Need for Speed: Most Wanted Gameplay Footage Speeds Out Of E3

By Ishaan . June 5, 2012 . 8:55am

Criterion’s next major racing project is Need for Speed: Most Wanted. Similar to their reimagining of Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit, this game will be an open-world racer where you’re competing against other racers and trying to outrun the police at the same time. Here’s a first look at in-game footage from E3:



Need for Speed: Most Wanted will be released October 30th for the PC, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita, iOS, and Android.

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  • JamesNCleveland
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  • XYZ_JolteonZ980

    Looks pretty fun and intense. Hopefully they release a demo. 

  • Speedo Redempteur

    Very cool..

    The things like the action isn’t over even when you reach 1st place in a race is what made most wanted so exciting

  • aoihana

    Oh, man! Seriously, I just got goosebumps from watching this, man, it looks like amazing fun! Wow! 

    Man, speeding away through the streets, it really is open, it feels really natural! Like, you don’t feel confined or directed, it truly feels great! I love it, really, zooming buy the racers and traffic, you can hear your car cutting through the wind, and the fading engines in the background, man! 

    I especially love that crash in the beginning, so reminiscent of Burnout, and the nostalgia it brought from the heated battles with my cousin! 

    The gameplay, though, is so smooth and it genuinely feels like I’m in top gear, and I love that subtle camera zoom and angles when you brake and turn, it makes you feel that much more immersed. I love all the debris on the streets, from lamp  posts, or what’s left from them, to the traffic cones rolling through. 

    I loved the part where the Porsche took the stairs on the right leading up to the bridge or walk way on top, then breaks through that Criterion board, leaping through the barricade of police, slicing through the air as you hear their fading sirens. Man! 

    But the best part, I think, is after the race, where you actually evade the police, it’s no longer a race, so you take any path, any alley, trying to escape. You get more and more excited as police cut you off, surround you, and just when they think they’ve got you, you hit the nitrous and get yourself out of that tight spot. I loved the part at the beginning of the evasion, where the Porsche takes the alley on the left, in that moment, my freedom was solidified, it really is open after all.

    Man, I can’t wait! (T▽T)

    • xzeldax3

      Yeah I feel the same. I really enjoyed Midnight Club LA for the same reasons. The map is huge, and its so fun escaping from the police! Plus the customization is extremely well done, so I hope Most Wanted can do that too.

  • The_Real_Oyashiro

    Looks awesome! No other games give you that sense of speed that Criterion games gives you.

  • Kitestwinblades

    Escaping after a race- pretty much seamlessly.
    Of course your pretty much escaping the whole time but It looks really cool to have to make your way out at the end.

  • CaibreGreyblade

    At last, a true racing game for Vita. I am content now.

  • Bio_liquid

    I thought this was gonna make me throw money at the screen… but instead it made me put it back in my wallet.. I’ll buy it used or when I see something convincing

  • jello44

    It looks fantastic.


    Will I be able to buy and customize my own cars?

    Will there still be those cheesy but loveable cutscenes? 

    Is there a ranking system where you start out as a newbie and have to take on the guy at the spot above you to take his place in the “Most Wanted” rankings?

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