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Manufacturer: Electronic Arts / Genre: Racing / Driving / Rating: T - (Teen),published by: EA - Electronic Arts

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      13.04.2013 13:32
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      Fun game, try it out!

      This game was simply my childhood, I played it countless times through and am tempted to play again, very worried about the reboot of this by Criteron but I will pick that up soon for the PS3 and review that!

      The game starts with a brief introduction to the game world (Rockport city) where you are in a blacklist race, racing #15 on the blacklist. You know nothing of what this means at the present but you will learn. You will go through all the days leading up to the race etc. You lose your prized possession in the race you're car. BMW M3 GTR. You will reclaim this. I won't ruin the story but personally I found it to be a very interesting story and it kept me hooked through the many times I played even when I knew what was happening.
      The cut-scenes were quite a new thing at the time they are an acted scene which come at parts of the game (many at start some when you beat someone on the blacklist) Now this is a small spoiler so if you do not want to learn anything about blacklist then do not read this part. The blacklist is a list of the top street racers in and around Rockport. You will have to beat all 15 putting the car you are using on the line each time until you get to 'Razor' who has moved all the way to the top of the blacklist with your car as the tool. Revenge is 15 blacklist spots away, but getting there won't be easy. To get up to a level where you will be considered able to race these pro's you will need to complete challenges, you will need a certain amount notoriety, have beat a certain number of challenges set out to you such as getting up to a speed passing a speed camera, tollbooth races etc. You will also have to compete in normal races with other small racers to earn the right to race a blacklist racer. Once you have beat someone on the blacklist you choose out of 6 random cards some will be free upgrades to cars, parts, money but the one you will want to find it the pink slip to your rivals car, meaning you will get to take their car from them which is very satisfying.

      The gameplay itself is good, controls are easy to pick up. The AI does get harder and you will need certain tactics to win races, using the destructible environments to take out your opponents is one nice way to do this but 'battling' with the other cars tends to generally not work you will need to use shortcuts and race tactics to beat them. There are many race modes I will not go into but they are varied and fun. I must warn though for every blacklist racer you will do similar things to get to race them and with continued play time this will get repetitive and boring.

      A great aspect to this game is the pursuits. (this is another thing you will have to do to gain enough notoriety to race a blacklist racer) They are fun and challenging. You can choose where to start from a menu and a police cruiser will be after you from the get go or you can drive around recklessly and into a police car if you see one and gain a star so they will chase you. (Police also appear in some street races and can be a pain especially after the race they will continue to chase you, you will have built up a lot of them by the time you finish and if you did not want a chase it can get a bit annoying) But anyway the chase is fun when you feel like it, they will use more advanced tactics to catch you as you go up the notoriety, a sergeant will come at around 2, a helicopter at 3, loads more at 4 and they will use a 'box' technique to stop you and bust you. (If you are stopped and a cruiser is around you a bar will fill if it reaches the end you will be busted, fined and get a mark on your car 3 marks and it will be impounded) you will have to use the destructible environments to defeat them among other things, different tactics work well for different players. Once you have lost the police you will have a cool down meter than needs to fill before they give up looking for you, you have 'cool down' spots in back alleys and similar places that make this bar fill a lot faster. All in all considering gameplay it was very varied, fun and a glitch free experience for me.

      There was a customization aspect to the game which was great you could do pretty much whatever you wanted to your car at the shop, you could put decals anywhere, change parts of the car, improve performance such as the engine, nitrous etc. You could also buy new cars from a dealer but to me this didn't really warrant the cost as you can upgrade cars you win in races to be just as fast or in some cases faster, depending on the car. This brought more gameplay hours and an extra little customizable experience which i thoroughly enjoyed.

      The multi-player was a great addition also, you would have all the cars you had collected in your career available and all the races available. You did not win anything as such but it was an enjoyable experience. However in July 2011 they shut down the multiplayer servers for most wanted, so a purchase now will not get you the multiplayer experience. This is a disappointment but not a deal breaker.

