Excerpt: EA really know how to make a videogame that has mass appeal. The Need For Speed series has become a huge favourite amongst the teenage audience and the switch to Underground gave the series a much needed boost in popularity. Despite huge sales the Underground games never really felt like they were all they could be, and games like Midnight Club 3: DUB edition out undergrounded Underground.
Summary: A good racing game is not about the cars or about the streets or even about the graphics, although they all matter, but about the feelings that it creates, about the way it manages to use speed and uncertainty and sudden moves to make the player feel like he is actually in control of a powerful machine hurling towards a destinations.
Pros: + Focus on cars and racing, + Variety of vehicles and events, + Autolog integration
Cons: - Big difficulty spikes, - Can be overwhelming
Excerpt: Wohoo! The along waited sequel to one of my favorite games arrived, Need for Speed Most Wanted. This is the ultimate 10th anniversary Need For Speed! The series has improved over the years, adding more and more features from simple racing on closed circuits to city speeding and winding up with car customization, underground racing syndicates and struggles for power. Of course, we are still talking about an arcade racing game.
Conclusion: Need for Speed Most Wanted has come together quite nicely. The presentation is very sleek and stylish, the graphics are very impressive, and the sound effects aren’t bad either. The cars are awesome and fast, there are tons of quality races to take up lots of your time, and you won’t have to spend a lot of time sitting around waiting for Most Wanted to load.
Excerpt: nVroomm... Vroommmm! Gentlemen, ladies, start your engines for I am to enter the race of presenting the game whose only reason for being is speed: Need For Speed: Most Wanted, the latest product with which Electronic Arts is...
Conclusion: THE VERDICT: The game's place in the charts over Christmas has already shown that its Most Wanted subtitle is more than accurate, and it is at least not entirely undeserving of this attention (though it is perhaps of this much attention). Though whilst it may be a big improvement of the meh-ness of NFS: Underground 2, it is so only to the extent of meh+1, particularly when the most standout change is that of swapping last year's covergirl to a slightly less attractive...
Conclusion: If EA continues to make sequels like this, then there's much hope for the future. I think they need to stick to the recipe that made this title as good as it is. In spite of some of the negative things we've been saying about the giant publisher's questionable strategies, we have to give them credit where credit is due. Namely, they sure know how to combine elements to make a top-quality arcade racer.
Pros: Fast-paced and extremely fun, awesome visuals, high replay value;
Cons: Occasionally frustrating scripted AI causing problems on the road, perhaps a wider variety of songs and sound effects in the backdrop.
Excerpt: As the holiday season fast approaches, more and more people are out in the shops searching for the perfect presents. With major celebrations soon arriving, this year’s end is extremely interesting because there are many good gifts available for the slightly gaming addicted person. Go into any shop that sells video games and you’ll see countless masterpieces for every format, whether it be the PC, console or handheld.
Conclusion: Most Wanted isn’t exactly the Need for Speed title I’ve been hoping for. Whilst it does feel good to brag to your friends about having the fastest time in a circuit race or longest jump distance at certain billboards, it ultimately feels like just another Burnout game with spectacular crashes and isn’t what Need for Speed used to be.