Need for Speed Most Wanted

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Need for Speed: Most Wanted
Developer(s) Criterion Games
Publisher(s) Electronic Arts
Series Need for Speed
Release date(s) NA October 30, 2012
AU November 1, 2012
EU November 2, 2012
Release type Multi-platform
Genre(s) Racing
Mode(s) Single-player, Multiplayer
GameID(s) BLES01659 (IRD), BLES01660 (IRD), BLUS31010 (IRD), NPEB01042, NPUB30789, BLJM60519 (IRD), BLAS50482 (IRD), NPJB00228, NPHB00494
NPEB90472, NPUB90927
Internal resolution 1280x704
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Need for Speed: Most Wanted is an open world racing game developed by Criterion Games and published by Electronic Arts. Most Wanted is the nineteenth title in the Need for Speed series and was released worldwide for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, PlayStation Vita, iOS and Android, beginning in North America in 2012, with a Wii U version following in 2013 under the title Need for Speed: Most Wanted U. The game picked up on the Most Wanted intellectual property, as opposed to the Hot Pursuit reboot that Criterion Games developed previously.

Need for Speed: Most Wanted received positive reviews, which focused on the world map that blended the styles of previous Burnout and Need for Speed games, and the social features, while criticism fell on the single-player mode. Following its release, the game won several awards including the 2012 Spike Video Game Awards for Best Driving Game and was nominated for Best British Game and Best Online Multiplayer at the 2013 BAFTA Awards, and was repeatedly recognized as the best driving/racing game of 2012 by several outlets.


Options that deviate from RPCS3's default settings and provide the best experience with this title are listed below.

CPU configuration

Setting Option Notes
SPU decoder Recompiler (ASMJIT) Improves performance over LLVM recompiler, however enabling this option may causes an audio slowdown.
SPU xfloat accuracy Approximate Using Relaxed XFloat makes the audio loudly broken.

GPU configuration

Setting Option Notes
Write color buffers On Fixes broken visuals. Massive performance loss.
Multithreaded RSX On Improves performance.

Advanced configuration

Setting Option Notes
Handle RSX memory tiling On Requires Write Color Buffers, partially fixes reflections.

Known Issues

Incorrect car reflections

  • Issue 13609: Car reflections appear different when compared to a real PS3 console.

LLVM runs slower than ASMJIT

  • Issue 14752: Using LLVM recompiler runs significantly slower than ASMJIT recompiler.

Special Notes

Netplay testing

For the complete list of games tested with RPCN, please check the RPCN Compatibility List.

Game Version RPCS3 Version Connects? Create/Join lobbies? Match with others? Online features working? Requires custom servers? Notes
1.03 N/A No No No No Not available