NEED FOR SPEED: MOST WANTED
PS3 (also on Xbox 360, PC, Vita)
Must... not... use... the... ‘B’... word... Oh, who are we kidding?
BURNOUT! BURNOUT! BURNOUT!
If, like us, you worship Criterion’s masterpiece, Burnout
Paradise, then stop reading and get this. You’ll not be
disapoonted – or disappointed for that matter.
Imagine the majesty of BP (not the petrol, duh), with
added cop chases, more multiplayerness than you could poke a
community at and some funkgasmic good new things.
First, a whole range of ace cars – and some shitboxes - are
dotted about the city of Fairhaven. If you find one and fancy it,
hop in, it’ll add to your collection. It’s like Matchbox cars for
cashed-up petrolheads! Enter races for which upgrades (and
pointy-points) are the yield for excelling. Alternatively, go open
world cruising, hunting other scoring thingies like billboards,
security fences and speed cameras. We usually intended to get races
beaten, but would veer into innumerable “Ooh, shiny!” moments when
hooning past a new car, billboard or gate.
Music’s present, but no stupid DJ (hallelujah!). We gave the choons
about 45 minutes before they shat us and we switched them off. This
also helps you ‘hear’ doof-laden ‘jack spots’, which aren’t nearly
as seedy as they sound. Meanwhile, a BP throwback is
cheating AI – there’ll ALWAYS be something crash-inducing hidden
around a corner in your racing line, with avoidance attempts
resulting in pancaked supercar.
So, messed up your motor? The Knocking Brothers’ chain of fine
panel-beating establishments are more prevalent than Subway – just
shoot through and be fixed... and change colour. Whatever! It helps
with cop chases, which rock frustratingly, especially when haunting
you while you race to be ace. Their busting process is broken
though, you can be hurtling away backwards yet they’ll still nab
you. Or land on top of you as you approach 300 clicks, like
dropbears in piggy costumes. Gruntle.
Burnou- erm, NFS: Most Wanted? Best. Car