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  • Summary: Need for Speed: Most Wanted is an open world Racing game. The game is the 19th release in the long-running Need for Speed franchise, but hearkens back to the earliest games in the series as players compete in races with police unified against them. Races have a set beginning and end point, with the open world game design allowing players to complete each using whatever path they can find. Additional features include a unique blend of Simulation and Arcade gameplay, social play options through the Autolog 2 feature, exciting multiplayer support, and a large selection of performance vehicles. Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 36 out of 36
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 36
  3. Negative: 0 out of 36
  1. 95
    It’s packed with content, and even in the later hours I was thrown into areas I had yet to discover. Whether you choose to explore, race, or compete with friends, there’s a home for you in Fairhaven.
  2. Apr 2, 2013
    A great conversion of one of the best driving games available today. It´s the finest console version too.
  3. Apr 16, 2013
    Most Wanted U holds the status of the best entry and furthers the accessibility of the formula in meaningful ways.
  4. Mar 19, 2013
    Need for Speed Most Wanted is an expertly tuned and turbocharged port that brings a superior experience to the Wii U. The game is just as good, even better than the other versions, the new Wii U features are fun and best of all it runs like a dream on Nintendo’s new console.
  5. Apr 3, 2013
    All in all, Need for Speed: Most Wanted U is the standout game on the Wii U for racing, and probably one of the better games available on the console right now. It does have some faults, but is still an excellent example of the Need for Speed universe.
  6. Mar 19, 2013
    This edition of the game has many of the components that made the title successful on the other systems, and more, but the behind-the-wheel experience puts it in second place.
  7. Apr 1, 2013
    Overall, it's not worth a double dip if you own the game on another system, but if you have a younger child and/or are really interested in jumping in, I do highly recommend the Wii U version.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 35
  2. Negative: 10 out of 35
  1. Feb 10, 2014
    This game is insanely gorgeous and incredibly fun. And not to mention also pretty easy to pick up.

    The graphics blew me away. This is one
    of the most graphically impressive games on Wii U -- it clearly shows a gap between the Wii U and last gen.

    Controls have been improved through a game update since release. Nonetheless, you must also strategize what cars you'll use to do a race -- you're just not going to win a mud race with Lamborghini.

    Car customization offers enough complexity for hardcore racing fans without being overwhelming to a novice player. Using the gamepad to customize cars, weather, traffic and other things is pretty cool too.
  2. Mar 21, 2013
    Every port or multiplateform current gen/WiiU should be the same!

    The game looks amazing, even trough I didnt play much, It's the quality
    of Criterion's Work that I mostly reward.. Expand
  3. Mar 19, 2013
    I had this for PS3 and Vita before I got a Wii U. The game looks noticeably better but the main thing going for this game or any Wii U game for that matter is playing it on the controller. It's on a different level then playing it on the Vita. Expand
  4. May 3, 2014
    Most Wanted U is a great time. I have spent a clocked in time of 40+ hours in this game enjoying what it has to offer. If you like to find ever nook and cranny hidden in the game, race online with friends freely, face challenges unrelated to racing, or having a high speec chase with the most infamous drivers in town, Need for Speed Most Wanted U has it all. Expand
  5. Mar 23, 2013
    This is the definitive version of the game. The reason you want this version, the best version, is for the co-op couch play. It is incredibly fun, makes it almost impossible to play it any other way.Having one person on the GamePad, acting as Co-Pilot, and the other on the Pro Controller, driving, and NFSMWU is an excellent experience that really shows the potential of the system. The REALITY of the GAME and the DOWNSIDE: Some will say this game looks better because they are able to use PC textures, and that sounds good in theory, but in practice not so much. Since the game isn't running at 1080p, the PC textures don't really add much to the look of the game. In fact, I have this on PS3 and running the WiiU version side by side on a 60" LED Samsung, the PS3 version is definitely a better looking game. And there is a major problem when trying to use the GamePad to Race, it is horrible, super laggy and unresponsive, like trying trying to drive a 5 ton brick when you're supposed to be driving a race car; the only way to really enjoy this, as the driver, is to use the Pro Controller. Expand
  6. Apr 11, 2013
    Was skeptical about this version, but based on the reviews went ahead and forked over the overpriced $60 for this EA title. The 2 major positives I can give is its a gorgeous game. The art direction and HD graphics are some of the best I've seen on the Wii U. Game pad integration and off tv play is great Wii U added benefit.

    On to the negatives as much as the graphics are great, its the racing and gameplay that counts and this title misses the mark considerably. Judging it by 'arcade' standards vs. a sim, most of the cars drive like slightly modified bricks. Some are faster, some are looser, some take damage better, while others have better brakes, but all them are borderline uncontrollable or pointless to master. The steering is not progressive at all, you get as much steering at 60 mph not much as you do at 160mph too much that after hours of play, you just end up wanting to use the few vehicles that are the most predictable. Nissan GT-R, Camaro ZL1, and Aston Martin Vantage are the few with predictable at drifting needed to beat most of the most wanted list. The Arial and Caterham are blast to drive, but so weak that small bumps on the wall total the car every time. Forget running from the cops in these, they can't get through roadblocks. This mix of realism along with whack arcade physics is the games #1 downfall. It should be called 'most crashed'

    Driving around the streets and traffic is maddening, as its nearly impossible to carve out any racing lines without randomly hitting objects, oncoming traffic, and walls because of the really poor steering control. I don't feel like its a controller problem or could be fixed with a wheel, its just how the cars react to input and don't really feel connected at all. Its about as arcade as you can get, but not in a fun way, as the rubberband AI will never reward you with smooth driving, and during the races with cops, winning or losing its just random. Like missiles that randomly come in all directions and road blocks with no other choice other than to ram at full speed. You can forget any strategy here, it just becomes the slickest Mario Kart ever, without any weapons or recourse against your enemies. Never unlocking anything new or making meaningful progression. The lack of any car personalization or view are sorely missed. The open end world seems huge at first, but quickly gets repetitive with only a few unique objects. The gate and billboard smashing is uninspiring and too easy.

    Online play is a lot more fun, as the rubberband AI is gone so heads-up racing is fun, but do to the lack of good control, its really just about avoiding the walls or following the course guide correctly. I would of rather just paid $30-40 for the online version and forget the whole 'most wanted' story line that really is pointless.
  7. Jan 27, 2014
    I don't understand how this game is receiving such positive reviews. The controls are garbage and THERE'S NOT LOCAL-MULTIPLAYER. IN A RACING GAME. ARE YOU KIDDING ME?? Combine that with an interminable introduction/training sequence with un-skippable cutscenes and a bored "sexy" narrator reading lines that sound like they were written by a 15 year old and you have the WORST racing game I have every played in my life. Expand

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