Need for Speed: Most Wanted (2005) (Nintendo DS)
Need for Speed: Most Wanted is a 2005 racing video game developed by EA Black Box and published by Electronic Arts. It is the ninth installment in the Need for Speed series. The game features street racing-oriented game play, with certain customization options from the Need for Speed: Underground series.
Most Wanted was released for the Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 2, Xbox, Nintendo GameCube, PlayStation Portable, Game Boy Advance and Xbox 360, the first Need for Speed game released for a seventh generation console, being a launch title for the Xbox 360. The game was widely acclaimed, becoming the best selling game in the franchise with 16 million copies sold. It is also considered by many fans to be the best entry in the series.
The DS version was developed by Sensory Sweep Studios (additional work by EA Canada), which is another story...
Why It Sucks
- The introduction scene is cringeworthy.
- The graphics are very muddy-almost as bad as the graphics in Big Rigs: Over the Road Racing and London Racer
- The cars have horrible textures, looking like boxes impersonating cars.
- The Rubberband AI is significantly worse than in the PS2, Xbox 360 and PC releases.
- Racing is slow and tedious instead of fast-paced like most of racing games.
- The physics are very floaty.
- The controls are overly sensitive.
- Nitrous was removed, you know, that boost of speed that almost every street racing game had. Even the DS port of Underground 2 and Need for Speed: Most Wanted 5-1-0, this game's PSP counterpart, had nitrous.
- No reward is given for defeating Razor (the boss of the game).
- If you win the game with 100% completion the only reward is a notice. Notices aren't a reward for completing the game 100%!
- Generic soundtrack that lacks the licensed music from the console and PC versions.
- The police will only chase you when they feel like it.
The Nintendo DS version was met with negative reviews with a score of 45/100 on Metacritic. The port is considered to be the worst Nintendo DS port of all time.