Need For Speed: Most Wanted marked a new era for the series. It was the first to feature a heavy, always-online component, and it was the last developed by legendary racing studio Criterion Games. Released in 2012, it's probably my favourite of the late NFS games, so it's nice that publisher Electronic Arts is giving it away to all Origin users as of now.
As part of EA's ongoing 'On The House' promotion, the game is free for a limited time. 'Limited time' in this case means, once you've acquired it, it's yours to keep, but you'd better do so soon because the offer expires. As for that, well, I don't know when it expires. You'd be wise to go and grab it right now.
Don't take my word for it: Dave Valjalo was positive in his assessment when it released back in 2012. "A smoother, more seamless ride than Hot Pursuit, it’s second time lucky for this fast, furious open-world motor show."
MINIMUM SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS
- OS: Windows Vista/7
- Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo @ 2.4 Ghz / AMD Athlon 64 X2 5400+
- RAM: 2 GB
- Hard Drive: 20 GB free
- Video Memory: 512 MB
- Video Card: nVidia GeForce 8800 / ATI Radeon HD 3870
- Sound Card: DirectX Compatible
- Network: Broadband Internet Connection for Online Multiplayer
- DirectX: 10
- Keyboard and Mouse
- DVD Rom Drive