Need for Speed: Most Wanted

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Need for Speed: Most Wanted
Need for Speed Most Wanted cover.jpg
Release dates
November 15, 2005
Need for Speed: Most Wanted at WineHQ
 Need for Speed: Most Wanted at Wikipedia
Need for Speed
The Need for Speed 1994
Need for Speed II 1997
Need for Speed III: Hot Pursuit 1998
Need for Speed: High Stakes 1999
Need for Speed: Porsche Unleashed 2000
Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit 2 2002
Need for Speed: Underground 2003
Need for Speed: Underground 2 2004
Need for Speed: Most Wanted 2005
Need for Speed: Carbon 2006
Need for Speed: ProStreet 2007
Need for Speed: Undercover 2008
Need for Speed: Shift 2009
Need for Speed: World 2010
Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit 2010
Need for Speed: Shift 2 Unleashed 2011
Need for Speed: The Run 2011
Need for Speed: Most Wanted (2012) 2012
Need for Speed Rivals 2013
Need for Speed (2015) 2015

For the 2012 game, see Need for Speed: Most Wanted (2012).

General information

More information Need for Speed Wiki


Source DRM Notes Keys Disc check SafeDisc DRM
Information This game is not available digitally.

Version differences[edit]

Information An alternative version of the game labelled Black Edition is also available which adds a number of exclusive bonuses.[1] European users can use a patch to unlock those features.

Essential improvements[edit]

Skip intro videos[edit]

Fix Instructions

  1. Navigate to <path-to-game>\UI\MOVIES
  2. Find, delete or rename the following files.


Information Patch 1.3 is the last patch for the game. Resolves a number of issues and is strongly recommended.[2]


Disable AI catch-up (rubber band effect)[edit]

Fix Hex edit gameplay files[3]

  1. Go to <path-to-game>\GLOBAL\
  2. Back up gameplay.bin and gameplay.lzc.
  3. Edit gameplay.bin with a hex editor.
  4. Go to offset 0x16ED48, change the value 01 to 00 (Disable catch up for the majority of races)
  5. Go to offset 0x18CA50, change the value 01 to 00 (Disables catch up for sprint race #1.2.3)
  6. Go to offset 0x1A5FA0, change the value 01 to 00 (Disables catch up for circuit race #4.1.1)
  7. Go to offset 0x1E5FE8, change the value 01 to 00 (Disables catch up for circuit race #15.1.1 reversed)
  8. Save gameplay.bin.
  9. Delete gameplay.lzc.
  10. Make a copy of gameplay.bin and rename to gameplay.lzc.
  11. Edit gameplay.lzc with a hex editor.
  12. Insert the following bytes at the start of the file (If it's overwriting and not inserting, try pressing Insert)
    52 41 57 57 01 10 00 00 80 1F 20 00 90 1F 20 00
  13. Save and check to make sure gameplay.lzc is 2,105,232 bytes (if its 2,105,216 bytes, you overwrote and did not insert the bytes).

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]


Save game data location[edit]

Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\NFS Most Wanted

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
GameSave Manager Native support

Video settings[edit]

Graphics option Option WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution Hackable WSGF WS Bronze.svg Use ThirteenAG's fix or Racer_S hack. Requires 1.3 patch.
Multi-monitor Hackable WSGF MM Bronze.svg Use ThirteenAG's fix or Racer_S hack. Requires 1.3 patch.
Ultra-widescreen Hackable WSGF UW Bronze.svg Use ThirteenAG's fix or Racer_S hack. Requires 1.3 patch.
4K Ultra HD Hackable WSGF 4K Bronze.svg Use ThirteenAG's fix or Racer_S hack. Requires 1.3 patch.
Field of view (FOV) Hackable Can be adjusted via Racer_S CamHack
Windowed Hackable You can use this faked dll or Wiccaan* hack
Borderless fullscreen windowed Unknown
Anisotropic filtering (AF) Native support
Anti-aliasing (AA) Native support
Vertical sync (Vsync) Native support
60 FPS Unknown
120+ FPS Unknown

Input settings[edit]

Keyboard and mouse Native Notes
Remapping Native support
Mouse acceleration No native support
Mouse input in menus Native support
Mouse Y-axis inversion No native support
Controller support Native support
Full controller support Native support
Controller remapping Native support
Controller Y-axis inversion No native support

Audio settings[edit]

Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls Native support
Surround sound No native support Limited to stereo and mono options.
Subtitles No native support
Closed captions No native support
Mute on focus lost Native support


Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
LAN play Native support 4
Online play Native support 4

Issues fixed[edit]

Information TweakGuides has created a comprehensive guide for fixing issues in this game.

Can't install both NFS Underground and NFS Most Wanted (2005) on the same PC[edit]

Information This problem occures because both games use the same name for their main executables (speed.exe). After installing one game and attempting to install the other, its autorun program assumes it's already been installed.

Fix Workaround

  1. Install the first game. It doesn't matter whether it's Underground or Most Wanted.
  2. Go to the installation folder.
  3. Change the name of speed.exe to anything else.
  4. Install the other game.
  5. Restore the original name of the first game's speed.exe.

Can't set shadows on Intel GPU[edit]

Information On a PC with Intel GPU (or with Nvidia Optimus technology), the Shadow detail option is inactive.

Fix Workaround

System requirements[edit]

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 2000 XP
Processor (CPU) 1.4 Ghz Intel Pentium 4 3 GHz Intel Pentium 4
System memory (RAM) 256 MB 1 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD)
3 GB
Video card (GPU) ATI Radeon 7500
nVidia GeForce 2000 MX or GTS Series
Intel 950/i915g
S3 GammaChrome S18 Pro
DirectX 9.0 compatible
ATI Radeon 9800 series
nVidia 5900
DirectX 9.0c compatible
Sound (audio device)
DirectX 9.0c compatible
Controller Keyboard and Mouse USB-based DirectInput compatible Gamepad or Racing Wheel


  1. Need for Speed: Most Wanted- Black Edition - EA Games
  2. Patch 1.3 Changelog
  3. • View topic - "Catch Up" AI is totally ruining my gaming experie