Need for Speed Most Wanted (2005) 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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  1. Positive: 16 out of 19
  2. Negative: 0 out of 19
  1. It's safe to say that NFS: Most Wanted is perfectly balanced between real-life steering and physics and arcade-style handling.
  2. Does Most Wanted feed my adrenaline addiction from start to finish? No - repetition, while unavoidable in a game ilke this, ultimately does in the game's ability to raise your blood pressure. But while it lasts...damn, it's good. [Feb 2006, p.80]
  3. A superb arcade racer that's a feature or two away from greatness. [Feb 2006, p.88]
  4. Fantastic gameplay variety, and stunning graphics make this a worthwhile investment if you own a high-end PC.
  5. A decent enough racing experience. The police chases are excellent fun, but where is the proper civilian traffic? [Dec 2005]
  6. 80
    Pulse-pounding car chases, lighting-fast races, and a beautifully crafted game world.
  7. It’s a nice, clean package that delivers enough hi-octane chases and enjoyment to warrant a purchase. [Christmas 2005, p.121]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 42 out of 53
  2. Negative: 6 out of 53
  1. Dec 22, 2013
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. I actually liked this game because it's all racing and stuff, but there are different reasons too. Cops are chasing you, you can race against bosses and you fight t[he way to get your car back. Beginning is kind of boring but the rest of the game is awesome! Also there are some areas you got to unlock liked in Need For Speed Underground and I like it. The only thing that I might not really like is that when you trying to get enough objectives complete and then you got to beat the boss, when you get to the top ten it's getting boring that you being chased by the cops and when you finally escape, you got to do it again because there are not enough points. Expand
  2. Nov 1, 2012
    10
    Excellent .......................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... Expand
  3. Apr 27, 2011
    10
    This Game Is My Personal Favourite ,,,,, The Storyline Plot Was Brilliant .... Graphics Are Great ....
    Police Pursuits Love Em . Car
    Selection In This Game Was Excellent .... I Cant Praise How Much I Love This Game .....No Other Need For Speed Game Has Come Even Close To Being Better Than Most Wanted .... And I Doubt There Ever Will .... Expand
  4. Nov 5, 2012
    9
    Need for Speed at its best. Everything you could ever want is here. A decent backstory, lengthy singleplayer, free roam, cop chases (which are the best part of the game- very intense), challenges in the Black Edition, nice choice of cars, great soundtrack, beautiful graphics with very distinct and modern lighting, fun and arcade. You get deep visual customisation along with performance upgrades and even some simple tuning on the go. Cars do feel very different and personal. Everything in this game is just solid gold. The events are varied and of just the right difficulty- especially the tollbooth ones where it can get intense trying to reach the last one with seconds to spare and cops on your tail. The length of events is perfect, the progression is well-paced. The city is large and very much suited to the kind of racing and cop chases you will engage in, with long highways, off-road shortcuts and tight city streets. Not only are the foundations solid, but everything in it is utilised and exploited to the fullest extent. Multiplayer is there too with a good range of game modes and stages. Controls work just as well on keyboard as they do on a controller. The sounds - everything from the engine, tyres and police radio and even voice acting - are imaculate. The only reason I can't give it a 10 out of 10 is because it doesn't do anything revolutionary or extraordinarily ahead of its time. It's a really well-made game for its time but nothing that's mind-blowing or unbelievable. Expand
  5. Nov 28, 2013
    8
    There are many features that interesting for me. Moderate excellent cars, hard pursuit and moderate tuning feature, which the custom of cars is not hard. But it has medium graphics, bad song and long circuit track that can worst a lot of time. Expand
  6. Nov 7, 2012
    8
    My review went to the wrong game, please ignore my mistake as I was intending to review the 2012 edition of Need for Speed: Most Wanted the one by Criterion Studios. Expand
  7. Apr 18, 2012
    4
    Mediocre. Getting chased by the cops is fun for 1 hour. Racing with your friends on LAN is fun for another hour. After that, there is little to like. For me, the lack of realism and innovation is what stops this from being good. Ok if you can get it for £1 Expand

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