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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 theCombining 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
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 19
  2. Negative: 0 out of 19
  1. 90
    Making a name for youself by climbing the game's Black List, aka series of bad-ass mo-fos you must beat, is good fun.
  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. Most Wanted brings the police back in force, and the game benefits greatly from it.
  6. The addition of smart and relentless police pursuers has reinvigorated this popular driving series.
  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: 51 out of 62
  2. Negative: 6 out of 62
  1. Sep 19, 2014
    10
    I remember playing this game in 2005 as a 10 year old boy and loving everything about it:

    -soundtrack was AMAZING, best by far alongside
    I remember playing this game in 2005 as a 10 year old boy and loving everything about it:

    -soundtrack was AMAZING, best by far alongside Underground 2
    -story might be simplistic by trying to be the best, but still was awesome and had intrigue early on and made you want to earn your BADASS BMW M3 back!
    -open world city to drive... NUF SAID!
    -cool customization and awesome rewards for beating bosses... pink slips were the most awesome to get for the bosse's ride with its unique paintjob

    Simply put: THE BEST RACING GAME EVER all around!
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  2. 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
  3. Apr 27, 2011
    10
    This Game Is My Personal Favourite ,,,,, The Storyline Plot Was Brilliant .... Graphics Are Great ....
    Police Pursuits Love Em . Car
    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 ....
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  4. Mykal
    Jan 5, 2006
    9
    WOW! Some of the bad reviews make me wonder if we're playing the same game... Linear-nope, you
  5. Dec 10, 2012
    8
    This game was one of the first I got on my PS2 and I still play it today.

    The open world is incredibly varied and really fun to just
    This game was one of the first I got on my PS2 and I still play it today.

    The open world is incredibly varied and really fun to just explore. The police chases get so intense but you can nearly always escape and not get caught. The car selection is great and the storyline is actually quite engrossing for a racing game and compared to Criterion's most recent version of the game which doesn't even have a storyline!

    Yes the physics could be better but to be honest when you're having as much fun as I usually have playing it you don't care about that.
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  6. Mar 10, 2012
    8
    Playing a Need for Speed game for the storyline is like smoking when you're hungry: you get nowhere. Also, once you play a Need for Speed, youPlaying a Need for Speed game for the storyline is like smoking when you're hungry: you get nowhere. Also, once you play a Need for Speed, you played all of them, from the very first to the most recent. However, with this one being the only one i have after reading people's opinion on the web that is the last great apisode in the series, i have to admit that, apart from graphics, nothing really improved in the more recent ones. From here i'll jump right to Midnight Club: Los Angeles. When i'll get a PS3, that is. For now, this NFS gets an 8 for general internet opinion and because it still looks good. Expand
  7. TylerM.
    Nov 28, 2005
    1
    The only inovation in this game is the graphics. Everything else is a step in the wrong direction. In my opinion, games should be moving The only inovation in this game is the graphics. Everything else is a step in the wrong direction. In my opinion, games should be moving towards unlimited possibilities, not linear racing with almost no exploration. The gameplay is very limited, the racing feels sticky. Reminds me of Rad Racer.... If all you care about is graphics, this is the game for you. Expand

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