Need for Speed: Most Wanted

Need for Speed: Most Wanted

Players cruise the streets of the city Fairhaven, evading the cops while working their way to the top of the most wanted street racers list in this open-street racing game from Criterion Games.


An indirect sequel to both the original Need for Speed: Most Wanted and Criterion's own Burnout Paradise, the game returns to the open world game play of the titles in the franchise, allowing the player to explore a large, modern city filled with events and shortcuts for the player to find. The stat tracking Autolog feature returns (which debuted in Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit) keeping track of all accomplishments and comparing them to friends. Every vehicle in the game is unlocked from the start (with the exception of the top 10 most wanted racer's cars), requiring only that you find the vehicle first. This is a change from most other Need for Speed games, which usually had a system of classes for the player to work through to get progressively better cars along the way. The game's multiplayer is similar in structure to Burnout Paradise, giving players random events that start at different spots in the city that players have to complete either competitively or cooperatively.


The single player game immediately drops the player into the open world with the main task of beating the ten "Most Wanted" street racers in the City of "Fairhaven". In order to access these races, players must accumulate enough "Speed Points" to unlock them. Speed Points are gained by completing races, evading the cops, meeting objectives, taking down competitors and other various driving antics and maneuvers.

Players can unlock additional cars by locating them within the city and simply pressing a button to get behind the wheel. Every car has its own set of progression, and unlocking each car's upgrades is done by winning races and completing objectives. Once discovered, these new cars are instantly accessible through the Easy Drive drop-down menu.

The police play a large role in the single player game, pursuing the player if they see them do anything illegal, and are often integrated into race events. On higher alert levels, cops will set up road blocks and lay out spike strips. These obstacles are more easily overcome if the player has unlocked vehicles mods like re-inflating tires and heavy chassis, although there is virtually zero penalty for getting "busted."

The game contains dozens of collectibles in the form of billboards to destroy, speed cameras for record-breaking competitions, and gates to smash through. When a player sets a record for distance during a billboard-smashing jump, their photo will be displayed on it for all their friends to see.


The multiplayer component of Most Wanted consists of up to eight players completing "Speedlists", which are sets of five events for players to compete in. Event types are highly variable; ranging from simple team-based checkpoint races, to things like all players meeting on top of a certain building, or collectively gathering a certain amount of "near misses" in a specific area. Players receive Speed Points for winning individual races, as well as for winning the full Speedlist.

The game does not incorporate a lobby, and each event is immediately followed by another with the occasional "intermission" of a few minutes in-between events. All Speed Points for the player are shared between single-player and multiplayer, and as players win events and accumulate Speed Points, they unlock vehicle mods such as off-road tires, higher gears and other upgrades.

Wii U Version

The Wii U version, Need for Speed: Most Wanted U, utilizes the console's unique features in various ways. A new mode, called Co-Op Driver, is included in this version and it supports asymmetric gameplay functions in that it has one player racing with the Wii Remote or Wii U Pro Controller and another assisting with the GamePad by distracting cops, activating boosts, controlling traffic or selecting the time of day. Off-TV Play is supported by the game, as well. When players are not making use of that feature, the touch screen allows for instant access to carselection, tracking records or finding secrets around the city. The game also features Miiverse integration which ties directly into Autolog, displaying Mii characters on billboards and letting players post messages in Paradise mode.

This version also includes the Ultimate Speed Pack (adding five new cars), which was available as $10 DLC on other platforms. However, the other three DLC that were later released on the other platforms are not available.

On top of that, Need for Speed: Most Wanted U also features various graphical upgrades such as higher resolution textures from the PC version and improved lighting.

Wii U Version Development

Criterion had the game running on Wii U concurrently with the other versions and returned to it after those had shipped and everybody had actual hands on with the final retail system at home, Alex Ward of Vice President of Criterion said. The team had also been reading the various Iwata Asks interviews put out by Nintendo around the time of the system's launch to better understand the philosophy and really create a version of the game that is tailored to the system's strengths.

Available Vehicles


Vehicle NameEngineHPW0-100 (s)Top Speed (km/h)Class
Alfa Romeo 4C Concept1.8-liter Turbocharged Straight-42005.0



Ariel Atom 500

3.0-liter V8


Aston Martin V12 Vantage

6.0-liter V125104.1305Sports

Audi A1 Clubsport quattro

2.5-liter Straight-54963.7249Everyday

Audi R8 GT Spyder

5.2-liter V105683.8317Sports

BAC Mono

2.3-liter Straight-42802.8273Race

Bentley Continental Supersports Convertible ISR

6.0-liter W126404.0325Grand Tourer

BMW M3 E92 Coupé

4.0-liter V84204.8249Sports

Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Super Sport

8.0-liter Quad-Turbo W1612002.4431Exotic

Caterham Superlight R500

2.0-liter Straight-4





Chevrolet Camaro ZL1

6.2-liter V85803.9296Muscle

Chevrolet Corvette ZR1

6.8-liter V86383.4330Exotic

Dodge Charger SRT8 (LD) (multiplayer only; from U.S. Slim Jim promotion)

