Need for Speed: Most Wanted Image

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  • Summary: Combining the thrill of illicit street racing and tuner customization with the intensity of strategic police pursuits that rivals any Hollywood-style chase scene, Need for Speed Most Wanted challenges players to become the most notorious and elusive street racer. Players instantly feel the thrill of the ride as they hit the streets in an open world environment where drivers can tune their cars to compete against any class of vehicles or use their wits to out-fox the law to satisfy their need for speed. Need for Speed Most Wanted delivers a unique, fast-paced and gripping ride in the racing genre as players build up their Rap Sheet and street cred to move their way up the Black List to become the most wanted racer on the streets. Players go head-to-head with the top drivers on the scene as well as strategically evade more than half dozen cops at any one time. Also included are a dynamic open world, new gameplay and customization as well as tuners, supercars, muscles and sports cars. [Electronic Arts] Expand
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  2. Negative: 2 out of 4
  1. Solid, but it could have been so much more. [Jan 2006, p.115]
  2. There are problems with the game's controls, physics, and artificial intelligence, which often make the process of playing the game more frustrating than fun.
  3. 40
    The game just doesn't gel at all: control is bad, objectives are confusing, and the visuals don't come anywhere near what EA did with the previous DS NFS game.
  4. The best that can be said for the game is at least it’s not a direct port of the GBA game. However, it would definitely be a better game if it had been.
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  3. Negative: 2 out of 3
  1. SonWrights
    Nov 23, 2005
    Nice staff look like NFS UG2 with Cops!
  2. jd
    Dec 6, 2005
    this game has got the worst graphics EVER!!! To veiw a video and see how bad the graphics are for urself got to:
    I was going to get this game for christmas, now i have completely changed my mind about this game and instead im going to get tony hawks american sk8land because that game is actually GOOD!!!
  3. Aug 15, 2013
    Is it just me or someone here who absolutely loved the PS2 version of this game couldn't enjoy this? This is the one game i'll avoid at all costs. It's so not worth it. Expand