Need for Speed Most Wanted Mobile Is Excellent, Until You Play the Console Version

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I've been playing the gorgeous mobile version of Need for Speed Most Wanted for the past week, loving every tilt-steering, nitrous-swiping, fender-bending moment. Last night I played the console version of Need for Speed Most Wanted for the first time. I can never go back.

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Real Racing developer Firemonkeys makes the best racers on iOS and Android, creating an unparalleled sense of speeding metal monsters. Need for Speed Most Wanted continues that fine tradition – it's fast, it's pretty. The game features more than 35 drool-worthy vehicles. You can tilt to steer or touch to steer. On Android the game supports Power A's MOGA controller, which makes the game even better.

It's a tremendous accomplishment, and as long as you don't play any other version of Most Wanted you'll be perfectly content – possibly even overjoyed.

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I have tasted the open-world majesty of Criterion's version on PC. Going back to the event-based racing of the mobile masterpiece leaves me feeling trapped, dying to break out of the track and lose myself in those winding roads.

Mobile gamers would be hard-pressed to find a finer racing experience than Need for Speed Most Wanted.

Need for Speed Most Wanted - $7.01 [Google Play]

Need for Speed Most Wanted - $6.99 [iTunes]

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DISCUSSION

I'm playing this on iphone right now and it is actually impressively good. I have never really found a racing game for iphone i've ever liked, mostly because of awkward controls and crappy graphics but so far NFS is pretty solid on both those levels.

There is a serious lack of customization though, especially for a racing game this is a big deal. It's hard to really feel like you're part of the game if all you can do is slap 1 of 4 different colors on a car.

Also, one thing that really grinds my gears is that vehicle upgrades aren't persistent. If you buy a turning upgrade for your car it lasts for exactly one race, and then you have to rebuy that same upgrade in the next race. My guess is this is to keep the economy system of the game so that if you want to keep getting upgrades, you have to either keep racing or buy game money with real money so EA can make some money, but this is such a piss off.