Reviews for Need for Speed Most Wanted

90

Fantastic, but Familiar

chrisdolman22 | May 28, 2013 | See all chrisdolman22's reviews ยป

First and foremost, I can't go without saying that while this game is very good, it is incredibly similar to Burnout Paradise. The game is developed by the same studio that built Burnout Paradise, and the basic premise is the same, you drive around an open city, complete races, smash billboards, find shortcuts and unlock new cars. However, with that said, that is definitely not a bad thing in my mind. NFS: Most Wanted feels very much like a grown up version of Burnout, with real cars, performance enhancements, and a map designed less for incredible stunts and more for skillful driving. As with any NFS title, there are of course still some spectacular jumps to be made, but they are focused very much more on realism.

Where Most Wanted really shines is police chases, however. At any point in the game you run the risk of incurring the wrath of the police force, who will do whatever they can to stop you street racing. As chases lengthen, you'll increase your heat rating, making the cops deploy more resources to try and stop you, making chases harder and harder to escape. In my opinion, this is the best part of Most Wanted, and something that has been distinctly lacking in some of the more recent titles in the series.

Really I cannot fault this game. The campaign is fun, gameplay is addictive, and the online multiplayer can make hours of your life pass in minutes if that's your sort of thing. This game has been worth every penny, and I bought it on day one. Great work, Criterion!