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Need for Speed: Most Wanted
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Criterion Games Firemonkeys
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Need for Speed
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An indirect sequel to both the original and 's own , the game returns to the open world game play of the titles in the franchise, allowing the player to explore a large, modern city filled with events and shortcuts for the player to find. The stat tracking feature returns (which debuted in ) keeping track of all accomplishments and comparing them to friends. Every vehicle in the game is unlocked from the start (with the exception of the top 10 most wanted racer's cars), requiring only that you find the vehicle first. This is a change from most other Need For Speed games, which usually had a system of classes for the player to work through to get progressively better cars along the way. The game's multiplayer is similar in structure to Burnout Paradise, giving players random events that start at different spots in the city that players have to complete either competitively or cooperatively.


The single player game immediately drops the player into the open world with the main task of beating the ten "Most Wanted" street racers in the City of "Fairhaven". In order to access these races, players must accumulate enough "Speed Points" to unlock them. Speed Points are gained by completing races, evading the cops, meeting objectives, taking down competitors and other various driving antics and maneuvers.

Players can unlock additional cars by locating them within the city and simply pressing a button to get behind the wheel. Every car has its own set of progression, and unlocking each car's upgrades is done by winning races and completing objectives. Once discovered, these new cars are instantly accessible through the Easy Drive drop-down menu.

The police play a large role in the single player game, pursuing the player if they see them do anything illegal, and are often integrated into race events. On higher alert levels, cops will set up road blocks and lay out spike strips. These obstacles are more easily overcome if the player has unlocked vehicles mods like re-inflating tires and heavy chassis, although there is virtually zero penalty for getting "busted."

The game contains dozens of collectibles in the form of billboards to destroy, speed cameras for record-breaking competitions, and gates to smash through. When a player sets a record for distance during a billboard-smashing jump, their photo will be displayed on it for all their friends to see.


The multiplayer component of Most Wanted consists of up to eight players completing "Speedlists", which are sets of five events for players to compete in. Event types are highly variable; ranging from simple team-based checkpoint races, to things like all players meeting on top of a certain building, or collectively gathering a certain amount of "near misses" in a specific area. Players receive Speed Points for winning individual races, as well as for winning the full Speedlist.

The game does not incorporate a lobby, and each event is immediately followed by another with the occasional "intermission" of a few minutes in-between events. All Speed Points for the player are shared between Single and Multiplayer, and as players win events and accumulate Speed Points, they unlock vehicle mods such as off-road tires, higher gears and other upgrades.

Wii U Version

The Wii U version of Need for Speed: Most Wanted utilizes the console's unique features in various ways. A new mode, called Co-Op Driver, is included in this version and it supports asymmetric gameplay functions in that it has one player racing with the Wii Remote or Wii U Pro Controller and another assisting with the GamePad by distracting cops, activating boosts, controlling traffic or selecting the time of day. Off-TV Play is supported by the game, as well. When players are not making use of that feature, the touch screen allows for instant access to carselection, tracking records or finding secrets around the city. The game also features Miiverse integration which ties directly into Autolog, displaying Mii characters on billboards and letting players post messages in Paradise mode.

This version also includes the Ultimate Speed Pack (adding five new cars), which was available as $10 DLC on other platforms.

On top of that, Need for Speed: Most Wanted on Wii U also features various graphical upgrades such as higher resolution textures from the PC version and improved lighting.

Wii U Version Development

Criterion had the game running on Wii U concurrently with the other versions and returned to it after those had shipped and everybody had actual hands on with the final retail system at home, Alex Ward of Vice President of Criterion said. The team had also been reading the various Iwata Asks interviews put out by Nintendo around the time of the system's launch to better understand the philosophy and really create a version of the game that is tailored to the system's strengths.

Available Cars

Car NameEngineHPW0-100 (s)Top Speed (km/h)Class
1.8-liter Turbocharged Straight-42005.0



