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Need for Speed: Most Wanted

NTSC-U (Greatest Hits) cover
Game general and emulation properties:
CERO rating: B (Crime)
ESRB rating: T (Mild Violence)
PEGI rating: 12+ (Violence)
OFLC rating: G
GRB rating: 12
Game supports steering wheel
Widescreen supported natively
CPU intensive game
Supports up to two local players
Languages supported:
English: SLES-53558 & SLES-53557 & SLES-53559 & SLUS-21267 & SLES-53857 & SLUS-21351 & SLUS-21267GH & SLUS-21257 & SLUS-29155
Japanese: SLPM-66232 & SLPM-66562 & SLPM-55003
German: SLES-53558 & SLES-53857
French: SLES-53558 & SLES-53857
Spanish: SLES-53559
Dutch: SLES-53558
Italian: SLES-53559
Swedish: SLES-53558
Polish: SLES-53558
Danish: SLES-53558
Finnish: SLES-53558
Korean: SLKA-25334
Region NTSC-U:
Serial numbers: SLUS-21267
SLUS-21351 (Black Edition)
SLUS-21267GH (Greatest Hits)
SLUS-29155 (Demo)
Release date: November 15, 2005
November 17, 2005 (Black Edition)
2006 (Greatest Hits)
May 22, 2012 (PS2 Classics)
CRCs: 0518D275
0518D274 (Black Edition)
Windows Status: Playable
Linux Status: ?
Mac Status: ?
Region PAL:
Serial numbers: SLES-53557
SLES-53857 (Black Edition)
SLES-53558/P (Platinum: The Best of PlayStation 2)
SLES-53557/P (Platinum: The Best of PlayStation 2)
SLED-53650 (Demo)
Release date: November 25, 2005
2006 (Platinum)
February 22, 2012 (PS2 Classics)
CRCs: 692CBA8E
Windows Status: Playable
Linux Status: ?
Mac Status: ?
Region NTSC-J/C/K:
Serial numbers: SLKA-25334 (Korea)
SLPM-55003 (EA:SY! 1980)
SLAJ-25075 (Black Edition)
SLPM-66562 (EA Best Hits)
Release date: December 21, 2005 (Korea)
December 22, 2005
October 26, 2006 (EA Best Hits)
May 29, 2008 (EA:SY! 1980)
Windows Status: ?
Linux Status: ?
Mac Status: ?

Developer(s): EA Canada
Publisher(s): Electronic Arts
Genre: Racing
Wikipedia: Link
Game review links: GameSpot8.4/10, Metacritic82/100, Eurogamer8/10, IGN8/10
Game description: In Need for Speed: Most Wanted, you can try to become the most notorious street racer alive. Outrun both racers and cops to increase your reputation and move up the street racing blacklist. You can choose from a variety of vehicle types and destructible urban maps featuring shortcuts, traffic, and patrolling police. Need for Speed Most Wanted also includes online play for challenging other gamers.
Race around an open world environment and avoid the cops. The formula of this game is somewhat of a blend of Need for Speed: Underground and Hot Pursuit.

Test configurations on Windows:

