Need for Speed Most Wanted

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Need for Speed Most Wanted

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  • Beat Your Friends – Autolog 2 ratchets up the intense competition with personalized race recommendations and feeds broadcasting all of your most newsworthy scores, speeds and times to your friends. Earn Need for Speed points at all times on any system as you try to outdrive your friends and become the Most Wanted.
  • Non-Stop Multiplayer – Pick a car, hook up with friends and jump into a non-stop playlist of tight, competitive events. No lobby screens means the action never stops. Score big, rank up and earn endless rewards and upgrades. Keep the fierce rivalries going between events with endless opportunities to race, battle and explore in a huge open world.
  • Open World Action – Lose the cops – your way. Hit jumps and shortcuts, lay low, or shake the cops in surroundings that play to your car’s unique strengths. Freedom is everything. Drive anywhere with your friends, discover hidden gameplay or utilize your knowledge of the city to beat them in a never-ending supply of challenges.
  • Racing Without Rules – It?s survival of the fastest as “Need for Speed Most Wanted” fuses the franchise?s, authentic “real car” feel with the intense speed and aggression of Burnout. Power down, slide out, and battle your way past cops and rivals using pure driving skill, and heavy doses of nitrous.

To be Most Wanted, you’ll need to outrun the cops, outdrive your friends, and outsmart your rivals. With a relentless police force gunning to take you down, you’ll need to make split second decisions. Use the open world to your advantage to find hiding spots, hit jumps and earn new vehicles to keep you one step ahead.

In true Criterion Games fashion, your friends are at the heart of your experience. In an open world with no menus or lobbies, you’ll be able to instantly challenge your friends and prove your driving skill in a variety of seamless multiplayer events. Your rivals will do everything they can to stop you from getting to the top. In this world, there can only be one Most Wanted.

Need for Speed: Most Wanted is an open world Racing game. The game is the 19th release in the long-running Need for Speed franchise, but hearkens back to the earliest games in the series as players compete in races with police unified against them. Races have a set beginning and end point, with the open world game design allowing players to complete each using whatever path they can find. Additional features include a unique blend of Simulation and Arcade gameplay, social play options through the Autolog 2 feature, exciting multiplayer support, and a large selection of performance vehicles.

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Elude the Cops, and Competitors in Open World Racing Play

To be “Most Wanted,” players need to outrun the cops, out drive your friends, and outsmart your rivals. With a relentless police force gunning to take you down, you’ll need to make split second decisions. Use the open world to your advantage to find hiding spots, hit jumps and earn new vehicles to keep you one step ahead. In true Criterion Games fashion, your friends are at the heart of your experience. In an open world with no menus or lobbies, you’ll be able to instantly challenge your friends and prove your driving skill in a variety of seamless multiplayer events. Your rivals will do everything they can to stop you from getting to the top. In this world, only one thing is certain – there can only be one “Most Wanted.”

The police neck and neck with the driver in Need for Speed: Most Wanted

Take to the streets and become the Most Wanted driver in Fairhaven City.
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Key Game Features

  • Open World Action – Lose the cops, your way. Hit jumps and shortcuts, lay low, or shake the cops in surroundings that play to your car’s unique strengths. Freedom is everything. Drive anywhere with your friends, discover hidden gameplay or utilize your knowledge of the city to beat them in a never-ending supply of challenges.
  • Nonstop Multiplayer – Pick a car, hook up with friends and jump into a nonstop playlist of tight, competitive events. No lobby screens means the action never stops. Score big, rank up and earn endless rewards and upgrades. Keep the fierce rivalries going between events with endless opportunities to race, battle and explore in a huge open world.
  • Beat Your Friends – Autolog 2 ratchets up the intense competition with personalized race recommendations and feeds broadcasting all of your most newsworthy scores, speeds and times to your friends. Earn Need for Speed points at all times on any system as you try to out drive your friends and become the Most Wanted.
  • Racing Without Rules – It’s survival of the fastest as Need for Speed: Most Wanted fuses the franchise’s, authentic “real car” feel with the intense speed and aggression of Burnout. Power down, slide out, and battle your way past cops and rivals using pure driving skill, and heavy doses of nitrous.
  • The Best Performance CarsNeed for Speed: Most Wanted features the most high-profile performance vehicles around. A sampling of these include: Porsche 911 Carrera S, BMW M3 Coupe, Lamborghini Aventador LP 700-4, Ford Mustang Boss 302, and Subaru Cosworth Impreza STI CS400.

