Need for Speed Most Wanted: Cop this
There's all manner of vehicular mayhem in Need for Speed: Most Wanted.
Most Wanted is as much a sequel to the brilliant open-world driving game Burnout Paradise as it is a new Need for Speed game.
But the fictional city of Fairhaven that plays host to all manner of vehicular mayhem in Most Wanted certainly isn't paradise. It's a sprawling, gritty urban centre full of tarmac, concrete and steel. Fortunately, it also has countless jumps and billboards to smash.
Your goal is to become the most wanted street racer in the city by winning races as well as earning points by evading the police, hooning past speed cameras and performing wild or dangerous manoeuvres.
There's so much to do that it can be hard to know where to start. Fortunately, just wasting time exploring, cruising the highways and performing crazy stunts is great fun and adds to your progress.
The generous selection of over 100 real-world vehicles includes many exotic, powerful and desirable rides.
The cars are unlocked by simply discovering them parked in specific "Jacking Points" throughout the city.
Each four-wheeled beast has its own set of races, and success is rewarded with upgrades like nitrous, chassis and gear modifications, and new tyres. While the number of events ensures long-term appeal, the system of binding races to cars necessitates a lot of cruising from A to B and forces you to constantly change driving seats.
The best challenges are the lengthy races against the top 10 most wanted drivers, in which you not only battle a skilled opponent in a powerful car, but also get a lot of attention from the fuzz.
The cops provide an enjoyable extra element to many races, and are aggressive, tenacious and intelligent enough without being too much of a dampener on your high-speed antics.
Bursting through a police road block can be exhilarating, and even when a race is over you often have a long, intense and entertaining pursuit.
The game is typically even more enjoyable when played with others.
Beating your online friends in races and other achievements is very satisfying. There's also team races to enjoy.
It might not be Paradise, but Most Wanted is a hell of a lot of fun.
What have you been playing lately?
- Jason Hill