PSP : Need for Speed Most Wanted Reviews

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Out Of The Way Coppers!!!

3 Rating: 3, Useful: 11 / 14
Date: February 07, 2006
Author: Amazon User

I definitely know what it is to have the feeling for the fast & the furious with the thrills of the racing. I've been a huge fan of the Need For Speed series for the past several years. While the game series has had its shares of status with the game on the thrills of the chase with Hot Pursuit 2, and the recently released Most Wanted games for the consoles. Yet, with all the hype of Most Wanted for the consoles, the handhelds have all lost some of the momentum. With Need For Speed Most Wanted for Nintendo's DS edition have doesn't have the appeal of the thrill of the chase. With a different spin of the game for Sony's PSP out, could that have the same effect the DS had for gamers? Here is the answer.

Need For Speed: Most Wanted 5-1-0 for Sony's PSP is a different spin of the high speed thrills that the consoles have made. The game of course has some of the similar effects the consoles have made successful, but this is a different spin here. The object is the same as the other editions, you have the evade the cops in order to make your way to the top of the list, but there are much fewer challenges and courses for you to master. The graphics on this edition, are very well received and the sound is good, but the control at times, is very shoppy, and is difficult to manuever your way around the police where the console editions have a easier time making it happen. You get the same cars that you have to master on the console editions like the Mazda RX-8, the Chevy Cobalt, and other great cars. As you work your way up, you can get newer cars, and remodel and enahnce your car with better controls and devices, which are great, but they can be difficult to master at first, but easy to operate later on.

All in all, Need For Speed: Most Wanted 5-1-0 for the PSP isn't really worth all what it is speedwise worth. It is a good game for some, but if you have had the thrills of the chase for the consoles like the Xbox 360, or Playstation 2, you are just better off with the home console editions instead. If you just only have the PSP, I suggest you rent the game and try it out.

Graphics: B-

Sound: B

Control: C 1/2+

Fun & Enjoyment: C+

Overall: C

Fun at first

3 Rating: 3, Useful: 6 / 6
Date: January 02, 2006
Author: Amazon User

I purchased this game hoping EA redeemed themselves for the junk they called Need for Speed Rivals. It's better than NFS Rivals, but Most Wanted still has many, many flaws.

The game starts out pretty fun. Once you get to around 7th or so on the blacklist, it starts getting pretty bad.

The first few races are easy wins. Then, it gets a bit more difficult, and around 7th on the list, the races just don't get difficult, but thanks to the terrible AI (the AI might actually be too good, thus making it terrible), they get almost impossible to beat. I love a challenge, but EA takes it too far. Don't forget the complete lack of realism in the game.

First of all, I don't think anyone at EA researched the cars in the game. In real life, in a race between a modded RX8 and an equally modded WRX STi, the STi would wipe the floor with the RX8. Not in this game. Want to beat the modded STi? Buy a stock RX8, you're almost guaranteed a win. An Adui TT is not faster than a Corvette. It has nowhere near the power of a Vette. But in this game, it's the other way around. The TT will beat the Vette. EA should have fixed this, make the cars in the game resemble the cars in real life.

Second, the AI never makes mistakes. While even the best players will spin out and crash occasionally, the AI cars rarley, if ever, crash or lose control.

Third, the cops in this game are extremley annoying. The cop cars have perfect handling and are always faster than you. Not only that, the cop cars have some dirty tricks to try to get you to stop. They'll force you into civilian traffic, they'll crash into you, anything. Most people want the game to be realistic. Now, I've never been involved in a high speed chase myself in real life, but I know that cops would never, ever force you into a civilian's car to get you to stop.

If the complete lack of realism isn't enough, here's more complaints:

1. Where did everything go??? The console versions of NFS Most Wanted have more cars, more tracks, free roam...everything. Most things were cut out for the PSP version. No free roam, fewer cars, a small selection of tracks, and other features are gone. I know that UMDs don't hold as much as DVDs, but if Rockstar can fit Liberty City on a UMD, EA could fit whatever city this game takes place in on a UMD and offer free roam.

2. The few tracks you have are very repetitive. I'd say there are 10-15 tracks, and around 100 races. You'll be seeing the same thing over and over again.

3. The soundtrack is rather dissapointing. If you like rap, its probably OK, but I despise rap, so I have to choose from the few rock songs there are. I've found the best soundtrack is muting your PSP and putting on your favorite CD. I wish EA would have taken advantage of the ability to transfer MP3s to your PSP and allow custom soundtracks.