      This is the NFS game I've enjoyed the most by far. Hot pursuit was terrible in my opinion and Underground was fun but did not match up to this. Have to try the reboot and see what that's like. I would suggest buying this the many ways you now can it is available on PC digital copy or physical around somewhere second hand. PS3 is available on the PSN store. And xbox 360 it's available physical and digitally through the marketplace. The price I have seen is from £5-£15 depending on where you go digital download seems to be more expensive in my experience. I would encourage trying this game if you have not already it is great fun and good graphics for it's time! Only downfall is the repetitiveness that can come and the fact the multiplayer is not available anymore.

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        20.02.2011 23:16
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        Overall, a great game in the series, really addictive gameplay

        This game was released in Nov 2005 after the hugely succesful NFS: underground. it takes the elements of the underground racing circuit and emphasises the police chase/ criminal factor. Its a set race and free roaming race game, developed by Electronic Arts.

        Gameplay
        You can play 1 or 2 player, but not online. You drive in the day time mostly but sometimes at night too. The game is mostly played on free roam and you drive through symbols that tell you what kind of race so that you can evetualy earn enough challenge points to take on blacklist racers. You can race point to point, circuit, sprint races and drag, which were my favourite and is all about holding your nerve and having great timing on the gear change and when to use your nitrous oxide boost. There are also speed trap races, where at points along a sprint race there are speed cameras and you have to rack up the consistently higher speeds along the way. And toll booth where you have to race against the clock and getting to a toll booth ontime gives you a time extension. Eventually you can challenge someone on the blacklist, each driver has a destinctive name,car and attitude- all are over-confident and obnoxious. You drive on side roads, highways and tunnels and theres a nice little touch that as you come out of the tunnel, the screen lightens up and dulls down simulating your eyes adjusting. You also have a kindve bullet time slow mo buttons as with all NFS games, which allows you to slow down the action if being chased and work out which road to take, which car to smash and generally buys you time. As you rise up the wanted list you pee off the police more and more and their road blocks, tire spikers and helicopters try to hunt you down and stop you. They use normal cop cars, big ramming vehicles, special speed cops in vipers and the FBI all try to catch you. In the later stages trying to escape becomes very difficults with chases lasting up to 20 mins or more.

        Customation and vehicles
        As you win races you win cash to purcahse cars, and you can then customise our car. tune it, buy NOS boost, Buy a air induction kit, re paint, put on graphics or decals etc. There are many licensed cars to choose from, from BMW m3 to MX5 or a viper.

        Synopsis: you play 'a driver' who turns up in the city of rockport. You start off by racing the no 15 most wanted ranked man in the city, a guy called razor. But he has sabotaged your pretty nifty BMW M3 GTR, and you end up losing the race as you car claps out and your caught by the police. You get busted and spend some time in jail. When you are realised you relaise that Razor is now no1 on the most wanted list, he has your car and hes making a killing with it. With the help of Mia, you make designs to rise up the list of the most wanted and take back our vehicle.

        Graphics:
        The cars are brilliantly rendered, very slick.The lights of street lamps and other vehicles headlights bounce off of metallic paintwork...its very detailed. The cut scenes are great they use real actors and kindve CGI them o look less life like but still realistic. I have never seen this used before or since.

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        05.05.2010 15:53
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        Great idea, good game, hours of fun

        This game was one of my favourites on the PS2, with exciting gameplay and good (if unrealistic racing) combined with a selection of cars and a great story. This game for me was the turning point for Need for Speed title, which now has produced 'Shift' which really is a good game.

