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Need for Speed Most Wanted Races on to Retail Shelves Today

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Make trouble for the cops, for your friends or just for fun! Electronic Arts Inc. and Criterion Games today announced that the latest entry in the critically-acclaimed Need for Speed franchise, Need for Speed Most Wanted, is now available at retail stores and on Origin.com in North America.

After shattering franchise records with a total of 43 award nominations and winning the prestigious Best Racing Game award at this year's Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3), from the E3 Game Critics, Need for Speed Most Wanted is poised for global success. In Spain, Official PlayStation Magazine awarded Most Wanted with a 9.4/10 and called it, "the best online multiplayer experience ever." Game Informer, in North America, gave Most Wanted a 9/10 and described the action as an "exhilarating experience." Edge Magazine, in the UK, also awarded Most Wanted a 9/10 and credited the game for setting a "new standard in open world driving games."

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Instant like, looking to play this one out :)
 
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*Burnout
 

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Frostbite 2. Good visuals.
 
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Is this a remake?¿

Or did they forget there was already a most wanted.

If thats the case, I cant wait for NFS: Shift to come out.
 
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Frostbite 2. Good visuals.
Nope. Not Frostbite 2 this time, it uses Criterion's Chameleon engine which was used in their Hot Pursuit 2010 remake.
 
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The first most wanted game was glorious.
 
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i'm passing on this. tuning is streamlined. no real story. cops are not a threat. licensed cars means minimal damage. I love Burnout Paradise multiplayer but I don't know if it's enough..
 
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How long has Need for Speed been around? I remember playing a Need for Speed title on my Voodoo 3. :)
 
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So, is this Burnout Paradise for those that didn't buy it because it didn't have "real" cars?
From the gameplay videos, all I see is a rearranged paradise city and cars that aren't made up.
Other than that, it's still the same concept.
 
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I bought Burnout Paradise a while back because I wanted a racing game and heard it was good but I didn't like it that much. I loved the old Most Wanted but if this plays more like Paradise then I'll probably just skip it.
 
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How long has Need for Speed been around? I remember playing a Need for Speed title on my Voodoo 3. :)
First The Need for Speed was released in 1995 if I remember right for DOS and without 3D hardware acceleration, and the graphics and gameplay were the best of its time. One of the best NFS ever. Then NFS2 came out with a later patch for 3DFx Glide. Playing that game in 3D SVGA graphics was one of my best experiences ever on my VooDoo card. Then came out in '98 NFS III - Hot Pursuit which had the first fully 3D graphics engine that blew any car games at that time. Driving through rain in that game still remains on of the best experience ever. Then 1 year later and updated NFS High Stakes came out, and until today is considered THE BEST EVER NFS ever produced. Also the last that featured a 3D inside view of the car for best simm experience.
 
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NFS Porsche 2000 (or Unleashed depending on your market) and NFS Hot Pursuit 2 are the best NFS IMO. The Porsche for the graphics (in its time) and realistic storyline/history line and car upgrades. And HFSHP2 for online gaming. Groundbreakers. Since then, I have found NFS console ports rather lackluster.
 
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I love NFS and Burnout but I'm waiting for reviews or a sale before I buy this one as the last few have been bs.
 
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just downloaded ... installing .. if i like it then i will buy
 
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just downloaded ... installing .. if i like it then i will buy
but be cautious cause this game apparently doesn't like Core 2's...
 
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I played it for a while, works nicely, looks good, gets boring though.
 

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NFS Porsche 2000 (or Unleashed depending on your market) and NFS Hot Pursuit 2 are the best NFS IMO. The Porsche for the graphics (in its time) and realistic storyline/history line and car upgrades. And HFSHP2 for online gaming. Groundbreakers. Since then, I have found NFS console ports rather lackluster.
I played Nfs 2 a lot. I liked Most Wanted (not this game).
 
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Already 16% into the game
 

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Nope. Not Frostbite 2 this time, it uses Criterion's Chameleon engine which was used in their Hot Pursuit 2010 remake.
I know Criterion made this game, but are you sure on the engine? Judging from the rather small screenshots it looks more like Frostbite 2 than Chameleon.
 
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just downloaded ... installing .. if i like it then i will buy
Tell us how the tuning is.

I much preferred Underground 2's tuning, and Most Wanted's police chases. Now kiss!
 
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underground and underground 2 were the best NFS's to date IMO... story was great and tuning was out of this world. felt like it was actually YOUR car after you tuned and tweaked it. i HATE how they went to the burnout starting for driving too, you can no longer just drive off normaly, you HAVE to spin your wheels EVERYTIME you go.... SO dumb. also sandbox roaming was awesome in the underground series
 
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there's not much tuning in the game just some parts of the car can be changed like nitrous, transmission and stuff, the colour of the car changes on the fly when you repair through repair shops scattered across the map...
erocker, the first screenshot isn't even from this game, others seem legit, and yeah the game is built on criterion's engine - look in wiki.
Here's my video into gameplay if anyone's interested: http://youtu.be/jp2jaQn_pM4