Need for Speed: Most Wanted features “all the best shit” from Burnout Paradise, Hot Pursuit, says Criterion

Thursday, 7th June 2012 11:50 GMT By Johnny Cullen

Need for Speed: Most Wanted will have the best of both Burnout Paradise and Hot Pursuit whilst keeping its own identity, Criterion’s Matt Webster has said.

“It’s everything we know about open-world driving, just piling it together,” Webster told Videogamer at E3. “All the best shit about Burnout and everything we did in Hot Pursuit, we’re just smashing them together.

Webster added that Most Wanted has been inspired by every game its ever developed.

“[Most Wanted] is what we think an open-world game should be. Hot Pursuit was about beautiful cars and epic drives, and so it didn’t match what we wanted to do in that game. This time it totally does. Everything that we’ve ever done comes to pass here.”

He added: “It’s a Criterion game so everything that we’ve ever done comes to play. We always say that each game we do is a reflection of us at the time, but of course, you’re going to be influenced by what we’ve done in the past and all the stuff we had fun with.

“You remember the journey that we went on with Paradise. The game that we shipped was absolutely not the game that we ended up with. And with Hot Pursuit we learned a bunch of other things. This is the best of everything.”

Need for Speed: Most Wanted launches in the US on October 30 and November 2 in Europe for PS3, 360, Vita and PC.



  1. KrazyKraut

    mh…dont know what I should thinking, but Criterion never disappointed me.

    #1 3 years ago
  2. roadkill

    what Kraut said

    #2 3 years ago
  3. Maximum Payne

    There is not customization ? which was kinda big feature for Most Wanted

    #3 3 years ago
  4. The_Red

    And yet it’s still a “shitty NFS” game. Fuck NFS! Where’s Burnout!? Now that game is the good shit.

    #4 3 years ago
  5. Fin


    All Criterion games are basically Burnout.

    #5 3 years ago
  6. tenthousandgothsonacid

    @5 no they’re not because Burnout was *always* 60 FPS.

    HP was a sludgey 30 as I assume this will be too sadly :(

    #6 3 years ago
  7. The_Red

    No, NFS and their other projects don’t even come close to the brilliance of Burnout games. Sure, Burnout Paradise wasn’t the masterpiece fans expected but Burnout 3 and Revenge still remain the VERY best the arcade racing genre has to offer by far.

    Other racers (Including their own NFS Hot Pursuit) don’t even come close to those 2.

    #7 3 years ago
  8. Lounds

    Burnout 3 was amazing and I would put that in my top 10 games of all time. Even the PSP port legends was good. Revenge was a fun game but I enjoyed burnout 3 more. Crash FM was better back then lol.

    #8 3 years ago
  9. The_Deleted

    Give me back ‘Aftertouch’ and I’m on board.

    #9 3 years ago
  10. drewbles82

    Just do another Burnout game already, sod Need for Speed, one of those every year.

    #10 3 years ago
  11. SplatteredHouse

    <3 Burnout 3! <3 If they can restore a sense of finesse, decision-making and timing to the racing, it will leave me a lot more enthusiastic about it. It may be that Criterion's Most Wanted (need for speed edition) is going to be great, but I haven't seen much to imply that. I wait to see how it stacks up, as they make it more public and development continues.

    #11 3 years ago
  12. ManuOtaku

    Now this is getting to the point it will be a Burnout game but with the Need for Speed name on it, evidently they are making the transition preparing the ground.

    #12 3 years ago

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