The Need for Speed series has gone through several incarnations. Most Wanted takes the exotic sports cars and police chases of Hot Pursuit with the free roaming world and customization of Underground. And the combination works well and does not feel forced. The story mode takes you through the ranks of the blacklist, battling 15 racers to get to the top. IN order to do that, you need to win races, achieve milestones (goals for police chases) and get a certain amount of "bounty," which you receive from successful evasion from the cops. The cutscenes are like digitized versions of live-action sequences and look great. Also great are the graphics, presentation, gameplay and sound (although the soundtrack is relatively limited). The sense of speed is comparable to the Burnout series. However, as the career mode moves forward, you'll start to wonder if it's worth continuing. In fact, I simply stoppped playing after making #5 on the blacklist because the goals required to race #4 seemed too tedious to be fun. There are other modes to keep you active and online support is a help, but it might start to feel like a chore as the game rolls down the highway. It's still a solid racer that will satisfy your velocity fixation.
This game is one of the few racing games I enjoy. Although there are better ways to go about blasting through cops at 177 MPH, it still does a good job of making it fun.
Gameplay/Replay Value- 8. Very good game, although it loses two points because replaying the game makes no sense. The game races you through any one section of track ten times if you plan to finish the game.
Graphics- 8. It doesn't get higher because the scenery is not as pretty as it should and can be. Nothing against lowering the detail so we can move faster, though.
Audio- 7. Great sound effects, but there needs to be more diversity. And the music needs more... styles.
Physics/Realism- 6. Invincible player cars? A vertical town that shoots up before out? Sections of town WITHOUT fire hydrants? I want to live here.
Interactivity- 10. I want my car... in.. colors! This is where NFS exceeds Burnout.
Humor- 2. This game is not meant to be a laugh out loud joking game. Sorry.