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Need for Speed: Most Wanted (2012)

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Need for Speed: Most Wanted

Also known as: Need for Speed: Most Wanted U
Developer: Criterion Games
Publisher: Electronic Arts
Platforms: Windows, Xbox 360 PlayStation 3, Wii U, PlayStation Vita
Released in JP: November 15, 2012
Released in US: October 30, 2012
Released in EU: November 2, 2012
Released in AU: November 1, 2012


GraphicsIcon.png This game has unused graphics.
MovieIcon.png This game has unused cinematics.
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Need for Speed: Most Wanted was the 19th game overall in the Need for Speed series and the second NFS game developed by former Burnout developer Criterion. Despite critical praise, this game received polarizing reception from NFS fans, due to the fact that it's almost completely unrelated to the original Most Wanted and plays more like Burnout Paradise. It also is the only Need For Speed game on the Wii U, being called Need For Speed Most Wanted U.

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Read about prototype versions of this game that have been released or dumped.
Prototype Info


DreamShot

DreamShot was a feature from Hot Pursuit 2010, which was supposed to return here but cut late in development. Graphics remain in the game's files, and messing with menu values can make them viewable in-game, and it even creates a DreamShot folder in your documents.

Cinematic Mode

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A hidden graphics setting called cinematic was meant to be used for trailers or prerelease screenshots. Enabling that boosts the graphics beyond High preset ingame, like increasing effects resolution and LODs, and others. The difference might not be noticeable unless comparing images could help.


(Source: Aero_)

Removed Songs

  • Similar to Hot Pursuit 2010, the song "Firestarter" by The Prodigy was featured in the E3 trailer but is not featured in the final game. Text files still mention this song, though.
  • Another cut song mentioned in text files is Hot Action Cop's "Fever for the Flava", the song from Hot Pursuit 2.

Removed Cars

According to text files, these cars were removed during development:

Subaru Impreza WRX STi (non-Cosworth version)
BMW M3 E46
Aston Martin DB9
BMW M1

Renders also show a C2 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray and the BMW M3 GTR. Both were removed in the final game, however, the M3 was brought back in the NFS Heroes DLC.

Removed Manufacturers

According to the game's files, the manufacturers of Toyota, Hummer, and Jeep were cut. Toyota only has a single line of text, however, Hummer and Jeep have car switch videos in the game's files.

Removed Cars in game

So far, 3 cars got modded back into the game, these 3 are the Hummer H1, Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8, and Chevrolet Corvette C2 Stingray, here are the 3 videos for them in game for a detailed look.

Unused Menu Video

Hidden in video files is a rather strange menu video, showing a parked BMW M3. Seems to have been used as a placeholder in early development.

Garages

According to text files, you were supposed to have garages in early versions of the game.

GARAGE
Choose Garage
Selected Garage: {Map.CurrentSafeHouseName}
Garage {Widget.LeftMenu.Items[#].PoiData.UserId(INT)}
{Controls.ButtonPrompt["AUTOLOG_ACCEPT"]} LEAVE GARAGE
LEAVE GARAGE
{Controls.ButtonPrompt["AUTOLOG_ACCEPT"]} ENTER GARAGE
NUMBER OF GARAGES
GARAGE {Controls.ButtonPrompt["AUTOLOG_ALT"]}

Most Wanted Tech

Presumably, these were player weapons that were cut. Lots of text files mention these.

Be first to the finish of this multiple lap race against several brutal and
well equipped opponents.<lf><lf>Use driving skill and tactical use of tech 
to deal with any Police, Opponents, or Traffic that get in your way.

The Most Wanted Car has been identified as the Mitsubishi Lancer EVOLUTION X 
and he will most likely be found driving near the Power Plant.<lf><lf>Watch
out for his Most Wanted Tech, Black Ice TPP-327, a thermal plastic 
polymer which substantially reduces the friction of any surface or tyre
that comes into contact with it.<lf><lf>If you lose sight of him you may 
be able to use your Thermal Vision to track his freshly laid tyre tracks.

Tech

Most Wanted Tech

Ranking System

Text files indicate that the game had a ranking system similar to its predecessor, Hot Pursuit.

PROFESSOR
PROFESSOR II
PROFESSOR I
KING OF THE ROAD
KING OF THE ROAD II
KING OF THE ROAD I
CO-DRIVER
SPEED FREAK
SPEED FREAK II
SPEED FREAK I
ROAD HOG
ROAD HOG II
ROAD HOG I
TEST DRIVER
TEST DRIVER II
TEST DRIVER I

Wii U Revisional Differences

Due to being released about five months after the initial console releases, the Wii U version has some changes compared to its counterparts on other consoles.

  • Title changed to Need for Speed: Most Wanted U.
  • Exclusive Nintendo Easter eggs added.
  • "Disrupt Cops", a Wii U exclusive feature which causes cops to lose control in a pursuit.
  • Ability to change cars and car colors on the spot.
  • Ability to change time of day.
  • Option to turn traffic on or off.
  • Every car fitted with "Boost U", the Wii U version of Burn Nitrous, as standard.
  • The Ultimate Speed Pack is pre-installed in the Wii U version.
  • Player icons on the minimap changed from arrows to cars.

Story Mode

Left in the game files are text strings that are for a story mode that was once planned, but got removed.

You've been set up by someone connected to the racers in the city. You need information and money. To get these you need to race. So... go and race.

You arrive in a new city at the invitation of your race 'fixer'.. You are told to go to a garage to establish a base of operations
Get to the Garage
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You get a message telling you that a new Garage is available. Get to the Garage to fix up your car and find out what to do next.

*possible scripted sequence where cops start pursuing you*

If the Cops are 'falling behind' the bar will fill towards the right.

If the Cops are 'closing in' the bar will fill towards the left.

Use the mini-map to plan a route to the 'garage' Icon on the map.


MINI MAP IN A PURSUIT: PURSUIT BREAKERS

PURSUIT BREAKER


When engaged in a pursuit be on the look out for these icons on the mini map. They represent opportunities for you to break the pursuit of the cops.

Look out for jump opportunities to shake a pursuit.


GET TO YOUR GARAGE: USING THE MINI MAP

Use Payloads to damage your pursuers.

Collapse heavy objects to block the cops.

*you evade and arrive in the garage*

*you win some races*

New Intel Acquired

You have won the event and new Intel has been uncovered regarding Most Wanted Racers. The Intel has been sent to your garage.

Intel on Black list driver

Intel complete, you must now take out the Black List driver.

All the Intel has now been gathered. You will be facing a Mitsubishi EVO 1 equipped with a Tactical Most Wanted Device. The driver can be found in the Power Plant area.

NFSHP2010 Leftovers

Leftovers from NFSHP2010 can be found in the game's files.