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Need for Speed: World (Windows)

100 point score based on reviews from various critics.
5 point score based on user ratings.

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Our Users Say

Category Description MobyScore
Acting The quality of the actors' performances in the game (including voice acting). 4.0
AI How smart (or dumb) you perceive the game's artificial intelligence to be 4.3
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 3.5
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 3.5
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 2.6
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 3.2
Overall MobyScore (4 votes) 3.4

The Press Says

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Need for Speed World makes a great racing game. It is simple to pick up and play, the visuals are smooth and realistic, and the leveling system adds a sense of progression. Access to some features will require payment, but the game can continue to be enjoyed for free.
PC Gaming World
There's a lot to be said for those few MMOs that allow cross-pollination of in-game and real-world currencies. As far as we’re concerned this is a very real part of what creates, builds and cements communities around a game, and it’s something EA really need to address to give Need For Speed World a good chance of long-term success.
As it stands, NFS World is just a sum of repetitive elements gathered in a body pretending to be a game. Clearly, the feedback wasn’t very good since it became free-to-play so fast; and it couldn’t be better received since it has too many flaws, some people complaining they couldn’t even get it to start (it also happened to me during the beta). My advice is to choose any other racing game, with or without an MMO tag. You’ll get way less angry and there’s for sure a multiplayer mode that you can enjoy with your friends without coping with foul mouths speaking in all the languages on Earth.
So yes, NFSW is unlikely to set either the racing or MMO world alight. However, for PC owners usually deprived of this genre entirely, it's a welcome addition and well worth trying out just to see how much of your time and money you fancy spending on mastering it. As a free demo, it's one of the biggest you'll find so why not take a look?
Games Radar
Don’t get us wrong: Need for Speed World is a competent arcade racing game made by people that know a thing or two about making just those kinds of games. It’s pretty enough, the racing mechanics are solid and fun, and if you can get past the frustrating hang-ups of waiting around for events (which you’ll frequently get booted from because of connection issues), racing against people online can be really entertaining. The problem is that it’s all very rote, all content we’ve played before in better games, and all the promise seeded in that term, MMO, goes unfulfilled.
60 (UK)
It feels like the opportunity to do something interesting has been lost with Need for Speed World - or not realised yet. Larger races. The ability to define and share your own races. Multiplayer pursuits. It's fairly obvious that the only reason this is a PC exclusive is because Xbox Live Arcade or PlayStation Network can't accommodate the Boost system, because NFSW appears to have been built with console sensibilities in mind. It's a real shame that the MMO aspect of World is effectively a needlessly elaborate lobby. There is scope to do some interesting things here. And there is room to do them, yet. Just don't buy the Starter Pack until you've exhausted the free trial.
In an nutshell, Need for Speed World is an online racer masquerading as an MMO, where there is really very little player interaction at all. The open world is a glorified queuing system, and there is far too much grinding between upgrades, and far too little difference between the upgrades themselves. No doubt the game will have content updates in the future that add much more interesting components, but right now, the ‘free-to-play’ intro serves as a demo for the paid portion which is more of the same, but with far less people, little means of interacting with the ones who are around, and little to keep players grinding towards their next level.
Need for Speed World est un mix d'idées, de concepts et de mécanismes qui ont plus ou moins fonctionné depuis Underground jusqu'à Undercover. Facile d'accès, stable et techniquement au point, le jeu développé par EA Black Box a des atouts non négligeables. Toutefois, jusqu'au Level 10, l'expérience n'a rien d'inoubliable et au-delà, vous n'avez d'autre choix que de payer les 20€ réclamés pour un Starter Pack franchement maigrichon. NFS World s'adresse essentiellement aux joueurs qui ont apprécié les opus de la série en monde ouvert et qui prennent du plaisir à peinturlurer leur monture entre une poursuite avec les forces de l'ordre et une course face à huit furieux en ligne.
PC Gameplay (Benelux)
Dat een NFS spel van Black Box met veel scepsis moet worden bekeken is weer bevestigd. Wacht maar gewoon op Hot Pursuit.
GameStar (Germany)
Einem geschenkten Gaul … von wegen! Was nützt es denn, wenn der Gaul eine alte Schindmähre ist? Klar kann ich Need for Speed World ein paar Stunden kostenlos und ohne Einschränkungen spielen. Nur warum sollte ich das tun, wenn ich meine Zeit auch mit den Multiplayer-Modi von Blur, Dirt 2 oder Split/Second verbringen kann? Die sehen hübscher aus, sind besser ausbalanciert und fahrerisch bedeutend anspruchsvoller. Auf eine Online-Welt, in der ohnehin nichts passiert, kann ich problemlos verzichten.
There are certain things the game does right, like providing an incentive to complete a race even when in last place: After a race or pursuit, you get to pick from one of five cards that reward you with additional cash, Reputation, or power-ups. You always get something for completing a race or escaping from the police, which is encouraging even when you're losing. And, under the right circumstances (i.e. a full room of players or an intense escape from the police), the game can be really fun...until you realize you're faced with such a long road to reach the next level and few ways to get there.
Si EA part d’une bonne idée, un jeu de course massivement multijoueur sur la série Need For Speed, le résultat est très loin d’être réussi. Le jeu est remplit de bug et possède une communauté « bas de gamme ». Les graphismes ne sont pas, non plus, à la hauteur. Le côté « poursuite » qui aurait pu sauver le jeu est lui aussi à côté de la plaque avec une IA inoffensive. Un conseil : NFSW est donc un jeu à tester dans sa version gratuite pour l’instant. Pour débourser les 20 euros pour la version complète, il faut encore attendre que le jeu se mette à jour et propose une expérience plus fun.