Electronic Arts is at the point where they're putting out Need for Speed games annually like its an EA SPORTS franchise. They're even using the same names repeatedly. Need for Speed Most Wanted is the new title with the 2005 name and the pedigree of the Burnout racing franchise. That means there will be a careful balance between fast racing and thrilling crashes, supposedly.
You may not believe it when we say it but we found a "professor" of sorts from EA to explain this and a whole lot more about Need for Speed Most Wanted.