Need for Speed: Most Wanted is a racing game developed by EA Black Box and EA Redwood Shores and published by Electronic Arts. It is the ninth installment in the Need for Speed series, and was released in November 2005 for the Nintendo GameCube, PC, PlayStation 2, Xbox, and Xbox 360, making this the first entry in the franchise for seventh generation consoles. It is followed by Need For Speed: Carbon.
Why It Rocks
- Hilariously over-the-top acting during cutscenes.
- Lengthy and substantial career mode.
- Car handling is a nicely balanced blend of arcade and simulation.
- Variety of different event types.
- Outrunning the cops is extremely exciting.
- Over 30 licensed cars to choose from.
- Large amount of customization options.
- Applying visual upgrades lowers your heat level, which helps you sneak by unsuspecting cops.
- Beautiful graphics, especially on Xbox 360.
- Excellent sound design.
- The soundtrack in this game is really catchy. Specially for tracks by Celldweller such as "Shapeshifter (feat. Styles of Beyond)" and "One Good Reason".
- Hundreds of mods to download from the internet, allowing you to add various vehicles such as Ferraris, post-2005 rides, cars ported from other Need for Speed games or even motorcycles! This also includes cars from other franchises most notably the Truffade Adder from Grand Theft Auto V, the Splitter from Flatout 2 and Mr Whoophee from Grand Theft Auto San Andreas.
- It's very well optimized on the PC, even when playing on a toaster! (As long the settings are set to the lowest, though)
- The BMW M3 GTR Race Version with this livery became one of the most iconic and legendary cars in the entire racing videogame history.
- The Nintendo DS version is a garbage port.
- Some cars are cut due to license issues.
- Two words: Rubberband A.I. Even if you turn off the said feature via modding they STILL can catch you up! As for the cops, in the other hand, they'll start struggling to chase you down regardless of your heat level.
- Frustrating difficulty spike regardless of the rubberband A.I. during the races mentioned above.
- Later challenge series are frustrating harder.
- For begginers the final pursuit (in that you must escape to the old bridge) is considered one of the hardest pursuits in the game.
The game has received generally positive reviews.
Gamespot gave this game a 8.4 out of 10.