        So the story. You are a young racer with a great car (BMW M3 the best car in the game) but in your first race (also your tutorial) your enemy and number 15 on the 'blacklist'. You are then shot back in time to a few races to get to that point, and a run in with 'Sergeant Cross'. You are then put back in the present, you race 'RAZOR' however your car doesn't quite run properly and the screen fades out, it becomes clear that your car was sabotaged. When you return, Mia Townsend is there (played by Josie Maran) and tells you that Razor has gone all the way to number 1 on the blacklist. She sorts you out with a car, but you are given a warning about her by your friend that she may not be all she seems. Your task is to now race your way to revenge, beating the entire blacklist to get a shot at beating Razor to win your car back. I won't say anymore other than the story has some twists and turns, but that is how you are set out after about 10 minutes of gameplay.

        This is where the game begins, and trust me it takes a while to beat it, leading to hours and hours of exhilarating racing and police chases, plenty of entertainment value in this game. What do you do? Well the majority of your time will be split between earning bounty (escaping from epic police chases) and winning races to earn money and a set number of wins to earn your right to race the blacklist racer you want to face. This can be frustrating, after earning literally millions of bounty points in a huge police chase (which are rated by a star system, more serious chases i.e. 5 star ones are unlocked later in the game) you can be caught and lose all of them. This can take hours to redo to earn enough points to race the blacklist guy/girl. Police chases can involve helicopters, spikes, massive police cars (rhinos) and differing tactics and road black to stop you. You will have to use serious speed and shortcuts to beat them and escape them, but it's really satisfying once you escape earning enough bounty to race the blacklist racer.

        When racing each member of the blacklist you will have to race them at their own game, their strengths. This is where the different elements of the racing begin. This is what makes the game so addictive. You can have a drag race (straight ¼ or ½ mile race with manual gear changes), lap race (normal) time trial, drift race points for cornering, or a speed style race where the player who clocks the highest speed on a speed camera wins. Each blacklist member has different strengths etc. So you will have to race them at their strongest element. After beating a member you can have a selection of rewards, chose one of 5, you don't know which is which, but one of them is the pink slip, where you can have the blacklist member's car (worth a lot of money).

        The other main aspect of the game is your safe house and the various garages to modify your car, either for looks or for speed and power. This is like every other NFS game, drive around find your garage and start modifying for lots of money, but you have to, in order to win.

        The gameplay is really good, damage is there, along with reduced handling at high speeds. However, cornering is ridiculous you can take hairpins at 60, and it feels slow, play Gran Turismo and you'll feel just how unreal this game is for driving. A keen racer, who loves authenticity, would hate this game. But someone who wants to enjoy a good story and just wanting to beat the game will love it.

        This game gets 4 stars, it's not a premium racer, but it has a great concept. Well worth playing and buying.

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        12.09.2009 15:36
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        A lean and impressive racer

        Need for Speed Most Wanted is a curious change in direction for a series that's perhaps most famed for its Underground games. Given the impressive graphics and insane level of customisation available, they had a lot to shoot for in this game, and whilst it's great, some of you might be jarred a little by the change in direction.

        Like the previous games, you surface at a city and attempt to basically beat everyone else through a series of races, but the game opens with a cinematic where you lose your car because another competitor fixed the race so that you would lose. As a down and outer, you have to work your way back up the ladder and hope that you can not only get your car back, but get revenge on those who wronged you by tearing them up on the track. Making things more challenging of course, are the police, who will try to stop you with any number of vicious contraptions, such as helicopters and spike belts.

        The gameplay is as slick and grounded as the series has always been - the controls handle like a dream, and there's a new "bullet time" element tha, whilst derivative, is extremely handle if you're caught in a spot of trouble and want to get out of it with ease. The game has most of the key modes you'll be used to as a fan of the series - regular circuit races, sprint races (where you have to get there the quickest using any route you wish), but strangely Drift mode has been removed, sadly, considering it was one of the best introductions in the last game. They have compensated by adding a few daft modes, though, such as one which involves you trying to rack up the highest speed on a speed camera!

