Gameplay 8.5
Graphics 9.0
Sound 9.0
Value 8.6
Distributor: EA
Classification:
G8+
Review Date:
December 2005
Reviewer:
Andrew B

8.7

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Need for Speed most Wanted

Need for Speed Most Wanted delivers a unique, fast-paced and gripping ride in the racing genre as players build up their Rap Sheet and street cred to move their way up the Black List to become the most wanted racer on the streets. Players will go head-to-head with the top drivers on the scene as well as strategically evade more than half dozen cops at any one time.

Electronic Arts have sure dominated the world of PSP gaming this year with not just one but two awesome racers for the system that include Burnout Legends and also their latest game, Need for Speed Most Wanted. Most Wanted features a plethora of different gameplay options (including career and online) and also some of the nicest graphics on the PSP.

The storymode of Most Wanted follows the same basic outline as the consoles version where the gamer assumes the role as a novice endeavoring to rise through the ranks of a Black List which includes 15 of the most elite underground racers ever known. To build up your reputation, you'll have to take down all the local competition, peak your "heat" meter, and most importantly, avoid the cops at all costs. Although the gameplay of the series has changed throughout the years, this game almost goes back to the basics of the original game with players vs. players vs. cops!

The career mode is the heart and soul of Most Wanted, offering players a robust, challenging single-player affair. Players will race through more than 140 different events (spanning 10 circuits—forward and reverse, respectively), including things like time trials, enduring police pursuits, boss battles, and more.

Exclusive to the PSP, is a new mode called "Be the Cop" that gives you an opportunity to play as an officer of the law and enjoy the thrill of pursuit. There's also another cop-centric component available, called "Tuner Takedown" which is sort of like a cop themed version of the "Road Rage" in Burnout 3: Takedown that gives you the chance to hunt down and make arrests against the crafty, urban racers.

Graphically, Need for Speed Most Wanted is extremely impressive and is almost on par with Burnout Legends. There are a number of visual effects in the game like the reflective surfaces, realistic lighting and motion blur which really provides a grand sense of speed. The car models are superb even when you deck them out with crazy “visual upgrades.” Unfortunately like Gran Turismo, the cars in Most Wanted don't take any damage so no matter how many times you crash, your car will remain like it was when it was bought off the floor. I'm guessing the reasoning behind this it that the game uses licensed cars that include BMW, Lamborghini and Mitsubishi to name a few. Fortunately, Most wanted maintains a respectable frame-rate without any slowdown whatsoever.

As with the graphics, the sound effects have been flawlessly implemented into the game and sounds extremely realistic, provided you are listening to the game with headphones as the internal speakers of the PSP are a little rough at the best of times. The musical score of the game is provided by EA Trax that features all the adrenaline sounding songs of illegal street racing. The game also features some great banter by the police that nicely ties in the genre of the game.

In conclusion, Need for Speed Most Wanted is a highly adept game for the PSP that features strong gameplay, impressive graphics and a plethora of gameplay options to keep you entertained for hours upon hours. Check it out!
 
 






 
 



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