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Need for Speed: Most Wanted
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Need for Speed: Most Wanted

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Developer(s):

Criterion Games EA

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EA

Release Date:

11/15/2005

Genre(s):

Racing
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Make Trouble. Stick it to the cops and your friends in the world?s hottest, fastest and rarest cars. Do whatever it takes to become Most Wanted. No rules. No restrictions. No problem. Connected Open World Leave Your Mark: blaze a high score trail through your friends? connected game world. The next generation of Autolog lets you leave your mark across Fairhaven City, displaying record speeds, times, pursuits and jump distances. Cruise past any speed camera, Jack Spot or jump to view its unique leaderboard, and then take a run up, hit the gas and see if you can top it. Hit the biggest air off any billboard jump, and we?ll even display your face on the billboard in their game! ? a constant reminder to your friends that you are Most Wanted. Find it. Drive it. Pick a Car. Make it your own. Earn the right to be Most Wanted.

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Developers of racing games received a new injection of life and purpose in the last two years. The growing popularity of street racing and modding has flourished in the popular culture, while Criterion's Burnout series has blazed a path all its own, bringing arcade racing back to its pre-Gran Turismo glory days. The Need for Speed series has never clung to a particular aspect of pop culture like Rockstar's Midnight Club or a particular car like Sega's Ferrari 360, but the long-time series struck gold with its light implementation of modding with Need for Speed Underground, selling more units worldwide than any game in 2003 with 7.5 million. Need for Speed Most Wanted continues the street culture thing, but EA's Canadian development team has mined one of the better iterations of the series, Need for Speed Hot Pursuit, fusing both rudiments into a newly refined, yet strangely familiar racer.
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The police aspect in this game makes it refreshing and "new."
91

A game that’s easy to pick up and hard to put down, with a substantial amount of realistic action crammed into every high speed pursuit you engage in.
75

A solid, fun racer, but its repetitive single-player events and limp four-player online multi (Xbox only) sap its power. [Jan 2006, p.120]
76

Yes, it's strange to be able to damage cops but not have a scratch even when they hit harder than Ike Turner.
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One of those rare racing titles that make you feel like you're driving 180 m.p.h., yet still in control of your ride. You soar through the streets, trade paint with rivals and blast over the finish line.
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As a whole, however, Need for Speed: Most Wanted comes across as extremely polished and very fun.
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The cop AI is ingenious and will regularly outwit you without making you feel as if they are unfair.
80

I'm personally glad to have crawled out from "Underground" and to have started something fresh, even if it is a rehashed concept.
84

The actual racing hasn't changed too much, but the ever-present police make this game a whole lot more interesting.
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