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4.0 out of 5 stars Fun game with minor flaws, November 5, 2012
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
This review is from: Need for Speed: Most Wanted (Video Game)
At its core this a great arcade racer. If you're expecting Gran Turismo, go buy Gran Turismo. I do not buy a ton of racing games, so for me its a great purchase. NF:MW is rooted in fast and furious street racing, with traffic, cops, and brutal crashes. The racing is fast paced, hectic, and challenging. The graphics are beautiful, and the open world concept is flawlessly executed. The mix of cars you can drive and the styles of racing is diverse, and adds a ton of value to the game. The multiplayer is frantic and fast paced, and the single player campaign is really deep with cars and challenges. The game is fantastic to play in long hauls or short spurts, and is my favorite Vita game to date. It's a true console experience on a handheld, which is what we all thought we would get when buying a Vita. Kudos to Criterion on that front.

Some minor gripes with the game are numerous, but I really don't feel they take away from the enjoyment of the game. The most talked about is the lack of body customization. A full kit and paint customizer would have done a lot to the game, and I was disappointed to see it was left out. The drag style race was also left out, which on a pure speed rush could have added some variety. I also think the crashes, while cool looking, should do more to hurt your cars drive-ability. I hate that I can flip a Porsche 19 times in the air, destroy its body, and then speed off like nothing happened. I also wish each car had a few more races and challenges. I feel like you get your car fully loaded, and then you have to move on to the next car. Some really challenging races utilizing the full gamut of upgrades would have been welcome. My biggest complaint is the upgrade system though. It drives me crazy that you can't upgrade your car by pausing the game, and the upgrade menu takes up the entire screen. The whole point of the system used is to make it fast, but mid-race it just makes you crash and burn. I just end up picking a configuration depending on the race and sticking to it. Lastly, where is the manual transmissions?!

As far as syncing with the PS3, it's kind of incomplete. They allow your Speed Points, which allow you to unlock Most Wanted races, to carry over from system to system, to cross save. This sounds great in theory, but proves frustrating because your cars, customization, and other progress don't carry over with it. A true cross-save capability would have made this game a home run.

Overall the game is a blast and a great buy. I haven't taken it out of my system since its release. I'll continue to play it and enjoy it, and hope a NFS Underground remake is in the works.

PROS:
Identical to console experience. I own both, and they're almost identical
Beautiful graphics
Fast and frantic racing
Huge variety of cars and race types
Open world is fun - especially picking a fight with the cops
Fun, fast paced, and approachable - great for people looking for an awesome arcade racer
Ideal type of game for the Vita - you can play for hours or minutes and it works just as well

CONS:
Damage is purely cosmetic
Car customization is way too shallow
As soon as you upgrade your cars to max stats, you don't have any races left with that car
Upgrade system is really slick, unless you're racing when you need it most...
Cross save capabilities (and lack thereof) only make you want more.
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