops, and if it decides you haven't, it just spawns some behind you.
The online aspect is very disappointing. The city feels small and uninteresting compared to something like Burnout Paradise. Racing is fun but I have noticed quite a few bugs (side swiping a guard rail and being instantly turned around to face the other way, Respawning facing a cliff/wall, etc.)