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A red Lamborghini alone in an alley in Need for Speed: Most Wanted

The best performance cars.
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Breaking through a police barricade in Need for Speed: Most Wanted

Open world driving gameplay.
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A porsche in an industrial setting in Need for Speed: Most Wanted

Nonstop multiplayer.
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Elluding police by making a dangerous jump in Need for Speed: Most Wanted

Racing without rules.
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  1. 55 of 75 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    NFS: Most Wanted, Reborn as Burnout Paradise 2, October 30, 2012
    By 
    J. Cummings “Somewhere in PS2 land” (San Antonio TX) –
    (REAL NAME)
      

    = Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
    This review is from: Need for Speed Most Wanted (Video Game)

    The premise behind NFS: Most Wanted is this: In Fairhaven City, there are 10 drivers who are the “Most Wanted”. Take them down, you get their car. The goal: Become the most wanted driver in Fairhaven City.

    Ok, so the story’s lame, but you didn’t have one at all in Burnout Paradise either. That’s not really important to racing fans, as one look at NFS: The Run’s reviews will tell you. What DOES matter are the cars, how do they control, modes available, upgrading possibilities, and multiplayer. Again, this is a review in process, so I can address all of these outside of multiplayer at this time.

    – It’s really hard to pin down the driving controls in this game at this early stage. We’re not talking Gran Turismo level of difficulty, but it’s also not as easy as the original Burnout Paradise, or even Blur. Think the controls in Ridge Racer Unbounded, but MUCH less touchy, and you’re getting in the right ballpark. My best guess: If you’re familiar and have played the NFS series, you’ll be at home here.
    – As for the cars, no more going through ranks 1-20 to unlock. Every car in the game is available at the start. Now the danger of this, of course, is that you’ll find one you fall in love with and really have no need/desire to find all the rest (Why would you bother with the Delta Lancia when you can drive/upgrade a Porsche, for example)? All you have to do is look for the cars with an badge above them, choose the car and it’s yours to drive. It’s definitely a step in the right direction away from what a “typical” racing game would force you to do (aKa Gran Turismo, forcing you to grind for money to buy them).
    – As far as single player is concerned, I am a little worried that the modes are a little on the bare side. The various events in Burnout Paradise were diversified and had cars to match them. In NFS: Most Wanted, it’s pretty much limited to races, evading the cops and maintaining a certain speed through the course. In short, it’s got the potential to get old in a hurry. However, you’ll probably be too busy seeing if you’re beating your friends, smashing billboards and the like to be worrying about that.
    – Each car gives you the ability to upgrade various functions, such as tires, transmission, boost, etc. This is done by earning Speed Points, which you pretty much earn doing anything in the game. Now of course, for the completionists (like me), it will be fun going through and upgrading every car fully, giving an vast array of options for attacking different races (example: lightweight chassis give you more speed and are better for fast races, but suck when trying to go against the cops. Off road tires help you on those races, but you lose grip on pavement, etc). It’ll be fun seeing online who gets the perfect combinations to set the best times.

    And for now, that’s it. As I get experience in Multiplayer, I will update my review, but it definitely seems to be at least as good as Burnout Paradise’s, which is a testimony as to why there is still a good online community existing in that game 3 years after release.

    Bottom line: NFS:MW takes it place alongside the other racers on the PS3 (GT5, Burnout Paradise and NFS:HP) as the best you can buy. There is an incredible amount of depth and layers in this game to unwrap and discover. Criterion, you did it again!

    **UPDATE #1 31 October 2012**
    Multiplayer is definitely as diverse as in Burnout Paradise if not moreso, given that many of the cars (including the ones you receive from pre-ordering) are only able to be used in Multiplayer. Players who invest the time in the various races/race layouts with the proper cars/mods will have a definitive, FAIR advantage over those who do not, but given the chaos that is traffic in this game, there’s a chance a person ending up in last can still make up ground for a good finish. Outside of the racing events, there are also ones that involve getting away from the cops (wreck your friend=them getting busted and disowning you) as well as who can drift the most, get the most air, break the most billboards, etc. in a certain time frame. While the single player, for those who dump a ton of time into it and find their favorite cars, probably has a short life span, when you start talking about multiplayer, and get a few friends who have this game, and the replay value goes through the roof as you try to “top” your friends to be the “Most Wanted”.

    If anything, multiplayer has reinforced my opinion that this quite simply is one of the best racers on the PS3, the best one released in 2012, and deserves your purchase.

