Need For Speed: Most Wanted (2012)

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Need For Speed: Most Wanted has "all the best shit about Burnout", Criterion Games has claimed, saying that its upcoming open-world racer has been "influenced by" every game it's developed in the past.

"It's race, chase and it's glory," Most Wanted's producer Matt Webster told VideoGamer.

"It's everything we know about open-world driving, just piling it together. All the best shit about Burnout and everything we did in Hot Pursuit, we're just smashing them together."

Criterion's previous game, Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit, won a BAFTA in 2010 for Best Multiplayer Game and is the highest-scoring game in the franchise's history.

But regardless, the developer doesn't think it achieved everything it wanted to.

"[NFS: Most Wanted] is what we think an open-world game should be. Hot Pursuit was about beautiful cars and epic drives, and so it didn't match what we wanted to do in that game. This time it totally does. Everything that we've ever done comes to pass here."

Need For Speed: Most Wanted, however, appears to be heavily inspired by 2008 open-world racer Burnout Paradise rather than Hot Pursuit.

So, does Criterion consider Most Wanted as a spiritual successor to Burnout Paradise?

"Would you?" Webster replied.

"It's a Criterion game so everything that we've ever done comes to play. We always say that each game we do is a reflection of us at the time, but of course, you're going to be influenced by what we've done in the past and all the stuff we had fun with.

"You remember the journey that we went on with [Burnout] Paradise. The game that we shipped was absolutely not the game that we ended up with. And with Hot Pursuit we learned a bunch of other things. This is the best of everything."

Need For Speed: Most Wanted was officially revealed at EA's E3 press conference on Monday.

The game is due for release on November 2, 2012, on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita and PC.

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I preferred Paradise to Hot Pursuit personally, but Hot Pursuit was still a fantastic game - I'm not a big racing game fan but as soon as I see Criteron's name, (or Evolution's for that matter), attached to a racer I get very excited indeed as they always offer quality and fun!
Posted 14:39 on 07 June 2012
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dav2612@ Clockpunk

Happy with style.

I see your point but I'd say Rockstar and Criterion are different beasts. There are many divisions within Rockstar, if Rockstar North are involved then they have my attention, other dev studios within Rockstar will have to work harder.

There are a few studios that deserve my immediate attention. Rockstar North, Retro Studios, Criterion. When I saw an Ocean game on the Speccy I knew the chances are it would be brilliant.

Criterion haven't let me down yet even if it did take me a while to warm to Paradise. I prefer these linear arcade racers, the open world aspect isn't really for me, all this having to look at maps... a lesser quality/style (delete as applicable) :)
Posted 14:04 on 07 June 2012
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It is those aspects of quality that reinforced my view of the Need For Speed franchise as one to be firmly avoided.

I can see your point, dav, but I think it is important to separate the product from the maker. Perhaps 'quality' was a poor term to choose - such a thing is very hard to quantify at the end of the day. 'Style' might have been a better choice.

Franchises and series should not be regarded on the same level as the dev teams behind them. Just look at the LA Noire debacle that resulted (an argument may be made) for the R* name being attached to the title... it is the same with any degree of fanboy-itis.

My main criticism/argument against the claim which opened this debate still stands.
Posted 13:47 on 07 June 2012
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dav2612@ Clockpunk

What is wrong with people liking the work from a development studio? Criterion have proved themselves to produce darned fine racing games so when I see their name against a game my interest rises. Are you any different to your favoured developers?

Subjective call indeed regarding the quality but for me, I'd label those issues as personal preferences and nothing to do with the quality of the product.
Posted 13:45 on 07 June 2012
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The statement I took umbrage with was: "For sure, it doesn't matter if we're buying 'Burnout', or 'Need for Speed'. What we're really buying is a Criterion racing game."

But on the quality of Hot Pursuit - that is always going to be a subjective call. Personally - I hated the controls, the shifting-sensitivity of takedowns, the overly-linear racing world... which - to me - is a lack of quality in the finished product.
Posted 13:38 on 07 June 2012
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dav2612@ Clockpunk

I can understand why someone would prefer Paradise over Hot Pursuit or vice versa but I'm puzzled by the 'quality' aspect to your comments.

Hot Pursuit clearly wasn't to your liking but where did it lack quality? I prefer some Criterion games over others but I don't see where any of their games have lacked quality.
Posted 13:35 on 07 June 2012
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I didn't like Hot pursuit as a full product. My biggest dislike with it was that it forced me into race modes I dont enjoy. Some might call that variety, but I like my racers in a very particular vein and being forced to race in a style I dont enjoy just to get to the later stages just annoyed me to the point where I couldnt carry on playing.

NFS: Most Wanted and Burnout: Takedown (I think it was) are still my favourite racers this gen. this is looking like it may well be right up my alley.
Posted 13:35 on 07 June 2012
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Indeed. Back up your original claim now, if you would be so good.
Posted 13:32 on 07 June 2012
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Posted 13:31 on 07 June 2012
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Ah, so you admit you are a troll at last! :D

Just to lay it out simply for you:

1) I disagree with your brazen claim that a Criterion game = universal quality.
2) I provide a personal example. Burnout Paradise much greater than Hot Pursuit. In my opinion.
3) Lee says that for him the preferences are reveresed. Which is not being contested.
4) Either way, it does indeed seem to be one style or another, both by the same company. NFS =/= Burnout. They are very different franchises.
5) Therefore, your statement is argued against - which you clearly don't like (but I do - squirm some more and try to detract from the point under discussion with name-calling and personal slights - go on - that is what you have proved to be your dominant personality trait). :)

Also: "An opinion that is widely considered wrong"? Get over yourself.

Consider yourself fed, munkee.
Posted 13:27 on 07 June 2012
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I think the point that's about to be proved, once again, is that you're not going to quit unless somebody backs down and tells you that you're right.

"but that just proves my point - no one Criterion game is like any other"

When did you make that point? I thought you said:

"Hot Pursuit was nowhere near the quallity or style of Burnout: Paradise, and I highly doubt this title will either."

A pretty vague way of wording the above point, wouldn't you say? And an opinion that is widely perceived as being wrong.

/feedingthetroll :D
Posted 13:17 on 07 June 2012
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Horse for courses it may be, but that just proves my point - no one Criterion game is like any other...
Posted 13:04 on 07 June 2012
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CheekyLee@ Clockpunk

Horses for courses, mate. I thought Hot Pursuit was the best game Criterion have ever made. And that Paradise, whilst technically magnificent, lost a lot of what made Burnout so brilliant in the first place.
Posted 13:00 on 07 June 2012
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I don't buy that statement at all - Hot Pursuit was nowhere near the quallity or style of Burnout: Paradise, and I highly doubt this title will either.
Posted 10:56 on 07 June 2012
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munkee@ dazzadavie

Yeah, day/night cycle and weather would be VERY welcome. I want it to thrash down with rain and the roads get soaked. I want to see the distorted lights of other racers and police cars through the rain. Let's see lightning at night and street lamps illuminating our route.. Come on Criterion. We know you can do this. We just hope that you will do this.
Posted 10:54 on 07 June 2012

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Release Date: 02/11/2012
Developer: Criterion
Publisher: EA
Genre: Racing
Rating: PEGI 7+
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