Need for Speed Most Wanted
Wake up to the smell of burnt asphalt as
the thrill of illicit street racing permeates the air. From the makers
of the hit Need for Speed Underground series, Need for Speed Most Wanted
challenges players to become the most notorious and elusive street
Need for Speed series once again returns to the console world with
Electronic Arts combining a plethora of gameplay options from the entire
saga of this series to include street racing, police chases and
everything else that made the Need for Speed series one of the most
entertaining games of the century. The XBox 360 version contains
everything to make a brilliant racing game, beautiful graphics, sturdy
gameplay and a pumping soundtrack.
street racing and tuner customization with the intensity of
strategic police pursuit that surpasses any Hollywood-style chase
scene, Need for Speed Most Wanted will be on every gamer's
'must-have' list this holiday season. Out-race rivals, evade cops
and exploit hundreds of miles of open road as gamers make their way
up the Blacklist.
To become the most
wanted racer, players must build up their street cred and Rap Sheet
with gripping, white knuckle, head-to-head races with the top
drivers on the streets, as well as pull daring, evasive moves to
out-run and out-fox the cops that patrol the open road. Players can
manage their heat or utilize a number of strategic tactics to keep
the cops off their tails as they leave their rivals behind to suck
their exhaust fumes.
Need for Speed Most
Wanted also features a variety of the hottest cars that range from
tuners to super cars. You can customize your ride to race against
any class of vehicles.
Need for Speed Most
Wanted contains a variety of different gameplay modes with the campaign
mode being the main form of play. The gamer starts in a fictional town
where he is looking to engage in some illegal street racing.
Unfortunately for your character, you are soon arrested by the police
because of a racer named Razor Callahan who has plagued you through your
Teaming up with the extraordinary sexy Mia,
you soon work your way up the blacklist of street racing, until you
finally engage with Callahan. Although the story seems a little clichéd,
it actually works quite well and the developers have successfully melded
in game graphics with CGI to help progress the storyline.
Most Wanted is an
arcade racer plain and simple. The parts you add really only affect the
speed and the performance of the car. Some may need to get used to the
physics of the cars since they are a bit loose and still skate a bit.
After a few races or the other events, you will get used to the way they
handle but if you are playing Project Gotham Racing 3 lets say, and then
switch over to Most Wanted, you will have to readjust the way you handle
turns and your overall driving style.
There are some very
cool cars to unlock or get by picking the pink slip icons and range from
tricked out Supra's, Corvettes and even Lamborghini's. This is an
impressive list of cars and the only thing that some fans will notice is
the new way of buying the custom parts like front ends, rear ends and
sides. These are now all included in a body kit limiting the amount of
looks and overall parts but the hoods, spoilers and other items are
The campaign mode of Need for Speed most Wanted has you going after the
racers on the Blacklist by both winning races against their minions
before you tackle each main Blacklist racer. You also have to show your
metal by outfoxing the cops who can find you at any time, whether you
are racing or not and speaking from experience it can take a long time
to finally get them off your tailpipe.
You can win Blacklist
cars from your rivals and then modify them with a ton of visual and
performance options. Most Wanted also keeps the free-roaming aspect from
Need For Speed: Underground except when races are staged. There are also
special challenge races where you test your car's speed through a series
of tollbooths, pursuit challenges and more.
Gamers will have the
choice of either automatic or manual settings. Each set of controls are
well explained and laid out perfectly and responds well. There is no
delay, however, a few of the more advanced controls like the nitro meter
and boost will take some time to learn how fast it recharges.
The trickiest control feature is using the Speed breaker
hitting. This slows down time and allows you to make hair pin moves
without slowing down. It looks neat and comes in handy but can also
screw you up. You need to know when to use it and is never recommended
during a police chase where it looks like you will get busted. It is
meant to get around turns and other obstacles. Needless to say the
wireless controller on the XBox 360 is brilliant and this should make
the world racing for novice gamers more exceptable.
Graphically, Need for Speed Most Wanted
looks like a visual treat on the XBox 360 that contains some of the most
realistic racing environments to have ever graced the console. Match
that with a variety of special effects, realistic car models and some
great physics and this title is easily the best damn racer that I have
played in a long time.
Once again, the team
from EA have implemented another hard rock soundtrack to help immerse
you into the world of illegal street racing and match that with some
professional voice acting and realistic sound effects of cars
screeching, breaking and crashing and you have one great sounding game.
In conclusion, Need for Speed most Wanted is a worthy car game that
features sturdy gameplay, exceptional graphics and a variety of
different gameplay modes to keep you entertained for weeks on end and
when it gets a little boring, invite some of your friends over to play
head-to-head. Highly Recommended!
XBox 360 Features
120KB to save game
* Online Multiplayer
* [XBOX Live features require
Broadband Internet Service, Microsoft Passport Account and paid
membership for online play. Some services and downloads require
additional hardware (eg headset and camera) and fees.]