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Need for Speed Most Wanted PC Review
25 February 2013
Conclusion: Need for Speed: Most Wanted was released just towards the end of 2012 in one form or another for nearly every major format on the market. PC, PS3, Vita, Xbox 360, iOS, Android, Kindle and the Wii U all have their own iterations of EA’s latest street racing title and its the 19th title in the long running Need for Speed series.
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.
Conclusion: Need for Speed: Most Wanted is a good game but not a great one, mostly because it tries to do too much at once and fails to successfully blend the single player, the police chases and the impressive multiplayer infrastructure. I fully expect the next Criterion-made Need for Speed game to drop the single player entirely and focus on events and races that involve groups of people, while Electronic Arts uses other developers to create single player only games that share the...
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.
Summary: EA's long-running Need for Speed series took a trip underground a couple of years back when the developer refocused the game solely on illegal street racing. While the nighttime racing series was certainly successful, the lawless world was always missing one key factor: cops. This year's installment crawls back into the daylight. The actual racing hasn't changed too much, but the ever-present police make this game a whole lot more interesting.
Pros: Outrunning the cops is extremely exciting, Outstanding sound effects, Sharp graphics, Tones down some of the over-the-top product placement found in the previous NFS games, Mindblowing full-motion video cutscenes
Cons: Racer AI isn't too bright at first, gets wicked smart later on, Not enough mindblowing full-motion video cutscenes