Friday, November 2, 2012

A Fresh Start With Criterion

Gameplay - 7/10
Storyline - 5/10
Graphics - 9/10
Game Score : 21/30

I tried, I really tried to get behind this game 120% from day one but its like EA like toying with my emotions. Its been a year already since the last Need for Speed (NFS) game was released. The highlight of my year in 2011 was without a doubt most likely NFS The Run, I had such renewed hope and praise for the NFS franchise; it was like new life was being breathed back into to it. Fast forward a year later which reveals the latest addition to the NFS family; NFS: Most Wanted (2012)...

Need for Speed: Most Wanted (commonly abbreviated to as NFS: MW) is a 2012 open-world racing video game, developed by British games developer Criterion Games and published by Electronic Arts. Need for Speed: Most Wanted takes on the gameplay style of its first installment, Most Wanted title in the Need for Speed franchise. Most Wanted allows players to select one car and compete against other racers to reach a destination. Cops are integrated into certain racing sessions, in which the police deploy vehicles and tactics to stop the player's car and arrest the player, like the original Most Wanted. The game will feature a Blacklist of 10 racers, similar to the single-player section of the original Most Wanted, which featured 15 Blacklist racers. In this reiteration the focus shifts from Rockport, the city in the original to a new city called Fairhaven.

What's Good:
Simply stunning visuals, sadly you don't get to appreciate this as much on the console versions of the game but it really shines through on the PC version. Wide variety of cars to choose from in this game; over 120+ if memory serves including real-world vehicles, a mix of muscle cars, street racers and exotics. The game will use Autolog, the competition-between-friends system developed by Criterion for Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit, and since used in other titles in the Need for Speed series. Autolog in Most Wanted plays a larger role and gives more information to players. Autolog recommendations have now been integrated into the game world, rather than sit externally on the menu system. Most Wanted features a new social system called Cloud Compete, which strings together Most Wanted across all platforms in an inspired example of cross-compatibility. One profile will be used for all versions of the game. Driving engine maintains that arcade racing feel with a touch of simulation thrown in to maintain realism as you race for the title of Most Wanted.

What's Bad:
As you probably figured out by now the games primary focus is on multi-player. As such the single-player aspect is a bit on the thin side. The game lacks any semblance of a proper story-line which would motivate you to play the game over and over again. The game also has no option for those who want to drive manual as far as I saw which I know personally is a big turn off for many out there who were going to buy this game. Another thing missing any major car customization, this is a well established feature of any NFS game over the years for the most part with some exceptions. To top it all off there is no option for LAN (Local Area Network) racing for the PC release version, so this wont be making any appearances at LAN parties as a supported tournament. Performance parts are linked to the specific car and are not transferable so for every single car you may want to drive and/or effectively use. Couple that with the fact that you have to drive to every single race destination to start the race you quickly realize you spend more time randomly driving around Fairhaven than actually racing around Fairhaven.

What Should Have Been Added:
First and foremost a freaking story-line with a memorable cast and cut-scenes. Then focus more on the visual modding of the cars as that will also tie in with the multi-player aspect of the game helping you to personalize your gaming experience. Manual and semi-automatic driving would have been nice as well. For the umpteenth time where the hell is the DRAG RACING? Yeah EA and Criterion i'm talking to you... 

Final Thoughts:
Personally I don't consider this the newest addition to the NFS family I see this as more of an addition to the Burnout family as everything from the drifting to the take-downs to the cars used screams Burnout. Probably if I was reviewing this game as such I would give it a 28/30 as it really is a good game more or less as far as racing games goes. So if you are into racing games you can go ahead in good conscience and get this game; if you are a a fan of the original NFS Most Wanted or any of the NFS Underground games then this isn't really your cup of tea but you can still sip it and enjoy.


November 3, 2012 at 12:18 PM

i sipped and i was annoyed......there is a reason i didn't enjoy the last became pointless after a while.... same thing here for NFS:MW (2012). the manual transmission not being there took away the element of you having any control over your cars behaviour. The only difference i see with this game and burnout paradise is the fact that they tweeked for multi platform and have licensed cars in the game now and pretty graphics.......i give this Rating for this game

Graphics: 10/10
Gameplay: 7/10
Replay Value (single player): 4/10
Replay Value(multi player): 10/10
Game Controls: 5/10
Fun Factor: 6/10

If you don't intend to play on multi platform like what midnight club dub edition did, or aimlessly drive around like NFS World and Burnout Paradise.....stay the hell away from thsi ...i plea with you!!!

November 3, 2012 at 12:24 PM

In terms of graphics and game play, it think its great, but after NFS Run, I was wondering how the story line would go.. but no story line ... really!!!!
Driving around racing and collecting cars is boring.
This makes a good multiplayer game.. apart from that, i'll get tired of it. Real quick.

November 3, 2012 at 12:32 PM

lol thats one hell of a grading scheme ya got there. lol.

November 3, 2012 at 12:32 PM

well said there

November 4, 2012 at 8:58 PM

some of the biggest part of the actual most wanted feel it taken out much less the customization of the car that was seriously a big factor nfs like seriously they gona loose sale because they make the game seem so dam boring in term of liking the cars am sorry but i love modifying my cars n parts are for specific cars like wat tha hell

November 4, 2012 at 9:00 PM

Well in truth where the manual was a turn off for me, In terms of when you get into some very intense chases the manual transmission would be totally pointless as the police is VERY VERY aggressive especially when you have SWAT vehicles running the hell out of you, the fact that you dont have Cooldown spots is another thing so the chases become drawn out as you have to wait til the heat levels go down one by one. Customization, a down point yes but probably due to the type vehicles in there, but so far i dont see it as a bad game.

I am gonna go through the Blacklist and see whats up first though

November 4, 2012 at 9:05 PM

you would be surprised cause the reality is it is getting great reviews all around. also please to comment what you just said on the blog in the comment sectiion please and thanks.

November 4, 2012 at 9:07 PM

yeah i know of a couple people that feel the same. as far as cool-down spots goes there are none but you can stop at places and shutoff your engine to cool-down quicker or once cooling down you drive through a repair shop.

November 4, 2012 at 9:33 PM

I haven't played this yet but I guess its another game I might as well skipped on and Save up and get Forza.

November 4, 2012 at 11:00 PM

I haven't played this yet but thanks to the gameplay vids (Tankies Rion), I must same, di game pretty!! But then, as was said before, it has drift away from the storyline that I enjoyed in the Most Wanted released prior to now.

I like the fact that you have this many cars to choose from but you can't stockpile them in your garage. But I don't think that's adequate compensation for the other things lacking.

I like playing single player and hearing that there's not much of that here...ummmm....*British accent* no thank you very much (sips tea then puts it down and grabs a Sprite).

I suppose I'll enjoy watching the vids mainly for the fun commentary and the cool graphics.

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November 4, 2012 at 11:08 PM

As Usual EA lame out the thing trying to force people to do multiplayer net games

November 4, 2012 at 11:49 PM

granted its a good racing game i just dont think it lives up to the legacy of NFS

November 4, 2012 at 11:50 PM

i do what i can. gots to put it down for the ladies like a toilet seat. ^_^

November 5, 2012 at 12:20 AM

With all the recession and downsizing i guess they figured would be better off outsourcing to a different studio.

November 5, 2012 at 12:23 AM

Many tankies ^^

January 19, 2013 at 12:57 PM

"if you are a a fan of the original NFS Most Wanted or any of the NFS Underground games then this isn't really your cup of tea but you can still sip it and enjoy." The truth is in the statement

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