At E3 last month EA and Criterion did us a solid by bringing back Need For Speed Most Wanted albeit in a different form. The Most Wanted name may be back, but as Criterion did with NFS Hot Pursuit, the Guildford based studio is putting their own unique spin on the game which of course puts fast racing to the forefront along with a healthy amount of car chases and elaborate wrecks. I had the pleasure of playing the new version of Most Wanted at E3, but now those who weren’t lucky enough to attend the event can get a small taste at what the game is trying to accomplish thanks to this new walkthrough video.
Unlike other walkthrough videos that are supposed to hype gamers, Criterion has kept things simple with this offering for NFS Most Wanted. Absent are any talking heads or over-produced elements as we’re simply greeted to four minutes of glorious gameplay footage with an occasional factoid popping up on the screen. The video we have today features the core area that was made available to us at E3 last month, which as you can in the video below is a rather small chunk of the city Criterion has created.
Instead of showing the various multiplayer events gamers can partake in while playing Most Wanted, Criterion instead decided to show what most of us enjoy from NFS: intense car chases amidst race events. Criterion hasn’t done much to reboot the way that race events happen in a NFS game, but it looks like they’ve done a considerable job at ratcheting the tension as the police and opposing racers don’t hold back at all. Whether it’s by doing a small shunt or the police putting up roadblocks at nearly every intersection, gamers may need to be on their toes at all time in Most Wanted as opposed to driving and evading the cops like it’s a complete breeze.
Watching this video for Most Wanted it may be disappointing not to see any cheesy live-action cutscenes pop-up, but I’m totally down with Criterion’s reimagining of the Most Wanted brand. Things may not be as stylish as they once were, but the game was beyond fun when I played it at E3 and this new footage actually looks intense without being completely predictable.
Need For Speed Most Wanted will be released later this year for the PS3, Xbox 360, PlayStation Vita, and PC.