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Graphically Gorgeous with hours of fun,
This review is from: Need for Speed: Most Wanted (PC DVD) (DVD-ROM)
NFS: Most Wanted has a Slow start, lots of cut scenes and flashbacks that made me initially reticent. The game then plays out like a cross between the film 'The fast and the the furious' and 'gone in 60 seconds' which is no bad thing.
The game features a free roaming environment that sees you almost seamlessly moving from race to race, and challenge to challenge. this is a much more accomplished method of accessing the in-game features (garage etc.) as well as allowing the user to familiarise themselves with the environments (race tracks) and vehicles (customisable). This did remind me of a little of 'Quarantine ' a taxi game based on the Doom engine where you could drive from location to location picking up fares are required, and seamlessly moving from mission to mission.
Graphically the game is highly accomplished and looks stunning on a widescreen monitor. There are some really nice blurring effects when reaching maximum speeds, interactive scenery and very nice car details. The highlight has to be the passing rain storms which form water droplets on your screen, then when the sun comes out the reflection of the sunlight on the puddles is hyper-realistic.
On the downside the game controls do seem a little woolly. The creators have gone for a much more arcade feel rather than a 'Gran Turismo' all out car simulation. As such you don't need to be tweaking the controls constantly, in many ways it's more like sailing - you point the car in the rough direction you want to go and let it fish-tail it's way down the road. I played the game with the XBox 360 controller for Windows, this instantly turned my PC into what felt like a fully-fledged games console.
Ultimately NFS: Most Wanted is a very slickly packaged game, and is very filmic in feel and presentation. Visually the games is outstanding, with enough longevity to keep the user hooked until the next installment. If you're looking for a game that will milk every last detail from your graphics card, will entertain for hours and allows you to drop in and out of the game world as time allows this is for you.