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Need for Speed Most Wanted
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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Need for Speed Most Wanted is a fast-paced racing game that rewards and encourages reckless driving. Drivers go as fast as possible and attempt to evade the police, earning rewards that help them buy more cars and power-ups. There are frequent wrecks, shown in slow motion, but no players are ever seen injured.
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What's it about?
Players control the direction of their cars by tilting their device right or left. Acceleration is automatic by default, but can be manually controlled if players want. Swiping a finger up the screen causes a speed boost and holding one down on the right side allows cars to drift. (Holding a finger on the left side of the screen applies the vehicle's brake.) Players must decide when best to use their boost to get ahead of competitors -- and outrun the law. Boost can be refilled by forcing other cars (including police) to wreck.
Is it any good?
Like its console cousin, Need for Speed Most Wanted is fast, furious fun -- but only for people who realize that it all takes place in a world of make believe. The game's incredible graphics and smart pacing really re-create the sensation of speed, and there's an adrenaline rush that comes with passing an opponent.
While we certainly wouldn't endorse evading the police, their addition here bumps up the fun factor -- giving what could be a pick-up-and-play-then-forget racer a unique twist that makes you want to come back and keep playing. A downside is that the customization options seem limited compared to the console edition. But that's hardly enough to justify bypassing this terrific title.
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