September 24, 2012
"It makes you want to break the law", IGN
"The main focus is to simply mess stuff up", Game Revolution
"Very definition of a Day 1 purchase", Gamespot
Today sees the launch of our latest Most Wanted trailer. We hope you like it. This one's all about the intense action of a high-speed pursuit. It shows what can happen when a player takes on the best of Fairhaven City in a pursuit that escalates to include cop SUVs and SWAT trucks and take in some newly-revealed locations.
This sequence is high-speed and non-stop, so we thought it might be cool to break out some of the action and add a little color.
The sequence starts with a player screeching up to parked Nissan GT-R outside a gas station and switching from a heavily damaged Boss 302. The GT-R’s one of our all-time favorite cars and a Need for Speed staple – fast, solid, high-tech.
This sweet white model’s located at a Jack Spot. We’re trying to get away from that old convention of grinding to unlock all the cars, so we’ve hidden practically every car throughout the open world. Just drive up and hit a button to switch. It’s fast and easy, which is great, because with the cops in tow, you won’t get much time. If you’re in a tough, escalated pursuit, and your car’s coming apart, knowing where the nearest Jack Spot is can save your skin.
Next comes an elite tactic that most players won’t see in action until they’re many hours into the game. You’re trapped between hordes of chasing cops and a road block stretching across the freeway. With no way through, pull a high-speed doughnut, to let a pursuing cop punch a perfect GT-R sized hole through roadblock and allowing you to make your escape. Beautiful.
This look-back down the freeway shows the scale of the pursuit. You can switch to this view anytime using the right thumbstick and get an instant read on what the cops are doing.
Exploration pays off. In this sequence, our wily player tows a sprawling cop escort through the fuselage of a junked aircraft and swings the odds heavily in his favour. Burnout fans: you know the drill!
The GT-R is nimble enough to slip between cops when the action slows down in an open play area like this one…
And tough enough to beat the crap out of them, if your chosen tactic is to turn and fight.
A close-up of the car reveals the extent of the damage. As the chase progresses, your car picks up dirt and battle scars. Damage will eventually impact the handling of the car. We don’t recommend shooting through a roadblock or spike strip and then trying to lose the cops on rims, sparks flying, but sometimes that’s what it takes.
In those instants, knowledge of the city pays off, big-time. Knowing when to switch your much-loved GT-R for a pristine Audi R8 GT Spyder can be the difference between a night in a cell and high score heaven.
We’re getting close now. After close to two-years in development by Criterion Games, the team that brought you Hot Pursuit, Most Wanted hits stores on 30th October.
If you know you want it, why not pre-order?
You’ll make sure you don’t miss out, and walk home with a stunning satin black Porsche 911 Carrera S or Maserati GranTurismo MC Stradale plus a host of other goodies, depending on where you pre-order.