        The Pursuit mode is what makes this so much fun - I remember some of the older NFS games having this mode and so I'm glad it's back in there - I mean, what kid doesn't want to recreate a classic game of cops and robbers? On the negative side, petrolheads who want to customise every little nuance of their vehicle might be left a little underwhelmed because they've toned that down in favour of a game that's more accessible to those who don't even OWN a car. Still, this is a quality entry and brings back my favourite elements of the series.

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        06.09.2009 10:44
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        Well worth the Pennies

        Need for Speed Most Wanted is a Racing Simulation game where racers get a world to roam around in, resulting in cop chases, Street Races, Pink Slips and more.

        The Basic plot of this game is quite simple, Race to get Rep, You entered Rockport City as a newbie with a Tuned up BMW M3, after your ride lets you down, you lose your ride to the lowest black-list 15 racer Razor.
        Now in an attempt to win back your ride, your Pride, and your Rep you must dominate the entire 15 Blacklist Govenors before Waiting for you at number one your rival Razor.

        The game starts off when you are are in your ride racing Razor, and like the plot your car cut's out due to an oil leak, then when cops come you are stranded in jail, until Mia comes. A girl who knows people, offering you a place to store cars as long as you put aside any bets she puts down on your behalf.

        Now as any other Need for speed Game you buy a car tune it up, but for this game they did things slightly differently. You have got to do a certain number of challenges to be able to compete against the next blacklist racer, such as bounty(achieved in police chases, Speed traps etc) race wins etc.
        The Challenges get harder as you go, and your Wanted level increases dramatically.
        Until at the end you come head to head with the Rockport Police Department's Special forces who specialise in stopping speed racers. Until you become the most wanted and the Number one Blacklist Governor.

        The gameplay and storyline is a major improvement on Underground 2, and enabling that free roam makes the game so much better, letting players explore the city and sights.
        The controls are easy to use and hard to master, it's the basic handbrake and gas routine.
        The sound's are gangster/thug tracks which is exactly the kind I expected, very Street racer-like.

        The Car customization and tuner allows you to freely tune your car from Vinyls to Gear ratios, but no more of that silly car star rating which is great!

        On the whole a Superb Game and a step in the right direction from EA

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          06.06.2009 14:21
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          Speed, Action, thrills fast furious styled story wit Cars 2 match

          Need for Speed: MW following the NFS generation of racing games. I first saw this game on late night telly 'Cybernet' and after watching the review i wasnt that impressed/ fort what the hell is all the fuss about, the graphics looked poor and manga styled on TV .. the show actually loved it to bits ... about year later the price come down & i managed to get hold bargain bin copy for half the price! g8 deal. The cover has a BMW M3 metalic silver with double blue go-faster strips.. Tasty.

          Bit anxious cos even then i fort it was over hyped; placed it in and the usual EA logo appears, u enter the game and bang i was impressed with the story which u played the lead character driving the cover BMW which has meaty reved up sound .. the problem starts with u losing fuel/speed in the first race because your car has been tampered. Your opponent laughing cos now you have lost your prized car via the pink-slip option; if u win later race bosses you get cars added to your garage, thats only if you pick the winning p-slip option, otherwise you get cash, boosters, modifications or get outta jail tickets! But nothing beats win prized cars.

          So u start off with small amount cash enough to buy a standard Fiat (nippy, fast acceleration, but doesnt have great top speed) or Salon (which is heavier thus slow acceleration, better top speed, rams cars better).

          I opted for the cheap & cheerful Fiat first time round ... in your first race u get normal timer countdown, u rev up ur car and if u time the start right u get 2 pull ahead; get the moment wrong & u lose vital seconds. The rule is simple win race via circuit laps, one-on-one, sprints, drag racing. If you do so u get hard earned cash to modify your car from paint jobs, body work, tyres, better engine more turbo, and even purchase more cars for ur garage .. as you move along in the game the cars get better to meaty mustangs, fast paced lambogs, and even drifty japanese cars ... different races require different types cars. Straight tracks/drag style need fast top speed 'sports' cars; 'muscle' cars for barging other cars and driftin around easy corners to 'drifters' for those dangerous hard U-pin-style cornering.

