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Development - Main article: Need for Speed: Most Wanted/Development.
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Development refers to production of game content that may have been removed, altered, or purposely excluded from game play in the retail release of Need for Speed: Most Wanted.

Blacklist

Several Blacklist character concepts were made before the game's release.

Blacklist Iterations

Promotional Artwork[1] Demo Introduction[2] PlayStation 2 Demo Safehouse[3]
1. Razor Callahan - Hastings 1. Razor Callahan - BMW M3 GTR
2. Wes Allen - The Projects 2. Toro Sato - SLR McLaren
3. Mia Townsend - Asylum JV - Rockridge Drive 3. Ronnie McCrea - DB9
4. Toro Sato - East Stapleton Ronnie - Masterson 4. Joe Vega - Carrera GT
5. Hector Domingo - Grant Brook Ming - Ocean Hills 5. Wes Allen - Corvette C6
6. Ronnie McCrea - Boundry Road Kamikaze - Grand terrace 6. Hector Domingo - Lamborghini Gallardo
7. Eddie Lew - Smugglers Wharf Jewels - Warrent Road 7. "Kamikaze" - CLK 500
8. Joe Vega - Ironhorse Bridge Earl - Union Row 8. Jade Barrett - Mustang GT
9. Jordan Kay - Chase Road Vic - North Bay Rd. 9. Pierre Dupont - Evo III
10. Lou Park - Omega Power Station Big Lou - Hollis Blvd. 10. Karl Smit - Porsche Cayenne S
11. Jade Barrett - Bristol Road Izzy - Riverside Drive 11. Lou Park - Mitsubishi Eclipse
12. Nick Black - Bay Bridge Jarron - Chase Road 12. Isabel Diaz - RX-8
13. Marty Jones Taz - The Projects 13. Victor Vasquez - Audi A4
14. Vince Kilic Sonny - Rosewood Student Housing 14. Vince Kilic - BMW 330 Ci
15. Tony Ho Razor - Diamond Park 15. Pitboss - Golf GTi
16. Rog - Asylum[4]

Cars

Cars may have been removed from Need for Speed: Most Wanted due to licencing issues, a change in the desired car list variety, availability of resources, or functionality.

Vehicles

Brands

Car Changes

Preset Cars

Preset cars are pre-tuned and pre-customised cars. They are created by the developers to be used in cutscenes, in races with specific opponents cars, and for custom or bonus car designs. Several preset cars can be found in the game files of the retail game and the PlayStation 2 demo.