6.4-liter V84704.7282Muscle

Dodge Challenger SRT-8 392

6.4-liter V84704.0293Muscle

Ford F-150 SVT Raptor

5.4-liter V83207.2164SUV

Ford Focus RS500

2.5-liter Straight-53505.6262Everyday

Ford Focus ST (multiplayer only)

2.0-liter Straight-42526.7244Everyday

Ford GT

5.4-liter V85503.7329Exotic

Ford Mustang Boss 302 (2012)

5.0-liter V84444.0249Muscle

Hummer H1 Alpha

6.6-liter Turbo Diesel V830013.5165SUV

Jaguar XKR

5.0-liter V85104.6250Sports

Koenigsegg Agera R

5.0-liter Twin Turbo V811002.9418Exotic

Lamborghini Aventador LP 700-4

6.5-liter V127002.9349Exotic

Lamborghini Countach 5000 quattrovalvole

4.7-liter V123754.9315Sports

Lamborghini Gallardo LP 570-4 Spyder Performante

5.2-liter V105703.9323Sports

Lancia Delta HF Integrale Evoluzione 2

2.0-liter Turbocharged Straight-42125.7220Everyday

Lexus LFA

4.8-liter V105523.6326Exotic

Marussia B2

2.8-liter Turbocharged V64203.8249Sports

Maserati GranTurismo MC Stradale

4.7-liter V84604.4302Grand Tourer

McLaren MP4-12C

3.8-liter Twin Turbo V85923.1333Exotic

Mercedes-Benz SL65 AMG Black Series

6.0-liter V126613.7320Muscle

Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG

6.3-liter V85713.8317Grand Tourer

Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X

2.0-liter Turbocharged Straight-43955.4249Everyday

Nissan GT-R (R35) Egoist

3.8-liter Twin Turbo V65502.8315Sports

Pagani Huayra

5.9-liter Twin Turbo V127203.3370Exotic

Porsche 911 Turbo 3.0

3.8-liter Flat-65003.7312Sports

Porsche 911 (991) Carrera S

3.8-liter 6-Cylinder Boxer4004.3302Sports

Porsche 918 Spyder Concept Study

4.6-liter V8 plus 2 Electric Motors7183.2318Exotic

Porsche Panamera Turbo

4.8-liter Twin Turbo V85004.0303Grand Tourer

Range Rover Evoque

2.0-liter Straight-4 EcoBoost2406.7217SUV

Shelby Cobra 427

7.0-liter V84255.1262Muscle


8.4-liter V106403.3320Muscle

Subaru Impreza Cosworth STI CS400

2.5-liter Turbocharged Straight-43953.4349Everyday

Tesla Roadster Sport

375 volt AC induction3003.7201Sports

Downloadable Content

Note that the Wii U version has all Ultimate Speed Pack cars on-disc, but no other DLC.

Vehicle NameEngineHPW0-100 (s)Top Speed (km/h)ClassDLC Pack
Alfa Romeo MiTo Quadrifoglio Verde1.4-liter Turbocharged Straight-4 MultiAir1687.6219CityTerminal Velocity
Aston Martin DB5 Vantage4.0-liter Straight-63256.3261SportsMovie Legends
Aston Martin DBS5.9-liter V125104.4303Grand TourerMovie Legends
Audi RS 32.5-liter Turbocharged Straight-5 TFSI3354.7249EverydayTerminal Velocity
BMW 1 Series M Coupé3.0-liter Twin Turbo Straight-6 (N54B30)3354.3266EverydayTerminal Velocity
BMW M3 GTR (E46)4.0-liter V8 (P60B40)4443.5245RaceNFS Heroes
Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse8.0-liter Quad-Turbo W1611832.6410ExoticUltimate Speed
Dodge Charger R/T (1970)7.0-liter V84255.5195MuscleMovie Legends
Ford Fiesta ST (Generation 6)1.6-liter Turbocharged Straight-4 (EcoBoost)1977.0219EverydayTerminal Velocity
Hennessey Venom GT Spyder (2012)7.0-liter Twin Turbo V812442.7~427ExoticUltimate Speed
Lamborghini Aventador J6.5-liter V126902.9354ExoticUltimate Speed
Lamborghini Diablo SV5.7-liter V125103.9328SportsNFS Heroes
McLaren F1 LM6.1-liter V12 (BMW S70/2)6803.0362ExoticUltimate Speed
Nissan 350Z (2006)3.5-liter V6 (VQ35DE)3066.0249SportsNFS Heroes
Nissan Skyline GT-R V-Spec (R34)2.6-liter Twin Turbo Straight-6 (RB26DETT)2765.0249SportsNFS Heroes
Pagani Zonda R6.0-liter V12 (M120)7503.0351ExoticUltimate Speed
Pontiac Firebird Trans Am Special Edition (1977)6.6-liter V81806.4UnknownMuscleMovie Legends
Porsche 911 GT2 (997)3.6-liter Twin Turbo H65233.4328SportsNFS Heroes
Porsche 918 Spyder (2013)4.6-liter V8 plus 2 Electric Motors8872.9340ExoticTerminal Velocity
Shelby GT500 (1967)7.0-liter V83555.6243MuscleMovie Legends

