It's good to see Criterion back in the saddle, doing what they do best. We rather thought that Need for Speed: Most Wanted looked a little familiar, and as it turns out there's a reason for that: Criterion are aiming to put "all the best shit" from their previous two smash hits into this game.
“It’s everything we know about open-world driving, just piling it together,” Criterion's Matt Webster explained to Videogamer at E3 this year. “All the best shit about Burnout and everything we did in Hot Pursuit, we’re just smashing them together.
“[Most Wanted] is what we think an open-world game should be. Hot Pursuit was about beautiful cars and epic drives, and so it didn’t match what we wanted to do in that game. This time it totally does. Everything that we’ve ever done comes to pass here.”
“You remember the journey that we went on with Paradise. The game that we shipped was absolutely not the game that we ended up with. And with Hot Pursuit we learned a bunch of other things. This is the best of everything.”
Need for Speed: Most Wanted over here on November 2nd for PC, PS3, Xbox 360, and PS Vita and PC, with North America getting it on October 30th.