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Need for Speed: Most Wanted is in fact a cross between the Underground and the Hot Pursuit spin-offs. The player must gain notoriety by racing in the streets and attracting the attention of the cops in order to ascend in the Black List of illegal racers. In the end he must face no.1, Razor who tricked him out of his own car and used it to get to the top.

Many racing modes are carried on from NFSU2 with the addition of "Milestones", special events where the driver must evade capture and/or disable police cars by bringing down Pursuit Breakers, specially marked buildings such as gas stations and water towers. For each one of the 15 Blacklisted opponents, the player must win a specific number of events from each of the two main types and gain enough notoriety in the process. The player can invest bet money to buy new cars or improve his existing one's looks and performance so that he remains competitive.

In Most Wanted, Josie Maran replaces Brooke Burke as the racer girl. The plot is furthered through use of FMV video with live actors and digital sets, which has been heavily enhanced so that it looks quite real.


Need for Speed: Most Wanted Xbox 360 At the safe house in a career mode
Need for Speed: Most Wanted PlayStation 2 Options Menu
Need for Speed: Most Wanted Xbox 360 First car that led me to victory and gave my opponents a taste of bitter defeat.
Need for Speed: Most Wanted PlayStation 2 Slow-motion jump from the higher level

Promo Images

Need for Speed: Most Wanted Screenshot
Need for Speed: Most Wanted Screenshot
Need for Speed: Most Wanted Screenshot
Need for Speed: Most Wanted Screenshot


Alternate Titles

  • "极品飞车:无间追踪" -- Simplified Chinese spelling
  • "NFS:MW" -- Common abbreviation

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User Reviews

It still needs....something. Windows Sam Hardy (82)
A Fun Racing Game Xbox Jason Wilkinson (7)

Critic Reviews Windows Feb 08, 2006 9 out of 10 90
Game Freaks 365 Xbox Nov 29, 2005 8.8 out of 10 88
Gaming Target PlayStation 2 Dec 05, 2005 8.8 out of 10 88
Game Informer Magazine GameCube Dec, 2005 8.5 out of 10 85 Windows Nov 24, 2005 85 out of 100 85
Planet Xbox 360 Xbox 360 Feb 09, 2006 8.5 out of 10 85
GameSpot Xbox 360 Nov 17, 2005 8.4 out of 10 84 GameCube Nov 25, 2005 15 out of 20 75
JeuxActu Windows Dec 12, 2005 14 out of 20 70
JeuxActu GameCube Dec 12, 2005 14 out of 20 70


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1001 Video Games

Need for Speed: Most Wanted appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.


The EA Belgium office planned a little stunt on 24th November 2005, the launch day. They intended to give away free copies in the morning's traffic bottlenecks, but that didn't go through eventually.

Instead, on 25th November, they announced, together with the Dutch office, to have reserved an amount of PS2 copies for everyone who had had a speeding ticket the day before, on 24th November. You just had to fax proof to them to receive the game. In Belgium, you were only eligible if you did not exceed 6% of the allowed speed.


There is an unofficial patch on various fansites that enables all cars and races which are normally available only in the Black Edition.

Multiplayer server shutdown

On 1st November 2007, EA closed their servers for multiplayer games, for the Xbox version.

References to the game

Need for Speed: Most Wanted was parodied in an episode of "Die Redaktion" (The Editorial Team), a monthly comedy video produced by the German gaming magazine GameStar. It was published on the DVD of issue 03/2006.


When an issue with stuttering sound in the Windows version was reported on the EA forums, the official statement was that EA had no time and resources to work on a patch for it. This was less than 5 months after the release.


  • GamePro (Germany)
    • February 23, 2006 - Best Console Sports Game in 2005 (Readers' Vote)
  • GameSpy
    • 2005 – PC Racing Game of the Year
    • 2005 – PC Racing Game of the Year (Readers' Vote)
  • GameStar (Germany)
    • February 23, 2006 - Best PC Sports Game in 2005 (Readers' Vote)
  • PC Powerplay (Germany)
    • Issue 04/2006 - #1 Sports/Racing Game in 2005 (Readers' Vote)
    • Issue 02/2006 - Best Pursuits in 2005
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