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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: 33 out of 36
  2. Negative: 0 out of 36
  1. It offers things that both Underground and Hot Pursuit lack. Nice visuals and an amazing array of tuners and exotics to choose from could possibly make this the “most wanted” racing game for the Playstation 2 this season.
  2. 90
    Need for Speed has its game down to a science at this point. [Jan 2006, p.82]
  3. The return of the police is an excellent addition to the game, too bad that they are not available for online play.
  4. Most Wanted brings the police back in force, and the game benefits greatly from it.
  5. 80
    If you think you can simply drift around the corner, given a certain speed and angle, without touching either the handbrake or regular brake, well, you are going to be sorely mistaken this time around.
  6. 80
    The PS2 version is, unfortunately, the least graphically impressive of the bunch and does not support online play, unlike the Xbox. But no matter which platform you're playing on, Most Wanted is still a hell of a value for the money.
  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: 22 out of 25
  2. Negative: 2 out of 25
  1. Sep 17, 2011
    10
    Most Wanted is the best NFS game and one of the best Racing game ever. Very good graphics, story, audio, and much more.Game offers many licensed cars. Town in MW is entirely open and You can driving at ease. Police missions is very good and satisfying. You must end races and have bounty to play with boss. My rate is 10/10, one of my favorite games. Expand
  2. Aug 6, 2012
    10
    The best Need for Speed ever. Simply cars to Supercars. Blacklist and pursuits are really fun. The story, graphics and music. The best NFS. You can tyransform your Fiat Punto or VW in a monster. Expand
  3. CarsonK.
    Apr 9, 2006
    10
    This is definitely the best NFS game to date. The killer of all racing games. In the past games, there was no damage to your car. Now, the winshield cracks an other stuff like that! I've also noted that the drifting mechanics have inproved greatly since the last game(s). I hope NFS keeps creating more games like this. Woo-hoo! Expand
  4. Oct 5, 2013
    10
    The best. What more i can say?
    Smashing cops, hiding from cops, racing, tuning, driving 350 km/h, everything is just perfect. Best need for
    speed. EVER!!. Expand
  5. B.Deepak
    Nov 18, 2005
    9
    it is simlier to other nfs games very slow in th start and hot speed at the end but the only differnts is a majic button it stops time for you to make a sharp turn and the crashes are like burnout 3 revenge and greate songs and a very good graphics Expand
  6. RobertH.
    Oct 18, 2006
    9
    Need for speed most wanted well what can I say its got a hell of alot better than the last ones it has faster and better cars more free roaming space and to add excitment they added cops to the game. The reason i gave it nine not ten is that the customization is not as good it doesnt go into as much detail as NFSU2 such as ; -Front bumper,rear and side -taillights and front lights -and my favourite hydralics but other than that its a good game thanx EA games Expand
  7. ThEkId
    Aug 11, 2006
    2
    I am completely disappointed everything i enjoy about the series has vanished, like the effort put in this massacre. Drift, attitude, complete customisation and enjoyable street reacing has been tooken away to leave a safe ride. Expand

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