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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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  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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  1. Positive: 51 out of 57
  2. Negative: 3 out of 57
  1. GhadH.
    Nov 27, 2005
    10
    Yeeeeha! Those good ole Need For Speed boys are back, and this time they're MOST WANTED! Race through famous cities, swerve through Yeeeeha! Those good ole Need For Speed boys are back, and this time they're MOST WANTED! Race through famous cities, swerve through oncoming traffic, and skid around neck breaking turns to be first! But look out! One false move and you could be a heap of scrap metal! One of the best games ever released concerning the almost unknown sport of illegal street racing. Finally, a game that tells it like it is! Expand
  2. 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
  3. BenS.
    Aug 14, 2007
    10
    This is the best nfs game ever if you like car games you should try this one, you will get hooked.
  4. Aug 19, 2021
    10
    It is 2021 and til this day, this is still my favorite NFS game ever made. I had the black edition for the PS2. The soundtrack was great. RanIt is 2021 and til this day, this is still my favorite NFS game ever made. I had the black edition for the PS2. The soundtrack was great. Ran smooth, customization was great and being able to climb the ranks and be the Most Wanted was simple yet so enjoyable. I regret giving away the Black Edition to my nephew now looking back at it lol. Expand
  5. Oct 9, 2022
    10
    Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa
  6. B.Deepak
    Nov 18, 2005
    9
    it is simlier to other nfs games very slow in th start and hot speed at the end but the only differnts is a majic button it stops time for it is simlier to other nfs games very slow in th start and hot speed at the end but the only differnts is a majic button it stops time for you to make a sharp turn and the crashes are like burnout 3 revenge and greate songs and a very good graphics Expand
  7. Feb 1, 2023
    0
    I think for 2005, this game is really good. Amazing gameplay, amazing graphic, amazing realization.
    NFS MW is a legendary arcade race game
    I think for 2005, this game is really good. Amazing gameplay, amazing graphic, amazing realization.
    NFS MW is a legendary arcade race game ever and the best NFS part.
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