Most Wanted Top 10 List

NumberCarSP or DLC Needed
10Alfa Romeo 4C Concept60,000
9Shelby Cobra 427135,000
8Mercedes-Benz SL 65 AMG220,000
7Lexus LFA315,000
6McLaren MP4-12C425,000
5Porsche 918 Spyder Concept520,000
4Lamborghini Aventador630,000
3Bugatti Veyron Super Sport750,000
2Pagani Huayra875,000
1Koenigsegg Agera R1,000,000
VenomHennessey Venom GT SpyderUltimate Speed Pack
918 SpyderPorsche 918 SpyderTerminal Velocity Pack
GT500Shelby GT500 Movie Legends Pack
M3 GTRBMW M3 GTR (E46) Need for Speed Heroes Pack


The Who"Baba O'Riley (Alan Wilkis Remix)"
The Who"Won't Get Fooled Again (Cato Remix)"
Calvin Harris

"We'll Be Coming Back (KillSonik Remix)"

Dizzee Rascal"Bonkers"
Madeon feat. Zak Waters"The City"
Muse"Butterflies and Hurricanes"
Skrillex (with The Doors)

"Breakin a Sweat (Original)"

Nero"Won't You (Be There)"
Rudimental feat. John Newman"Feel the Love"
Silent Code"Night Train"
Silent Code"Spell Bound"
Silent Code"East Star"
The Maccabees"Unknow"
The Joy Formidable"Little Blimp"
Foreign Beggars feat. Noisia"Contact"
Flux Pavilion feat. Sway"Double Edge"
The Chemical Brothers"Galvanize"
Riverboat Gamblers"Blue Ghosts"
Green Day"Stop When the Red Lights Flash"
Icona Pop"I Love It"
Dispatch"Circles Around the Sun"
We Are the Ocean"The Road (Run for Miles)"
DJ Fresh feat. Dizzee Rascal"The Power"
RuN RIOT"A Light Goes Off (RuN RIOT Mix)"
Heaven's Basement"I Am Electric"
Deadmau5 feat. Wolfgang Gartner"Channel 42"
Above & Beyond"Anjunabeach"
The Vaccines"Bad Mood"
C&D Project"The Chase"
Poliça"Violent Games"
Beware of Darkness"Howl"
Lower than Atlantis"Love Someone Else"
Strange Talk"Cast Away"
Last Dinosaurs"Zoom"
Asherel"Shake the Dust"
Band of Skulls"You're Not Pretty but You Got It Goin' On"
Dead Sara"Weatherman"
Popeska"Now or Never"

Limited Edition and Preorder

The Limited Edition of Need for Speed: Most Wanted includes many bonuses:

  • 4 hours of double speed points for multiplayer
  • 2012 Porsche 911 Carerra S
  • Maserati GranTurismo MC Stradale - Both cars are decked out with an exclusive livery and performance modifications

Pre-ordering from select retailers granted players exclusive vehicles with upgrades. 360/PS3 owners could order from to get both Power & Strike while GameStop orders get the Speed Pack. Preordering on PC (through Origin) granted players all three packs.

  • Speed Pack: Caterham Superlight R500
  • Power Pack: Ford F-150 Raptor
  • Strike Pack: Mercedes-Benz SL 65 Black Series


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While the game doesn't have any story continuity with the original Need for Speed: Most Wanted, there are some references to it and its characters, such as the "Callahan Industrial" area in the PS3/360/PC game, and the mobile/portable version includes an track named "Callahan District", both references to the 2005 game's antagonist Razor Callahan.

PC System Requirements

Minimun RequirementsRecommended Requirements
CPU: 2 GHz Dual Core (Core 2 Duo 2.4 GHz or Athlon X2 2.7 GHz)
VGA: AMD: DirectX 10.1 compatible with 512 MB RAM (ATI Radeon 3000, 4000, 5000 or 6000 series, with ATI Radeon 3870 or higher performance)
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)
DX: DirectX 10.0
OS: Windows Vista (SP1) 32-bit
HDD: 20 GB
ODD: DVD Rom Drive
Minimum Peripheral: Keyboard and Mouse
CPU: 2 GHz Quad Core (Core 2 Quad Q6400 2.13 GHz or Phenon 9550 Quad-Core)
VGA: AMD: DirectX 11 compatible with 2 GB RAM (ATI Radeon 6950/70 and 78xx/9xx)
NVIDIA: DirectX 11 compatible with 1.2 GB RAM (NVIDIA GeForce 560/70 and 660/70/80)
DX: DirectX 11
OS: Windows 7 64-bit