    ***Update #2 10/31/2012

    I’m seeing some questions about how this compares to NFS:Hot Pursuit. Keep in mind, Criterion’s goal was to make this game a “spiritial” successor to Burnout Paradise (released in 2009). In terms of gameplay, NFS:HP and NFS:MW are different in terms of modes as well…

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  2. 8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
    2.0 out of 5 stars
    Fun driving, not a lot else, December 16, 2012
    By 
    Hayashi

    = Fun:2.0 out of 5 stars 
    This review is from: Need for Speed Most Wanted (Video Game)

    So i’ll start with the positive. The driving in this game is excellent. It’s some of the best driving formats I’ve ever played in a video game. There are also some pretty cool cars in this game. That being said, its about the only good thing in the game. Unlike previous need for speed games, theres absolutely no ability to modify your car’s appearance. As far as new parts go, you can mod the car, after winning races that is. You don’t buy the parts by earning money, instead you win races and then just get the parts. You also don’t buy cars, in fact, you don’t even have to race for cars. Other than a handful of cars, all you have to do to get a new car is drive up to it. There’s absolutely no challenge to getting new cars and very little to modding them. And then theres police chases, which are somewhat fun, but unlike the original most wanted, they have absolutely no value. There are no milestones, and if you get busted, absolutely nothing happens. There is literally no repercussions to being busted. All in all, it makes for some fun racing, but not a good game. In my opinion, this game is a complete let down to the need for speed franchise, and doesn’t even hold a candle to the original need for speed most wanted. Why the would allow this seriously underdeveloped game on the market is beyond me.

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  3. 5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
    2.0 out of 5 stars
    Simply Not Fun, December 10, 2012
    By 
    C. Smith “otherthani” (NC, USA) –
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    = Fun:1.0 out of 5 stars 
    This review is from: Need for Speed Most Wanted (Video Game)

    I am not an expert reviewer, however I will do my best to convey what is on my mind. Please feel free to let me know your thoughts.

    As I was looking at the reviews, I was surprised at how none of them… especially the negative ones missed the biggest problem with the game… IT JUST SIMPLY ISN’T FUN. The charisma, ingenuity and arcade style of the previous games is no longer here.

    I have been a huge fan of entire “previous” NEED FOR SPEED series, except for maybe NFS: Shift. I was never looking for realism from the games. I always found the “over the top” racing incredible fun… the idea of outrunning the cops exilerating and the idea of reversing your role and becommming a cop was ingenious.

    I’ve also had a great time playing The BURNOUT series as well. It was addictive seeing how much damage you could cause causing the biggest pileup scenario possible. It was a nice touch to give you a choice by winning races by either straight up racing or simply eradicating the competition through take downs.
    Very satisfying indeed.

    The above mentioned things were my favorite parts of NFS and Burnout. I was incredibly excited with the merger and couldnt wait to see what this game had in store. I WAS EXTREMELY DISAPPOINTED. The racing is still “over the top”, but it is so incredibly difficult that I dont know how anyone can be having a good time. After 20 times doing the same race and not even placing 3rd, it becomes more frustrating than it does fun. Navigating the track is mindboggling at times, there are no arrows to help guide your way, youre expected to keep your eye on your gps to know the right way. One wrong turn, or crash once and forget about it, you might as well start over… you will never catch up. Even if you are able to navigate the track effectively, the AI cars are always miliseconds behind you. Taking out an AI car can place you ahead of them, but they miraculously recover and spawn right back on your tail. The “cop chases” are here too, however it becomes quickly apparent that it will be more challenging than it will be fun. Still not sure how to lose cops… extreme speed doesnt work… taking side roads doesnt deter them… crazy routes keeps them on your tail… taking them down just causes more to spawn and any combination of the above is no more effective.

    Gone are the possibilities of winning a race multiple different ways including takedowns, short-cuts and/or speed, only to be replaced by undefeatable AI… No more sole TAKEDOWN EVENTS… Eradicated are the events where you get to play the cop and chase the street racer… Destroyed are the events where you simply try to create the most mayhem possible… and Demolished is my faith in the new franchise.

    I see what the creators are doing here. There is an attempt to make the racing seem like a simulator by making it extremely difficult… but I personally found this game so challenging, that it seems more like a chore than a pleasure. Not sure why the franchise is trying to be like every other racer out there when this merger gives the oppertunity to be so much more. Why not enhance what made the prior games so great instead of being like everyone else?

    Aside from my disappointment, I do need to say that the graphics are exceptional. and there are a few glimmers of fun here, but they are few and far between and were consistentaly interrupted by the vulgarities that exit my lips as I loose another race for the 20th time in a row.

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