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Need for Speed Most Wanted gameplay is way beyond Paradise

It's pretty rare to find a game trailer (trust us, we watch about a dozen every day) that enraptures your attention with gameplay footage alone. Normally it takes something like the all-CG, but undeniably awesome Planetside 2 trailer we posted yesterday. But Criterion's games are so intense and awesome they can subsist on their own merits.

True story, the sound in this trailer is so sweet that we just left it on in the background while we posted this. The sweet sounds of revving engines and crashing cop cars brings us back to epic memories from the days of Burnout 3, Burnout Paradise, and Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit - also known as the three top reasons why we have absolute faith that Criterion will succeed again with Most Wanted. When was the last time Criterion made a bad game? You could make a case for Black, but even that radical departure (it was an FPS from a racing dev) was still fairly good.

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12 comments

  • Metagross - July 30, 2012 7:40 a.m.

    Looks far better than the past Need for Speed games.. looks like Burnout had a baby with Hot Pursuit definitely buying.
  • stfueuan - July 28, 2012 2:12 a.m.

    As good as this looks - and believe me, I will be buying it - it still disappoints me that the car customisation has been dropped. I know people say this every time a new NFS is released but wasn't that supposed to be the point of the series? Race the best you can, as fast as you can, in a bitchin' ass car? No?
  • boondocks50 - July 29, 2012 12:10 a.m.

    agree thats whats keeping me from being super excited
  • ElwoodFiore - July 27, 2012 3:21 p.m.

    I got most wanted on demand on my xbox lol FUCKING ACHIEVEMENTS GLITCHED CAUSE I LOST INTERNET!!!! The games special for me, remake reboot upgraded whatever thi is a must buy for everybody im telling you this games got hours n hours of potentially nothing but fun fun fun its like call of duty in a car lol instead of guys with guns you got guys with fast police cars, and they are not showing or telling us how HIGH THE WANTED LEVEL GOES >< just says become most wanted and at the end of the video i see mad potential for massive experience points in they allow leveling up in in free-roam and allowing others to join at will. Gonna be dope its burnout paradise's multiplayer on most wanteds features. brilliant lol tldr? fuck you buy it.
  • ThatGamerDude - July 27, 2012 12:58 p.m.

    Looking good... I hope this game lives up to my expectations.
  • Nathanstah - July 27, 2012 12:41 p.m.

    Looking good, for sure, but I'm still saddened that the 'era' of Black Box's series (Hot Pursuit 2 through Carbon) is all over. This may be called Most Wanted, but it seems to be far more reminiscent of Burnout Paradise in its mechanics. Criterion, while a good and consistent developer, could try to be a tad more versatile instead of turning the NFS series into a Burnout/NFS hybrid. Of course, that's just me.
  • forestfire55 - July 27, 2012 12:22 p.m.

    Sorry i didnt mean to reply,i ment to post (im on my phone)
  • Cloudiology - July 27, 2012 12:02 p.m.

    So basically it's exactly like the original Most Wanted but much much prettier? also why do you guys keep saying it brings back memories of burnout and hot pursuit? besides the camera slowing to show crashes this is identical to the original yet hardly anyone mentions its a remake/reboot of Most Wanted..
  • Cloudiology - July 27, 2012 12:07 p.m.

    cos it's developed by Criterion Games.. gotcha.. sigh
  • forestfire55 - July 27, 2012 12:21 p.m.

    The car didnt seem to look like it took much damage to the sides or the back, even thow it got hit multiple times on the side. Also, doesnt it seem like there shoving Criterion in your face almost 24/7
  • Andrew Groen - July 27, 2012 12:22 p.m.

    They can shove Criterion in my face any time. Because they're - IMO - possibly the best, most consistent dev currently working.
  • forestfire55 - July 27, 2012 7:01 p.m.

    I love their games, but its like they're trying to pull a Tom Clancy...

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