Need for Speed: Most Wanted

By staff writer Brenden Dalipe

Need for Speed: Most Wanted is one of those games where you either really love the game… or you hate it.

Today, I’m going to take a look over Need for Speed: Most Wanted by Electronic Arts (yeah, the company with the worst customer service… EVER). Now, you might be wondering: Which Most Wanted are you talking about? Well, for all the people out there siding on the original 2005 Most Wanted, and the people siding on the 2012 reboot, you’re all in luck! I’m reviewing both of them.

The original Need for Speed: Most Wanted was developed by EA Black Box, and published by EA. The game was released on November 11, 2005 for the Xbox, Xbox 360, PlayStation 2, and Windows. The reboot for Need for Speed: Most Wanted was released on October 30, 2012 on Android, PS3, Xbox 360, Microsoft Windows, PS Vita, Wii U, and iOS.
The 2005 version of Need for Speed: Most Wanted and the 2012 version of Need for Speed: Most Wanted have their similarities and their differences, but in the end, they still get the “Most Wanted” point across.

First of all… the 2005 Most Wanted. In the beginning of the game, you’re about race Razor, the number 15 out of 15 Blacklist member. Your BMW M3 GTR versus his Ford Mustang. The Blacklist is a list of the most wanted street racers in town. Right now, you’re not on the list, and Razor’s in last. Later, during the race, your car breaks down. Really, it just slows down until it comes to a stop, then the police catch you, because of course, you have no car to get away in. You soon are arrested.

Later, after you’re released from jail, a woman picks you up in a Mazda RX-8, and brings you to the car lot. You can pick from a few cars, and once you do, you head back to the woman’s garage. It turns out after a few years of jail time, the Blacklist has been updated. The Blacklist now lists (from top to bottom)…

The Blacklist
15. Sonny
14. Taz
13. Vic
12. Izzy
11. Big Lou
10. Baron
9. Earl
8. Jewels
7. Kaze
6. Ming
5. Webster
4. JV
3. Ronnie
2. Bull

The only way to unlock the races against the Blacklist members is to earn Bounty. Bounty is earned by reckless driving: driving on the wrong side of the road (oncoming), speeding, and big airtime.
In order to show everybody who’s boss, you have to rebuild your legend. Win races, run circles around the police, and trick out your car. Become the number one driver on the Blacklist!

The 2012 reboot of Need for Speed: Most Wanted begins when you are introduced to the city of Fairhaven, the city where the Most Wanted race. There are 10 of the Most Wanted, and your goal is to become the 1st. The 10 Most Wanted include:
The 10 Most Wanted
10. Alfa Romeo 4C Concept
9. Shelby Cobra 427
8. Mercedes-Benz SL 65 AMG
7. Lexus LFA
6. McLaren MP4-12C
5. Porsche 918 Spyder Concept
4. Lamborghini Aventador
3. Bugatti Veyron Super Sport
2. Pagani Huayra
Koenigsegg Agera R
Extras: BMW M3 GTR, Porsche 918 Spyder, Shelby GT500, Hennessey Venom GT Spyder

Like before, in order to race with the Most Wanted, you have to earn enough SpeedPoints. You can earn SpeedPoints the same way you can earn Bounty in the original Most Wanted.

In the iOS and Android versions of Most Wanted 2012, there are different Most Wanted and money involved, as well. You earn money like you would SpeedPoints, and by winning events. You use that money to buy new cars, rather than in the other versions of Most Wanted 2012, where you find the cars scattered across Fairhaven, and having the ability to just take the cars. No payment. The Most Wanted in the iOS and Android include:
Most Wanted (iOS and Android)
10. Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X (Licence Plate: JAPAN4)
9. Ford F-150 SVT Raptor (Licence Plate: SNWBLND)
8. Maserati GranTurismo MC Stradale (Licence Plate: GTMC)
7. Chevrolet Corvette Stingray (Licence Plate: SPIDER)
6. Aston Martin V12 Vantage (Licence Plate: GU1LTY)
5. Mercedes-Benz SL 65 AMG (Licence Plate: KRIEG)
4. Lexus LFA (Licence Plate: HONEY)
3. Nissan GT-R Egoist (2011) (Licence Plate: GDZLLR)
2. SRT Viper GTS (Licence Plate: FANGD)
Lamborghini Aventador (Licence Plate: MSTWNTD)

Each of the games have their pros and cons. I give the 2005 Most Wanted a 8.7 out of 10 because of a nice story, well done graphics, a nice selection of cars, but a bit of repetitive gameplay. 2012 Most Wanted gets a 7.8 out of 10 for not much of a real story, too short and easy of a campaign, but awesome music, cars, and graphics.
Want to explore the Most Wanted games even further? Click the links below! (the first link is the 2005 Most Wanted!)

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