Need for Speed Most Wanted (Electronic Arts)Written by Michael Siebenaler | | firstname.lastname@example.org
Need for Speed Most Wanted XBox 360 video game review by Sagar Sharma
Electronic Art’s long running Need for Speed franchise was in a major slump until Criterion Games, creators of the excellent Burnout series, took over the helm two years ago. They return this year with Need for Speed Most Wanted, a spiritual successor to the critically acclaimed Burnout Paradise. Either through single player or multiplayer, the player can progress through the game to become most wanted driver in the fictional city of Fairhaven. Need for Speed offers a superb sense of freedom and exploration while still maintaining the thrills of high-speed racing and pursuits
In Need for Speed Most Wanted the premise is simple, earn 100,000 speed points to be able to take on one of Fairhaven’s 10 most wanted drivers to eventually take the crown as most wanted. Criterion Games does not force the player down a linear path of how to pursue this goal. You are immediately offered the entire map and a large collection of exotic cars to tackle various races at your desire. There are five races associated with each car including speed runs and traditional circuit races as these races range in difficulty. Depending on how you place, you will unlock various mods for the car such as nitrous and brake modifications. The points accumulated also go towards the 100,000-point goals. Adding to the thrill of these races is the threat of police chases that happen after the race is complete and the player must escape authorities in order to freely roam again. Fairhaven’s police will be extremely aggressive in taking down your car and will use spike traps to slow down your escape.
Criterion Games wanted to created a seamless experience between the single and multiplayer and has done so better then any racer before it. Fairhaven becomes a playground for you and your friends to cause havoc and compete with each other in various races. All the points acquired in the multiplayer carries over to the single player so a sense of progression never stops.
Whether it is fine-tuning your car, switching to multiplayer or selecting a race, the player is forced to use the Easy-Drive menu system. In theory this system was created so the player never has to feel disconnected from the experience and can effortlessly select the bevy of options the game has while driving through the city. Unfortunately in practice this doesn’t work as well as desired as it actually takes away from the flow of the game because the player is concentrating on the menu selections which more often then not leads to major car wrecks
Need for Speed Most Wanted achieves a true sense of speed and when coupled with the beautifully created city of Fairhaven it is a thrilling experience that elevates the series to the top of its genre. Regrettably an inconvenient menu system limits the potential of what is otherwise the finest racer of 2012 (***1/2, MSRP $59.99, available for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita, rated E for Everyone).
+ Beautifully created world with outstanding presentation
+ Seamless integration between Single and Multi-player
+ Great variety and lots to explore with the promise of future DLC
- Easy-Drive menu can be cumbersome to use