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Electronic Arts has launched Criterion’s Need For Speed Most Wanted in stores and as a digital download from Origin.com, paving the way for a racing experience that puts social competition at the heart of things.

Electronic Arts has launched Criterion’s Need For Speed Most Wanted in stores and as a digital download from Origin.com, paving the way for a racing experience that puts social competition at the heart of things.

 
The game uses Autolog 2, which tracks everything players do in game and compares it to their friends, granting Speed Points for various achievements, including having the best race times or further jumps through billboards. The system then provides recommendations personalised to the user, designed to fuel competition and rivalry in-game.
 
The game effectively takes what made so many games on Facebook popular, the ability to compete against your friends and boast about it later, and litters them throughout the racing arenas. For example, the billboard challenge will actually display the face of the person who is currently number one on it, tempting players to try to beat them and get their own face pasted on billboards throughout town. Therefore winning does not just mean a higher place in the rankings list – in fact, the menus and lobbies are removed – rather an actual noticeable impact on the game world for all friends playing the title.
 
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“With our years of experience creating critically acclaimed blockbuster hits, Need for Speed Most Wanted is Criterion’s vision to shake up the series and breathe new life into the genre,” said Matt Webster, Executive Producer at Criterion Games. “We’re throwing years of convention out the window and creating an open world game with an open structure that lets players drive whatever car they want, how they want, without consequences. We’ve built an experience full of variety that enables freedom and choice for the player to play the game the way they choose. Take down friends in a race to the finish, explore the city to find new cars, flash past speed cameras, jump through billboards or take on an Autolog Recommendation. Not only do players have complete freedom, they’re rewarded for everything they do. With friends so naturally embedded into the heart of the experience, Need for Speed Most Wanted is the most socially-connected game of this generation.”
 
The game is available immediately in North America and will launch in Europe on 1 November. It is available on Xbox 360 with Kinect support, PlayStation 3, PC, PlayStation Vita, iOS and Android, utilising CloudCompete to let players continue their experience on the move.