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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 (Wii U version), HAWAII (Codename)
Developer: Criterion Games
Publisher: Electronic Arts
Platforms: Windows, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii U, PlayStation Vita
Released in JP: November 15, 2012 (Windows/PS3/PSV/360), March 20, 2013 (Wii U)
Released in US: October 30, 2012 (Windows/PS3/PSV/360), March 19, 2013 (Wii U)
Released in EU: November 2, 2012 (Windows/PS3/PSV/360), March 27, 2013 (Wii U)
Released in AU: November 1, 2012 (Windows/PS3/PSV/360), March 21, 2013 (Wii U)

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  • Check if these exist in the Xbox 360, PS3, PlayStation Vita and Wii U versions, and add images.
  • Allegedly, more leftovers from NFSHP2010 can be found in the game's files.

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, titled Need for Speed: Most Wanted U.


Read about prototype versions of this game that have been released or dumped.
Prototype Info
Read about prerelease information and/or media for this game.
Prerelease Info


DreamShot was a feature from Hot Pursuit 2010, which was supposed to return here but was 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.

Remnants of the DreamShot feature in the final game.

Cinematic Mode

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A hidden graphics setting called cinematic was meant to be used for trailers or pre-release screenshots. Enabling that boosts the graphics beyond High preset in-game, 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 (GR non-Cosworth Version)
BMW M3 E46 (non-GTR version)
Aston Martin DB9

Renders also show a C2 Chevrolet Corvette Sting Ray and the BMW M3 GTR (E46). Both were removed in the final game, however, the M3 GTR was brought back in the NFS Heroes DLC as the Most Wanted car.

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, despite it's luxury division and later confirmed from an prototype build reveal full name for this brand is TOYOTA ARMOURED HILUX MNU 2009 , Lexus appearing in the actual game with the LF-A, however, Hummer and Jeep have car switch videos in the game's files.

Playable Nissan Versa

While the Nissan Versa can be seen as a non-playable traffic car in the game, there was a time when the car was used as a substitute after getting arrested by the Fairhaven City Police Department, the idea was scrapped not long after the Gamescom presentation. Performance statistics and police voice lines are still remain in the final game.


Removed Pagani Huayra NFS Edition

Data of a removed NFS Edition car can be found in the game files, interestingly, unlike the other NFS Edition cars in the game, the Pagani Huayra NFS Edition uses its own model with minor differences compared to its stock counterpart. Funnily enough, the car can still be seen in the multiplayer trailer of the game.

Stock NFS Edition
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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 Sting Ray, here are the 3 videos for them in-game for a detailed look.

Unused Menu Video

The video files for Most Wanted include a menu leftover from early development builds of the game back when the game was being developed as a direct sequel to Most Wanted 2005; it depicts a parked BMW M3 Coupe (E92) in an otherwise moody environment, similar to that of the older Most Wanted game from 2005.


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

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


Most Wanted Tech

However, a game trailer from 2011 shows 2 cut "Blacklist Weapons"

  • Arclight - The way of how Arclight works is not shown in the trailer, though it was used before driving under a lorry.

Ranking System

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


Story Mode

Left in the game's 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
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.



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.


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.

Slim Jim SRT8 Charger Leftover

A promotion for the 2012 Dodge Charger SRT8 from a Slim Jim event which was made for PC, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3 only. However, for some reason, this car is fully drivable on PS Vita and Wii U, and was left completely unused on these platforms.

The car itself is only drivable in multiplayer, much like the Ford Focus ST. However, a PC mod is available that allows players to drive both cars in single-player mode, complete with full sets of eight events each and two jack spots (taken from other vehicles' jack spots). The mod also reveals that the police have unique voice lines recognizing the Charger, which ended up being used for the Dodge Charger R/T from the Movie Legends DLC pack.

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.
  • The icons of players are changed from arrows to cars on the minimap.
  • The prologue starts at nighttime instead of daytime.
  • Highlights on the minimap are blue instead of red.
  • There's a completely different loading screen compared to other versions of the game.

Platform Differences

The PlayStation Vita version has 10 Exclusive Races which you can complete with any vehicle:

  • 16 Blocks
  • Crane Style
  • Danger Zone
  • Judgement Day
  • Parkour
  • Ramp It Up
  • Stone Cold
  • The Descent
  • The Warriors
  • To The City

This version also lacks numbers (1-5) in Heat levels.

Unused error codes

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Error code:650001 [1]

An "account banned" message. However, since this game doesn't have an anti cheat, this message goes unused.