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Criterion Teases Need For Speed Most Wanted: Video


Driving simulation games like Gran Turismo and Forza Motorsports may be enough for some gamers, but both lack the kind of adrenaline rush you can only get by running from the police and hunting down opponents in a nearly unlimited virtual world.

Just last week we told you about Forza Horizon, where players compete head to head in an expansive virtual world, at least when they’re not hanging out at an online outdoor festival. This week, it’s Criterion Games’ turn to announce a new installment in the Need For Speed franchise, filled with competitive mayhem.

The premise behind Need For Speed Most Wanted is fairly simple: online players converge in a virtual city , where a “relentless police force” is “gunning to take you down.” Run from police at triple-digit speeds, mowing down anything that gets in your way, and that’s bound to happen.

While The Man tries to rein you in, your goal is to beat all opponents to the finish line of each stage, no matter what it takes. Along the way, you’ll need to find shortcuts and hiding spots, encouraging you to explore as much of the virtual landscape as you can.

From what we can see in the trailers posted here, Need For Speed Most Wanted is long on carnage and action, but a bit short on realistic driving physics and vehicle damage. That’s probably a good thing, since driving up a flight of stairs and center-punching a few light poles in a Porsche 911 generally creates the kind of damage you can’t ignore.

The object of the game is to become the biggest menace to society and rack up the largest “cost to state” bill. If that’s your idea of a good time in a console game, look for Need For Speed Most Wanted to hit stores in October.

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