So, what does the game do well?

1. The graphics are pretty good for a handheld. I'd say they're just slightly worse than the PS2.

2. Quick loading times. I've yet to see a loading screen last for more than 20 seconds or so.

3. If you don't count the terrible AI as a bug, this game has few bugs.

4. Great time waster. If you're bored and have your PSP with you, this will help pass the time as you attempt to beat the horrible AI.

So, is this game worth 50 bucks? No, it isn't. Maybe once the price drops down to 40 or 30, it would be worth it. But if you have $50 to spend and really want it, buy it for PS2, Xbox or Xbox 360. You'll be happier. But if you just want a good racing game for PSP, pass this up and take a look at Burnout Legends.

$tup!d AI kills this game

3 Rating: 3, Useful: 6 / 8
Date: May 02, 2006
Author: Amazon User

I've never felt so frustrated with a game like with this one. I'm usually too busy to write down a review for a product in Amazon, this is the main reason I'm lately buying games for the PSP, because I can pull out my PSP and play my favorite passtime (gaming) anywhere and anywhen. Still, I'm so angry right now that I decided to make the time out of sleep time to rant at EA and warn others about this game. I have to tell "Rivals" was a mediocre attempt, but I kind of understand it because was the first NFS for the PSP, and EA was probably rushing to get it out.

What about PSP NFSMW you ask? well the game is good in graphics, control and soundtrack, but there is one part of the game that really makes my PSP be glad its not a cheaper device, otherwise I'd have thrown it out the window from sheer frustration, the incredible stupid AI, specially the cops! I can't believe who in EA was the Project Manager or QA Manager for this game, the cops RAM straight into your car, push you into incoming traffic, they never miss a curve and their cars seem to run up to 500mph. This is stupid!! there is no other way to look at it. And it completely ruins the game, there is no sense of challenge here, it just makes you wish the next game includes a gun to fight back to these spychopaths.

This is a shame on EA, I think they recycled this AI code from a different game. Is there a patch to this game in the future? "Ethic and Common Sense v2.1 patch".

Looks stunning and plays well, but...

4 Rating: 4, Useful: 4 / 4
Date: April 08, 2006
Author: Amazon User

It's no wonder why the PSP is one of the must-have gadgets this year. EA's spectacular Need For Speed launches (Underground, Most Wanted) are indeed reasons why you should get a PSP. Though Underground was near perfect quality, it still had its faults. But I'm not reviewing that title.

Need For Speed: Most Wanted looked phenomenal on the PS2. Adding that fresh 'Underground' premise with the classic and original Need For Speed police concept, Most Wanted certainly attained that must-have quality. But even with the mixture of two different concepts, Most Wanted didn't come out as perfect as I would've liked it to.

Let's start with its different components:


The graphics are near perfect to its PS2 counterpart. The on-going cars have that stalish body-paint and some of the courses have polgon collision - as in the car abnoramally runs into an invisible wall. Overall, the graphics showcases that gritty product Underground fantastically displayed, as well as day to mid afternoon courses found in classic NFS titles.



Handling the car in-game is too easy, and that's the problem. For avid, hardcore racing fanatics and veterans of the NFS series, you won't find that 'control' you have had access to in prior titles and Gran Turismo. I found the dismissal of 'Manual Handling' expectant because of the lack of buttons on the PSP, but it really was desirable. Overall, the gameplay is phenomenal for all ages and inviting to any gamer - new or old.



It attains that Underground storyline, but if you have the PS2 version of this title, you're better off following the story from there as it is not entirely text-based. Still, the story is very suiting to the game and once again wraps you up in that 'Underground/Fast and Furious' pseudo experience. Its very easy to comprehend, as well as lackluster in some parts.



This is one of the profound qualities of the game. It has that 'pedal to the metal' pumping game sound as well as a decent soundtrack - featuring artists like Disturbed and T.I. The sound is very rich in quality and is equal to anything of the Gran Turismo series.



Body Kit, Paint, Spoilers, Rims, Exhausts, Nitrous and Engines are all available as in the Underground series. What's more is that the main-menu boasts new 'Career Mode' with sensational graphics. There's also demos of NBA Live '06 and Madden NFL '06. Another new feature (with the help of the PSP) is the ability to challange anyone, anywhere to an online duel. The plus is that you get to challange anyone, the negative is that he/she has to be atleast 15 feet away. Still, the features are broad for something produced on something so compact as a UMD.