          Other fun options are the pursuit, whereby u have to out run the police cars .. hard pounding it is, u have to keep your nerve and out run them by smashing other road users, lamposts, water barrels etc anything to slow em down and put some distance between u and the law .. as you progress you get more police cars on your tail, to road blocks, spiked roads, to the top speed unreal sports police cars, even a helicoptor to buzz your location!! Mad and fun is all i can say with a pace to match your heart race.

          Overall the graphics get better as you play, the style suits the speed that u crave, and so much is going on that u can only focus on the track and wantin to 'Win'! its very addictive with just the right amount of learnin-curve and difficulty to want u to keep trying; i found it difficult to put down i was sooo drawn into the games pace and addictive story line (which i'll add more to another time)

          One of te best racing games around makes it hard to match only by another EA game 'burnout revenge'
          It pulls u in wanting to know the ending story, and boosting up the specs of your cars that u feel like there personally yours!

          Its bit old now with EA pushin the franchise to the max with PS3's N4S Carbon, Pro street and the best 'Undercover' series; with the stories attracting Maggie Q!!! The anticipated N4S 'Shift' coming out soon sooo unless u wanna find out the fuss is about /u can find dirt cheap copy which will match the racing games of today past & future ... i can see a movie being made from 'Most Wanted' following in the steps of fast 'n' furious fame

          Just rev up and dont look back for this fantastic speed game!

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            15.05.2009 18:41
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            Well worth the money, Its an awesome game that never gets tiresome - Recommended!

            So, Need for Speed Most Wanted. I found it a fantastic game. I think that graphics are truly brilliant... that is on your own personal car. The surrounding cars on the road don't have quite as good graphics, actually they look a bit like toy cars. However, the same can be said for all Need for Speed games so I won't downgrade the game to much over that. The sound effects on the cars are like the graphics, very realistic.

            The best thing about this game however is the police chases. I could sit for hours just messing about with them, you get all sorts of different types of police vehicles chasing you, including choppers. The pursuits can really last for as long as you want them to (providing you are half decent at the game). You can even smash through roadblocks :), and run over spikes and get stuck :( .

            The career is undoubtedly set out in a brilliant way in my opinion. The "Blacklist" has 15 of the best racers in the area on it. To get higher in the game you will need to challenge each one of them to a race and beat them. Although, unfortunately, to challenge them you will nead to win quite a few races first, but I suppose if this wasn't the case the career would be way to short.

            Most wanted also, unquestionably does what the NFS games are famous for very well. That is the cars and customisation/tuning. There is a huge range of cars available for tuning and then driving about in. Way to many makes to mention, but some of the main ones include; porsche, corvette, lamborghini and many more. Every single car in the game is fully customisable, from the colour of the wing mirrors, to all of the body work, literally. The vinyls and paint options at hand are also of a good quality, not to mention that there are hundreds of them. Once again, even the vynls can be customised by changing the colour schemes and paint types.

            In Need for Speed Most Wanted, there are several different event types, six to be exact. These are;
            -Circuit (the typical lap style course consisting of a varying amount of laps)
            -Drag (normally a quarter mile full on power race to the finish)
            -Lap Knockout (A certain amount of laps depending on the amount of racers involved, at the end of every lap, the racer in last position is eliminated)
            -Speedtrap (there is a chance to build up speed to the cameras, pass them as fast as you can, your combined speeds add up to give a total score)
            -Sprint (A set track without laps, first finished wins)
            -Tollbooth (Pass the tollbooths within the set time limit, pass them quicker to gain bonus time on to your next deadline)

            So thats it really, all that is left to mention is that there is also a Multiplayer option (local only) in which you and friends can race each other in quick races.

            thanks for reading

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            22.06.2008 00:35
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            Great gameplay aspects and my personal favourite NFS game

            Need for Speed Most Wanted was the third game in the NFS series, following Underground 1 and 2, which in their own rights were great games, so Most Wanted had a tough act to follow, but I believe it delivered the goods.

