Do you feel the need... for speed?
Need For Speed Most Wanted is an open-world driving and racing game developed by Criterion Games and published by EA, and it's available free for a limited time on Origin.
Let me get this out of the way - I'm not a fan of driving games. I haven't played a game of this type since probably the PS2 era. Even then I casually tooled around on a couple of GTA titles while hanging out with friends, but we focused more on causing havoc in the city than actually driving. I have nothing against driving games, they just don't pique my interest. If you're wondering, I chose to play this title to add some diversity to the games featured on the series, because it's often a good idea to try something new or different once in a while.
That said, I can appreciate what this title has to offer for fans of the genre. There's a big city to explore with races, challenges, new cars and other unlockables waiting to be found. Beating the races and challenges earn you upgrades to improve your vehicles, and doing pretty much anything in the game eventually racks up points and achievements. This gives you a nice feeling of progression while you work toward the main goal of beating the elite drivers in town.
I was disappointed to see cars sitting out ready to claim, only to find out they're DLC-only and bring you to an advertisement screen. I'm not necessarily opposed to DLC, but the in-game ads are kind of lame. Being that I got the title for free, even the ads are somewhat excusable - though I can imagine how one might've felt when they purchased the game at retail price and stumbled across these.
Still, if you're looking to race across a city while evading the authorities and unlocking new stuff by exploration and completing challenges, Need For Speed Most Wanted will likely suit you.