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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
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  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: 21 out of 32
  2. Negative: 9 out of 32
  1. Apr 4, 2013
    The best racing game on the U thus far. The cars are realistic and the environment is detailed. The single player is very enjoyable but wait until you've played multiplayer. Playing online with various people from across the world is a blast! I enjoyed playing with others and beating their scores. The use of the gamepad is cool too. You can change the time of day or even your car with just a touch on the touch screen. Need for Speed: Most Wanted U is beautiful, fast-paced game and the ultimate version there is. Awesome job Criterion games. Must buy! Expand
  2. Mar 23, 2013
    Need for Speed: Most Wanted U is truly the definitive and most beautiful looking game on the Wii U. This is not a console port of the PlayStation 3 or Xbox 360... instead it's based on the PC version. The developers at Criterion Games have used PC assets and added better shading and lighting textures in the U version (GPGPU and taken full advantage of the revolutionary Game Pad. The asymmetric co-op is simply incredible. While you take the role of controlling the day/night, disrupting cops, changing cars on the fly, etc., while the driver uses either the Wii controller with/out the 'chuks, Wii Classic Controller Pro, or the Wii U Pro Controller. And finally, this is the first time we see a third party publisher releasing a game using Miiverse via Autoplay. Only you have the power to share your victory, car accident, or funniest moment by taking a screenshot and share it with the Miiverse community.

    In conclusion, Need for Speed: Most Wanted U is ultimately the best racing title available for the Wii U. At the moment, it's the only racing title this Spring. If you want the best looking graphics, excellent play control including asymmetric gameplay mechanics, replay value and the most fun... look no further but purchase the title from Electronic Arts and the best dev team at Criterion Games. 10/10
  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. Aug 29, 2013
    This is a great racing game, from the lush visuals on par with the PC to the kickass tunes. All this is topped off with sleek gameplay and great use of the gamepad. This is a master lesson in how to do ports. 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. Aug 31, 2013
    Despite the game crashes at time, it's a very fun game to play and it lasts a very long time in terms of just driving and causing mayhem. One of the first Wii U games that I got and it's just a very exciting game. Collapse
  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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