Vehicle Details
NFSMWUnusedPresetCOPGTO.jpg COPGTOPURSUIT
Unused Police State Cruiser preset.
NFSMWUnusedPresetCOPCROSS.jpg COP_CROSS
Unused Cross preset. It was used in the ending cutscene of PlayStation 2 demo.
NFSMWBlacklistTournamentBMWM3Preset.jpg BMW M3 GTR E46 preset which appeared only in the "Blacklist Tournament" promotional event.
NFSMWPS2DemoOPMM3Version2.jpg OPM_M3_version2
Unused BMW M3 GTR E46 preset. The car features the same visual of the blue BMW which is available to be driven by the player in the PlayStation 2 demo.
NFSMWUnusedOPM RX8 Version2.jpgNFSMWPS2DemoOPMRX8Version2.jpg OPM_RX8_Version2
Unused Mazda RX-8 preset. It is the current default preset for Challenge Series pursuits which doesn't have a preset car. In the PlayStation 2 demo, the car was available to be driven by the player. The pink color is a bug with the degenerate preset code, and the police dispatch refers to the car's color as yellow.
NFSMWOPMRX8Version3.jpgNFSMWPS2DemoOPMRX8Version3.jpg OPM_RX8_Version3
It is the opponent preset which appears in the event Warrent Road. In the PlayStation 2 demo the preset was used as a opponent in the 20 2 1 rival race event.
MostWanted PontiacGTO.jpgNFSMWPS2Demo RogFordMustangGT.jpg OPM_MUSTANG_BOSS
While in the released game Rog drives a Pontiac GTO, in the PlayStation 2 demo he drove a Ford Mustang GT.
NFSMWUnusedOPMMustangVersion2.jpgNFSMWPS2DemoOPMMustangVersion2.jpg OPM_MUSTANG_VERSION2
Unused Ford Mustang GT preset. While in the released game it features the same visual of Razor's car, in the PlayStation 2 demo the preset was used as a opponent in the 20 2 1 rival race event.
NFSMWPS2DemoOPMWRXVersion1.jpg OPM_WRX_VERSION1
Unused Subaru Impreza WRX STi preset, which can be found only in the PlayStation 2 demo.
NFSMWOPMWRXVersion2.jpgNFSMWPS2DemoOPMWRXVersion2.jpg OPM_WRX_VERSION2
It is the opponent preset which appears in the event Warrent Road. In the PlayStation 2 demo the preset was used as a opponent in the 20 2 1 rival race event.
NFSMWUnusedE3DemoRX8.jpgNFSMWPS2DemoE3DemoRX8.jpg E3_DEMO_RX8
Unused Mazda RX-8 preset. In the PlayStation 2 demo the car was available to be driven by the player.
NFSMWUnusedGTEliseRog.jpg GT_ELISE_ROG
Unused Lotus Elise preset. The pink color is a bug with the degenerate preset code.
NFSMWUnusedStarkyHutchEvoRog.jpg STARKY_HUTCH_EVO_ROG
Unused Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution VIII preset.
NFSMWPS2DemoLolley.jpg LOLLEY
Unused Porsche Carrera GT preset. The mesh is not present in the PlayStation 2 demo, but it can be ported from Alpha 124.
NFSMWUnusedAlpha124NewsVan.jpg CS_CAR_NEWS
Unused player drivable News Van preset. It can be found in the Alpha 124.
NFSMWUnusedDemoPlayerGTI.jpg DEMO_PLAYER_GTI
Unused Volkswagen Golf GTI preset. It is used in the demo's Challenge Series events.
NFSMWLexusIS300Stock.jpg DEMO_STOCK_IS300
Unused Lexus IS300 preset.
NFSMWUnusedDemoPlayerIS300.jpg DEMO_PLAYER_IS300
Unused Lexus IS300 preset. It is used in the PC demo's Challenge Series events.
NFSMWUnusedDemoPlayerIS3002.jpg DEMO_PLAYER_IS3002
Unused Lexus IS300 preset. It is available for play in the Xbox 360 demo.
NFSMWUnusedDemoStockViper.jpg DEMO_STOCK_VIPER
Unused Dodge Viper SRT-10 preset.
NFSMWUnusedDemoPlayerViper.jpg DEMO_PLAYER_VIPER
Unused Dodge Viper SRT-10 preset. It is used in the PC demo's Challenge Series events.
NFSMWUnusedDemoPlayerViper2.jpg DEMO_PLAYER_VIPER2
Unused Dodge Viper SRT-10 preset. It is available for play in the Xbox 360 demo.
NFSMWPorscheCaymanSStock.jpg DEMO_STOCK_CAYMANS
Unused Porsche Cayman S preset. It is available for play in the PC demo.
NFSMWUnusedDemoPlayerCaymanS.jpg DEMO_PLAYER_CAYMAN
Unused Porsche Cayman S preset. It is available for play in the PC demo.
NFSMWUnusedDemoStockGTO.jpg DEMO_STOCK_GTO
Unused Pontiac GTO preset. It is available for play in the PC demo.
NFSMWUnusedDemoPlayerGTO.jpg DEMO_PLAYER_GTO
Unused Pontiac GTO preset. It is available for play in the PC demo.
NFSMWFordMustangGTStock.jpg DEMO_STOCK_MUSTANGGT
Unused Ford Mustang GT preset. It is available for play in the PC demo.
NFSMWUnusedDemoPlayerMustangGT2.jpg DEMO_PLAYER_MUSTANG2
Unused Ford Mustang GT preset. It is available for play in the Xbox 360 demo.
NFSMWUnusedDemoOpponentGTI.jpg DEMO_OPP_GTI
Unused Volkswagen Golf GTI preset. It appears in the demo as an opponent in the Sprint event "Clubhouse & Hollis".
NFSMWUnusedDemoOpponentGTO.jpg DEMO_OPP_GTO
Unused Pontiac GTO preset. It appears in the demo as an opponent in the Sprint event "Rockridge & Union".
NFSMWUnusedDemoOpponentGTO2.jpg DEMO_OPP_GTO2
Unused Pontiac GTO preset. It appears in the demo as an opponent in the Speedtrap event "Hollis & Chancellor".
NFSMWUnusedDemoOpponentIS300.jpg DEMO_OPP_IS300
Unused Lexus IS300 preset. It appears in the demo as an opponent in the Sprint event "Clubhouse & Hollis".
NFSMWUnusedDemoOpponentIS3002.jpg DEMO_OPP_IS3002
Unused Lexus IS300 preset. It appears in the demo as an opponent in the Speedtrap event "Hollis & Chancellor".
NFSMWUnusedDemoOpponentIS3003.jpg DEMO_OPP_IS3003
Unused Lexus IS300 preset. It appears in the demo as an opponent in the Sprint event "Rockridge & Union".
NFSMWUnusedDemoOpponentMustangGT.jpg DEMO_OPP_MUSTANGGT
Unused Ford Mustang GT preset. It appears in the demo as an opponent in the Sprint event "Clubhouse & Hollis".
NFSMWUnusedDemoOpponentMustangGT2.jpg DEMO_OPP_MUSTANGGT2
Unused Ford Mustang GT preset. It appears in the demo as an opponent in the Speedtrap event "Hollis & Chancellor".
NFSMWUnusedDemoOpponentMustangGT3.jpg DEMO_OPP_MUSTANGGT3
Unused Ford Mustang GT preset. It appears in the demo as an opponent in the Sprint event "Rockridge & Union".
NFSMWUnusedDemoOpponentViper.jpg DEMO_OPP_VIPER
Unused Dodge Viper SRT-10 preset. It appears in the demo as an opponent in the Sprint event "Rockridge & Union".
NFSMWUnusedDemoOpponentViper2.jpg DEMO_OPP_VIPER2
Unused Dodge Viper SRT-10 preset. It appears in the demo as an opponent in the Sprint event "Clubhouse & Hollis".
NFSMWUnusedDemoOpponentViper3.jpg DEMO_OPP_VIPER3
Unused Dodge Viper SRT-10 preset. It appears in the demo as an opponent in the Speedtrap event "Hollis & Chancellor".
NFSMWUnusedDemoOpponentCaymanS.jpg DEMO_OPP_CAYMAN
Unused Porsche Cayman S preset. It appears in the demo as an opponent in the Sprint event "Rockridge & Union".