            The game involves you moving to a new city to conquer the race scene there, but in one of your first races you lose your car because another driver fixed it. Therefore you start from scratch trying to work your way up the ladder to get your car back. In the way though are the Blacklist and the cops. The blacklist are other drivers all trying to be best in the city and the cops are there to just well.. do their job and stop street racing I suppose, which is funny, because in the other two cities they didn't do a very good job!

            The new feature of this game is obviously the fact that the police are involved and this means there are several pursuits you have to go through during the course of the game, of which some are easy, others much more difficult. Secondly an introduction of "The Challenge Series" numerous other mini-challenges involving tollbar challenges and pursuit chases, which start of easily but progressively get extremely difficult.

            As for gameplay, well the controls are like your basic driving game, and this is no different, easy controls, with an added feature of a time-breaker (temporarily allows you to slow down the game to turn those corners you always hate that you can NEVER get round.. sorry went off on one!) but it's very useful and so that is just one of many positives. Secondly the graphics are also very good in most places and just make the game come alive.

            Now for game content, you have similar race modes to the previous games, circuit, sprint, drag (in later stages) but unfortunately in this game there was no drift for drift fans. New modes included tollbar challnge, having to drive through tollbars before the clock ran out, and speed camera challenge, having to drive through speed camera areas the fastest.

            The racing is at times quite easy, however some races I've had to repeat a few times to win and have been quite challenging so there is a good mixture for various abilities.
            The pursuit mode is what I think is the real gem of this game. It starts of easy, very easy, and this builds your confidence, but as the game advances, this confidence becomes cockiness, and eventually it will catch up to you and when it does you realise the beauty of the game. It is a clear and easy to use pursuit format and is really intense and at the heart of racing so make the game extra special and gives it a feature that I had never seen in a racing game before.

            The separate game mode (challenge series) has the same intensity and satisfying element of the main game, with addicting challenges and same varying amounts of difficulty.

            One area of the game lacking compared to the previous game was that the cars can't be customized as much, and there are no DVD/Magazine covers. Overall though this does not affect the racing and gameplay element of the game.

            Other features of the game are once again a good multiplayer aspect and a great storyline throughout.

            My rating: scrapes a 5*

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              One of the best street racing games around.

              Game Info

              Genre = Street Racing
              Developer = EA Black Box
              Publisher = Electronic Arts
              Players = 2 Player
              Online = No
              Age = 3+
              Memory Usage = 121KB Minimum
              Released = November 2005

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              ==HISTORY==
              The very popular street racing series by the name of Need for Speed (NFS) started way back in 1994, see in releases of about 15 games around many consoles, handheld games and also the PC. The game I’m reviewing to day is called Most Wanted, which you will see the return of police chases along with its high speed racing and Car customization.

              ==STORY==
              The Story starts off with you a street racer with a heavy modified BMW M3 GTR arrives at a city called Rockport. You aim is to become the best know driver which you most beat each racer ranked on 15# Most Wanted list know as the Blacklist. Taken on the 15th racer called Razor he sabotages your car before the race which ends in you being nicked and also losing your car. Shortly after being released you find out that Razor has taken the top place on the Blacklist using your car and so starting from the bottom with a new car and some help from a new friend you work your way up the list to finally race Razor and get your prized BMW back.

              ==GRAPHICS==
              Where as the 2 previous NFS games were all based at night, this time around they have deiced to set it all in the day time which I think was a great idea as the graphics look stunning in the game. Every thing looking crisp and slick, the cars, glass, signs and other metal objects have this shiny glare of them reflecting the sun’s light. There’s even rain that pours down in races although this does not effect your handling that I’ve noticed, another cool effect is when you are driving out of a tunnel – there’s this bright beam of light at the end as if it was a wall of light to give you the effect of your eyes adjusting to the sunlight as you leave the darkness.

