Retro Gaming 10’s- Need For Speed: Most Wanted (2012)

There were quite of few memorable high quality racing titles that emerged during the first half of the 10’s decade that people probably still play today. Between the years ’11-’15 we got see titles such as Gran Turismo 5 & 6, Forza Horizon, Forza Motorsport 4-6, Grid Autosport and others become big attractions across multiple gaming platforms. While its common knowledge that the Polyphony Digital’s Gran Turismo series has been competing with Turn 10 Studio’s Forza Motorsport games since the mid 00’s; the Need For Speed series was still very popular throughout most of the 00’s and even the 10’s to some extent. In fact, the Need For Speed: Most Wanted games from ’12 was arguably the most popular entry within the series as far as the 10’s decade is concerned. Need For Speed: Most Wanted was developed by Criterion Games and published by Electronic Arts and ended up becoming the 19th installment within the series. NFS: Most Wanted was considered to be a significantly better game than its ’11 predecessor Need For Speed: The Run which came out for PS3, Xbox 360, Wii and Microsoft Windows.

In fact, some would argue that NFS: Most Wanted was just as good as Burnout Paradise which was released back in ’08. While NFS: Most Wanted performed well in terms of sales following its initial release in countries such as the United Kingdom; the game still sold way less than many people had expected. But to be fair NFS: Most Wanted was one of the best installments within the series since the ’05 game with the same title during the PS2 era. One of the strongest positives about NFS: Most Wanted from ’12 was the online multiplayer which provided players with countless hours of gameplay. As far as negatives are concerned one thing that stood out the most was the absence of local co-op multiplayer gameplay. Also, the NFS: Most Wanted from ’12 did not have a single player campaign mode similar to the title from ’05 which many people were openly critical about following its initial release. However, despite having lackluster offline single-player gameplay NFS: Most Wanted had great visuals and a beautiful open world map which would attract many casual racing fans. If Criterion Games more effort into creating an effective storyline for NFS: Most Wanted it could have easily of been a slightly bigger attraction in ’12 with a much higher replay value.

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