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Category Description User Score
Acting The quality of the actors' performances in the game (including voice acting). 2.4
AI How smart (or dumb) you perceive the game's artificial intelligence to be 2.4
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 2.8
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 3.1
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 2.5
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 3.1
Story / Presentation The main creative ideas in the game and how well they're executed 2.5
Overall User Score (9 votes) 2.7

Critic Reviews

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PGNx Media (Nov 27, 2005)
Need for Speed Most Wanted successfully brings the Need for Speed series back to daylight. The addition of the cops returns the series to its roots, while keeping the gameplay mechanics and large city of the Underground games will make it accessible to fans of those games. Unless you’re awaiting an Xbox 360, this version is definitely recommended.
TalkXbox (Nov 19, 2005)
Need for Speed: Most Wanted is a definite step forward for the series. You will fall in love with the police-chases immediately, and you are still offered the great racing aspects that you already know and love. Everything comes together nicely for the Xbox version of the game, and I recommend that racing fans add this to their collection.
1UP (Nov 15, 2005)
Most Wanted is yet another thoroughly competent addition to the franchise. The nod back to the cop chase mechanics of the Hot Pursuit games is certainly welcome, plus it's interesting to see that the vaunted "open" gameplay of the last two games has been dialed down by a more forcibly linear structure to keep things interesting. As ever the presentation is top-notch, but I think we could all happily live without the bad story and trashy cut-scenes. As a current-gen game is stunning. The Xbox version is notably impressive, and even moreso when you see it side-by-side with its sibling on 360.
Armchair Empire, The (Dec 28, 2005)
EA made the right decision in avoiding the temptation of sequel-itis with Need for Speed Underground 3 and instead steered into a fresh-yet-familiar direction for one of the best racing franchises around. Need for Speed Most Wanted is an exceptional racing game, with stunningly awesome graphics and a solid gameplay, albeit somewhat lacking in the A.I. smarts. Online success requires a tuned-to-the-max car, but if you have the requisite vehicle, can be a lot of fun. Street racing gamers will once again fulfill their need for speed and vehicular mayhem.
I can't begin to explain how pleased I am that the Need for Speed team really looked at issues with last year's game and fixed basically every single one of the problems I personally had with it. On top of that, the addition of police chases withing a world are simply classic.
Worth Playing (Dec 13, 2005)
Do yourself a favor: stop putting money into "modding" your 1993 Honda Civic (y'know, the one with the shoddily-tinted windows, Japanese nonsense painted on the side, and obnoxious exhaust system) and spend the cash on Need For Speed Most Wanted. It'll fulfill all your outlaw tuner desires, with the added bonus of not making you look like a complete fool when you take it for a spin. Just a suggestion, that's all.
Game Freaks 365 (Nov 29, 2005)
Need for Speed Most Wanted succeeds in many ways, but too often I found myself racing in events that I felt I had already played. In that respect, EA Canada could have put more emphasis on unique races, perhaps striving for a game that provides the gamer with genuinely new-feeling race events each time. That's a minor gripe in an overall excellent package. If you're a Need for Speed fan out there, Most Wanted will be your most wanted holiday present this season.
TeamXbox (Nov 14, 2005)
EA could have easily produced Underground 3, and it would have been a huge hit at the cash registers. Instead, the powers-that-be decided to mix things up a bit and go back to the series’ roots; a sure gamble given the current popularity of car-tuning in videogames and with 18-34 year old men and women. With proper execution, gambles in the videogame industry usually pay off, as is the case with Need for Speed Most Wanted. This is a better overall game than the Underground series, with more depth on the pavement and in the garage. The presentation factor has also gone up tenfold, along with a serious improvement in graphical quality.
GameZone (Dec 02, 2005)
Need for Speed Most Wanted is a much needed change of pace for the series and one seriously entertaining racing game for fans of the genre. It skips the commercial appeal of the Underground games and offers a game filled with intense races, great FMV cutscenes and number of cool cars. Xbox fans, this is one racing game you don’t want to miss.
