Need for Speed™ Most Wanted
Tested version: 1.0.28
Latest version: 1.0.47
Requires Android: from 2.3
Need for Speed™ Most Wanted is by no means a new kid on the block: it came out ages ago as a computer game. Criterion – the makers of the Burnout series – have now come out with a remake for almost all gaming platforms. Let's find out out if the Android version is worth its salt!
Features & Use
Test device: Samsung Galaxy S2 (I9100G)
Android version: 4.0.4
As of: 2.3.3
Racing games on a smartphone? Uh, thanks, but no thanks. Controls are weird or the graphics simply not smooth enough. And besides, the Need for Speed series is known for not satisfying in all departments.
The story is a simple one: a bunch of guys are out racing pimped up rides in illegal street/urban races. The prizes up for grabs are either money or more cars, but respect also plays a big role in this game, seeing as it's linked to territory.
Need for Speed™ Most Wanted is neat in the sense that it offers both perspectives: that of illegal racecar drivers and the police, and the gamer will be able to play both roles (though predominantly be behind the illegal wheel).
The act of chasing plays a big role in Need for Speed™ Most Wanted. The police are pretty scrupulous when it comes to catching racers, so be warned that you'll have to contend with slashed tires and either below-the-belt type maneuvers.
As with it's predecessors, this game is mainly all about speed, and Nitro is there to give you a boost when needed.
Graphics are awesome on high end devices, but the Android version of this game does come with a few hiccups. For instance, while the tilt controls work great, the virtual steering wheel is not so hot. The same is true of the breaks which can only be used manually.
Another big drawback in my book is that the Android version does not proved an open world.
There are only 10 tracks/routes to race on, and there's no option to pick specific missions, meaning that if you're stuck in an annoying race you have to get through it, whether you like it or not.
Another disappointment is that tuning is not really featured at all in the Android version. If you're familiar with the computer version you'll know that tuning was a big part of the game, and now the only thing you can really do to the car is give it a paint job.
There are 35 cars to unlock, and once you've done so – and get this! - you have to pay for them. If you don't have enough money from the races you've won you'll have to win them again, and if you don't want to race the same races again you'll have to pay with real money via in-app purchase.
Need for Speed™ Most Wanted has made it into the TOP25 of pay-for apps, probably thanks to the wicked graphics and game physics. If you happen to be playing the game on a high end device you can appreciate the craftsmanship that's gone into designing this game (as far as visuals/controls go). However, most other features of the game don't really shine in the Android version.
Screen & Controls
Need for Speed™ Most Wanted comes with great graphics and overall design. The tilt controls work surprising well, which is pretty cool. However, the virtual steering wheel isn't all that, so I tend to go for the tilt controls.
A drawback: breaks can only be operated manually.
Speed & Stability
Need for Speed™ Most Wanted runs nicely on high end devices, in spite of its complex graphics and reflections.
Older devices get graphics that are less fancy and the app will occasionally lag.
Need for Speed™ Most Wanted is available for EUR 6.53 from the Play Store. To be honest I have to say that I doubt many fans will feel the app is worth the price tag. Despite very high quality graphics and physics most other elements of the game can best be described as average. And don't forget that a pay-for version that costs over EUR 6.00 has an in-game shop to boot...
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