              Ones again the city is open to drive around in that’s very well designed from curved roads and straights throw the city with short cuts along the way to take advantage from when racing. There are also wide big open roads and highways that are great to test out the top speeds of your rides.

              The cars are of course the stars of the game, with each and every car very well detailed with kits on or as standard. The reflections off the cars are on par even with the Gran Turismo games. Only down side of the graphics is the traffic it self with them being quite plane and dull.

              The cut scenes this time around are worth watching as not only they are extremely top quality but also follows a good storyline.

              ==SOUND/MUSIC==
              The soundtrack contains about 25 songs from rock, hip-hip and techno, with none of the songs I’ve hear before and very few groups/singers I’ve heard of but still has some good tracks but more importantly then fit in to this racing scene.

              The sound as all ways it excellent with the roaring of the engines and the dump values and turbo going as you change gear. The voice acting is pretty well done also with many characters through the game where as only one would come close to being called famous being to woman that helps you out through the game acted by Josie Maran who has been a model since aged 17 that have also stared in films like “Van Helsing” and “The Aviator”.

              ==CONTROLS==
              The controls are pretty much the same as another other racing game but where as you have to use the analogue stick to control the steering as the d-pad is used to access map, shops and the phone. The one thing that I notice about the controls is did not respond correctly at times when changing the gears manually or using the special slow-mo turning ability and the only way around this was to press on the button a bit harder instead of a quick press.

              Another thing that annoyed me was that there was no button to change the view from which you drive from, instead you had to go into the options when paused. As I prefer the inside view where you can only see the bonnet, I sometimes would like to change view just to check out my ride and would have been better if they added this to the pad.

              ==GAMEPLAY==
              Like I said before it’s an open city where you can drive around freely and enter any race you feel like. To challenge each of the blacklist racers you most first complete a number of races as well as milestones.

              The races include the Lap and point 2 point races known as circuit and sprint, then there’s the drag race. There are another 2 type of races that are brand new to the series which as called Speed Trap and Tollbooth. In the Speed Trap race you most race through a number of speed camera at the fastest speed you can, the winner is the one with the highest totally cumulative score. Tollbooth is the only race where its just you vs the time, you are given a time limit to get to the each tollbooth where as getting the them will give you extra time, this one may sound boring to some of you but this one was my favorites as it’s usually set on the highways which really lets you test out your speed as you fly pass everything in a blurry.

              The Milestones that you most complete is to do with police pursuits that they have brought back in. Racing around the city at high speed will of course attracted attention from the police where they chase you down and try and stop you which if court you will have to pay fines. The more heat you get from them a bar will rise and at points will get harder in the form of FBI cars and racing version cops and even roadblocks, spike traps and latter on helicopters. The milestones you need to complete are things like ram 10 police cars, escape in less than 2 minutes, last for 4minutes or long, dodge at least 5 roadblocks and so on.

              These milestones do get harder as you progress as well as do the races. The Police pursuits are fun to do and are chance from just racing all the time. Along with escape in from them you can also your own type of rock blocks, dotted around the place are destructive buildings and scene indicated by red arrows to show which part you most drive into for the structure to fall down on top of the following vehicles behind you to damage and stop them dead in the tracks.

              Onto the customization now of the cars, after defeating each of the blacklist racers you unlock not only new cars to buy but also body kits, performance parts and visual. Like the cars themselves the body kits are very detailed and make them look much better, although I found some of the rear of the kits look to odd and the problem is the kit goes on as a whole one, where previous NFS games and other racing games lets you add bumpers, side skirts separately. The spoilers and bonnets have a very large amount to buy from which is great as you can really personalize it to your way.

              ==REPLAY-VALUE==
              Replay value varies depending on how much you really enjoy the racing, as ones you completed the main game there is no more items to unlock by playing it again.