IC-Games (Nov 28, 2005)
Need For Speed: Most Wanted picks up quite nicely from the excellent Need for Speed: Underground 2 and never really lets go from that point on. There are some suitably impressive graphics on offer and the career mode is probably one of the most impressive seen in the series to date. It might just be yet another yearly EA update, but if they continue to come out as good as this then nobody has any right to complain.
85 (Nov 24, 2005)
Need for Speed: Most Wanted versetzt mich in ein echtes Wertungs-Dilemma: Wie soll ich ein Spiel beurteilen, bei dem fast alles vom indirekten Vorgänger übernommen wurde und das an vielen Stellen wie ein Add-On wirkt? Tatsächlich könnte der neueste Teil der Serie auch Need for Speed Overground heißen, denn bis auf die Rennen bei Tageslicht sind Tuning, die meisten Renntypen und selbst die Spielmechanik mit freier Stadt, Karte und SMS aus dem Untergrund bekannt. Was mich allerdings neben dem Speed Breaker doch noch überzeugt hat, sind vor allem die Cops, die nach langer Abstinenz endlich wieder ins Renngeschehen eingreifen und euch so manche filmreife Verfolgungsjagd bieten. Und selbst wenn es mittlerweile etwas ausgelutscht ist, macht es doch immer noch Spaß, seine eigenen Schlitten zu tunen und sich auf packende Duelle mit den Blacklist-Fahrern zu freuen.
85 (Dec 12, 2005)
Mit Need for Speed Most Wanted ist EA der perfekte Mix aus den traditionellen Need for Speed Titeln und den guten Ansätzen der Underground Spiele gelungen. Wer mit einem Edelsportwagen durch herbstlich anmutende Straßenschluchten jagt, dem Verkehr ausweicht, die Regentropfen auf der Windschutzscheibe zur Kenntnis nimmt und den Polizeifunk hört, fühlt sich an Titel wie Hot Pursuit erinnert. Tuning und Szenerennen kommen dennoch nicht zu kurz, so dass auch Underground Fans auf ihre Kosten kommen. Schade ist nur, dass das Fahrmodell noch immer zu simpel gestaltet ist und Nachtrennen nun gar nicht mehr auf dem Programm stehen. Dennoch empfehlen wir den Titel allen Fans von Arcade-Rennspielen, denn derart spannende Verfolgungsjagden wurden während der letzten zwei Jahre schmerzlich vermisst.
While I didn't review the last Need for Speed game, here's my take on it - the open city is a pain and the difficulty wasn't balanced very well. So, Most Wanted being a sort-of-sequel, does it bring the series back to its current-gen high point of NFS: Underground? Largely, yes. But as a whole, it's not quite there yet.
IGN (Nov 09, 2005)
Need for Speed Most Wanted has, as we like to say, shaped up real nicely. The stylistic presentation and graphic sensibilities are impressive, and they're complemented by excellent engine sound effects and smart cop chatter. The game holds at a solid 30 FPS on all systems, and while the sense of speed isn't as palpable in the first hour or so of play, just wait. Win a few cars, upgrade them, and before you know it, you'll be smoking. The sense of speed never reaches Burnout levels, but it's damn good in everything from a souped-up Volkswagon GTI to a stock RX-8. And while it should be a given, the Lamborghinis, Porsches and other high-end cars really rip. You'll be glad you bought this.
Game Over Online (Dec 05, 2005)
It’s been missing for a while, but the simple inclusion of the police catapults Most Wanted into one of the best racers in recent history. Dodging roadblocks, evading cruisers and trying to make a name for yourself by getting on The Blacklist is a lot of fun, and it’s simply a couple of technical hiccups or other game issues that hamper this from becoming an instant classic.