City

Early Rockport City map
Early Rockport City map
  • Some conceptual designs including an airstrip at the Downtown Rockport Airport were cut.[34]
  • At one point during development, the game was going to take place in the "City of Rosewood".[35]
  • The prison in Camden had a brick wall, and a securely placed fence that would prevent the player from driving through it[36]. Although not accessible, the prison's interior is drivable.[37]
  • A billboard advertising the fictional KNFS 101.9 radio station was cut.[38]
  • A set of tollbooths at the entrance of Thrilltown in Point Camden only appear in the PlayStation 2 demo.[39]
  • One safehouse location was cut.[40]
  • Joyce's Pizza Fast Food restaurant was in game before the Burger King.[41]
  • A car wash in Grey Point could be driven through in the PlayStation 2 demo, but can not be accessed in the released game.[42]
  • The Robo's Health & Hip Hop Centres billboard had a different design.[43]
  • A yacht model could be seen sailing near the Grey Point coast, but is not present in the released game outside of its usage in Pursuit Breakers.[44]
  • The race arrow barriers had a different aesthetic design.[45]
  • The gas station explosion particle effect had a different look.[46]
  • A Power Company sign was not featured in the released game.[47]
  • The Ironworks Co. sign had a different look.[48]
  • Parked cars had a different mesh.[49]
  • The parking lot adjacent to the Point Camden police station was fenced off.[50]
  • Traffic lights emitted a yellow caution light.[51]
  • The garage doors in the south section of Thrilltown had a different look.[52]

