Conclusion: Need For Speed: Most Wanted gives the feeling that it’s more about the bragging rights than the rewards of being a street racer. NFS: MW is for those gamers who love high-speed racing with a shot of adrenaline and a side of exploration.
Need for Speed: Most Wanted [Criterion] review (PS3)
14 November 2012
Excerpt: There are a number of terrible puns that could open this review. Is there really more Need for Speed? Is another annually-updated franchise your Most Wanted? It gets tougher and tougher every holiday season to swallow down such cynicism (and to refrain from uninspired wordplay).
Summary: Need for Speed: Most Wanted begs you to play it, to explore Fairhaven, to take your skills online, and to become the best racer in this open-world setting. It's a perfect addition to the franchise and keeps you strictly focused on driving and competing.
Pros: Great open-world city to explore, Intense, fun gameplay, Always focused on driving without the fluff
Cons: Mediocre police pursuits, Limited events for each car, Some confusion for online play
Conclusion: The latest Need for Speed release has its share of slip-ups, but it’s mostly able to sideline them and deliver a fast, fun open world racing game very much like Criterion’s classic Burnout Paradise.