By: Colby Martin
Criterion Games is here, and it’s bringing Burnout to Need For Speed
I loved Burnout Paradise, it was amazing and addictive. It wasn’t anything special in terms of racing quality, but it was one of the best racing “games”. Recently the Need for Speed series went simulation with Shift, then it drifted back into wannabe arcade racer. I enjoyed both of their recent arcade games, but not nearly as much as I did Burnout Paradise. Truth is I still play Burnout, so I’m beyond excited for Most Wanted.
Before you go pouting, don’t. Need for Speed Most Wanted is coming soon, and it’s not a Burnout only game. Like typical NFS games, all cars are licensed. From the likes of Audi to Porsche, everything you drive is realistic. Want to take a Bugatti thrown a crowded city center? Go for it, but it’s likely to get nasty.
On top of the licensed cars, most cars are available from the start. They will be located throughout the city, you just need to pull up and jump in them. Some cars are still locked, but the lack of a progression system is wonderful news. I love racing games, but I hate spending 15-20 hours driving a stock Honda. I want fast cars, I want exciting and sexy cars, and I bet most of the racing game fans would agree.
There hasn’t been a lot released in the terms of game modes, however there have been some multiplayer previews. Most Wanted features competitive multiplayer modes that require you to race to a meet-up location. Once there you can race in different modes like Speed Trap that is a contest of seeing who can hit a series of speed traps the fastest. There’s also a game mode that is called “Drive Hard” which is a race from point A to B and a long jump competition.
Most Wanted also has a single player mode that consists of cop chases, breaking laws, and overall just driving like a person who has no concern for the law.
Unfortunately the developers have said there won’t be any way to play as cops online. I thought that would be a fantastic game mode where you could work together to chase down a common villain. Either an AI or Human could control the car you’re chasing, thus allowing you options on how you play the game.
Need For Speed Most Wanted launches October 30th in North America. This looks like a fantastic game to pickup on day one, and will be a wonderful Christmas Gift for younger gamers. Currently a few stores offer decent pre-order deals. Microsoft Store has it for $60 with a $10 Gift Card for future purchases and a 1600 Microsoft Point Card. (Currently it’s listed as Out of Stock, but there’s a good chance it will be available in the future as this was a reoccurring theme for all games on this list.) Best Buy, Gamestop, and other retailers also offer their own deals.