              I started it a second time as I wanted to try out some more of the cars, although there’s only 32 cars in the game, they are pretty good ones. Only complaint about the cars is that some don’t really fit into street racing games really like Aston Martin, Corvette, Lamborghini and Porsche. I guess it nice to see a few different cars compared to more usual standard cars but I think they gone over the top a bit by having too many from the same make. Where as there’s 5 Porsche’s , 4 Mercedes and 3 Lamborghini’s, as they pretty much look similar I would have been best cut some out and have more other makes and cars which will add more Varity to the section.

              What also adds to the replay value are the 2 player modes that include all the types of races as well as being able to use your career cars to race with. If you looking for value other than 2 player and playing career mode again there’s the challenge mode where you have to complete races and milestones just like the ones seen in the main game but your given car to race in. Complete each one of this unlocks a few more to compete in and finally successfully completing all 64 challenges will unlock another 2 cars.

              The career mode should take between 1 and 2 weeks to do. Although the PS2 version has dropped the online play but you still can have 2 player modes and challenges will extend to many more happy days of racing.

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              ==BUY OR NOT TO BUY==
              Myself not being a fan of NFS games I really enjoyed this one and is the best one I’ve played (note: I’ve not played NFS: Carbon). Great racing, stunning cars and the return of the police chases are funny. A must buy game if you like street racing games.
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              SCORE & SUMMARY

              Graphics - 10/10, stunning cars and realistic looking reflections.
              Sound/Music - 8/10, music is not as good as other games but sound is top class.
              Controls - 8/10, easy to use with good arcade drift handling.
              Gameplay - 9/10, great fun, especially now they brought back police chases.
              Replay Value - 7/10, lots of customizations but no online play.

              FINAL RATING – 8.4/10

              Amazon.co.uk = £11.98
              Play.com = £11.99
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                23.05.2006 19:32
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                The most gripping raceing game this year

                This game is one of the best racing games i have brought for a long time. It is fun and exiting and the chases make it all the more hard to win. The police are hard to get away from and they "bust" you if they catch you and you lose the race.
                The game makes you start with a ruddish car and then they give you money and pink slips the to make you car better.
                I highly advise this game to anyone else game and you will get instantly adicted.

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                  08.04.2006 21:02
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                  Racing game.

                  There are so many street racing games on the market at the moment that there is a need for any new game to offer something different to make it a success and Need for Speed - Most Wanted comes up with the goods when it matters most.

                  Playing in career mode sees you fresh out of jail after losing your car to a shady character called Razor. Your objective is to work your way back up the ranks of the street racing circuit in Rockport which is organised by a ranking system known as the Blacklist.

                  For me the feature that stands out in this game is the involvement of the police, in order to progress up the rankings and meet Razor who is now at the top and driving your car you not only have to win races but also score some points for annoying the police and wrecking their pursuit cars. As you get higher up not only with you have normal squad cars to deal with but also helicoptor pursuit and a whole host of road blocks and traps to avoid, it really does make for a challenging game.

                  It is this pursuit mode that saves the game as some of the racing levels are not particularly difficult in the early stages however naturally it does get progressively hard however the controls responce is excellent and the driving experience is a lot of fun.

                  The visuals are really good on this game with the city scenes very realistic and with up to 30 cars for you to purchase as you progress you will not get bored with your ride for long before you can upgrade to a new motor.

                  In summary this is definately worth checking out for all those petrol heads out there.

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                • Product Details

                  The new speester in EA's successful series combines the tuner customization of Need for Speed Underground with an expanded take on the police chases of the Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit series. The game will feature a Rap Sheet option that works hand in hand with a player's street reputation as they move up from the "Black List" to the A-List. Users will also be able to go head-to-head with their opponents while simultaneously trying to avoid more than six different police cars at once through a dynamically changing open-ended world. Get your car peaked for outrunning the po-po by cuctomizing your muscle cars, supercars, tuners, and sports cars.