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Need for Speed Most Wanted (2005)
The need for speed Most Wanted is the 9th game in the NFS racing game series. That’s
quite a legacy, don’t you think? After the release of the movie The Fast and the
Furious, the NFS family turned into a new riverbed. The high performance Italian
cars disappeared and in their place came the buffed up Japanese neon lighters. After
the release of Xbox360 an amount of "next-
You play as a new kid in town. You were just starting a successful illegal racing career, when during one of the races one of the drivers messed with your ride and you loose. He gets your car and you get busted. However, you’re released because of a lack of evidence (or is there a different reason..?) and now have to work your way up the racing ladder to get your revenge and your car.
The racing ladder is a 15-
There are 32 cars in the normal edition of NFS MW and, I believe, about 50 in the
Black Edition. They range from Lamborghinis to Volkswagen. Here truly you see that
NFS returns to its pre-
Tweaking your vehicle is done in three departments: visual, performance and parts. Although there are many things you can do to your car, customization has taken some steps back from the last NFS game. It became a lot less detailed. Instead of choosing each bumper and side mirror individually there are several full body kits for each car. Smaller (but important nevertheless) things like headlights can no longer be changed at all, and there are no bottom neon lights anymore. Some parts, like the spoilers or rims, can still be chosen separately though.
You race on a single city map, some parts of which are unlocked as you progress through
your campaign. The city features dynamic traffic and plenty of things that you can
destroy with your car. During races your car kind of reminds a tank that cuts through
light posts and containers with no problem. The damage your car is taking is superficial,
reserved to some paint scratches and glass cracking. During races most of the roads
are closed off and there are but a few short-
After getting bored with the single player, there’s a multiplayer. The campaign won’t
offer much after you’re done with it. Unlike the previous two NFS games, there are
The NFS Most Wanted features the return of the police force, and it’s one of the
game’s central features at that. There are several levels of pursuit. The longer
you evade the police and the more damage you make, the more cops there will be and
the stronger are the measures which they will take. At the highest level you will
be tracked by helicopters, there will be police blocks, road spikes etc. Some challanges
are completed, as well as bounty points are gained, by speeding, destroying property
and other ways of being an *sshole. The police talks on the radio, and their talking
actually makes a lot of sense as they coordinate their pursuit, reporting what car
the suspect (you) is in and where you’re headed. That’s a nice change to the generic
police talk track that is used in most movies (and some games) that, as you might’ve
noticed, hasn’t changed since the 60s. To evade the police you can ram through several
constructions which will either destroy the police cars behind you or at least slow
them down (and occasionally neither). Once you have evaded the police, you must go
through a cool-
The problem with the cops in NFS MW is that in order to have some fun with them you’ll need to get to the highest level and then slow your car down a little. The AI, as interesting as it is, is too easy. However the combination of exciting dynamic music, police chat and high speed makes the chase very exciting, nevertheless.
What’s a high budget game without downsides? The cut-
…Is very remarkable. We usually don’t really notice how good or bad the sound is
in games, but NFS MW is an exception. Starting with the engine sound of each car
that is noticeably different and really sounds like a super car (which is the whole
point). Watching a few cut-
Music is dominated by heavy rock with rap and techno mixed in. You’ll hear bands like Disturbed and Celldweller. NFS people made some good music choices to fit the theme of the game. The music during cop chases is also quite dynamic, which makes the whole thing all the more exciting.
NFS MW looks the way you might expect from so called “Next-
There are many effects in the NFS like for example the blur during high speeds. The
camera is used well. For example, when a police car is spotted, the action freezes
and the camera closes in on the police car (this kind of reminds the movie Matrix).
When you win a race, the camera rotates and takes a picture of your car. Whether
you crash during drag racing or jump in the air, the camera is there to slow down
and capture the moment. Also other smaller things like menus and loading screens
have all been seriously worked on. Seeing NFS MW is like riding a rollercoaster inside
I was rather surprised that the minimum requirements for this game were so...minimum. Taking into account its looks, I was amazed to find out that I could run the game with the settings maxed out on my old P 2 GHz system. It was slow, but doable.
MW shipped with several bugs, however. The newest patches haven’t fixed them all.
There’s a particularly annoying issue with the game suddenly slowing down to a slide-
NFS Most Wanted is a crossing between all of its previous games, put to a new graphical and sound level. The police chases bring a new life into the game and are interesting even though the cops are easy to escape from if you do it right. The game has performance issues and some NFS Undergound fans might be disappointed with the customization drawback. However, NFS fans in general should surely be pleased.
And now a few subjective ideas I wanted to state. The game features some adverts yet again. Gamespot leaders and some other folks seem to have a problem with that. I think that it makes the game better...more realistic. I’m also all for the promotions of music artists during the game. I found several awesome bands (that I listen to now) through NFS Underground and NFS Most Wanted. In future I hope to see more commercials in NFS games.
I was also very happy to find out cars like Lamborghini and BMW back in the game. I like Mitsubishi, but I couldn’t stand that Japanese hype copied over from The Fast and the Furious that was so noticeable in the previous games. I do not consider many of those small cheap cars to be real cars, no matter what you stick in them. Putting flashy rims and golden paint on a VW Golf to show off is cheap, man.
I was also disappointed at the lack of night time. Don’t you think that illegal racing in a big city is more fun at night with all the flashy city lights and emptier streets?
A little something I didn’t like about the storyline. The storyline itself is nice but I don’t like being the fool who left his car unattended so Razor messed with it and made me loose. Then there’s some cop who scratched my car. In real life I’d probably sue his ass to kingdom come. I don’t like playing for an amateur.
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