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Parents' Guide to

Need For Speed: Most Wanted

By Marc Saltzman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Cops vs. street racers challenge rewards recklessness.

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What you will—and won't—find in this game.

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Based on 4 parent reviews

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Good need for speed game

This game is a modernized version of a need for speed game made in 2005. This one has better graphics and a great variety of cars. In the game you compete in street races often running from the police, you build your way up the most wanted leaderboard. Also when you aren't racing you can drive around freely: finding cars to drive Doing races to unlock car customizations or gaining points by speeding past speed cameras and running from the police. The only thing that could take a bit of getting used to is the handling of some of the cars.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (4 ):
Kids say (28 ):

Need for Speed: Most Wanted is great fun for those old enough to understand that this isn't how car drivers should behave. Along with the fast and furious single-player game modes -- like Ambush, Sprint Race, Speed Run, and Circuit race -- online multiplayer bumps up the fun even further. But be aware you need to sign up for Electronic Arts’ Origin game service to play against others. It’s free, but mandatory, and some gamers aren’t thrilled about it (this is on top of the Xbox Live or PlayStation Network service). You can then challenge friends to games or a number of consecutive events, or compare your skills with others thanks to EA’s Autolog 2.0 technology that displays all of your stats -- including times, record speeds, pursuits, jump distances, achievements, and more.

Overall, Need For Speed: Most Wanted is a visceral thrill. Not only do you get to race and modify many different dream cars, but it’s an open world with a number of areas, collectibles and game modes to explore. Plus, instead of having to wait to drive the cars you want –- which is how most car racing games work –- practically every car is available from the get-go in Need for Speed: Most Wanted. The game’s motto is “if you can find it, you can drive it,” therefore you’re rewarded for venturing out in Fairhaven.

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