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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 theCombining 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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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 33 out of 36
  2. Negative: 0 out of 36
  1. It offers things that both Underground and Hot Pursuit lack. Nice visuals and an amazing array of tuners and exotics to choose from could possibly make this the “most wanted” racing game for the Playstation 2 this season.
  2. 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.
  3. The return of the police is an excellent addition to the game, too bad that they are not available for online play.
  4. Pelit (Finland)
    81
    A decent enough racing experience. The police chases are excellent fun, but where is the proper civilian traffic? [Dec 2005]
  5. It's not as pretty as last year's game, but this refined Underground still delivers the goods: fun, fast racing.
  6. 80
    If you think you can simply drift around the corner, given a certain speed and angle, without touching either the handbrake or regular brake, well, you are going to be sorely mistaken this time around.
  7. games(TM)
    60
    It’s a nice, clean package that delivers enough hi-octane chases and enjoyment to warrant a purchase. [Christmas 2005, p.121]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 34 out of 40
  2. Negative: 2 out of 40
  1. Sep 17, 2011
    10
    Most Wanted is the best NFS game and one of the best Racing game ever. Very good graphics, story, audio, and much more.Game offers manyMost Wanted is the best NFS game and one of the best Racing game ever. Very good graphics, story, audio, and much more.Game offers many licensed cars. Town in MW is entirely open and You can driving at ease. Police missions is very good and satisfying. You must end races and have bounty to play with boss. My rate is 10/10, one of my favorite games. Expand
  2. May 9, 2014
    10
    my favorite nfs' serie games (whit NFSU2)
    very cool the chases
    I enjoyed many moments with this fantastic game the soundtrack is quite
    my favorite nfs' serie games (whit NFSU2)
    very cool the chases
    I enjoyed many moments with this fantastic game
    the soundtrack is quite amazing........
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  3. JoshuaB.
    Feb 20, 2006
    10
    I loved this game.It was vary intense for a "T" rated game.It got my Heart rate up for sure.The cops are the ones who made it that way.You I loved this game.It was vary intense for a "T" rated game.It got my Heart rate up for sure.The cops are the ones who made it that way.You really feel like your in Pursuit with the cops.The only gripe I had was "I don't think it takes that long for back-up to arive for a pursuit in real life".It also is vary fun to play.I do idmit that handling is quite bad but thats ture about cars.There hard to stop and turn at high speeds and with more HP,there even harder handle. Expand
  4. Mar 28, 2016
    10
    In my humble opinion, there has not been a better Need For Speed than this version on ps2 or 3. Struck a beautiful balance between trackIn my humble opinion, there has not been a better Need For Speed than this version on ps2 or 3. Struck a beautiful balance between track complexity, computer opponent difficulty, graphics, music and customization. There are those games in all our lives that we hold right at the top, for me this is it. I pray they release this version on the newer platforms. Expand
  5. RobertH.
    Oct 18, 2006
    9
    Need for speed most wanted well what can I say its got a hell of alot better than the last ones it has faster and better cars more free Need for speed most wanted well what can I say its got a hell of alot better than the last ones it has faster and better cars more free roaming space and to add excitment they added cops to the game. The reason i gave it nine not ten is that the customization is not as good it doesnt go into as much detail as NFSU2 such as ; -Front bumper,rear and side -taillights and front lights -and my favourite hydralics but other than that its a good game thanx EA games Expand
  6. Apr 15, 2019
    8
    "Need For Speed: Most Wanted" for the PS2 isn't a great racing title, but it is good fun. It combines the cop chases of "Hot Pursuit" with the"Need For Speed: Most Wanted" for the PS2 isn't a great racing title, but it is good fun. It combines the cop chases of "Hot Pursuit" with the car modifications from the "Underground" entries. Unfortunately, MW is not that difficult to finish and it's visually ugly. This game lacks the snazzy graphics and deep customization of "Need for Speed Underground 2". However, I'd say "Most Wanted" is more enjoyable despite the easy challenges. Taking down the "Blacklist" is a real thrill and so is out driving the police. Overall, this is a fun arcade racer that is arguably the last good NFS game. I would rate it with an 8.5 out of 10. Expand
  7. ThEkId
    Aug 11, 2006
    2
    I am completely disappointed everything i enjoy about the series has vanished, like the effort put in this massacre. Drift, attitude, completeI am completely disappointed everything i enjoy about the series has vanished, like the effort put in this massacre. Drift, attitude, complete customisation and enjoyable street reacing has been tooken away to leave a safe ride. Expand

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