The game is a must buy for anyone with a PSP. The sound and graphics are magnificent and the gamplay is easy to pick up. The only gripe I have towards this game is the A.I. of the squad cars. At times it can be really exhasperating and unnecessary, but the main objective is to overcome the odds. This game is very good and recommendable. Long-time fans might be a bit dissappointed though.


Decent ... Even good.. But Buy Burnout Legends.

4 Rating: 4, Useful: 8 / 14
Date: November 18, 2005
Author: Amazon User

This is a good little racer. The cars are pretty the driving is close to fun and the world is nice. BUt you will never reach the speeds you reach in Burnout. the crashes will never be as good. The cop chases are better in a sense. The problem with the car chases in this one though are the fact that you have to wait a while when the action starts getting good. That's right. You actually have to slow down to hide from the cops and make them forget about you. Have you ever played a game that make you slow down? Buy Burnout and go fast always.


5 Rating: 5, Useful: 3 / 3
Date: December 11, 2005
Author: Amazon User

this game is addicting. be careful...you will spend a lot of time with your psp if you buy this game.

a lot of fun. i reccomend it. the graphics are great, the playability is great, the replay value is great.

the only complaint i have is there really isnt to much of a story to it.

Not all that... at all!

2 Rating: 2, Useful: 4 / 7
Date: March 21, 2006
Author: Amazon User

Ok, let's get down to this.

The game itself has amazing graphics, is fun to play (more on that in a bit) to a certain extend, and does feature an online mode where you can play with others.

Graphics are pretty cool compared to other PSP games but nothing mind blowing!

Now the problems with this game are as follow:
1) the PSP supports WPA-PSK encryption but the game doesn't! EA got cheap and didn't bother adding it! Stupid!
2) the probability of you hitting a car vs the probability of your opponent hitting a car = stupid! There is no ***&&@ way that the AI can avoid everything while you're basically doom for some hardcore destruction derby BS!
3) don't try to win, it's stupid. If you run the race in 1st position, cops will wait until the last damn turn to f*&* your brains out! Of course the AI is right behind and will pass you! Stupid!

Overall this game has potential but a shi#@y a$$ AI blows most of this potential. Hopefully you can get some cheats, unlock the cars and play with others on your neighboor's access point since you don't want to open yours!


My Favorite PSP Racer!!!!

5 Rating: 5, Useful: 2 / 2
Date: December 08, 2005
Author: Amazon User

I have not been able to put this game down since buying it a few weeks ago. I actually traded in GTA to get this because I was burned out on it from playing the 3 PS2 GTA games. I was not expecting this to be as good as it is. The graphics are nice and the sense of speed is great once you start upgrading your car. It is very cool having the cops trying to take you out while trying to win a race. This may not be up to par with the console versions but for a portable system it is very impressive.

time to grow up

1 Rating: 1, Useful: 2 / 2
Date: June 11, 2007
Author: Amazon User

Ugh, I seriously regret buying this crappy game! I'm not sure what annoys me more, the juvenile "i own the streets, i'm a gangsta, i get respect" attitude, or the completely crappy music! Seriously, its time to grow up! Beyond that, all the cars sound the same, and have roughly the same physics from a handling aspect. The cops cars are made of iron and your car is made of paper, they toss you around like a ragdoll, but when you hit them, its like you ran into a wall. The cops speed is matched by none, you could be traveling at 250 mph, and the cop, who's half way across the map, comes up on you in literally seconds, to toss your paper car into a spin, and into last place. The graphics weren't even that good either.

So lets recap. Childish (17/yo) attitude, terrible music, bad physics, cheating cops... hmm, that == a bad game to me.

If you want a fast action game, with kickin tunes, no cops and fast cars thats for a slightly more mature audience, look into Ridge Racer or Wipeout Pure

Sweet! Love The Cop Chases!

5 Rating: 5, Useful: 1 / 1
Date: December 12, 2005
Author: Amazon User

Awsome graphics.I love that they have the cops try to take you down during a race.Trickin out your ride is cool.I love the ratio of the game reality to real life.Speed ratio is so colse to reality.A must have for any racing enthusiast.

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