Need for Speed™ Most Wanted

Review by Marc Wilson
31 May 2021

Need for Speed: Most Wanted is a racing video game developed by Criterion Games and published by Electronic Arts. It is the fifteenth installment in the long-running Need for Speed series. Need for Speed: Most Wanted is an open-world racing video game where players are able to freely roam through the city of Fairhaven, either finding street races, running from the police or simply exploring.


The game features a variety of gameplay modes. In the career mode, players play through a series of events and earn points. The player has to win these races in order to unlock new events and cars.

Need for Speed: Most Wanted features both nitro and speed boosting power-ups. Nitro is used for a powerful burst of speed, and speed boosts provide a short but significant burst of acceleration.

The game features open-world gameplay, in which players can explore the world freely. There is a GPS system that pinpoints other racers on the map. The player can also challenge any racer they find on the map.


The graphics in Need for Speed: Most Wanted are fairly decent, but the game is not a truly recent release. The graphics are not as detailed as more recent racing games. Players are able to customize their cars and customize their race track. The graphics are 3D, which is a nice touch.


Need for Speed: Most Wanted is a racing game with a heavy emphasis on speed. Players can go head-to-head against racers from the outset. Players can customize their cars and race them on a variety of different tracks. There are a total of 15 different tracks, and there are two different difficulty levels.


  • The number of various cars, ranging from the usual suspects to the unique cars, including the choice of racing cars and off-roaders;
  • The detailed graphics, effective and well-designed HUD, and an interesting interface;
  • Opportunity to earn money for tuning of the car according to its individual style;
  • A large selection of cars and upgrades, as well as a wide range of tracks.


  • For some devices, the game is unstable;
  • The controls are hard to get used to;
  • No split-screen multiplayer.


Need for Speed: Most Wanted is a fun racing game with some great moments but a disjointed mess at times. It features a great city to race in, but it's impossible to ignore the poor presentation and lack of variety in the open world. It's a game that keeps you playing, but not for very long.