Customisation

  • Several different customisation licence plate designs were cut.
  • Various customisation items could be obtained from the Safehouse backroom in career mode; decals, paints, and nitrous.[53]
  • Star Rating appears in unused customisation menus in the PlayStation 2 demo.[54]
  • There was the possibility of players being able to add Blacklist vinyls to their corresponding cars.[55]

Performance Parts

  • Two performance part packages were cut; Street[56] and Super Street[57], but they appear in the PlayStation 2 demo.[58]
  • Performance Packages had different aftermarket components.[59]
  • Transmission Performance Packages had different aftermarket components.[60]
  • Suspension Performance Packages had different aftermarket components.[61]
  • Nitrous Performance Packages had different aftermarket components.[62]
  • Tyres Performance Packages had different aftermarket components.[63]
  • Brakes Performance Packages had different aftermarket components.[64]
  • Turbo Performance Packages had different aftermarket components.[65]

Custom Gauges

Various unused custom gauges with different designs can be found in the PlayStation 2 demo and in the Alpha 124.

Vinyls

Several vinyls were changed or cut during the game's development.[66]

Vinyl File Name
NFSMW VinylBodyFlame09.png _BODYFLAME09
NFSMW VinylJadeBarrett.png _09JADEBARRETT
NFSMW VinylCopgto.png _COPGTO
NFSMW VinylPrecomFlame01.jpg _PRECOM_FLAME01
NFSMW VinylPrecomFlame02.jpg _PRECOM_FLAME02
NFSMW VinylPrecomTest.jpg _PRECOM_TEST


Cutscene

  • An early pass of the cutscene "storyfmv_cro06_coh06a_" can be found in the Asian release of the game named "storyfmv_roc02_english_ntsc".[67] It doesn't have any audio associated to it and is of a lower resolution (512 x 256) than the released cutscene.[68]
  • Two sentences were removed from the cutscene "storyfmv_bus12_".[69]
    • "You should have won." - Mia
    • "Keep this to yourself. I don't want people thinking I'm getting soft... I'll be in touch." - Mia
  • A cutscene with two sentences was removed from the game. According to the files, it would happen after the cutscene "storyfmv_her136_".
    • "I know you are mad, but I did what I had to. You would too. What do you care...you're number 1 on the Blacklist." - Unknown
    • "What more do you want?" - Unknown

Events

Events may have been removed from Need for Speed: Most Wanted due to the career mode length, the number of repeating reversed routes, their usage outside of typical game play, or available resources.

The numbers used for various events were for internal referencing towards their associated career stage or game type in row one, game mode in row two, and appearance position with other events in their career stage in row three. The fourth row may include a 0 or R to represent a normal and reverse route.

  • TRACK_15_1_2 represents Blacklist #15_Circuit_2nd Event
Row One Row Two Row Three
1 - 15 Blacklist career stage 1 Circuit 1 Event slot 1
16 Prologue events 2 Sprint 2 Event slot 2
19 Challenge Series 3 Lap Knockout 3 Event slot 3
20 Development 4 Tollbooth 4 Event slot 4
21 Black Edition Release 5 Speedtrap 5 Event slot 5
22 PC Demo Release 6 Multipoint 6 Event slot 6
23 PC Demo Challenge Series 7 Drag 7 Event slot 7
8 Challenge 8 Event slot 8

Event Routes

Multiple event routes were made inaccessible in the released game.

