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Need For Speed: Most Wanted is the 19th instalment in the long-running Need For Speed series of racing games, developed by Criterion Games and published by Electronic Arts. This game is not to be confused with the original Need For Speed: Most Wanted, which was released in 2005, even though both games share the same name. Most Wanted 2012 was officially announced during EA's press conference at E3 2012, and it was revealed by EA that this isn't a remake of the original game, but a kind of modern sequel. During the announcement of the game it was also revealed that now the Need For Speed series is in charge of Criterion Games, after the success of their Hot Pursuit 2010, and the poor reception of Need For Speed: The Run, which was developed by EA Black Box. Black Box, the previous producer-in-charge, has been reorganized to focus on other types of games, mainly the MMORG Need For Speed: World.

Like in the original game, players will have an open-world setting, this time a city called Fairhaven. There, the players can take part in races, cop chases, stunts, or simply roam around. The Blacklist is also back but this time there are only 10 blacklist members, as opposed to the 15 in Most Wanted 2005. The driving model of the game has been described as "deep, physical and fun", not as arcade-styled as the Burnout series and Hot Pursuit, but far from a simulator. Most Wanted has a range of real-world vehicles, a mix of muscle cars, street racers and exotics, described as "the wildest selection of cars yet". The cars can be altered with performance upgrades, such as paint colours, wheels, suspensions, engine, nitrous, and bodywork. Contrary to other Need For Speed games, all the cars will be available from the start. To drive them, all the player has to do is find them. It is possible to switch a car at anytime, including during pursuits. If the player finds a new car, he/she just needs to park next to it to automatically switch from the current car to the new one.

According to the developer, Criterion Games, the game will focus much more on multiplayer than on singleplayer: "So with this game, like I said, we've tried to shake that up. We've built multiplayer first; we have to do it very online." Autolog is also back.

The game will ship in two editions, the normal one and a Limited Edition, which will allow the player to get double Speed Points in the first 4 hours of multiplayer, and also get early access to two cars in a satin black livery and tuned with special performance packs: the Maserati GranTurismo MC Stradale and the Porsche 911 (991) Carrera S.

The official word:

To be Most Wanted, you'll need to outrun the cops, outdrive your friends, and outsmart your rivals. With a relentless police force gunning to take you down, you'll need to make split second decisions. Use the open world to your advantage to find hiding spots, hit jumps and earn new vehicles to keep you one step ahead. In true Criterion Games fashion, your friends are at the heart of your experience. In an open world with no menus or lobbies, you'll be able to instantly challenge your friends and prove your driving skill in a variety of seamless multiplayer events. Your rivals will do everything they can to stop you from getting to the top. In this world, there can only be one Most Wanted.
Most Wanted 2012: in-game screenshot



  • Developer: Criterion Games
  • Publisher: Electronic Arts
  • Release date: 30th October 2012 (North America), 1st November 2012 (Europe)
  • Available on: PC (Microsoft Windows), PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 (adapted versions also available on iOS and PlayStation Vita)
  • Game engine: Chameleon (modified)
  • Official website:

Game info


So far, there has been no information regarding a demo.

Pre-order Packs

If the player orders the Need For Speed: Most Wanted Limited Edition, the following pre-order packs will be available.

  • Strike Pack: early access to a specially tuned Mercedes-Benz SL 65 AMG Black Series in a satin black livery.
  • Speed Pack: early access to a specially tuned Caterham Superlight R500 in a satin black livery.

Minimum system requirements

  • Operative System: Windows Vista SP2 32-bit
  • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo @2.4 Ghz or AMD Althon X2 @2.7 GHz
  • RAM Memory: 2 GB
  • Hard Drive: 20 GB
  • Graphics card (AMD): DirectX 10.1 compatible with 512MB (ATI RADEON 3000, 4000, 5000 or 6000 series - 3870 or higher)
  • Graphics card (NVIDIA): DirectX 10.0 compatible with 512 MB (NVIDIA GeForce 8000, 9000, 200, 300, 400 or 500 series - 8800 GT or higher)
  • DirectX: DirectX 10
  • Sound card: DirectX Compatible
  • Input: Keyboard and mouse
  • DVD Rom Drive

Recommended system requirements

  • Operative System: Windows 7 34-bit
  • Processor: Quad-Core
  • RAM Memory: 4 GB
  • Hard Drive: 20 GB
  • Graphics card: DirectX 11 compatible with 1024 MB (NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560 or ATI RADEON 6950)
  • DirectX: DirectX 10
  • Sound card: DirectX Compatible
  • Input: Keyboard and mouse
  • DVD Rom Drive

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