Gameplay 9.1
Graphics 9.2
Sound 9.0
Value 9.0
Distributor: EA
Classification:
M15+
Review Date:
December 2005
Reviewer:
Andrew B

9.0


Need for Speed Most Wanted

The 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 version contains everything to make a brilliant racing game, beautiful graphics, sturdy gameplay and a pumping soundtrack.

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 entire life. 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 ingame graphics with CGI to help progress the storyline.

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.

Graphically, Need for Speed Most Wanted looks like a visual treat on the XBox 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 hardrock 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!






 
 



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