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This review is from: Need for Speed Most Wanted (PC DVD) (CD-ROM)
Criterion Games made fantastic games in the past such as Burnout Paradise and Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit. It's a bit stupid at first reusing the same game name as 1998's NFS3:HP and 2002's NFS:HP2, but when they launched the new NFSHP in 2010, was a great success and well received by the fans because of the Autolog system, the graphics that looked great and the arcade-style driving that made it fun. In 2012, Criterion strikes again with a game with the same game name as 2005's NFSMW, just to save the NFS franchise of the mess EA Black Box made with the NFS The Run.
Gameplay (4/5): Unlike the 2005 NFSMW, this game is more "liberal". It has no story, you can drive any car you want, and in any place of the map (it's huge). Its easy to complete the game, just do the races and stunts to earn speedpoints that unlock upgrades for your car and the races with the Most Wanted "bosses". To beat a "boss", it's easy to win a race with him, but after that you need to take him down to get his car (it's frustrating). About the physics, it's still arcade, but cars are heavier and harder to drift than in Hot Pursuit.
Graphics (3/5): In Hot Pursuit, the graphics were perfect. But in Most Wanted, they are OK because of the excessive bloom, causing some difficulties during the drive. The race intros are weird, not comparable with the Hot Pursuit ones.
Sound (4/5): Most Wanted has a great playlist songs (Madeon, Chemical Brothers, Muse and others). It has a Steve Hillage ambient music if you stop the car for a long period of time, just to relax you.
Online (3/5): Online mode is fun, you have races, drifting, speedtests... but there are problems with it, sometimes you are disconnected of Autolog and you can't connect again, you can't mute all players (just mute one by one) and it's annoying hear others players yelling and playing some random sounds. That's the thumb down on this game.
DLC (4/5): Most Wanted has 4 DLCs available for purchase: Ultimate Speed Pack, Terminal Velocity Pack, Movie Legends Pack and Need for Speed Heroes Pack. They add some extra great cars, extra events, extra upgrades and unlocks the Airport. But In my opinion, it's not worth buying them, because are expensive now. By the way, you don't need them to play online.
Overall (4/5): Criterion has made an interesting remake of the Most Wanted, but the online mode and the graphics are the worst points of this game. The price is worth and it reflects on the quality of it.