A new video was released today showing off a little bit more about the “Most Wanted List” in this month’s Need For Speed Most Wanted. As you will see in the video, there is a brief explanation as to what the Most Wanted List is, and then we are shown some footage of the race that ensues once you attract the attention of one of Fairhaven’s Most Wanted. Of course, the entire point of the game is to become the city’s most wanted driver, so it is a little on the necessary side for you to beat out the top drivers.
As you earn “Speed Points” through completing events and such in the game, you will eventually unlock races with the Most Wanted. If you beat them in a one-on-one race (police are involved as we’re shown), once the race finishes, you are still near them and your goal is to shut them down. For those of you who played Burnout Paradise and were frustrated whenever a new car was driving around the city but it was almost pure luck as to when you would see it, this will come as a welcome change. It’s not as if the car suddenly disappears, it is still close to you and following the same path it was on during the race. Proceed to chase the car down and crash it to claim the vehicle. With one less driver on the Most Wanted List, you’re one step closer to your goal.
The official NFS website even goes so far as to suggest the best vehicle to use against the racer you just saw in the video. According to them, “We’d highly recommend the beefy Mercedes SLS AMG Black to take the fight to the Lambo.” Now, for obvious reasons, it’s likely wise to listen to the people who created the game, however I’m sure this race is more than feasible with other cars.
One thing that should be noted is just how much fight the AI seems to have in this race. It looks like Criterion really wanted to make the top drivers in Fairhaven feel like a challenge. The video even shows some moments when the player attempts to take down the car but misses due to evasive maneuvers. Another shining example is during the race when the AI follows the player through the police road block, allowing the player to take the damage and lose momentum and giving the AI an advantage (which is fully utilizes).
While not the focus of this video, the Autolog 2.0 is also prominently displayed almost constantly throughout the race, with the left-hand side of the screen showing speeds past cameras and distances in the air after smashing through billboards. It seems to be fairly harmless and doesn’t take up much of the screen, but what does give a little cause for concern, at least for me, is the pop-down screens for Easydrive. It allows you to change features on your car like impact protection or re-inflating tires on the fly, but it seems to take up a large portion of the screen when you use it, not to mention, it requires the use of the D-pad which is a little awkward to use when you’re using the left analog stick for precision driving. Hopefully it won’t be nearly as awkward in practice as it seems to be in practice, but the only way to find out will be to wait and try it out when it launches on October 30th.
Source: NFS official site
Eric can’t wait to get his hands on Most Wanted so that he can resume drifting, slip-streaming, and crashing through road blocks in the comfort of his own home (and legally!). In the meantime, he’s an editor for Analog Addiction where you can find all the latest gaming news, previews, reviews, and everything else that rhymes with those words. ‘Like’ Analog Addiction on Facebook to receive all of the updates as they’re posted.