I know, these Need for Speed subtitles are getting a bit confusing, but the games are anything but. People seem to find something appealing about driving sexy, nasty cars that break the $100K mark, and playing chicken with the authorities who want to ruin their fun of driving really, really fast. For the life of me, I can’t see the reason anyone would want to do that. Taking the bus is where it’s at, people. Seriously.
Still, if you insist that cutting through the wind at high speeds and fishtailing cop cars is the more entertaining use of automobiles, you’ll soon have Need for Speed: Most Wanted on iOS to keep you happy.
Need for Speed: Most Wanted (PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, PC, PlayStation Vita, iOS [previewed], Android)
Really, this game looks damn fine. It’s hard to imagine a game built for the meager screens of the iPhone and iPad being blown up on a TV and looking just as nice, but that’s the case with Most Wanted. Even the aliasing is minimal, which only makes the reflections, lighting, and particle effects pop more. The game also has physics implemented into all the crashes and messy events of each race. Things being destroyed in a semi-believable fashion is just as entertaining as extreme speed, I agree!
The controls, though, were just OK. I think this is just a general issue with most mobile games, based on the nature of the hardware’s core design. Trying to steer a car with a gyroscope that likely wasn’t 100% designed with games in mind is not an easy task. After watching Destructoid staffer Steven Hansen bash the shit out of his Porsche into guardrail after guardrail, I had keep the steering corrections small when I eventually picked up the game.
Though the controls were a bit unresponsive and unintuitive, the gameplay was simple with no learning curve. Really, all you have to know is two commands: swiping up to activate your boost, and tapping the bottom left corner to brake. Cars constantly accelerate themselves, so Most Wanted requires very little brain power to pick up and start breaking traffic laws.
Overall, the experience wasn’t too bad. I don’t have an iPhone -- or iAnything, for that matter -- so part of me kind of envies the quality games that are constantly appearing on these devices. So anyone with an iOS gadget has yet another decent game to look forward to, especially if they enjoy going really, really fast.
Keep an eye out for Need for Speed: Most Wanted when it launches on iOS and Android this fall.
|5:00 PM on 02.01.2013|
Storm's Adventure with Need for Speed: Most Wanted
Damn, I knew this was going to happen. New Super Mario Bros. U proved to be entertaining and distracting. I guess this is "Playing Catch Up to the Catch Up". In continuation of "Playing Catch Up", my next upload was Nee...more
|10:00 PM on 09.25.2012|
Super smexy Need For Speed: Most Wanted trailer
So ... Burnout is awesome. Always has been, always will be. And while it is true that we haven't seen a true game from that franchise in a while, Criterion has been doing its best to bring all of the insane, anarchic fun we ...more
|10:39 AM on 08.14.2012|
gamescom: Get all the cars in Need for Speed Most Wanted
At EA's gamescom press conference today in Cologne, Germany, it was revealed that just about all of the cars will be unlocked from the start of upcoming racer Need for Speed: Most Wanted. So, no more unlocking. Wait, wh...more
|2:00 PM on 07.16.2012|
Need for Speed: Most Wanted pre-order bonuses detailed
Electronic Arts and Criterion Games have come out with the pre-order incentives for this year's Need for Speed: Most Wanted. By putting money down early at participating retailers, you'll get three free packs: Speed Pack: Th...more
|3:00 PM on 06.08.2012|
E3: Need for Speed: Most Wanted sure feels like Burnout
I freaking love Burnout. Rewarding wanton destruction in a race is right up there with the printing press for the greatest accomplishment of our species. When Criterion took the stage at the EA press conference, I hoped it wa...more
|6:51 PM on 06.04.2012|
E3: Criterion creating next Need for Speed: Most Wanted
Criterion Games is bringing back speed and high-stakes action in their upcoming reboot of Need for Speed: Most Wanted. The scenic vistas and sun-soaked highways return with more destructible items and explosions then before....more
|12:15 PM on 05.23.2013|
EA announces next-gen Need for Speed Rivals
While it's not another Hot Pursuit after all, the newly-announced Need for Speed Rivals is going to sound familiar to long-time series fans. Developed by Ghost Games on the Frostbite 3 engine, this "action/racing game" will ...more
|5:20 PM on 05.21.2013|
EA teases latest Need for Speed with a grimy image
The official Need for Speed Facebook account has posted a teaser image for a new game, as shown above. It's getting to be about that time -- it is, after all, a new year. The "Pursuit" on the side of the vehicle would suggest...more
|12:41 PM on 05.21.2013|
Forza Motorsport 5 announced for Xbox One launch
During Microsoft's Xbox One reveal event, Microsoft Studios head Phil Spencer announced Forza Motorsport 5. Developed by Turn 10 Studios, this latest installment in the long-running franchise will be available as a launch ti...more