Compete in challenges around the world, earning money to upgrade your car and purchase new cars
Windows 8 / Windows 7 / Windows Vista / Windows XP
Previously known as Need for Speed: Online, this online racer was released by EA Games in 2010 as a crossover component that bridges the gap between online MMORPG and racing games. In this game, the driver creates a racing profile and then builds a team based around the world of illegal street racing. The action is high paced and the speed is top-gear as the racer speeds through worldwide tracks and challenges various online racers in an effort to earn money and street cred. Earning street cred allows the racer to advance in levels that open up new tracks and equipment where the money earned can improve the performance of the race car.
There are several tracks to race in career mode where the racer takes on new tracks that unlock other tracks. Placing on the tracks allows for the redemption of rewards in the form of additions that can be used to improve the car. Although this is a street racing simulator, there are few obstacles and no pedestrians. Unlike other Need for Speed games, the traffic on the road isn't very challenging. This makes the racing more about getting good lap times rather than making the right moves on the street. It also gives the world a "closed track" feel.
The Need for Speed franchise has always been about car selection. The more you accomplish on the track, the more cars that are available to choose. As in all games of this type, you'll start with your basic car with tons of potential. By improving these economical rides, you will eventually win races that will lead to higher end cars that are not only fast but good looking. There are over 100 licensed vehicles to choose from, ranging from classic muscle cars to foreign exotics.
Customization and Mods
These are generally earned by competing in races. Some mods can be purchased online, but they are generally earned through the purchase of points. This is actually where the game lacks in comparison to others. The mods are limited, and customizing is restricted to superficial templates already set. This is in vast contrast to the console or PC versions where customization is king.
The gameplay environment is on par with other MMOs. There's a chat board that allows you to communicate with other players. You can form alliances and accept challenges. In the free roam mode of the game, players can interact but don't interfere with your game play unless you accept a challenge.
Need for Speed: World is a racing game that plays like a mini-game within a larger MMORPG. Game play is decent enough, and the graphics don't push the computer too hard. The vast world makes every race a different experience, but the races aren't challenging enough to appreciate it.