If you’re into racing games, you’re probably tired of gimmicks. That’s why Need for Speed is returning to the fundamentals: hot cars, racing your friends, and lots of relentless cops all set in an open world that lets you drive almost anywhere. The result is a pure adrenaline rush as you blast through the streets, hit insane jumps, or lie low while cops circle like sharks. Which isn’t a surprise since this re-imagining of the original 2005 Need for Speed Most Wanted was developed by Criterion—the same studio behind 2010’s Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit and 2008’s fantastic Burnout Paradise. Besides maintaining their reputation for portraying speed so effectively, Criteron has also refined their craft in creating giant open worlds to race in, and easy ways to race with friends via an updated Autolog that now lets you challenge other players in a slick and seamless and non-stop racing experience.
Besides making improvements to their previous strengths, Criterion has also added new features like customization and upgrade options for your cars, and a Speedlist mechanic that groups five different types of multiplayer events together to make sure you have a good variety of things to do when racing against people online. But it all goes back to using that thrilling feeling you get after using the nitrous (we’re talking about car kind here, people!). The sense of speed and competition in this game is genuinely intense; racing your friends or the NPC rivals feels like you’re breaking the law and the franchise’s authentic “real car” feel and physics are amazing to play with on the streets. Think of this as the best of 2005’s Need for Speed: Most Wanted and 2008’s Burnout Paradise fused into a single game. If you’re a fan of racing games, this one should definitely be on your “most wanted” list for just $49.99.
Posted by Kris Gucker on October 29, 2012