Mixed or average reviews - based on 21 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 21
  2. Negative: 0 out of 21
  1. The game feels like a combination of previous Need for Speed games except the single player has been cut off. Add some role-play elements and you have a racing MMO.
  2. An entertaining arcade racing game with well developed online and social component. It lacks depth and contents, but being free-to-play we can't complain to much. We suggest to give it a try, but surely EA needs to introduce a lot of new stuff, or the servers will be empty in no time.
  3. You know the phrase "the best things in life are free"? Well, NFS: World is a good example, that this just isn't always true. It fails to satisfy gearheads and MMO-Fans alike, thanks to a lack in diversification and real MMO-Features. It's "free to play", so nothing speaks against giving it a try if you like to, but we won't recommend investing any money in it.
  4. PC Format
    Dec 24, 2010
    This is neither a great racing game nor a particularly terrible one, but it does feel like a missed opportunity. [Issue#244, p.108]
  5. PC PowerPlay
    A solid foundation for a street racing MMO, but one undermined by lack of local servers. [Oct 2010, p.66]
  6. Hurtling along wiht a Lamborghini is more than amazing, but the excessive arcade style and the insufficient artificial intelligence of police men make Need for Speed World a little bit boring and insipid.
  7. Need for Speed World is able to retrieve the old look and feel of the series, moving it into an online world. Maybe it's too easy/arcade, but is very effective and adrenalinic.
  8. An entertaining arcade racer with outstanding car chases, undone by its micro-transactions and lack of depth.
  9. In the end, even with the free-to-play model that Need For Speed World offers, its hard to recommend this game even to hardcore NFS fans. Considering it doesn't cost anything to try this out, some may wish to download it and give the game a shot.
  10. Need for Speed World is the classic franchise at heart. A fairly big open world to drive around in, many races to participate and dominate, and spot on racing with impressive graphics make this free MMO definitely one to look into. Keep in mind that the word "free" has a huge asterisk next to it.
  11. AceGamez
    And it's the fact that the game is free that makes it hard to criticise. Ultimately all you'll be loosing here is time, but then again, there's no shortage of cheap, budget racing games that have more content that World currently showcases.
  12. 60
    In an nutshell, Need for Speed World is an online racer masquerading as an MMO, where there is really very little player interaction at all. The open world is a glorified queuing system, and there is far too much grinding between upgrades, and far too little difference between the upgrades themselves.
  13. Need for Speed: World seems to be an experiment on EA's behalf, and it shows. There are other, better games in the long-running series, and it's really only the low pricepoint that sets World apart from its brethren. If you're looking for the next big racing thing, look elsewhere.
  14. The problem is that it's all very rote, all content we've played before in better games, and all the promise seeded in that term, MMO, goes unfulfilled.
  15. As it stands, NFS World is just a sum of repetitive elements gathered in a body pretending to be a game.
  16. It's a real shame that the MMO aspect of World is effectively a needlessly elaborate lobby.
  17. The experience becomes a monotonous grind before you get anywhere near the level 10 cap for free players, so put some time in before you slap down 20 bucks.
  18. Technically a MMO racer, but also a clumsy rehash of some of the series' least interesting sequels.
  19. LEVEL (Czech Republic)
    NFS World doesn't work as an MMO so far. Lack of cars, tracks and even the working matchmaking system makes it unattractive. Improvements are on the way fortunately. [Issue#195]
  20. A free game is never a bad thing, but another disappointing Need for Speed-game is. After the success that was Need for Speed Shift we hoped for a great comeback, but now it seems to wait a little big longer. The idea behind Need for Speed World is great, the final product isn't.
  21. 50
    NFSW features a big open-world to explore, but it's largely just the cities from Most Wanted and Carbon slapped together.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 155 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 45 out of 155
  2. Negative: 45 out of 155
  1. Feb 17, 2011
    This review contains spoilers, click full review link to view. This game appears to be fun at first, but after awhile you start to feel the problems with it. The net code for multi-player games is horrid, cars will zip all over the road often ramming you to bits. Sometimes they will disappear entirely only to reappear a few seconds later as they zip by you at a 1,000 miles an hour and give you a whack on there way back to where they should be if they hadn't disappeared.

    The customization is average at best, there are pretty basic performance parts for the cars you can buy, and you have a chance to win better ones from the card system at the end of races. Other than the parts you cant customize your cars performance really at all. Also the numbers that supposedly rate your cars stats (Acceleration, Top Speed, Handling) are utter bogus randomly useless numbers. They have no meaning when compared to any other car from what i was able to see.

    The graphics are pretty good, but not amazing. There is NO WAY to rebind keys, or setup game-pad/Driving Wheels to be used with the game aside from the ones that are listed on there website.

    The pursuit portion of the game is OK, its nothing new, and not any better than previous NFS games.

    They constantly push the "Speedboost" in-game currency you pay real money for to get an edge up. If you really enjoy the game it would be worth it for the Rep/Money multipliers, otherwise I cant justify giving away money for game in such a poor state.

    In closing it seems like its only about 1/3 of a game, like its a early beta test; sadly its been live for about 7 months. Still needs a lot of work, but all they are interested in doing is creating more things to spend the "Speedboost" currency's on. The best feature of Need for Speed World: it's technically free...
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  2. Jan 16, 2011
    This review contains spoilers, click full review link to view. No. This game isn't free. You need to pay 20 bucks to you reach higher levels. What is annoying in this game is the fact that no one plays the game because is fun or enjoys speed, people play only to earn reputation (works as XP, like in RPG games) that make you unlock stuff. The game doesn't have much cars, circuits, racing modes, personalization, what makes this game even worse. The only thing that makes this game fun is the cop chases. Oh my god, that's so fun. Full Review »
  3. Aug 9, 2012
    As much as I can appreciate a free 2 play game with decent graphics and customization elements, Need for Speed World is an unorganized,As much as I can appreciate a free 2 play game with decent graphics and customization elements, Need for Speed World is an unorganized, cash-in attempt on the NFS series with pay-2-win in mind as you struggle against people that's several levels above you with superior cars in the very first minutes you join.

    Stay away from this game.
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