Need For Speed: Most Wanted
Publisher: Electronic Arts
Release Date: October 30, 2012
Genre: Open-world racing
Engine: Chameleon (modified)
- Need For Speed: Most Wanted - E3 2012: Announcement Trailer
- Need For Speed: Most Wanted - E3 2012: Debut Gameplay
- Need For Speed: Most Wanted - E3 2012: Multiplayer Demo
- Live action TV ad
- Gameplay Feature Series 2 – Multiplayer
- Gameplay Series 4 -- The Most Wanted List
- Get Wanted Trailer
- Gameplay Feature Series 1 – Single player
- Gameplay Series 3 -- Find It, Drive It
- Multiplayer Trailer
- Gameplay Series 2 -- Walkthrough
- Gameplay Series 1
- Announcement Trailer E3 2012
- Vita NYCC footage #1
- Vita NYCC footage #2
- Mobile trailer
- Live action TV ad
- Launch trailer
EasyDrive: the excellent menu from Burnout Paradise returns, and it even includes a restart option! Just press right on the d-pad…
Collectibles: Jack Spots, Billboard Jumps, Speed Cameras and Security Gates are everywhere in Fairhaven City and its surroundings.
Concours: Criterion’s take on Prestige; change your license plate border to gold to indicate you are a Concours player!
Motion controls: control the camera and EasyDrive through voice commands with Kinect, use the Move Racing Wheel to drive your car.
Single Player Main Aim
The main aim in NFSMW is to own all 10 of the Most Wanted cars in the game, and collect all of the Collectibles that are available in the world.
Shutting down the last Most Wanted Car in the open world will cause the credits to play, but you may not be done yet! In order to have 100% completion, you need to have done the following:
- Play and win (1st place) ever event in the game
- Shut down every Most Wanted Car
- Drive every car
- Find all of the Jack Spots
- Smash every Billboard
- Trigger every Speed Camera
- Smash every Security Gate
Most Wanted Cars
You must earn the right to race the Most Wanted Cars (from #10 to #1). You can do this by earning enough SP (Speed Points) to unlock each of the Most Wanted cars.
Once you have beaten a Most Wanted Racer at their event, it’s not over. The Most Wanted Racer will be released into the city of Fairhaven. Look for their Black Triangle on the mini map, chase them down, and take them out in order to get their car.
Career progressions will continue without having to shut down the Most Wanted Cars in the open world, but they won’t unlock in your collection and you won’t complete the game until you do.
Collectibles are spread throughout the game to encourage exploration, further progression, to aid you in other game modes, and for you for you to compete with your friends on the Most Wanted List.
- Jackspots- Jackspots are cars placed throughout the game world that you can switch to at any points after they’ve been found. As events are set on a per-car basis, they are needed to allow acess to the different events that you can continue to progress. You also get SP for using different cars!
- Speed Cameras- Speed cameras are scattered throughout the world and trigger when you pass them at a fast speed. Your best times are then compared with friends through Autolog and you can earn SP for beating your own, and friends’, times.
- Security Gates- These highlight areas of the game where there are points of interest, such as alternate routes and other collectibles.
- Billboard Jumps- These are highlighted by a billboard to jump into. Hitting a billboard with a jump will give you the distance jumped. Not hitting it doesn’t count. Your distances for successful jumps will be compared to your friends and give SP. Even better, if you have the best distance for a particular billboard, your profile picture will appear on it until someone beats you!
There are 51 different events available from the start of the game, which are selectable by “Jacking” into different cars placed in the world. Each of the cars available have 5 events tied to them, some of which cross over from car to car. Each event also typically has approximately 3 cars that can access it. There are 5 types of events: Circuits, Sprints, Speed Runs, Ambushes, Most Wanted Races.
- Getting Bronze in a race counts towards unlocking the 11th car mod (reinflate tyres) and awards SP.
- Getting Silver unlocks a mod you can use on your car and awards SP.
- Getting Gold unlocked two mods on your car and awards SP.
- Circuits- A standard race through checkpoints between a varying number of cars of similar class over a varying number of laps that may contain cops.
- Sprints- A race from point A to point B, going from one area of the map to another through checkpoints between a varying number of cars of similar class that may contain cops.
- Speed Runs- Complete the A to B route with the fastest average speed.
- Ambush- Escape the cops as fast as you can! The event starts on a raised platform or in a building. The faster your escape, the more SP you gain.
- Most Wanted Races- A 1-on-1 race against a Most Wanted Car to a key location in the world. The cops are chasing in force and will make every attempt to prevent you from reaching the destination.
Pursuits by the cops begin when you hit patrolling cops in the world, hit nearby traffic, perform donuts/wheel spinning near cops, block cop paths, or after certain events.
