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Byte Sized: Need for Speed Most Wanted (Vita) Review


I have to admit to having been slightly worried about Need for Speed: Most Wanted on the PS Vita. Even though Criterion were developing this pocket sized version of the game, part of me still thought that something somewhere would be compromised, well it seems like I had nothing to worry about after all. Good old Criterion. 

Quite how Criterion has managed to cram the console version of Need for Speed: Most Wanted onto the Vita is beyond me, but everything is here. All the cars, police chases, jumps and races are included, as are the various billboards and gates which are spread throughout the city to smash through. To make things even more impressive, Criterion has also included the same Autolog features included in the console version, while you can also take part in a slightly cut down online multiplayer which includes four racers instead of eight.

All of the above means that the Easy Drive menu is completely intact, including features such as Autolog Recommends, the ability to mod your cars and the option to jump straight into any new cars you have found. In addition, Vita even has it's own exclusive events which you can take part in using any of the cars within the game. Criterion has even implemented some of Vita's unique features into the game, allowing you to swipe between event types on the map using the touchpanel on the back of the Vita. While you can also pinch the front touch screen to zoom in and out of the very same map. 



Given that Most Wanted connects to the Autolog, if you own the PS3 version, then any points you have earned here will also show on the Vita version, along with any times you have recorded. Although the game doesn't keep track of cars found in the PS3 version or carry over any of the rewards you have won, the fact that you have the speed points means that you can jump straight into Most Wanted races and continue to build speed points for both versions. Also, if you've previously won any races on the PS3, then on the Vita version (and vice-versa) you'll be able to jump straight into them instead of having to set the destination and drive there. It's slightly frustrating to know that with a little tweak Cross-Saves could probably be implemented, however it's still great to be able to continue to build speed points and challenge those in the leader board above you.

So what's been compromised then? I have to say not a lot. I've seen plenty of references to there being less environmental traffic and while this is true to an extent, it's no-where near as bad as I was expecting. There are still plenty of cars for you to smash into and you will. Another area which is also slightly different are the graphics, this is probably the place where you will spot the difference between the console and handheld version, however it still looks absolutely fantastic as you can see from the included screeshots.

I didn't really want to repeat myself in this review, hence the reason for the 'Byte Sized' tag. If you want to know all about Need for Speed: Most Wanted then you can read our full review of the PS3 version here. Just be safe in the knowledge that buying the PS Vita version will not result in disappointment. This is so hot that it may very well burn a hole in your pocket.

Pros

- Fairview City in your pocket
- Exclusive races
- Feature packed
- Still looks fantastic

Cons

- Graphics run at slightly lower resolution



Edited On 02 Nov, 2012

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Datastatic's avatar
Datastatic 4 years ago
going to have to get this at some point, been waiting for a review to appear and slightly worried by their absence but this'll do it for me. if they got the price right for Vita games it would solve all their problems.
Bruticus's avatar
I fully agree, I wish the Vita RRPs were £30
Bruticus 4 years ago
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adwan 4 years ago
The car models look good, but the scenery looks a little poor, especially the lighting. It all looks a little too bright and the buildings just look flat. It's still not bad for a portable device but it's by no means of console standard as was promised in early Sony marketing for the Vita.
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AvatarIII 4 years ago
So, is this the best racer on Vita? I'm not much of a racing game fan, but I am tempted by this. I just have a couple of Vita specific questions. Since it is so similar to the PS3 version, how easy is it to jump in and play in bite-sized pieces? Does it utilise "near"?
Joe2120's avatar
It doesn't use near. Also you can race in small chunks easily really, thanks to the events all being broken up.
Joe2120 4 years ago
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Datastatic 4 years ago
It might not be the best racer, dont forget Wipeout which is completely cross play and you can get for £13 from Shopto. It's really really good.
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Birdorf 4 years ago
I was really looking forward to this until I found out you are forced to use the right trigger to accelerate. Am I the only one who would prefer to use thumb rather than finger, is this some sort of mental block I have to conquer?
Joe2120's avatar
Yeah you have to use right trigger, I looks in options but there doesn't seem to be a way to change this. I prefer it this way anyway to be honest.
Joe2120 4 years ago
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IsDanielD 4 years ago
The game comes with an online pass? Since my PSN account is American... The game looks good btw.
Anonymous user's avatar
I can confirm no online pass with the physical release on Vita, which is random as the PS3 copy does have an online pass.
Chris 4 years ago
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IsDanielD 4 years ago
The game comes with an online pass? Since my PSN account is American... The game looks good btw.
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Joe2120 4 years ago
I can't say I saw mention of an online pass, tho we have the digital version so I can't say for sure. The PS3 version certainly does.
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Holly 4 years ago
My other half really wants this game, and I must say it does look pretty good. I'm not very good at driving games (or driving in real life either, to be honest) - so I leave both of those to him. I don't own a vita yet - it sucks that you can't share them - but this game is definitely on my other half's Christmas list.
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Kettle11 4 years ago
Those… those are Vita screens?! Wow. My worries are officially gone, I'm buying this as soon as possible! This is truly showing off what the Vita is capable of. What next, an Elder Scrolls or Fallout title on the Vita?!
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Joe2120 4 years ago
Yeah I took those screens myself. :)
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Datastatic 4 years ago
I now have this and the review is pretty much spot on. If you dot look too hard it is the console game on the Vita, I would highly recommend this to anyone still thinking about it,
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KEVIN 4 years ago
I was put off by the framerate during the Most Wanted missions. The whole thing goes rather syrupy.

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