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Need for Speed: Most Wanted currently free on Origin

by Ron Duwell | February 4, 2016February 4, 2016 3:30 pm PST


EA’s current “On the House” game is worth a glance if you like racing affairs. The 2012 entry in the Need for Speed franchise and the last game exclusively developed by Criterion Games, Need for Speed: Most Wanted, could be yours for free with no strings attached or questions asked.

I know Criterion’s additions to the franchise have been divisive for longtime fans, but I come from a racing background that is heavily soaked in the influence of Burnout, EA’s former “other” racing franchise. Criterion’s work on that series turned me into a racing game fan for a short while in ways that only Mario had before.

When Criterion announced it would abandon Burnout in favor of Need for Speed, I was of mixed feelings but still happy that the company would be allowed to make high octane racing games. The results were a solid racing game with all of Criterion’s tropes of speed and aggression, but lacking in the flair of their original car designs or just general insanity.

In other words, I like Need for Speed: Most Wanted, and this comes from a guy who has a hard time recommending any racing game in the post Burnout 3: Takedown world. Take a few minutes, log into your Origin account for the first time in months, and snag it up for free.


Ron Duwell

Ron has been living it up in Japan for the last decade, and he has no intention of leaving this technical wonderland any time soon. When he's not...