Most Need For Speed fans will know what I’m talking about when it comes to the most wanted game of 2005. The Need For Speed franchise has been reborn with the release of Need For Speed Most Wanted (NFSMW). On November 15 of this year in the United States, fans could not stop talking about all the fantastic features of this game and the Internet was filled with headlines about this great title. But what is all the buzz about? What makes this title so exceptional? Take a quick tour with me and you will find out.
The main attraction of Need For Speed Most Wanted is the return of the high-speed police chases that were introduced in the first installment of the series and perfected in Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit. But police chases are a lot more complicated than fans have gotten used to in previous versions of the game. The policemen are much more aggressive, more skilled and better equipped. Don’t think you can adjust your vehicle to be the fastest and beat the police with speed, they have serious stuff under the hood and skilled drivers behind the wheel.
Damaged models make a comeback too. It can completely destroy a policeman’s car, while your own car can only be visually damaged by broken windows and damaged paint. Almost everything in the world of free roaming can be destroyed and used to your advantage during a police chase. Drive through a gas station or remove the pillars from the roof of a store and see what happens to the police. The traffic models have also been improved and are still as annoying as in all the other Need For Speed titles, but the game will not be as fun without this annoyance factor. The details of the surrounding world have also received great attention. HDRR (High Dynamic Range Rendering) takes graphics to new heights and that is one of the main reasons why the game is played during the day and not at night like in the Underground series.
The speed switch is a nice innovation from EA to help players control their cars during high speed chases. The speed switch looks a lot like the bullet time feature from games like Max Payne and Total Overdose. One thing that may disappoint fans is the fact that the customization of the cars is much more limited than in the Underground series. You can only modify the spoiler, hood, roof vanes and window tint. You can buy complete body kits that will fit your muffler tips, headlights, etc. automatically to fit the specific kit you chose. You can still paint your car, add vinyls, put stickers on your ride, and paint your tires (but not your brake calipers). Painting your car and changing its visual appearance is vital to your success in the game. This will help you evade the police by reducing your heat level after every visual upgrade or change you make to your vehicle.
All of your performance upgrades are still available in-game, and you unlock more powerful upgrades as you progress through the game. The only limitation with performance upgrades is that you can no longer choose your part brands, they are preselected with each upgrade. EA also removed the rather complicated setting from Underground 2 and brought back the simple slider setting that was introduced in previous titles. Just move the corresponding slider left or right to modify your car’s handling, steering speed, height, acceleration, downforce, top speed, braking, turbo, and nitrous boost. This should be welcomed by gamers because they are no longer frustrated by hours of complicated tweaking to get the most out of their games. The emphasis of this game is becoming the most notorious street racer and that is why EA moved from the tuner theme to the police chase theme.
There are more than 30 cars to choose from, including tuners, street-cars, muscle cars, sports cars, and exotics. Each and every car can be tuned and upgraded for maximum performance. You will find that cash is a limited resource and you need to upgrade and buy strategically. You also have a chance to win your opponent’s car by winning their pink ticket after each challenge. But before you can challenge a member of the blacklist, you must first achieve a series of victories and racing milestones to build respect among the racers and show that you are worthy to compete against them.
The music continues the attitude of Underground, but high-speed police chases introduce a new innovation: interactive music. Interactive music gives the game a cinematic feel. The closer the cops get, the more dramatic the music becomes. When you avoid the police, the music reaches a climax but returns to a dramatic tone as soon as a police officer sees you again. The changes to the music are very precise and EA has done a great job of creating the right atmosphere during these lightning-fast chases.
There are a lot of other great features in this game, but mentioning them all in one article just isn’t practical. Need For Speed Most Wanted is a combination of all the great features from previous titles and more. Great graphics, a great story with great actors like Josie Maran, great music, and great cars. All of these factors make the game the most sought after game of the year.