'Need For Speed: Most Wanted' Gives You A New Reason To Run From The Cops

October 31, 2012

When it comes down to arcade-style racing games there's only a few names that have truly endured the test of time, and the Need For Speed series is usually at the top of that list. Having been around for almost two decades, the NFS games have repeatedly given gamers top quality games at high speeds. Developed by Criterion Games, Most Wanted is the nineteenth entry into the franchise, and manages to keep up with the series' stellar reputation.

Criterion Games and EA – this combination is best known for working on the Burnout games, which are otherwise known as some of the best, and most beloved car racing games of the last decade. As a follow up to 2010's Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit, and the fun downloadable diversion Burnout Crash, this famed studio is going all in with Most Wanted.

An open world racing game where you try to climb the ranks as the "most wanted" driver in all of Fairhaven. Find a car, find a race, and you're good to go only minutes after you start the game. With cars hidden all over the world, you'll never be at a loss for a new ride, or a new challenge. Practice up and take your skills online against your friends, and prove that you've got what it takes to be the best.

Need For Speed Most Wanted should be available on at least one platform that you own. You can buy the full experience at retail on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita, or you could download it on your PC, PS3 or Vita. There's also a scaled down version released on Android and iOS (developed by Fire Monkey) if you want to grab it on your mobile device. And, for those early adopters out there, if you're picking up a Wii U in a couple weeks, you could hold off until 2013 when it's released for that console as well.

The Criterion team is known for making stellar racing games, and Most Wanted is another great example of it. With the Burnout series on hiatus, this game is the closest thing you're going to get to all of the over-the-top action that those games offered. However, many of the mechanics and gameplay elements from those games have been carried over into this one – from the dynamic cut scene crashes to bonus points for reckless driving. Add in the official car licenses from some of the biggest names in the industry (Porche, Maserati, Ashton Martin, and BMW just to name a few), and you've got some really interesting opportunities happening for high-end street racing. Whether you're taking on your friends or just running from the cops for fun, Most Wanted is an excellent way to burn virtual rubber.