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Need for Speed: Most Wanted
Box artwork for Need for Speed: Most Wanted.
Developer(s)EA Canada, EA Black Box, Ideaworks3D
Publisher(s)Electronic Arts, EA Games
Release date(s)
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Black Edition EA Value Games EA Most Wanted
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Nintendo DS
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PlayStation 2
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Nintendo GameCube
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Xbox, Game Boy Advance
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Xbox 360
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Genre(s)Action Racing
System(s)Windows, PlayStation 2, GameCube, Xbox, Xbox 360, Game Boy Advance, Nintendo DS, Mobile
Mode(s)Single player, Multiplayer
BBFC: BBFC PG.png Parental Guidance
CERO: CERO 12 old.gif Ages 12 and up
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ESRB: ESRB E.png Everyone
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PEGI: PEGI 3.png Ages 3+
PEGI: PEGI 12.png Ages 12+
USK: USK 12.png Ages 12+
Preceded byNeed for Speed: Underground 2
Followed byNeed for Speed: Carbon
SeriesNeed for Speed
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For the PlayStation Portable version, see Need for Speed: Most Wanted: 5-1-0. For the 2012 Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and Windows game, see Need for Speed: Most Wanted (2012).

Need for Speed: Most Wanted is the ninth game in the Need for Speed Series. It is essentially a racing game with the addition of police pursuits integrated into gameplay. You'll also get to meet Josie Maran who stars as Mia in an all new cutscene in a new career mode.


Most Wanted, like other Need for Speed games, is essentially a driving and racing game, where the player selects one car to reach a destination or race. Police chases have once again been integrated into certain racing sessions, in which the police employ vehicles and tactics to either slow down or halt the player's car. Clearly, as players take control of faster cars and increasingly rely on nitrous oxide speed boosts, driving sequences become fast-pace and intense, like the Burnout series.

As in the preceding Underground installments, the performance and physical appearance of the player's car could be extensively modified, but options for exterior modifications have been simplified to only the essentials, and are primarily used as methods of decreasing the car's wanted level (see pursuit system), as opposed to increasing a car's "reputation rating" in the Underground games. Additionally, players are allowed to assume a sleeper appearance for cars without penalty in Most Wanted.

Most Wanted features police pursuits in the game for the first time since Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit 2 (2002). In Career mode, police pursuits may occur during a race or during free roaming through the city, depending on the frequency of the police units in the area and the offenses players have committed. Other modes may simply initiate a pursuit immediately in play. Traffic offenses committed by the player are known in game as "Infractions".

Need for Speed Most Wanted: Intro (1:02)
Need for Speed: Most Wanted introduction sequence.

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