Need for Speed: Most Wanted - A Criterion Game - PS3 User Review

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Super Gamer Dude

PlayStation 3


If you are looking for a game that is visually stunning, then you will be deeply impressed with Need for Speed Most Wanted. This is one of the best selling games out of the entire Need for Speed franchise. This might have you wondering, what separates this Need for Speed from the games of the past? Well, one of the things that makes it popular is the expansive world that you can explore.

What Makes Need For Speed Most Wanted So Good?

The major thing that sets this game apart is the little touches. For example, the little dust particles on the windshield that will sometimes accumulate, or the nitrous oxide taking off as you hit the nitrous button. Racing in this game is almost always going to be exciting, and the storyline of this game is absolutely amazing. You will be glued to the controller from start to finish.

Upgrading Your Vehicle

You can also upgrade your vehicle as you progress through the game. However, you need to have speed points. You do this by breaking the law and outrunning the cops. Speed points can also be earned by taking an active role in races and earning them that way. Upgrading your vehicle will not only make your vehicle look more visually impressive, it will help you to win races, and most importantly, outrun those pesky cops who for some reason, have a grudge against you and your attempts to the become the Most Wanted.

Excitement With Need For Speed Most Wanted PS3 Game

This game has all the elements of great fun. There are six level of heat in the game with the police. The higher the level the more things that you will have coming after you. For example, as you get higher in level SWAT cars, helicopters and roadblocks will be strategically placed out to try to slow you down. What is annoying is they will almost always try to take you by ambush as you reach higher heat levels. Nonetheless, you can have a lot of fun slamming cops into oncoming traffic and barely escaping yourself. That is an additional bonus to Need for Speed Most Wanted. You can play dirty when you take part in street races and slam other racers into walls and other objects. This is not a game that was meant to be taken too seriously.

The Negatives Of The Need For Speed Most Wanted PS3 Game?

The main negative is that single player mode is fairly easy to beat. You will almost breeze through the races. However, there is a lot that you can unlock and do to add even more hours of enjoyment from the game.

Overall, Need for Speed Most Wanted for the PS3 is a good game that will give you hours of entertainment, especially if you take your experience online. There are many challenges and unique online play that will keep you entertained for even longer. This game certainly helps to do justice for the Need for Speed franchise.

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Super Gamer Dude

PlayStation 3


Need for Speed Most Wanted has the weird position of sharing its name with a title from earlier in this console generation, but being a spiritual successor to an entirely different title from that generation. The original Most Wanted was one of those titles that bridged the gap between the PS2 and the PS3 by being released in very slight variations on both systems. It was a fun and silly title that used live-action actors to depict its tale of street racers and the police.

The latest Need for Speed Most Wanted has absolutely nothing to do with that game, though. Developed by Criterion, the game pulls almost all of its core gameplay elements from Burnout Paradise, with a few major tweaks. Just like Burnout: Paradise, it takes place in an open world where both the traversal between races and the racing itself happens. Also just like Paradise, it has a massive amount of leaderboards to compete with friends on, this time supplemented by the autolog system that EA has become so fond of.

Most Wanted's multiplayer is also very similar to that of Paradise, in that it simply dumps people into the world and allows the host to choose events, which consist of crazy challenges instead of the usual point-to-point races. For example, one event requires to park yourself on the wing of a plane and stay there. The players compete in the event, then drive on to the next one. This mode really shines in how it encourages players to be complete dicks to one another. If you are taken down during a multiplayer event, you are automatically disqualified, encouraging constant violence between players and creating an extremely hectic and fun experience.

All this said, the game absolutely falls apart when it comes to the single player. Solo play shifts the game's focus to its wide array of cars. As you drive around in the world, you find new, extremely expensive cars just sitting on the side of the road for you to hop in. Each car has a set events that you have to win in order to unlock upgrades and get "speed points" which allow you to race AI drivers on the "Most Wanted" list.

While the system is not inherently flawed, it quickly grows repetitive. The races that initially seem to be car-specific are actually repeated ad nauseam. Not every vehicle has the exact same races, but they pop up enough times to make the task of earning points a grind. The addition of cops to the Burnout Paradise equation feels out of place at best, and the difficulty of escaping from them with very little reward make them utterly pointless at worse.

Whether you should get Need for Speed: Most Wanted depends on what you want out of it. If you are looking for a fantastic multiplayer arcade racer, by all means, pick it up. However, if you are looking for a good solo racer, you should probably look elsewhere.