Criterion Games and Electronic Arts’ Need for Speed: Most Wanted has received mostly positive reviews since its release on Tuesday (October 30). The game’s Metacritic score for both the Xbox 360 and Playstation 3 versions of the game currently rests at 85.
The open world title allows people to seamlessly engage in a number of high-octane races with their friends over Xbox LIVE. This aspect of the game, in addition to the tight controls and impressive graphics, seems to have resonated with many reviewers.
Game Informer critic Matthew Kato described Need for Speed: Most Wanted as a “Tour De Force,” adding that the number of options available to the player at any given moment are at times overwhelming.
“Part of the beauty of this game is that there is no such thing as an unfair ending. Whether you’re dominating your opponents or barrel rolling your way through a race, you’re getting what you wanted – a game, that win or lose, goes all out getting there,” Kato wrote.
Steve Boxer, writer for The Guardian, gave the racing game five solid stars. “Criterion has done it again, setting a new standard for arcade-style racing games which won’t be surpassed until the next generation of consoles has been on sale for a while. It actually leaves one feeling a bit sorry for ‘Forza Horizon,’ which is a very good game, and infinitely superior to its predecessors. But ‘Need For Speed: Most Wanted’ is, by whatever criteria you may see fit to apply, a great game.”
The review posted at Machinima, while still mostly positive, points out that those looking for a deep experience may want to invest their money elsewhere.
“It’s not incredibly deep, so look elsewhere to scratch that driving itch, but it works for a quick, pulse-pounding hit of action and adrenaline. It’s a shame the poor design that plagues the offline mode is so ingrained into the fundamental fabric of the gameplay,” Justin Fassino wrote.
Are you a fan of racing games? Are you planning to pick up a copy of Need for Speed: Most Wanted?