Criterion Games bills the open-world hooning and hooliganism in the single-player mode of Need for Speed: Most Wanted as "unprecedented freedom and power." The company might not be kidding. Every single car in the game is available whenever you want it and you can drive anywhere you wish.

There are races and police chases through industrial playgrounds and suburban byways. There are "Speed points" awarded for all kinds of sociopathic behavior, and your car can be upgraded instantly with things like automatically reinflating tires and a reinforced chassis. There's lots of jumping. And we mean, lots.

And there's a Big Brother called Autolog 2.0 that keeps track of everyone doing anything, so that the best among you make the Most Wanted list. It's about as arcade as you're going to get without a stack of quarters, a Snickers and a 64-ounce soda. You can watch Criterion demonstrate it for you in the video below.



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      HelenL
      • 2 Years Ago
      So let me get this straight, they are making a game that gives us open-world gameplay that is conveniently named after a game with the same name. EA is really losing it.
        EcoBooster
        • 2 Years Ago
        @HelenL
        Don't forget: they want to charge you $$ to play their Multiplayer!!!
      TwoBits
      • 2 Years Ago
      I always thought the only thing Burnout Paradise needed was real cars. Well here we are...
      RK
      • 2 Years Ago
      It's Burnout paradise with: Real cars. Custom cars. Cop chases. Interactive autolog. Lots of jumping. And ausumness...
      ground
      • 2 Years Ago
      looks pretty much like burnout paradise
        Phillip Becker
        • 2 Years Ago
        @ground
        looks EXACTLY like it. repackaged with real cars.
        Lynchenstein
        • 2 Years Ago
        @ground
        Yup, that's what I think too. What an awesome game and it can be purchased new of used for far less than this, and you can boycott EA at the same time, if you swing that way.
      EcoBooster
      • 2 Years Ago
      I played NFS: The Run, and it's an awesome game. The only gripe I have is EA/BlackBox didn't even bother to make seperate RPM gauges for individual cars. Like the Lamborghini Aventador has an 8900 RPM limit, but in the game every car has a 7500 RPM limit, so it's shifting at 7500 RPM...when there 1400 RPM more left to use! And the Camaro ZL1: 6250 rpm limit...shifting at 7500 RPM. LAZY, EA. LAZY.
      NightFlight
      • 2 Years Ago
      I pre-ordered Forza Horizon a couple months back, I don't think I'll buy this. These types of games are far too "arcade-y" for me. They are fun to play for about an hour, but they lose their luster too quickly.
      PICKLEBOY
      • 2 Years Ago
      Criterion has always made great racing games, I remember playing the first Burnout on my GameCube
      me
      • 2 Years Ago
      This just doesnt look interesting... The part of the clip with the blue gtr tells the whole story about the physics.... The rear end was going back n forth but the front wasn't. And they actually think not having to pay and just being able to drive any car is a good........theres a reason no one tries this. There's no sense of progression or accomplishment
      jbm0866
      • 2 Years Ago
      Reminds me too much of Burnout Paradise...which I enjoyed, but got old far more quickly than it should have. I'll take Forza Horizon instead, sounds more like what I really want..
      user164
      • 2 Years Ago
      Looks like fun, to me. That is mostly what I did in the GTA series, anyway. Now, I can play with my car nut son, and we can do some crazy car jumps.
        johann.hodges
        • 2 Years Ago
        @user164
        Except you can't play with your son. There's no offline multiplayer. You'll either have to take turns or you'll need two game consoles and two copies of the game.
      Krazeecain
      • 2 Years Ago
      Looks like a decent game, too bad EA is an awful company. I refuse to buy anything from them.
      RodRAEG
      • 2 Years Ago
      They lost me at dubstep.
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