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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: 47 out of 54
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  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. The Xbox 360 makes NFS: MW an even better game and it should absolutely, positively be one of your first titles with the console.
  3. 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.
  4. Do you want a near-perfect combination of both, and the game that takes on almost all the qualities of a successful launch title? Do you want this reviewer’s most enjoyed game on the Xbox 360? Get Need for Speed. Be the most wanted.
  5. The lack of variety in the actual races and subsequently online doesn’t do much to justify the £50 price tag, but once you have a fast car and experience some of those intense police chases in glorious HD, you’ll be grinning from ear to ear.
  6. AceGamez
    80
    Awesome ambient effects provide the glue for stunning visuals, sound effects almost drown out pumping beats and remarkably adept police chats, while the gameplay challenges are enough to keep you on the edge of your leather upholstered bucket seats.
  7. Need for Speed: Most Wanted takes Underground’s control scheme and slaps it into the Hot Pursuit series, which in the end, does not work.

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  1. Positive: 26 out of 34
  2. Negative: 4 out of 34
  1. Dave
    Dec 1, 2005
    10
    Played PGR on the 360 for a day but Most Wanted I have been playing non-stop. A lot more new than PGR3, however, Most Wanted is still street Played PGR on the 360 for a day but Most Wanted I have been playing non-stop. A lot more new than PGR3, however, Most Wanted is still street racing. Cop pursuits blow you away. Way to easy in the begining but heat level ramps quickly. Heat level 5 is way to much fun! The Rhinos (SUVs) are punishing but fun. I've completed career and the end pursuit is crazy fun and the bridge jump - best ending I have played in racing game, however, the reward is a little weak. Graphics - 10 - Beautiful city, cars look awesome, cool visual treatment and effects (pursuit transition is awesome - gets my blood going each time). AI - 9 Audio - 9 - cop dialogue and the interactive music is awesome. The audio director (Charles I think his name is) needs to pick better music though - 3 years of bad music. Expand
  2. Oct 21, 2011
    10
    Just so fantastic. Corny dialogue, sub par acting, and cars are a somewhat good selection. However, the AI for this game when the cops areJust so fantastic. Corny dialogue, sub par acting, and cars are a somewhat good selection. However, the AI for this game when the cops are chasing you is great! and you completely forget about the lack luster car options because you pick from fantastic cars just not an epic amount selection I love cop chasing games and this is one of the best game like that, that I've played. This is not a PGR3 or Burnout...this is a chase and getaway game. If you want strictly racing this is not the game for you, there are better ones....if you want chasing and escape then its an A+. Expand
  3. Dec 13, 2019
    10
    This is arguably the greatest Need for Speed game ever made. Everything they could've improved upon in Need for Speed Underground 2, they didThis is arguably the greatest Need for Speed game ever made. Everything they could've improved upon in Need for Speed Underground 2, they did with Most Wanted. Better graphics, improved driving mechanics, a larger car list, more customization options and well-designed police chase sequences.

    The fact that I could drive around in a Lamborghini Gallardo, a Dodge Viper or an Aston Martin BD9 was absolutely exhilarating. The police chase sequences are intense! Having to watch out for spike strips or search for a weak spot in a road block before smashing through it at top speed is insanely fun. The bullet time sequence when you see your car smash through a road block or jump it off a ramp is just the icing on the cake.

    Introducing The Blacklist as the career mode, with the incentive of pink slips made me all the more motivated to climb the list and potentially get that driver's car.

    That BMW M3 GTR that you get to drive briefly in the beginning of the game and after you finish the game has become an icon. I see that design pop up in other video games like Forza Motorsport all these years later. It's a microcosm of the lasting impact Need for Speed Most Wanted has had on the gaming world.
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  4. MikkoP.
    Nov 29, 2006
    9
    Normally, I would hate driving games. Nothing is more boring than a driving game, well, maybe a golf game. But NFS Most Wanted is different Normally, I would hate driving games. Nothing is more boring than a driving game, well, maybe a golf game. But NFS Most Wanted is different from ALL driving games I've tested. It's not so god damn serious, I love it. Escaping the cops in totally open enviroment is totally mindblowingly fun! Graphics are better than they usually get credit for, especially the lighting effects, no framerate issues. I have PGR3 and Burnout Revenge, but I hardly ever play them ´cos this is simply more fun! For me, PGR is too serious and Burnout is too tongue-in-cheek. I hope they release a sequel or work on the idea of running from cops more, there is a lot potential in that. Expand
  5. Aug 18, 2016
    8
    Need For Speed Most Wanted is a great game,and a modern classic.

    The game's story is actually good,yes it is a bit cheesy,but it's
    Need For Speed Most Wanted is a great game,and a modern classic.

    The game's story is actually good,yes it is a bit cheesy,but it's developed well,and the game has a good sense of humour.

    The gameplay is solid,with an emphasis on police chases etc.The cars are very responsive,and handle well.The car customisation system is incredible,allowing you to make everyday cars into fully-bred racing machines.

    The graphics haven't aged well at all.The game looked good for it's time however.The framerate does suffer from an occassional drop,but normally it stays at 60.

    Sound design is OK,but soundtrack is AMAZING.

    Overall,Need For Speed Most Wanted is a great game,and will be an iconic title forever.
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  6. JeffB.
    Jan 2, 2006
    8
    Pretty descent game. definately worth the money and the time playing. It has great grahpics and an interesting storyline to keep things Pretty descent game. definately worth the money and the time playing. It has great grahpics and an interesting storyline to keep things moving smoothly. I would definately recommend this game as it is fun and keeps you coming back for more. Expand
  7. voter
    Nov 18, 2005
    0
    apart from being a little bit smoother there aint no difference from the PS2 veersion of underground

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