Need for Speed: Most Wanted

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Need for Speed: Most Wanted
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
The Need for Speed: Special Edition
Need for Speed II 1997
Need for Speed II: SE
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

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

Video settings[edit]

Graphics option Option WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution Hackable WSGF WS Bronze.svg Use ThirteenAG's fix or Racer_S hack. Require 1.3 patch.
Multi-monitor Hackable WSGF MM Bronze.svg Use ThirteenAG's fix or Racer_S hack. Require 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
Anti-aliasing (AA) Native
Vertical sync (Vsync) Native
High frame rate Unknown

Input settings[edit]

Keyboard and mouse Native Notes
Remapping Native
Mouse acceleration Impossible
Mouse input in menus Native
Mouse Y-axis inversion Impossible
Controller support Native
Full controller support Native
Controller remapping Native
Controller Y-axis inversion Impossible

Audio settings[edit]

Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls Native
Surround sound Impossible Limited to stereo and mono options.
Subtitles Impossible
Closed captions Impossible
Mute on focus lost Native


Multiplayer types

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

Issues fixed[edit]

Information TweakGuides has created a comprehensive guide for fixing issues in this game. It can be found here.

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