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Need for Speed: Most Wanted

Need for Speed: Most Wanted / PlayStation 3
editor score 7.5
user score 7.5
Release Date







Criterion Games


EA Games


An indirect sequel to both the original Need for Speed Most Wanted and Criterion's own Burnout Paradise, 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 Autolog feature returns (which debuted in Need For Speed Hot Pursuit) 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.

Available Cars

Car NameEngineHPW0-100 (s)Top Speed (km/h)Class
Alfa Romeo 4C Concept 1.8-liter 4-cylinder turbo 200 5.0



Ariel Atom 500

3.0-liter V8

500 2.3 281 Race

Aston Martin V12 Vantage

6.0-liter V12 510 4.1 305 Sports

Audi A1 Clubsport quattro

2.5-liter 5-cylinder 496 3.7 249 City

Audi R8 GT Spyder

5.2-liter V10 568 3.8 317 Sports

BAC Mono

4-cylinder V16 280 2.8 273 Race

Bentley Continental Supersports Convertible ISR

6.0-liter 12-cylinder 640 4.0 325 Grand Tourer

BMW M3 E92 Coupé

4.0-liter V8 420 4.8 249 Sports

Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Super Sport

8.0-liter Quad T urbocharged V16 1200 2.4 431 Exotic

Caterham Superlight R500

2.0-liter 4-cylinder





Chevrolet Camaro ZL1

6.2-liter V8 580 3.9 296 Muscle Car

Chevrolet Corvette ZR1

6.8-liter V8 638 3.4 330 Exotic

Dodge Challenger SRT-8 392

6.4-liter V8 470 4.0 293 Muscle Car

Ford F-150 SVT Raptor

5.4-liter V8 320 7.2 164 SUV

Ford Focus RS500

2.5-liter 5-cylinder 350 5.6 262 City

Ford Focus ST

2.0-liter 4-cylinder 252 6.7 244 City

Ford GT

5.4-liter V8 550 3.7 329 Exotic

Ford Mustang Boss 302 (2012)

5.0-liter V8 444 4.0 249 Muscle Car

Hummer H1 Alpha

6.6-liter Turbo Diesel V8 300 13.5 165 SUV

Jaguar XKR

5.0-liter V8 510 4.6 250 Sports

Koenigsegg Agera R

5.0-liter Twin Turbo V8 1100 2.9 418 Exotic

Lamborghini Aventador LP 700-4

6.5-liter V12 700 2.9 349 Exotic

Lamborghini Countach 5000 quattrovalvole

4.7-liter V12 375 4.9 315 Sports

Lamborghini Gallardo LP 570-4 Spyder Performante

5.2-liter V10 570 3.9 323 Sports

Lancia Delta HF Integrale Evoluzione 2

2.0-liter 212 5.7 220 City

Lexus LFA

4.8-liter V10 552 3.6 326 Exotic

Marussia B2

2.8-liter Turbocharged V6 420 3.8 249 Sports

Maserati GranTurismo MC Stradale

4.7-liter V8 460 4.4 302 Grand Tourer

McLaren MP4-12C

3.8-liter Twin Turbo V8 592 3.1 333 Exotic

Mercedes-Benz SL65 AMG Black Series

6.0-liter V12 661 3.7 320 Muscle Car

Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG

6.3-liter V8 571 3.8 317 Grand Tourer

Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X

2.0-liter 4-Cylinder Turbo 395 5.4 249 City

Nissan GT-R (R35) Egoist

3.8-liter Twin Turbo V6 550 2.8 315 Sports

Pagani Huayra

5.9-liter Twin Turbo V12 720 3.3 370 Exotic

Porsche 911 Turbo 3.0

3.8-liter 6-cylinder 500 3.7 312 Sports

Porsche 911 (991) Carrera S

3.8-liter Boxer 400 4.3 302 Sports

Porsche 918 Spyder Concept Study

3.4-liter V8 plus 2 Electric Motors 718 3.2 318 Exotic

Porsche Panamera Turbo

4.8-liter Twin Turbo V8 500 4.0 303 Grand Tourer

Range Rover Evoque

2.0-liter Inline-4 240 6.7 217 SUV

Shelby Cobra 427

7.0-liter V8 425 5.1 262 Muscle Car


8.4-liter V10 640 3.3 320 Muscle Car

Subaru Impreza Cosworth STI CS400

2.5-liter turbocharged inline-4 395 3.4 349 City

Tesla Roadster Sport

375 volt AC induction 300 3.7 201 Sports

Most Wanted Top 10 List

NumberCarSP Needed
10 Alpha Romeo 4C Concept 60,000
9 Shelby COBRA 427 135,000
8 Mercedes-Benz SL 65 AMG 220,000
7 Lexus LFA 315,000
6 McLaren MP4-12C 425,000
5 Porsche 918 Spyder Concept 520,000
4 Lamborghini Aventador 630,000
3 Bugatti Veyron Super Sports 750,000
2 Pagani Huayra 875,000
1 Koenigsegg Agera R 1,000,000


Artist Track

The Who Baba O'Riley (Alan Wilkis Remix)
The Who Won't Get Fooled Again (Cato Remix)
Calvin Harris

We'll Be Coming Back (KillSonik Remix)

Dizzee Rascal Bonkers
Madeon feat. Zak Waters The City
Muse Butterflies and Hurricanes
Skrillex (with The Doors)

Breakin a Sweat (Original)

Nero Won't You (Be There)
Rudimental feat. John Newman Feel The Love
Silent Code Night Train
Silent Code Spell Bound
Silent Code East Star
The Maccabees Unknow
The Joy Formidable Little Blimp
Foreign Beggars feat. Noisia Contact
Flux Pavilion feat. Sway Double Edge
The Chemical Brothers Galvanize
Riverboat Gamblers Blue Ghosts
Green Day Stop When The Red Lights Flash
Icona Pop I Love It
Ambassadors Unconsolable
Dispatch Circles Around The Sun
We Are The Ocean The Road (Run For Miles)
DJ Fresh feat. Dizzee Rascal The Power
RuN RIOT A Light Goes Off (RuN RIOT Mix)
Heaven's Basement I Am Electric
Deadmau5 feat. Wolfgang Gartner Channel 42
Above & Beyond Anjunabeach
The Vaccines Bad Mood
C&D Project The Chase
Polia Violent Games
Bassnectar Empathy
Crosses Telepathy
Beware of Darkness Howl
Lower than Atlantis Love Someone Else
Strange Talk Cast Away
Last Dinosaurs Zoom
Asherel Shake The Dust
Band of Skulls You're Not Pretty But...
Dead Sara Weatherman
Popeska Now or Never
Mutemath Allies

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 Need For Speed: Most Wanted, 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 Razor Callahan.

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