3.0-liter V8


6.0-liter V125104.1305Sports

2.5-liter Straight-54963.7249City

5.2-liter V105683.8317Sports

2.3-liter Straight-42802.8273Race

6.0-liter W126404.0325Grand Tourer

4.0-liter V84204.8249Sports

8.0-liter Quad-Turbo W1612002.4431Exotic

2.0-liter Straight-4





6.2-liter V85803.9296Muscle Car

6.8-liter V86383.4330Exotic

6.4-liter V84704.0293Muscle Car

5.4-liter V83207.2164SUV

2.5-liter Straight-53505.6262City

2.0-liter Straight-42526.7244City

5.4-liter V85503.7329Exotic

5.0-liter V84444.0249Muscle Car

6.6-liter Turbo Diesel V830013.5165SUV

5.0-liter V85104.6250Sports

5.0-liter Twin Turbo V811002.9418Exotic

6.5-liter V127002.9349Exotic

4.7-liter V123754.9315Sports

5.2-liter V105703.9323Sports

2.0-liter Turbocharged Straight-4 2125.7220City

4.8-liter V105523.6326Exotic

2.8-liter Turbocharged V64203.8249Sports

4.7-liter V84604.4302Grand Tourer

3.8-liter Twin Turbo V85923.1333Exotic

6.0-liter V126613.7320Muscle Car

6.3-liter V85713.8317Grand Tourer

2.0-liter Turbocharged Straight-43955.4249City

3.8-liter Twin Turbo V65502.8315Sports

5.9-liter Twin Turbo V127203.3370Exotic

3.8-liter Flat-65003.7312Sports

3.8-liter 6-Cylinder Boxer4004.3302Sports

3.4-liter V8 plus 2 Electric Motors7183.2318Exotic

4.8-liter Twin Turbo V85004.0303Grand Tourer

2.0-liter Straight-42406.7217SUV

7.0-liter V84255.1262Muscle Car

8.4-liter V106403.3320Muscle Car

2.5-liter Turbocharged Straight-43953.4349City

375 volt AC induction3003.7201Sports

Most Wanted Top 10 List

NumberCarSP Needed
10Alpha Romeo 4C Concept60,000
9Shelby COBRA 427135,000
8Mercedes-Benz SL 65 AMG220,000
7Lexus LFA315,000
6McLaren MP4-12C425,000
5Porsche 918 Spyder Concept520,000
4Lamborghini Aventador630,000
3Bugatti Veyron Super Sports750,000
2Pagani Huayra875,000
1Koenigsegg Agera R1,000,000


Artist Track

The WhoBaba O'Riley (Alan Wilkis Remix)
The WhoWon't Get Fooled Again (Cato Remix)
Calvin Harris

We'll Be Coming Back (KillSonik Remix)

Dizzee RascalBonkers
Madeon feat. Zak WatersThe City
MuseButterflies and Hurricanes
Skrillex (with The Doors)

Breakin a Sweat (Original)

NeroWon't You (Be There)
Rudimental feat. John NewmanFeel The Love
Silent CodeNight Train
Silent CodeSpell Bound
Silent CodeEast Star
The MaccabeesUnknow
The Joy FormidableLittle Blimp
Foreign Beggars feat. NoisiaContact
Flux Pavilion feat. SwayDouble Edge
The Chemical BrothersGalvanize
Riverboat GamblersBlue Ghosts
Green DayStop When The Red Lights Flash
Icona PopI Love It
DispatchCircles Around The Sun
We Are The OceanThe Road (Run For Miles)
DJ Fresh feat. Dizzee RascalThe Power
RuN RIOTA Light Goes Off (RuN RIOT Mix)
Heaven's BasementI Am Electric
Deadmau5 feat. Wolfgang GartnerChannel 42
Above & BeyondAnjunabeach
The VaccinesBad Mood
C&D ProjectThe Chase
PoliçaViolent Games
Beware of DarknessHowl
Lower than AtlantisLove Someone Else
Strange TalkCast Away
Last DinosaursZoom
AsherelShake The Dust
Band of SkullsYou're Not Pretty But...
Dead SaraWeatherman
PopeskaNow or Never

Limited Edition & Preorder

The Limited Edition of Need For Speed: Most Wanted includes many bonuses:

  • 4 hours of double speed points for multiplayer
  • 2012 Porsche 911 Carerra S
  • Maserati GranTurismo MC Stradale - Both cars are decked out with an exclusive livery and performance modifications

Pre-ordering from select retailers granted players exclusive vehicles with upgrades. 360/PS3 owners could order from to get both Power & Strike while GameStop orders get the Speed Pack. Preordering on PC (through Origin) granted players all three packs.

  • Speed Pack: Caterham Superlight R500
  • Power Pack: Ford F-150 Raptor
  • Strike Pack: Mercedes-Benz SL 65 Black Series


While the game doesn't have any story continuity with the original , there are some references to it and it's characters, such as the "Callahan Industrial" area in the PS3/360/PC game, and the mobile/portable version includes an track named "Callahan District", both references to the 2005 game's antagonist .

PC System Requirements

Minimun RequirementsRecommended Requirements
CPU: 2 GHz Dual Core (Core 2 Duo 2.4 GHz or Athlon X2 2.7 GHz)
VGA: AMD: DirectX 10.1 compatible with 512 MB RAM (ATI Radeon 3000, 4000, 5000 or 6000 series, with ATI Radeon 3870 or higher performance)
NVIDIA: DirectX 10.0 compatible with 512 MB RAM (NVIDIA GeForce 8, 9, 200, 300, 400 or 500 series with NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GT or higher performance)
DX: DirectX 10.0
OS: Windows Vista (SP1) 32-bit
HDD: 20 GB
ODD: DVD Rom Drive
Mimimun Peripheral: Keyboard and Mouse
CPU: 2 GHz Quad Core (Core 2 Quad Q6400 2.13 GHz or Phenon 9550 Quad-Core)
VGA: AMD: DirectX 11 compatible with 2 GB RAM (ATI Radeon 6950/70 and 78xx/9xx)
NVIDIA: DirectX 11 compatible with 1.2 GB RAM (NVIDIA GeForce 560/70 and 660/70/80)
DX: DirectX 11
OS: Windows 7 64-bit