As we were expecting, Criterion have unveiled their reboot for Need for Speed Most Wanted in a tasty trailer and in-game demonsration during EA's E3 press conference. Need for Speed Most Wanted will let you "become the Most Wanted," allowing you to race, chase and explore an open world environment. /assets/js/ckfinder/userfiles/images/mostwanted_023.jpg The demonstration showcased a Porsche 911 in the midst of a brutal high speed pursuit, where Criterion's trademark appetite for destruction was fully realised. Takedowns seem to be firmly back in place as the Porsche wrecked a countless number of police cars, and it seems as if the environment will also be destructable with ample debris to smash into. The open city is said to include all manner of jumps, shortcuts and off road excursions, as demonstrated when the Porsche darted through narrow alleyways. Players will also be able to switch cars to elude the cops. /assets/js/ckfinder/userfiles/images/multiplayer.jpg Unsurprisingly, Criterion's revolutionary Autolog will reutrn in a big way. The second generation of the superb stat-tracking system is said to be more comprehensive than ever before, broadcasting your most newsworthy scores, speeds and times along with details such as number of cop cars crashed, and air-time on jumps to friends. It will reportedly be more personalised too, allowing you to "teach Autolog 2.0 who you really want to beat" to alter your recommendations accordingly. Speed points are then earnt as you rank up to become the Most Wanted. Criterion's Executive Producer Matt Webster commented: “Criterion is shaking up the franchise with Need for Speed Most Wanted. This is Most Wanted for a new generation of players. We’ve brought everything we know about racing, chasing and exploration and smashed them together in a highly connected open world automotive experience. Whether driving solo or racing with friends in our amazing new multiplayer experience, Autolog fires up competition out of everything as players compete to be most wanted amongst their friends.” A fairly predictable roster of cars adhering to Need for Speed's usual taste for exotica and American muscle can be seen in the trailer, including the obligatory Porsche 911 and Lamborghini Aventador along with an Aston Martin V12 Vantage, Nissan GTR and Dodge Challenger. There was one surprise hidden in the car list however - a Ford F-150 SVT Raptor was featured prominantly battering through police roadblocks, which marks the first licensed off-road pickup seen in a Need for Speed game since Need for Speed: Underground 2. The more observant of you will have probably noticed a notable omission - despite our hopes, there doesn't seem to be any car customisation in Need for Speed Most Wanted judging from the trailer, despite it being a central part of the original Most Wanted game. Ah well. It therefore seems that Criterion are aiming to play to their strengths, but we're suitably impressed by what we've seen from Most Wanted so far. As we predicted in our E3 preview, it looks to show Criterion at their very best, utilising their renowned damage modelling and terrifying sense of speed and apply it to a detailed open city environment. It's as if Need for Speed Hot Pursuit and Burnout Paradise just met in a spectacular head-on collision. Become the Most Wanted in Criterion's new Need for Speed on October 30th.
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