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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: 9 out of 21
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  1. With solid and exciting gameplay, great graphics and sound, and a fully functional online mode, PSP gamers can’t expect much more.
  2. Sure the police AI can be highly questionable, the visuals are pretty blah as is the sound, but on the track, 5-1-0 is a good time on the go, and is a marked improvement from "Rivals."
  3. One of the improvements over Rivals is tighter feel in control, and the visual style takes a turn for the better. [Dec 2005, p.74]
  4. A game with ridiculous physics, hard-to-master controls and a repetitious event scheme.
  5. Racers such as Burnout Legends, Ridge Racer, and Midnight Club (other than the load times) are much better games, so there’s not much of a reason to pick up Most Wanted, though it’s not a bad game.
  6. Most Wanted 5-1-0 has most of what's needed to make a good PSP racing game, but it lacks the biggest one of all: excitement.
  7. Oddly, Need for Speed: Most Wanted 5-1-0 would have been a better game if they had just left the police back at the donut shop. The combination of badly integrated cops, too few cars, and trammeled car physics keep this game off our most wanted list.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 15
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 15
  3. Negative: 5 out of 15
  1. JaXJ.
    Nov 29, 2007
    An awesome racer, tuned to the top. Some things annoy me sometimes, like the cops unbelievable skill of keeping up with you always and the thing that after about 80% of the races you just can't win any more. But for anyone who thinks that Ridge Racer's 360-degree-drifting-style is unreal, this is a definite buy. Expand
  2. DannyH.
    Jan 23, 2006
    This is one of the best if not the best racing game that I've ever played. It has awesome graphics, and I love the chatter between cops when they are chasing you. The gameplay is one of the best ever. I love the blacklist plot, Ithink that that was a great idea. The racing sounds are also great, hearing the engines purr annd the cars rev up at the starting line. This is an all around must-buy game. Expand
  3. TerdW.
    Jun 14, 2006
    I love how the cops chase you and I really like the girls in the cars.
  4. LordMetzen
    Nov 27, 2005
    The presentation of the game is very nice, changing that ugly text from burnout legends, that seemed bigger and not designed for the psp screen, overall the game is good, but it happens to have the annoying cops around you all the time. You just cant do anything when they are around, let alone drive straight. The analog nub feels a little too loose when playing, and its notorious if you play ridge racer or burnout legends before this one. The same stuff we are getting these days from EA (not that is a bad thing.....well, sometimes...) but this is not the case. Althought, there is no way, and I really mean NO WAY, that a reviewer could give this game a 90. It has it's moments, but is way below Wipeout Pure, Burnout Legends and Ridge Racer. Expand
  5. BillybobjoeS.
    Jun 4, 2006
    it is one of the best racing games ever BUT once u get to 75% done u hit a brick in the wall. i cannot get passed it and neither can u. Some thing happens that the game does not let u go on with the game as though it does not want u to finish. If I get passed it I shall tell u. Expand
  6. Mr.jinjin2
    Feb 20, 2006
    free range? most tracks look the same, online mode laks some cheaters good grafx, less modding, turner take down good, if you like need for speed then get it for ps2. Expand
  7. RamziM.
    Mar 25, 2006
    need for speed most wanted 5-1-0(psp): this is the worst need for speed game i have ever played with. the unrelenting cop chases sucks all the fun right of the game, i want to use cheats and finish the game rather than playing it. Need for speed most wanted (ps2): on the ps2 is more exicted than nfs 5-1-0. on this one is more fun than 5-1-0. Expand

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