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Gas Gauge 83
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Highly recommended; just turn off the in game music for best experience

3 Rating: 3, Useful: 9 / 10
Date: September 19, 2006
Author: Amazon User

So here's my take after having played the game for two weeks.

Visually this game is stunning. Add to that a nearly endless selection of customization options for your rides and were talking some serious eye candy and I didn't even need a high end graphics card to run it smoothly with all the video options maxed out. My only complaint about the graphics is the lack of wide screen resolution settings. As a result, the screen is stretched on my wide screen monitor.

The racing, in all modes, is fun, though lacking in realism. It seems to me EA wanted to make another Need For Speed game and add a pinch of GTA into the mix in that you get points for causing as much damage to city property and police vehicles as possible. In drag race mode, if you hit an object at a high enough speed and your car will be "totaled" and you automatically lose. It would have been nice for this feature to be extended consistently throughout the game rather than turning roadside objects into targets for your car to flatten.

The difficulty between different race modes is very unbalanced. For example, competing in a circuit race against other drivers is very easy throughout the game whereas running a timed interval race gets tougher the higher up the blacklist you progress. This is both good and bad. While it's nice to have the easy races to generate income, having to attempt some of the harder race modes twenty times just to progress your career is tedious.

All the negatives of game play are overwhelmingly outweighed by the positives. The courses are fun and there are some pretty creative shortcuts; some that help, some that don't. The police chases are loads of fun and listening to the in game police scanner adds a lot of atmosphere. Another great feature about the game is the ability to turn "Catch Up" on or off. One of the most annoying things in a lot of racing games is the computer drivers will "cheat" if you get ahead of them and you can't pull away from them. My guess is developers do this to keep things competitive, though I see it as more of a lack of good AI, but in NFS Most Wanted you can turn this off. Great bonus.

Finally, a word about the music and FMV. A very negative word. In a nutshell, it takes away so much polish this game has to offer. Having to sit through the opening FMV sequences in the beginning of the game (I couldn't find a way to skip them) is torturous. What's worse is the music selection in the game. It's horrendous, unless you're into rap, hiphop, and bad metal (in which case I still don't think fans of those genres would consider it good music). That you can't play your own MP3 list through the game is an unforgivable oversight by EA. I don't know what they were thinking, but in this era of gaming that is completely unacceptable.

To sum it up:

Pros: Great graphics, fantastic (and nearly endless) vehicle customization options, large selection of vehicles, police chases are loads of fun.

Cons: The music is horrendous, can't play your own music through the game (the game loses one star for this alone), lack of realism in races, lack of wide screen resolution settings.

Fast & Furious Speed Demons

4 Rating: 4, Useful: 6 / 8
Date: July 06, 2006
Author: Amazon User

There have been so many different racing games that have either been successful at burning full rubber, or there are ones that haven't turned the right corner. For Electronic Arts, they have definitely delivered with the need for speed. Since the Need For Speed franchise came out back in the mid 90's, it has continued to deliver new gamers of all kinds. The feel of the the constant changes in the series have deliver very well, and still do. Need For Speed: Most Wanted really did deliver very well for the consoles like the Nintendo Gamecube, and especially the recent Xbox 360. Now, the PC has a little speed of its own.

Need For Speed: Most Wanted delivers as fast & furious like its console counterparts. The gameplay is just as fun as well. The object of the game is that you are caught in the web of the most wanted list, and you have to work your way up to the top of the blacklist by challenging through several extreme races like the speedtrap, where your speed is clocked in to the fastest with each leg of the race, and races like the pervious editions such as drag, circuits, and lap knockouts. There is also the challenge of battling with the cops, and trying to master your bounty points.

The game includes some outrageous cars for you to unlock and manuver such as the supercharged Dodge Viper, the Ford GT, and the Chevrolet Cobalt SS sports coupe. The graphics and the gameplay are just deliver in perfectional fashion, and stand out very well. The music also is shown well with each track and feel for the game. There are a couple of disadvantages to the game however. One of them is that you have to have the Windows XP operating system to play this game. Another disadvantage, is that if you've mastered the video game console editions, there is no need to buy the PC edition.

All in all, Need For Speed: Most Wanted is a great buy for any gamer who loves the thrill of the fast & the furious. This is a really great racing title for the PC, and definitely doesn't dissapoint at all. I really love this game a whole lot.

