|System: Wii U|
|Dev: Criterion Games|
|Release: March 19, 2013|
|Screen Resolution: 480p, 720p, 1080i, 1080p||Alcohol Reference, Comic Mischief, Violence|
And the first DLC, the Ultimate Speed pack, is included for free. It adds five more Most Wanted cars and a bunch of new events around the city. Since I never got around to playing this additional content when it first came out, I enjoyed being surprised by new races popping up in places where I didn’t necessarily expect them to. Of course, the downside to all this is that this version of the game won’t get any future DLC, while the other consoles will continue to be supported.
Now, all of this makes it sound like Most Wanted U is the definitive version of the game. And I’d be inclined to agree if it weren’t for the game’s one major shortcoming: the controls. The Wii U version just doesn’t feel as responsive as the PS3 version (the version I played for my previous review). I don’t want to make this sound like a completely broken wreck of a control scheme, because it’s really subtle. But in a game where split-second reaction time can make the difference between victory and a horribly tragic car wreck, the tiniest drop in responsiveness becomes painfully noticeable.
Also, the nitrous boost is assigned to the B button, which means your thumb has to stretch a bit in order to hit it. And since that’s an incredibly important button, it feels like it shouldn’t require such a feat of thumb dexterity. This problem is exacerbated if you decide to use the Pro controller, because the face buttons and shoulder buttons are even further apart than they are on the GamePad. Then again, you can remap your button layout as you see fit to attempt to alleviate the problem.
Lastly, there are motion controls, so you can break out your old Wii Wheel once again. Of course, the novelty of these sorts of control schemes has long worn off by now, and you’ll long for the accuracy that comes with the traditional sticks-and-face-buttons control scheme.
Even if you’ve already played Need for Speed Most Wanted on another console, there are a few new things worth coming back for. Also, it should be noted that all your Speed Points will transfer between versions via Origin. That means that if you’ve already unlocked all the most wanted races (like I did), they’ll be available to you as soon as you start the Wii U version of the game.
Of course, if you’re a Wii U owner who hasn’t played this one yet, it’s probably time to rectify that.
Editor / Social Media
Date: March 21, 2013