posted by CitiRaven (GRAND CANYON, AZ) Nov 1, 2012
Member since Feb 2009
gamers (33%) found this review helpful
When this Need for Speed: Most Wanted was announced, I immediately preordered. The NFS:MW that was released seven years ago was easily the pinnacle of the series, and I had high hopes for this reboot.
Sad thing is, it can't even be called a reboot. Unlike every other NFS game I have played, including Criterions' other effort Hot Pursuit, the physics in this game feel way off. Handling is sloppy, and cars crash far too easily. While this will no doubt please fans of Burnout Paradise to no extent, it tarnishes the NFS franchise.
On top of the sloppy physics, the game suffers from severe drops in framerate while navigating the menus. This is most noticeable when selecting audio preferences, where the menu music will skip with each frame. So far this doesn't seem to affect the gameplay itself, and in a game where menus are only necessary for changing audio/visual settings if you're not satisfied with them, it's not a huge issue.
In my opinion, this game borrows the Most Wanted name for one purpose only: to sell more copies of a flawed game.
I like the NFS series. Now I am losing more interest after playing this game during one session. The game looks good visually. However, the game play was not fun at all. I was annoyed by the "crash" slow-mo every time I did crash. The handling of the cars was too loose as well especially just trying to drive straight on the straightaway. I always hate an incoming car coming that appears surprisingly. I will not be surprised if the next NFS game will not be good as well. Glad I just rented it here versus buying it.