Graphics: A-

Sound: B+

Control: A-

Fun & Enjoyment: A-

Overall: B 1/2+


5 Rating: 5, Useful: 2 / 2
Date: June 16, 2006
Author: Amazon User

If you like cars...if you like racing...then you will love this game...and byfar this is the best racing game...and the music is simply wonderful,perfectly suits for the racing mood.you can feel asif you are being chased by the cops,or as if you are taking part in an hollywood movie car chase.the feeling is just wonderful.you have choices,variety of levels...nitro...slow-motion...and the graphics,game play will leave you awestruck.what more can you ask for?

Great Game

5 Rating: 5, Useful: 2 / 2
Date: July 01, 2006
Author: Amazon User

This game was great. It was fairly long so it didn't bore me easily. The best part about it was the drag racing which never got boring.

Lets Race!

4 Rating: 4, Useful: 2 / 2
Date: March 09, 2007
Author: Amazon User

Lots of fun, great cars to race. If you like running from the cops, crashing into roadblocks, and being a menace to society, this is your game. Its challenging (I dive a variety of car games) and maddening sometimes too. I think I'm a pretty good PC driver (47 years old) and it pushes me to really drive my daring best. No violence, sex (other than a belly shirt wearing girl) to speak of, so its ok for kids. Get it!

pretty fun

5 Rating: 5, Useful: 2 / 2
Date: August 12, 2007
Author: Amazon User

I am not a hard game player so I usually catch up with only the second latest version of most EA games and they are often sold at ~ $10 when I bought them. Not a violent type of person but this game offers quite a change from the conventional racing game--you are trying to hit and total a police car...None to speak of when an army of 10 more cars or SUVs with sirens on and all that chasing after you all the time...Quite a pressure relief after work challenging those 70 "challenge modes". This game runs well on my Athlon x2 3800+ plus an overclocked 7600GS to 500 MHz GPU and 1000 Mhz memory speed. You need to get yourself a widescreen to enjoy car driving games. If you happen to have a computer like this (only cost you <500) don't hesitate to get this game and bring out the live racing out of your screen.

Excellent Graphics With an Average Gameplay

4 Rating: 4, Useful: 2 / 5
Date: January 23, 2006
Author: Amazon User

First things First, EA has to be commended for the Graphics that are in this game. I have a ATI x600 with 256 MB vram and this game pushed it to the limit and my video card did not even break a sweat for Quake4. Tne system requirements for this game is quite high but most of who play this game will surely have a freaked out machine.
The only thing i hated about this game was the lame ending. There is no big bang when you beat Razor and the story with Mia is left hanging in the air. Some of the Police chases could have been less time consuming but it sure is fun when the White Corvettes join in on the chase.
The handling of the cars is amazing and i believe it could not have been better.
All in All the game is excellent with a weird and lame Ending

A good game with some drawbacks

4 Rating: 4, Useful: 2 / 6
Date: April 06, 2006
Author: Amazon User

This game has been developed by Electronic Arts and is fairly a good game.

This game has been adapted from the movie Too Fast Too Furious.The graphics of this game are excellent and the cars are superb.

In this game you are a street racerwho is looking for fame and has a cool ride i.e. a BMW M3 GTR which is a monster car.But your life takes an unexpected turn when you decide to racer a notorious street called Razor.This guy tricks you and steels your ride while you are thrown into the prison.

The only disadvantages in this game are the system requirements and the lame ending. Firstly to play this game you require a huge ram of 256 mb and a good graphics card and lastly the ending of this game is not good.

But overall its a good game.


1 Rating: 1, Useful: 2 / 6
Date: March 29, 2007
Author: Amazon User

this game crashes on the computer to much, i am over the system requerments but it still crashes. if you want this games get it for the ps2 only.

Great Street Racing Title!

5 Rating: 5, Useful: 1 / 2
Date: April 16, 2006
Author: Amazon User

NFS:MW is one of the best street racing games on the market. The graphics are mind blowing. It feels like you are actually part of the race. The physics of the game are extremely realistic. The Nitrous and Slo-Mo are excellent features. There are some cons though, as there are in every good game. The gameplay is a little repetitive, as you have the same kind of races in the same places. Also, the racers are not very good. For example, if you pull ahead a Blacklist racer in the beginning, if you are a good racer and don't stop, chances are he won't catch you. Overall, this is an excellent example of how a racing game should be.

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