Need for Speed Most Wanted U Review
Need for Speed Most Wanted U Box Art
System: Wii U
Dev: Criterion Games
Pub: EA
Release: March 19, 2013
Players: 1-8
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.

Need for Speed Most Wanted U Screenshot

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.

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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.

By
Josh Wirtanen
Editor / Social Media
Date: March 21, 2013

RATING OUT OF 5
RATING DESCRIPTION
4.7
Graphics
There’s no discernable difference between this and the PS3 version. It looks amazing, but it’s hard to not wish for at least a miniscule upgrade.
3.5
Control
The controls just don’t respond the way they do in the other versions of the game. It’s a small thing, but one that makes the game less enjoyable.
4.2
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
There couldn’t have been a more perfect intro song than “Butterflies and Hurricanes,” but those police scanners need some more variety.
4.8
Play Value
Fairhaven is packed with things to do, and the additional content packs it even fuller.
4.5
Overall Rating - Must Buy
Not an average. See Rating legend below for a final score breakdown.
Review Rating Legend
0.1 - 1.9 = Avoid 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 3.5 - 3.9 = Good 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair 4.0 - 4.4 = Great 5.0 = The Best

Game Features:

  • Most Wanted – Designed Especially for the Wii U - The critically acclaimed racing game that won the hearts of press and fans alike returns, this time on the Wii U. Designed specifically for the platform, Most Wanted U boasts gameplay mechanics built for the unique features of the Wii U GamePad controller. Whether you’re playing with a friend, family member or even by yourself, Most Wanted U makes the race to become Most Wanted more fun, more social and more interactive than ever before.
  • All New Way to Play Together with Co-Driver - Introducing the new local co-op mode, Co-Driver, players can team up in Need for Speed Most Wanted U to top the Most Wanted list. One player drives using the Wii Remote controller or Wii U Pro Controller, while another player uses the Wii U GamePad to make way for victory. As the co-driver, you can provide control and navigation assistance, distract cops, even control the amount of traffic on the road making the Most Wanted U experience the ultimate way to stir up trouble for the cops, for your friends, or just for fun!
  • Play single-player your way - Players can access everything they need to become the Most Wanted from the get go. Drive cars when you want to without switching location, jump to any event at the start of the game with events open.
  • EasyDrive is far more accessible - Change mods, switch into favorite cars on the fly, track milestones, even unlock the connected open world, all on the fly through a far more accessible EasyDrive. With such a robust competitive advantage, Most Wanted U gameplay is built to ensure there’s never a dull moment.
  • Handheld Play - Now players can seamlessly take Most Wanted U’s adrenaline fuelled intensity and blockbuster action from the TV to their Wii U GamePad. With the entire game playable off-screen using the Wii U GamePad, gamers never have to put the heart-pounding, open world action down.
  • Even More Content - Most Wanted U comes packed with all the content from the Ultimate Speed Pack, Most Wanted’s first downloadable content on other platforms, is now included free on the Wii U. Now players can take to the streets five of the most ludicrously fast vehicles ever made and also enjoy new High Speed Races and Speed Runs and more than 70 new speed themed milestones, plus stacks of additional rewards and unlocks.


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