posted by MadCat360 (WALNUT CREEK, CA) Apr 11, 2013
Member since Mar 2008
This Most Wanted reboot/rework is all style and no substance.
It's one of the best looking racers out there. It runs on the Frostbite engine that powers Battlefield 3. As you crash (literally) along the roads and through the countryside of the city, your car becomes dirtied and battle-worn, only to be instantly restored with a flash as you drive through a repair shop (at high speed, of course).
But that's where the oohing and aahing ends, because Most Wanted, the remix, is not a very good game, to be honest about it.
The into tells you, in about a minute, that there is a list of people known as the "Most Wanted", and that you are going to be them and become "THE" Most Wanted. The original game from 2005 at least had a plot, and, while it was not very good, it did keep things rolling from one event to another. Most Wanted 2012's reasoning for doing what you are doing, though, is about as engaging as reading an achievement description page for finding ten different kinds of potatoes.
The meat of the gameplay... functions. That's about the best I can praise it for. The car handling feels slow and unresponsive, the AI is rather bad (they almost always crash head first into the wall in slow turns), the race modes are uninspired (probably the most interesting being maintaining a high average speed as you hit checkpoints or evade the cops), and the game cheats often and obviously. You can literally see the cops pop into existence in front of you.
But perhaps the worst part of the gameplay is the feeling of grinding out arbitrary points for arbitrary advancement. Playing through single player feels like work. It's not very rewarding and you will complete the same process over and over; completing the races on offer for each car in sequence from easiest to hardest (the hardest ones are not possible without the mods the lower races award).
It does have multiplayer. If you like multiplayer in Burnout Paradise you may like this.