Game Chronicles (Dec 06, 2005)
Could it have used some more visual polish? Sure. How about better online play? Yes, indeed. Most Wanted could have used a lot of work in the presentation department. But who cares? Most Wanted rocks, pure and simple, and we couldn’t have asked for a better final hurrah on the old black box. Kudos to EA – you might not have given gamers something entirely new to look at – but it is a hell of a lot of fun.
Need for Speed: Most Wanted is one of the best titles in the Need for Speed series and one of the racing games of 2005. Shifting the direction of the series appears to have paid dividends for EA and this game deserves the high sales it is guaranteed to generate.
Gamer Within (Jan 16, 2006)
For a series that has been around for years, the evolution that has taken place in the Need For Speed series is quite commendable. EA Games has managed to successfully alter the series according to consumer’s interest, which enables the series to continuously top the charts for weeks after release. Need For Speed Most Wanted further strengthens the series’ stable number one position in the illegal street racing scene, and we can’t wait to see what the developers do with the next title.
Extreme Gamer (Dec 23, 2005)
Need for Speed Most Wanted should be high on your wish list this year. This street racing franchise still has lots of life, and Most Wanted is provides some invigorating racing for all levels of gamers. Need for Speed is definitely on the right track and has proven itself once again. Pick this sucka up!
GameSpot (Nov 15, 2005)
EA's long-running Need for Speed series took a trip underground a couple of years back when the developer refocused the game solely on illegal street racing. While the nighttime racing series was certainly successful, the lawless world was always missing one key factor: cops. This year's installment crawls back into the daylight. The actual racing hasn't changed too much, but the ever-present police make this game a whole lot more interesting.
Lawrence (Nov 27, 2005)
Even after fifteen hours in the career mode, I still wanted to jump into one more race. The different modes and customization options definitely increase replay value, and racing in Most Wanted is simply fun to do. There are lots of different racing games available, and by no means is Most Wanted the best of them available, but it is a great ride that is worth looking, especially if previous Need for Speed games have spent significant time in your console.
The A.V. Club (Jan 04, 2006)
Using live-action cutscenes can be dangerous—and tacky. But Need For Speed pulls it off with style. Cool effects and edgy aesthetics make this title fun to watch, not just to play.
Gamer 2.0 (Dec 04, 2005)
Need For Speed: Most Wanted is a great game. Sure, the AI can be annoying, the online may be a little lacking in modes, but overall, Most Wanted is still a very solid game. If you have a current-gen console, you’ll still get a great experience from playing this game, but the PC and Xbox 360 versions are easily the strongest.
X-Power (Dec 04, 2005)
Need For Speed: Most Wanted mag een geslaagde mix genoemd worden. De goede verhaallijn, uitgebreide tuningopties en achtervolgingen maken dit spel tot één van de beste arcaderacers van dit moment. Het enige minpunt is het uitblijven van een optie om online de slechte flik uit te hangen, maar dat kan de pret niet bederven. Hou je van snelle races zonder al te veel technische uitleg en vind je Burnout te extreem, dan is NFS: MW een dikke aanrader.
GameSpy (Nov 28, 2005)
With three dozen licensed cars ranging from the new Mustang to the perennial street racing favorite Subaru STi, a meaty 15-20 hour story mode and loads of optional challenges beyond that, Most Wanted is one game you're going to be playing into the wee hours. The Black Edition of the game contains two exclusive cars, a '67 Camaro and a finely-tuned M3, as well as eight custom rides, additional races and challenges, and a bonus DVD. The Xbox version, in addition to being considerably better-looking than the PS2 version, also supports Xbox Live online play for head-to-head racing, though seemingly must-have features, like co-op racing or the ability to play as the cops, didn't make it into the online portion of the game. But any way you slice it, Most Wanted is a hell of a value for the money, and it's one title that should be on just about any gamer's wish list this Christmas.
