Need for Speed: Most Wanted (Xbox 360) Review



Title Need for Speed: Most Wanted
ESRB Rating Teen (Mild Violence)
Developer EA Canada
Publisher Electronic Arts
Release Date November 22, 2005
Platform Xbox 360, Xbox PS2, PC
Genre Racing
Features 1-2 players, HDTV 480p, 720p 1080i, 120KB to save game, in-game Dolby Digital
Multiplayer Features 2-8 players online, content from Marketplace, Leaderboards, Voice

If waking up to the smell of burnt rubber is your idea of a perfect day, then Need for Speed: Most Wanted is the game for you. This game is classic arcade-racing fun, in addition to many car customization and upgrade options, an interesting (although un-stimulating) career path, and high speed escapes from the cops.

The plot for this game is simple: to become the biggest bad-ass in the city. Basically this means three things: raising the price on your head by running from the cops and demolishing federal and public property, climbing up the blacklist by systematically beating other opponents, and winning drag and other kind of races against AI opponents.

Here’s a list of all the features from EA themselves:
Wake up to the smell of burnt asphalt as the thrill of illicit street racing permeates the air. From the makers of the hit Need for Speed™ Underground series that has sold more than 15 million copies worldwide, Need for Speed™ Most Wanted challenges you to become the most notorious and elusive street racer.

Combining illicit street racing and tuner customization with the intensity of strategic police pursuit that surpasses any Hollywood-style chase scene, Need for Speed Most Wanted should be on your “must-have” list. Out-race rivals, evade cops, and exploit hundreds of miles of open road as you make your way up the Blacklist.

To become the most wanted racer, build up your street cred and Rap Sheet with gripping, white-knuckle, head-to-head races against the top drivers on the streets. Pull daring, evasive moves to out-run and out-fox the cops that patrol the open road. Manage your heat or use strategic tactics to keep the cops off your tail as you leave your rivals behind to suck your exhaust fumes.

Need for Speed Most Wanted also features a variety of the hottest cars, from tuners and super cars to muscles and sports cars. You can tune your ride to race against any class of vehicles. The streets are your playground!

  • Open road, open world: Rule the streets as the most notorious street racer in distinct regions that include edgy industrial and upscale urban environments. The street can be a friend for a foe. Master short-cuts and use the traffic and destructible environments to your advantage.
  • All-new gameplay: New and exciting gameplay combines strategic cop pursuit and skill-based evasion techniques with illicit street racing.
  • Visual customization: Whether you’re trying to lose the cops or you just want to pimp your ride, Need for Speed Most Wanted offers extensive visual customizations.
  • Blacklist: As you enter the world of street racing, go up against the best drivers on the scene to earn respect and rise to the top of the Blacklist.
  • Rap Sheet: Build up your Rap Sheet with record-breaking times, epic races, and wild headline-making stunts. Out-fox police vehicles, tactics, and technology.
  • Performance tuning: Can’t compete against a sports car? Head to the safehouse and tune up your ride to race against any class of vehicles.
  • Next-gen features: Need for Speed Most Wanted for the next-generation console delivers a new level of graphical excellence in video games. Utilizing graphical techniques including normal mapping, digital scanning, and real-time lighting, the game’s visual experience outpaces other racing games on the market.
  • Online racing: Challenge your friends or rivals in online play for Xbox Live.