Heat levels indicate the level of pursuit you are under by the cops. Pursuits start at heat level 1 with a few basic cops that are easy to lose and are not much of a threat. As your heat level increases over time and/or by taking out cops during a pursuit, the pursuit difficulty increases with roadblocks and spike strips.
When you are in a pursuit, there will be a pursuit radius around you that you need to escape in order to lose the cops. As you go up in Heat level, the pursuit area gets bigger, making it harder to escape. When you do get out of the pursuit area the Heat Level bar will start to decrease. When it’s empty, the pursuit will end.
You can use Jack Spots to jack new cars, as well as Body Shops to change the appearance of your car, to help evade pursuit. Since your times are compared to your friends' times, using these to evade pursuit more quickly is important if you want to have the best time.
You can score and earn Speed Points (SP) by taking down cops. Once you evade the cops, you will be awarded your SP. If you get caught, you will not receive the amassed SP.
There are 41 player cars which can be used in offline events and 48 which can be used in online events (note: PS Vita has 42 cars for online events). There
are also 6 cop cars and 11 traffic cars. All cars are unlocked from the start, except for the 10 Most Wanted. This list is not yet complete.
Alfa Romeo 4C
Aston Martin V12 Vantage
Audi A1 Clubsport Quattro
Audi R8 GT Spyder
Bentley Continental Supersports Convertible
BMW M3 GTR E46
BMW M3 E92
Bugatti Veyron Super Sport
Caterham R500 Superlight
Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
Chevrolet Corvette ZR1
Dodge Challenger SRT8
Dodge Charger SRT8
Ford F-150 SVT Raptor
Ford Focus RS500
Ford Mustang 302 Boss
Hummer H1 Alpha
Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8
Koenigsegg Agera R
Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4
Lamborghini Countach QV5000
Lamborghini Gallardo LP570-4 Spyder Performante
Lancia Delta Integrale HF
Maserati GranTurismo MC Stradale
Mercedes-Benz SL65 AMG Black
Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG
Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X
Nissan GT-R Egoist
Porsche 911 Turbo 3.0
Porsche 911 Carrera S
Porsche 918 Spyder Concept
Porsche Panamera Turbo S
Range Rover Evoque
Shelby Cobra 427 S/C
SRT Viper GTS
Subaru Cosworth Impreza STI CS400
Tesla Roadster 2.5
There are 22 modifications that can be unlocked for each car. These are divided into Standard and Pro mods. Mods are equipped by selecting them in the EasyDrive menu. There are 5 main types of mods that can be equipped at once: Tyres, Nitrous, Body, Chassis, Power. Standard mods will have advantages and disadvantages. Pro mods have no disadvantages.
You can unlock Standard mods by earning 5 Gold/Silver medals in the 5 events tied to each car (not the Most Wanted events). Earning at least Bronze in all 5 events will unlock the 11th mod.
Pro versions of mods are unlocked by completing related milestone requirements with the Standard mod equipped. An example being Nitrous Burn Pro: by using nitrous for 300 seconds with the Nitrous Burn mod equipped, you will unlock the Pro version. This will give you more nitrous to burn and make is easier to earn.
Once you have unlocked a Pro Mod, you will need to equip it. Go to:
- EasyDrive > Customize Car > Mods > and select the Pro Mod you have just unlocked.
Milestones are essentially mini challenges that earn you SP, such as drive in a certain car or get “X” amount of airtime. These are broken down into per-car Milestones and non-per-car Milestones.
To view your progress towards a Milestone, select yourself on the Most Wanted Friends List on the Map screen.
OS: Windows Vista (Service Pack 2) 32-Bit
Processor: 2 GHz Dual Core (Core 2 Duo 2.4 GHZ or Althon X2 2.7 GHz)
Memory: 2 GB
Hard Drive: 20 GB
Graphics Card (AMD): DirectX 10.1 compatible with 512 MB RAM (ATI RADEON 3000, 4000, 5000 OR 6000 series, with ATI RADEON 3870 or higher performance)
Graphics Card (NVIDIA): DirectX 10.0 compatible with 512 MB RAM (NVIDIA GEFORCE 8, 9, 200, 300, 400 OR 500 series with NVIDIA GEFORCE 8800 GT or higher performance)
Sound card: DirectX compatible
Keyboard and Mouse
DVD ROM Drive
OS: Windows 7 64-Bit
Processor: Quad-Core CPU
Memory: 4 GB
Hard Drive: 20 GB
Graphics Card: DirectX 11 compatible with 1024 MB RAM (NVIDIA GEFORCE GTX 560 or ATI RADEON 6950)
Sound Card: DirectX compatible
Keyboard and Mouse
DVD ROM Drive
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