80 (Nov 30, 2005)
Need For Speed: Most Wanted is a great return to form for the series. While the actual head-to-head races are a little disappointing, cop chases provide more entertainment than most racing titles released this year combined. Combine these thrills with some great presentation and some incredible early cutscenes and you have not only the best Need For Speed title in some time, but also one of the best racers period.
Operation Sports (Dec 02, 2005)
Those returning to the Need for Speed series will find the same racer as they are accustomed to. However, the police aspect in this game makes it refreshing and “new” to the gamer. For those of us that fantasize about toying with the cops, but really don’t want to share a prison cell with "Big Jerome", Need for Speed: Most Wanted is a game you'll like.
GamersMark (Feb 15, 2006)
If you’re a fan of arcade racers and EA’s better efforts in the Need for Speed series, than you should definitely give Need for Speed Most Wanted a whirl. It’s one of the better arcade racers released all year and quite possibly the very best one you’ll be able to play on Microsoft’s next generation game console. Of course, the game has its flaws, but Most Wanted lays down the groundwork for a sequel that will hopefully improve on the faults of its predecessor.
77 (Dec 08, 2005)
As far as racers go you could do a lot worse than Most Wanted. The only thing stopping it achieving a better score are the aforementioned niggles coupled with some below par AI. Their computer-controlled abilities switch from laughably amateur to 'one mistake and its race over' Terminator-style brutality in a matter of moments which seems more than a little unfair. Saying that, regardless of any of the game's faults it's probably going to be a Christmas bestseller for EA. Whether you can go without a NFS for another year or if you're adamant that you won't budge until EA produce a definitive example of the series is up to you. Otherwise enjoy this latest title that certainly gets more right than it does than it does wrong.
Though the differences between the this-generation and next-generation iterations of Need for Speed: Most Wanted are nominal, the Xbox 360 version offers better graphics, particle effects, and more cops on your tail. Featuring over thirty cars (painstakingly laser scanned by the EA team), a variety of races, and online support, Most Wanted shows off the polygon crunching power of the 360 while providing aficionados of the genre a decent game with realistic racing physics and the all important T and A thanks to the FMV rendering of Josie Maran.
Gaming Age (Dec 08, 2005)
Besides that gripe though, this is really a solid racing game. If you've grown bored of Burnout Revenge, or don't have a 360 to try out Project Gotham Racing 3, than this is your next best bet. The controls are solid, the storyline is at least entertaining, the cop chases are fun, the graphics and sound are both well done and polished, and the time it'll take you to finish it makes it worth a purchase.
75 (Nov 25, 2005)
Need For Speed est un style de jeu à lui tout seul. Avec sa réalisation convaincante et son gameplay très accessible, il plaira forcément aux amateurs de conduite arcade basée sur des pointes de vitesse hors du commun. Le mode carrière parvient à immerger le joueur et on se glisse volontiers dans la peau d'un as du volant.
JeuxActu (Dec 12, 2005)
Si beaucoup des nouveautés présentes dans ce nième volet de la saga Need For Speed n’auront donc finalement pas eu l’effet escompté, et si on regrettera la sempiternelle absence de réel trafic sur les routes, ce Need For Speed : Most Wanted n’est pas exempt de qualités pour autant et arrive même à nous séduire grâce aux grands retours des courses poursuites. Pas assez exploitées dans le mode carrière, celles-ci procurent à elles seules plus de sensations que les habituelles courses et on se surprend à traîner dans les rues de la ville dans le seul but de se faire pister. Faute de bonne surprise complète, le quatorzième épisode de la série automobile d’Electronic Arts marquera tout de même une évolution dans le bon sens des choses et restera déjà pour les puristes bien meilleur en terme d’ambiance que les deux derniers volets estampillés Underground. Une marche à suivre intéressante donc, qu’on espère se voir poursuivre dans les prochains volets.
70 (Dec 19, 2005)
Overall though this is a good addition the series and makes us have an added desire to actually be nice to police in the real world. Unless we ever get our greasy palms on a pimped up BMW, that is.