Metascore
83

Generally favorable reviews - based on 54 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 47 out of 54
  2. Negative: 0 out of 54
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  1. Aside from the high-shine gloss, though, a few extra pursuers in the cop chases are about all that differentiates this version from the current-gen game. My main beefs--the repetitive race events and not-very-challenging cop chases (especially earlier in the game)--are still here.
  2. The story mode does provide a challenge and will last most around the 15 hour mark, however once that’s past the game has very little to offer largely because of the fundamental online options.
  3. Half loose arcade racer, half tight tuner epic, Need For Speed Most Wanted gets caught in a rolling roadblock between "PGR3"'s graceful racing and "Burnout"'s burning intensity, neither of which it can begin to match. [Official UK Xbox Magazine]
  4. 70
    Still an incredibly addictive game but there are a lot of racing games out there for the launch and this is just a port.
  5. Because it’s not a terrible game, especially on a currently under-served platform, there are no really strong arguments I can give to avoid the game.
  6. 360 Gamer Magazine UK
    70
    At best it's supreme fun and at worst it's still worth a spin. [Issue #2]
  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.
User Score
8.5

Generally favorable reviews- based on 164 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 10 out of 164
  1. Jul 8, 2013
    9
    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...... OpenThis 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. 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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  3. May 23, 2017
    9
    Un juego de conducción excelente, tiene un tamaño de mapa muy bueno, una cantidad de autos normal, gráficos excelentes, conducción buenísima,Un juego de conducción excelente, tiene un tamaño de mapa muy bueno, una cantidad de autos normal, gráficos excelentes, conducción buenísima, buena duración de juego y gran variedad de tuneado.
    Si te gustan los juego de conducción no te lo podes perder, y si no estas en este genero este juego es el indicado para entrar, lo recomiendo al 100%.
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