Playing 2005 Need for Speed: Most Wanted in 2016
The first Most Wanted is often considered as the best Need for Speed ever. It was released in 2005 and 16 million copies were sold worldwide, making it the best-selling title in the series. It was so popular, that if you grew up in years 2000-2010 there’s a big chance you’ve played it on a PlayStation2 or on your old PC (which is now probably collecting dust somewhere in your basement). Remember when you spent hours on modifying your cars just to defeat another Blacklist member? Or swearing every time you were arrested by the cops? Two months ago I had a chance to refresh these memories, when I decided to install Most Wanted on my laptop.
I played Need for Speed Most Wanted for the first time in 2007, when it was already 2 years old. It was in these beautiful times when every kid was begging Santa Claus for a PSP, Motorola V3 RAZR looked fresh, the Fast and Furious movies were still about illegal street races, and Transformers didn’t suck. Times when I used to listen Linkin Park songs on my Sony Ericsson K550i and saw the first episode of Top Gear in my life…
Well, times have changed and I will try to review this game and see if it’s still fun to play as it used to be 10 years ago.
Back in 2005 the graphics in this game were outstanding. As a kid I loved the fact that everything was maintained in gray, brown and yellow-ish color scheme. But nowadays… it’s really annoying, especially in a free roam mode. It feels like you’re playing from a perspective of a color blind person. From the visual side it makes Rockport City look extremely boring, compared to a colorful Bayview city from Need for Speed Underground 2. Another irritating thing is the lighting which, in my opinion, is over the top. Even when the sky is cloudy, you can see the reflections of a sun on the surface your car. On the other hand cars look much more realistic than in it’s predecessor.
Compared to NFS Underground 2 customization is very limited. No neons, no spinners, no custom mirrors, no custom headlights, no speakers and subwoofers in a trunk… but don’t worry, there are still many ways to rice your car in Most Wanted. Just take a look at this poor Chevrolet Cobalt.
Illegal street races! Yay! Cheesy characters! A$$hole cops getting crashed by a giant donut! The Blacklist! The Plot! THE SOUNDTRACK!!! These are the things that make Most Wanted so entertaining and addictive, even now in 2016.
In my opinion, the idea of adding real-life actors into cutscenes is much better than a comic book style which was used in Underground 2.
NFS Most Wanted is basically about racing and escaping the cops. After you complete certain amount of races and evade enough police pursuits to get special milestones, you can challenge a rival from the blacklist. After you beat him/her, you can either get his car, an extra cash reward or some free upgrades to your car.
But what about the soundtrack? Mostly rap, rapcore, nu-metal and a little bit of electronic. In my opinion one of the best in NFS series, right after Hot Pursuit 2. The music you can hear in the background fits perfectly to what’s going on screen.
All right, I’m not a professional gamer and I’m not an expert in racing games either. I play using arrows on my keyboard, so don’t take my opinion seriously. Anyway, I think handling in Most Wanted is just terrible. Your car feels like a brick that’s sliding on icy surface, no matter if it’s stock or completely modified.
Only cosmetic. Some scratches and cracked windows. For example: in this picture you can see completely destroyed BMW M3 GTR.
If you were too lazy to read the whole text, here’s the summary:
Is it the best NFS? No, but definitely should be placed in Top 5
Is it still fun to play? Hell yeah!
Graphics? Outdated, but still playable.
Customization? Not bad