Generally favorable reviews - based on 54 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 47 out of 54
  2. Negative: 0 out of 54
  1. One of those rare racing titles that make you feel like you're driving 180 m.p.h., yet still in control of your ride. You soar through the streets, trade paint with rivals and blast over the finish line.
  2. I am a proud owner of a sunlight silver RX-8 and the entire culture of street racing enthralls me so certain specifics of this game that really made me love playing may not strike the same cord with you but I promise you that if you give this game a chance it will prove to you that it is worth every penny.
  3. The cop AI is ingenious and will regularly outwit you without making you feel as if they are unfair.
  4. The addition of the cops returns the series to its roots, while keeping the gameplay mechanics and large city of the Underground games will make it accessible to fans of those games. The Xbox 360 version is definitely recommended.
  5. Everything from the fully licensed vehicles to the cracks in the road surface scream NEXT GENERATION!
  6. The solid story, the twists, the great graphics and excellent audio make this still a solid game and one that will remain in my 360 collection forever.
  7. The Xbox 360 makes NFS: MW an even better game and it should absolutely, positively be one of your first titles with the console.
  8. It's a shame that the multiplayer options don't include a cop pursuit mode, but that's a minor omission in a one-game-fits-all package.
  9. I found myself endlessly creating bigger and bigger chases that went from one side of the city to the other and back again. [Jan 2006, p.146]
  10. This is exciting, well-designed racing - exactly what earned NFS its name in the first place. [Jan 2006, p.76]
  11. Driving through the alleyways and suburban sprawls...rain pouring down, thunder clapping, music up; this is (virtual) living. [Dec 2005, p.54]
  12. Whether you just like to tinker with a nice assortment of exotic sports cars or have a general distaste for law enforcement, there is something here to appeal to everyone including a clich├ęd story with campy acting and hot racing babes that are more suited to be on the hood of your car rather than driving their own.
  13. I have found that NFSMW is highly addictive and the return to the roots of the series with the pursuit mode is a more than a welcome inclusion over the recent underground titles.
  14. While Need for Speed: Most Wanted lacks a few key features that take it over the top, it's still a solid game and winds up being the best installment in the NFS series in years.
  15. 90
    An eclectic mix of rock and hip-hop tunes resonate well, but it's the authentic (and sometimes funny) banter between the dispatcher and other cops that really shifts your driving experience into high gear.
  16. The riotous cop chases and white-knuckle racing make for an enjoyable romp, even with the cheap catch-up system.
  17. There are some suitably impressive graphics on offer and the career mode is probably one of the most impressive seen in the series to date.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 103 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 27
  2. Negative: 3 out of 27
  1. Jul 8, 2013
    This is one of the best racing games out there,every thing about this is very Amazing you must try it.It deserves more then a 8.2...... Open world racing game think how skyrim. Full Review »
  2. Apr 22, 2012
    Most Wanted is one of the first Xbox 360 games ever and it was awesome, Personally i think Underground 2 is the best NFS game but Most Wanted is the second best, nice story, fun gameplay, limited but great tuning and lot of new awesome cars for the era. Def. the best NFS on the console. Full Review »
  3. Apr 4, 2012
    loved the cartoony nature of the racing physics. first played it on ps2. nothing changed from there onto the 360 but i honestly didnt feel any need for anything more for my money. repetition? sure. but its been years since it has come out and im still down to roll out my chevy cobalt and play cat and mouse with the c6 cops Full Review »