Environment Configurations Comments Tester
Region OS CPU/GPU Revision Graphics Sound/Pad
? ?
  • Intel Core i5-2500K
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560 Ti
1.0.0 (r5350) ? ? Game currently runs fine. No problems encountered. Not very demanding. Osea23
NTSC-U Windows
  • Intel Core i7 @ 3.40 GHz
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 285 768MB
1.1.0 (r5492) GSdx SSE41 (r5464)
  • SPU2-X 2.0.0
  • LilyPad 0.11.0
Runs near full speed.
NTSC-U Windows
  • Intel Core i5 4670 @ 3.40 GHz
  • Asus Radeon HD 7850 Direct CU II 2048MB
1.1.0 (r5710) GSdx
  • SPU2-X
  • LilyPad
USA v2.30 (20/02/2008) Game does not work with SSSPSX Pad but works fine with LilyPad Plugin. Depending of track and other cars 50 to 60 fps
NTSC-U Windows 7 64-Bit
  • Intel Core i7 @ 3.40 GHz
  • Sapphire Radeon R9 290X 4GB
1.2.1 (r5873) GSdx 0.1.16 (r5875)
  • SPU2-X (r5875)
  • LilyPad 0.11.0 (r5875)
Renderer: Direct3D10 (Hardware). Game has noticeable frame rate dips of 15 FPS/slowdown no matter what the video setting and renderer. BIOS v 2.0 was used. Zrooney
PAL Windows 10 64-Bit
  • Intel Core i5-4460
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070
1.5.0 (dev-1867 g5751e38) GSdx 1.1.0
  • SPU2-X 2.0.0
  • LilyPad 0.12.0
Renderer: Direct3D11. You need a v1.5.0 git build to run it properly (even on default settings), as the stable releases run it horribly slow. VoidX
PAL Windows 10 64-Bit
  • Intel Core i7 7700k
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080
1.5.0 r2567 GSdx 1.1.0 DirectX9
  • SPU2-X 2.0.0
  • LilyPad 0.12.1
Quite demanding. DirectX9 Hardware mode (slightly) above full speed, lowest speed (at unlocked fps) is ~110%, highest ~150%. OpenGL Software mode goes down to ~75% in the worst case, but not required, said Direct9 Hardware has no noticed problems. LeRutY
NTSC-U Windows 10 64-Bit
  • AMD Ryzen 3 3200G With Radeon Vega Graphics
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 LP 4GB
1.7.0-20210206154110 (64-bit alpha build) GSdx-64 1.2.0 AVX2
  • SPU2-X (integrated into emulator)
  • LilyPad (integrated into emulator)
Very demanding game. CPU usage rakes up to 80-85% in main menu. High CPU and GPU usage also happens during racing events, FPS drops a few during staring the race. Requires strong 4 core CPU in order to emulate this game (Recommended 6 core and above CPU). MTVU hack must be enabled at all times. amirzaim
NTSC-U Windows 8.1, x64
  • Intel(R) Pentium(R) CPU G2030 @ 3.00GHz
  • PALIT GeForce GT 1030 @ 2 GB
v1.7.0-dev-1907 GSdx
  • SPU2-X
  • LilyPad
Europe v02.00(14/06/2004), Since I have a slightly weak processor, I decided to use speedhacks to improve the stability of this game. The game runs at 1440p (2K), 60 FPS, without brakes, bugs and freezes (Same as Need for Speed ​​Carbon). Chern40+7
NTSC-U Windows 10 64-Bit
  • 11th Gen Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-11600 @ 2.80GHz
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Ti
v1.7.2183 GSdx 1.2.0-AVX2
  • SPU2-X 2.0.0
  • LilyPad 0.12.1
No noticeable bugs. Plays fine, framerate is solid. Hemporus01
NTSC-U Windows 11 Pro 22H2 - 64bit
  • Ryzen 5 5600g - stock
  • NVidia RTX 4060 8gb
v1.7.5244 Vulkan Default EE cicles: 300% - Internal Res: 4k, game runs fine, no noticeable bugs, framerate is solid, but its kind of blurry due to the motion blur used by developers when racing, been through the whole career just fine. Daniel Souza

Test configurations on Linux:

Environment Configurations Comments Tester
Region OS CPU/GPU Revision Graphics Sound/Pad
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  • ?
  • ?
? ? ? There are no test results for this game on this OS.
You can help by playing and submitting your test results here.

Test configurations on macOS:

Environment Configurations Comments Tester
Region OS CPU/GPU Revision Graphics Sound/Pad
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  • ?
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? ? ? There are no test results for this game on this OS.
You can help by playing and submitting your test results here.


  • Original names: ニード・フォー・スピード モスト・ウォンテッド (SLPM-66232) & (SLPM-55003), 니드 포 스피드: 모스트 원티드 (SLKA-25334)

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