Need for Speed: Most Wanted (2012)

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For the 2005 game, see Need for Speed: Most Wanted.

Need for Speed: Most Wanted
Need for Speed: Most Wanted cover
Developers
Criterion Games
Publishers
Electronic Arts
Engines
Chameleon
Release dates
Windows October 30, 2012
Reception
Metacritic 78
IGDB 85
Taxonomy
Modes Singleplayer, Multiplayer
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives First-person, Third-person
Controls Direct control
Genres Racing
Vehicles Automobile, Street racing
Art styles Realistic
Themes Contemporary
Series Need for Speed: Most Wanted
Need for Speed: Most Wanted (2012) on HowLongToBeat
Need for Speed: Most Wanted (2012) on IGDB
Need for Speed: Most Wanted (2012) guide on StrategyWiki
Need for Speed: Most Wanted (2012) on MobyGames
Need for Speed: Most Wanted (2012) on Wikipedia
Need for Speed: Most Wanted
Subseries of Need for Speed
Need for Speed: Most Wanted 2005
Need for Speed: Most Wanted (2012) 2012

Key points

Also known as Need for Speed: Most Wanted – A Criterion Game.

General information

Steam Community Discussions

Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail
Origin
Windows
Amazon.com
Origin
Windows
Origin
Origin
Included with EA Play.
Windows
Steam
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Origin
Included with EA Play (Steam).
Windows
All versions require Origin DRM.

Version differences[edit]

Limited Edition content includes:
  • 4 hours of Double Speed Points in Multiplayer
  • Satin Black livery and Early access to the Porsche 911 Carrera S and Maserati GranTurismo MC Stradale in Multiplayer [1]

DLC and expansion packs

Name Notes
Complete DLC Bundle Includes Terminal Velocity, Movie Legends, Heroes and Ultimate Speed
Windows
Deluxe DLC Bundle Includes Terminal Velocity, Movie Legends and Heroes
Windows
Movie Legends Pack
Windows
NFS Heroes Pack
Windows
Terminal Velocity Pack
Windows
Ultimate Speed Pack
Windows
Premium Modification Unlock Includes Mod Unlock 1, Mod Unlock 2 and Mod Unlock 3
Windows
Mod Unlock 1
Windows
Mod Unlock 2
Windows
Mod Unlock 3
Windows
Multiplayer Booster Pack Includes all satin black liveries originally only attainable by pre-ordering
Windows
Time Saver Pack
Windows

Essential improvements[edit]

NFSMW (2012) HD Effects[edit]

Increases quality of reflections, shadows, draw distance, and other various effects.
Re-enables Cinematic Mode, a setting which improves the level of detail and quality of various effects.
Fixes a bug regarding vegetation not rendering until the resolution was changed.
Adds a toggle for drawing HUD and screen dirt.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\Criterion Games\Need For Speed(TM) Most Wanted\
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/1262560/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\Criterion Games\Need For Speed(TM) Most Wanted\Save\
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/1262560/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Origin
Steam Cloud

Video[edit]

Display settings.
Display settings.
Graphics settings.
Graphics settings.

Graphics feature State WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
Multi-monitor
Ultra-widescreen
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Can be adjusted via Racer_S realistic plugin
Windowed
Toggle with Alt+ Enter.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
SSAA 2x and 4x
Vertical sync (Vsync)
See Vertical sync (Vsync).
60 FPS
120+ FPS
Frame rate is capped at 60 FPS.

Vertical sync (Vsync)[edit]

Instructions to disable[citation needed]
  1. Go to the configuration file(s) location.
  2. Open config.NFS13Save with a text editor.
  3. Find the following line, and set it to this value.
VsyncInterval=0

Run the game at screen refresh rate[edit]

The game enforces a 60Hz refresh rate. This results in huge tearing artifacts when V-Sync is disabled and huge input lag when V-Sync is enabled.
For monitors that support more than 60 Hz, the following might help[citation needed]
  1. Download Special K.
  2. Copy SpecialK32.dll into the game folder.
  3. Rename SpecialK32.dll to dxgi.dll.
  4. Start the game and exit.
  5. Open dxgi.ini in the game folder.
  6. Change RefreshRate=-1.0 to RefreshRate=0.0 under [Render.FrameRate].
It is recommended to also disable V-Sync otherwise, stuttering might occur.

Framedrop issue[edit]

Mostly happening when smoke effect is on the screen.
Disable Ambient Occlusion effect.[citation needed]

Input[edit]

General settings.
General settings.
Prompt given if using unknown DirectInput controller without button binding.
Prompt given if using unknown DirectInput controller without button binding.

Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Remapping
Mouse acceleration
Mouse not useable with the game.
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller
Controller support
Full controller support
Button binding required with DirectInput which requires either keyboard or XInput controller.
Controller remapping
Default Xbox control bindings for reference.
Controller sensitivity
Controller Y-axis inversion
Y-axis only used for looking behind, which can be rebound.
Controller types
XInput-compatible controllers
Xbox button prompts
Impulse Trigger vibration
Use X1nput[2]
DualShock 4 controllers
DualShock button prompts
Light bar support
Connection modes unknown
Generic/other controllers
Button prompts
Input settings icon - Generic Controller.svg
Additional information
Controller hotplugging
Haptic feedback
XInput only.
Simultaneous controller+KB/M

Xbox Series X|S controllers[edit]

The game will claim that the controller has not been set up if it is connected via Bluetooth, even though the car will control just fine behind the dialog box.
Connect the controller via USB

Input lag issue[edit]

Reduce the input lag
  1. Disable V-Sync
  2. Set low latency mode to Ultra in graphics control panels.
  3. Racer_S realistic plugin makes input more responsive (also adds new cameras and some other options).

Audio[edit]

Audio settings.
Audio settings.

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Music and effects.
Surround sound
5.1 and 7.1 supported.
Subtitles
Setting located in Gameplay settings.
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
Does not pause the game.

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English
Traditional Chinese
Czech
Dutch
French
German
Italian
Japanese
Polish
Russian
Spanish

Network[edit]

Multiplayer types

Type Native Notes
Local play
LAN play
Online play

VR support[edit]

3D modes Native Notes
Native 3D
Devices Native Notes
TrackIR
Use the Racer_S realistic plugin.

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 10, 11
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes
Windows

Mods[edit]

Three cars have been removed during development, but thanks to these mods they can be restored.
They are not accessible by the easydrive menu or jack spot. A vehicle spawner is needed.

Chevrolet Corvette Stingray[edit]

Hummer H1 Alpha[edit]

Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8[edit]

Porsche 911 GT2 Cut Bodykit[edit]

Restores a cut bodykit for the Porsche 911 GT2.

System requirements[edit]

Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) Vista SP2
Processor (CPU) 2.0 GHz Dual Core
System memory (RAM) 2 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 20 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce 8800 GT
ATI Radeon HD 3870
512 MB of VRAM
DirectX 10 compatible
Sound (audio device) DirectX compatible

Notes

  1. 1.0 1.1 File/folder structure within this directory reflects the path(s) listed for Windows and/or Steam game data (use Wine regedit to access Windows registry paths). Games with Steam Cloud support may store data in ~/.steam/steam/userdata/<user-id>/1262560/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (1262560) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.

References