Need for Speed: Most Wanted

Criterion pimps another branch of EA's racing franchise to impressive effect

The Burnout franchise might have been left cooling its tyres since 2008, but developer Criterion Games still has what it takes to nab pole position, if its take on the perennial Need for Speed series is anything to go by.

Like it's 2008 hit Burnout Paradise, …Most Wanted takes place in an open-world city where you can drive around the streets, finding various races and challenges to undertake and building up an epic collection of vehicles to drive. The difference here is that you often end up having to avoid the law as well as other racers.

Chuck in the game's photo-realistic graphics and heart-stopping soundtrack and it's like taking part in your own Hollywood car chase.

Electronic Arts, Xbox 360/PS3/PC, £45 Approx, On sale now