Why is this not called Most Wanted II?

#1 Posted by EVO (3914 posts) -

As if the Need for Speed naming conventions wasn't fucked enough already, EA come along and release another Most Wanted. Surely they could of come up with a better title, or at least put a fucking II on the end of it.

#2 Posted by MB (12525 posts) -

This really confused me, too. In fact for the longest time I didn't even realize this was a new game coming out.

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#3 Posted by Nightriff (5100 posts) -

They want you to forget that game happened? I don't know. Why do video game companies do a lot of things?

#4 Posted by Captain_Felafel (1573 posts) -

Probably because calling it Most Wanted II would be even more confusing to those who played the original, wondering why literally everything about the first Most Wanted isn't in this game.

#5 Posted by Baillie (4195 posts) -

@Captain_Felafel said:

Probably because calling it Most Wanted II would be even more confusing to those who played the original, wondering why literally everything about the first Most Wanted isn't in this game.

That's a pretty awful excuse.

#6 Posted by Captain_Felafel (1573 posts) -

@Baillie said:

@Captain_Felafel said:

Probably because calling it Most Wanted II would be even more confusing to those who played the original, wondering why literally everything about the first Most Wanted isn't in this game.

That's a pretty awful excuse.

Absolutely; but it's also probably exactly why they decided not to call it that. Also, it's an "old" game, so just now putting out a sequel to it would look kind of weird.

#7 Posted by ShaggE (6479 posts) -

They should have gone with The Need for The Speed: The Most Wanted. Grittiest reboot EVER. Basically Carmageddon.

#8 Posted by HistoryInRust (6323 posts) -

Criterion's always operated under the "we love the Need for Speed franchise but wanted to reboot it our own way" guise. Hot Pursuit was the same way. They just lift the name from the past Need for Speed it is most parallel to.

#9 Posted by Chontamenti (153 posts) -

They should have named it: "Need for Speed: Paradise" !

#10 Posted by Azteck (7449 posts) -

Or why not "Need For Speed: Too Wanted".

#11 Posted by EVO (3914 posts) -
@Azteck

Or why not "Need For Speed: Too Wanted".

Most Wan2ed.
#12 Posted by Mnemoidian (955 posts) -

Coming next year, Need For Speed: Underground 2? ;)

#13 Posted by MideonNViscera (2257 posts) -

@EVO said:

@Azteck

Or why not "Need For Speed: Too Wanted".

Most Wan2ed.

Dear God, that was probably their second choice.

#14 Posted by alternate (2711 posts) -

Sequels to old games - just like movies - are out of fashion. If the previous game is older than 5 years then you reboot the title - maybe put "the" in front if you want to differentiate.

#15 Posted by Daiphyer (1338 posts) -

Because nothing that made Most Wanted what it was except the open-world and annoying cops is in this game? Honestly I think Criterion just did anything to get to make a Burnout like game again.

#16 Edited by johnaze (73 posts) -

@alternate: Exactly! Kinda like the Spider-Man/Amazing Spider-Man treatment.

#17 Edited by punkxblaze (2987 posts) -

Burnout: Most Wanted would have had a nice ring to it, paying homage to both franchises. Oh well.

THERE IS NOT ENOUGH STYLES OF BEYOND IN THIS GAME TO BE A MOST WANTED GAME.

#18 Posted by SMTDante89 (2582 posts) -

I remember during E3 this year in one of the interviews with someone at Criterion, the guy said that the reason why they went with the name is basically because Criterion doesn't make sequels for other people's games. They want it to be their own thing.

#19 Posted by Zaccheus (1795 posts) -

@SMTDante89 said:

I remember during E3 this year in one of the interviews with someone at Criterion, the guy said that the reason why they went with the name is basically because Criterion doesn't make sequels for other people's games. They want it to be their own thing.

But they couldn't come up with another subtitle?

#20 Posted by SMTDante89 (2582 posts) -

@Zaccheus: Guess not, can't remember if they said anything else about it during that interview. Can't recall which site did the interview either since a friend of mine and I were watching a couple of different streams at once.

#21 Posted by KimChi4U (368 posts) -

Need For Speed: The Most Wanted Burnout 2 :Paradise

#22 Posted by Guided_By_Tigers (8061 posts) -

Because companies are obsessed with reboots.

#23 Posted by murisan (1119 posts) -

Because it really isn't. It's too bad a lot of Most Wanted fans bought this thinking it'd be more of the same...

#24 Posted by Bollard (5604 posts) -

And I quote:

"We don't make sequels to other people's games."

#25 Posted by Shuborno (938 posts) -

The first Need for Speed: Most Wanted was a fun single player game.

Judging by Jeff's review, I don't think the direct comparison between new and old favours the new game.

#26 Posted by clstirens (847 posts) -

@EVO: The hot pursuit Titles have always been strange. The first one was "Need for Speed III: Hot Pursuit" Next was "Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit II" and then (if we skip most wanted for a second) "Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit"

It's like the titles are regressing in some weird way, so when you tell me they're releasing Most Wanted, a name that already existed in the same generation, I just laugh that they ran out of Numbers before zero.

#27 Posted by Hailinel (24977 posts) -
@Chavtheworld

And I quote:

"We don't make sequels to other people's games."

You can almost smell the arrogance.
#28 Posted by AngelN7 (2970 posts) -

Man that's so dumb as in calling it Need For Speed wasn't enough and from the looks of it 2005 Need For Speed Most Wanted seems to be the better racing game unless you're really into multiplayer and leaderboards.

#29 Posted by psylah (2177 posts) -
#30 Posted by peterpasinili007 (74 posts) -

This game is Criterion's version.

#31 Edited by egg (1469 posts) -

Because it's not a continuation nor expansion of the first game? It's by a different dev? That counts as a remake not a sequel.

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