Need for Speed: Most Wanted (PC DVD)
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- Platform: Windows XP
- PEGI Rating: Ages 3 and Over
- Media: DVD-ROM
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If theres one thing to be said of the Need for Speed series, its that it never stays the same for long. After only one sequel EA have decided to give the underground night racing theme a rest and let you drive in the sunlight for a change. Youre still a super-illegal street racer though and indeed much of the game revolves around you being pursued by the police in some very Blues Brothers-esque chases.
Appearing to take a leaf out of Burnouts book, the game encourages you to make the most of traffic and roadside objects, in order to put off the long arm of the law or simply one of your fellow racers. The demo race so far seen features a lot of weaving in and out of traffic and some very cinematic touches such as zipping underneath a giant lorry carrying tree logs, which then spill out on the road behind you further aiding your escape.
The graphics in the game have definitely received a boost from the last one and appear far more detailed and ambitious in scope than Underground. Unsurprisingly the ability to customise your car is still a large part of the appeal, although again theres a big distinction between extras that are just for show and performance tuning that actually has an effect on the way your car performs.
It probably still wont please hardened petrolheads but if you just want a simple, accessible racing game it looks like Need for Speed is set to deliver once more. --Harrison Dent
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First the good points :
- The cop chases are pretty exiting, and adds a decent twist to an otherwise annoying / mundane race game.
- Jump straight to races, no need to drive from one end of the map to the next race and then back again for the race after that.
The bad points :
- Always catch up - why ??!! You can drive almost perfectly and still lose a race. I've been 15+ seconds in front of the other cars, not made a mistake and been caught in about 5 seconds.
- Modding options are pretty poor. NFSU2 had plenty of options to get your ride just right. They've been taken out in favour of a hand full of slide bars which appear to do very little to the car dynamics.
- Car stats : the speed, acceleration & handling of the different cars you can buy are way off from real life. In the game the cars lack the different personalities they had in NFSU2.
- Where is the Skyline and 350Z ? I don't know of many street racers who use Italian supercars.
EA have really missed the point with this game. It could've been great - NFSU2 + cops would've done it for me. This just appears to be a bodge job to cash in on the success of NFSU2.
It only just scrapped 2* - the cop pursuits were enough to save it from total embarrassment.
seeming good. This game is even better graphically, and the races take place in the day which makes a nice change. The selection of cars is also good as you can also get alot of exotic supercars from Porsche, Mercedes etc.
Right...alot of reviews have covered the basic points so I will go over some of my gripes with the game which mean I don't rate it 5 stars overall. You have to earn 'bounty' by running away from cops for ages and then evading them. At first this is great fun, you can do 'milestone' challenges like evading spikestrips which get you extra bonuses ie more bounty. However, when you get about 3/4 into the game this aspect becomes insanely frustrating. You have to earn over 5 million bounty to progress. This means being involved in police chases that last upwards of 8 minutes and being chased by helicopters etc. This is great fun, but you always seem to get really far and then just as you think you are going to escape something retarded will happen like your car randomly flipping round a corner and getting stuck on its roof which means you get swamped by squad cars and are arrested. If this happens more than once it can really get annoying because you'll have spent half an hour in chases for nothing, and will have to start all over again
as you get no bounty if you're arrested.
My next gripe is the strange situation where a Fiat Punto can go faster than a Lamborghini Murcialago! For some reason as you get into the game and onto the faster cars the computer assisted oponents still ocassionally have the crap cars from the start of the game, except really highly tuned.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very poor game nothing like the latest release, graphics are very poor, game play is rubbish, what a waste of moneyPublished 20 months ago by Bigred
best need for speed game... all the new ones have never been as good in my oppinionPublished 23 months ago by L. Barker
product is crap not the same as i orderd after insalling it i turned it off its a far worse game then i orderdPublished 23 months ago by miron