Type Name Start Location Length
NFSMWMultipointIcon.png 3_6_1_multipoint Rosewood College Campus, Rosewood
NFSMWMultipointIcon.png 3_6_2_multipoint  
NFSMWMultipointIcon.png 3_6_3_multipoint  
NFSMWMultipointIcon.png 4_6_1_multipoint Point Camden, Camden
Drag 5_0_1_drag_test Masterson Harbour, Camden
Drag 5_7_5_drag Fairmont Bowl, Downtown Rockport
NFSMWMultipointIcon.png 6_6_1_multipoint Heritage Heights, Rosewood
NFSMWMultipointIcon.png 6_6_2_multipoint  
NFSMWMultipointIcon.png 6_6_3_multipoint  
Drag 6_7_1_drag Point Camden, Camden
NFSMWMultipointIcon.png 7_6_1_multipoint Heritage Heights, Rosewood
NFSMWMultipointIcon.png 7_6_2_multipoint Heritage Heights, Rosewood
Drag 7_7_1_drag Petersburg, Rosewood
Drag 7_7_2_drag  
NFSMWMultipointIcon.png 8_6_1_multipoint  
NFSMWMultipointIcon.png 8_6_2_multipoint  
NFSMWMultipointIcon.png 8_6_3_multipoint  
NFSMWMultipointIcon.png 9_6_1_multipoint  
Drag 9_7_2_drag  
NFSMWMultipointIcon.png 10_6_1_multipoint Point Camden, Camden
NFSMWMultipointIcon.png 10_6_2_multipoint  
NFSMWMultipointIcon.png 11_6_1_multipoint_token  
NFSMWMultipointIcon.png 12_6_1_multi_token  
NFSMWMultipointIcon.png 12_6_2_multipoint  
Tollbooth 13_4_1_0_tollbooth Forest Green Country Club, Rosewood
Tollbooth 13_4_1_R_tollbooth Forest Green Country Club, Rosewood
Drag 13_7_1_drag Highlander Stadium, Rosewood
Drag 13_7_2_drag Forest Green Country Club, Rosewood
Drag 13_7_3_drag Downtown, Rosewood
Sprint 14_2_3_cellphone_sprint Heritage Heights, Rosewood
Drag 14_7_1_drag Downtown, Rosewood
Drag 14_7_2_drag Forest Green Country Club, Rosewood
Sprint 19_2_1_sprint Point Camden, Camden
Circuit 20_1_1_circuit_test Point Camden, Camden
Circuit 20_1_2_maxcarload Point Camden, Camden
Sprint 20_2_1_rival race Cascade Industrial Park, Camden
Sprint 20_2_2_habib test Point Camden, Camden
Tollbooth 20_4_1_opm tollbooth Camden Beach, Camden
Tollbooth 20_4_1_R_tollbooth Camden Beach, Camden
Speedtrap 20_5_1_speedtraps Point Camden, Camden
NFSMWMultipointIcon.png 20_6_1_opm_multipoint_test Point Camden, Camden
Circuit 99_1_1_online Point Camden, Camden
Drag Asylum & Route 55 Camden Beach, Camden
Sprint Boardwalk & Boundary Point Camden, Camden
Drag Boardwalk & Heritage Cascade Industrial Park, Camden
Drag Cannery & Bristol Gray Point, Camden
Sprint Chancellor & Campus Rosewood College Campus, Rosewood
Drag Chase & Clubhouse Point Camden, Camden
Drag Coast & Beacon Point Camden Beach, Camden
Drag Coast & Dunwich  
Drag Dunwich & Coast Gray Point, Camden
Drag Forest & Highlands Heritage Heights, Rosewood
Drag Heritage & Boardwalk Point Camden, Camden
Drag Hickley & State Highlander Stadium, Rosewood
Drag Hollis Boulevard Highlander Stadium, Rosewood
Drag HWY 201 Riverfront, Downtown Rockport
Drag HWY 201 & Seaside Fairmont Bowl, Downtown Rockport
Drag Industrial & HWY 201 Agostini Heights, Downtown Rockport
Drag North Bay & Fisher Gray Point, Camden
Sprint Ocean Hills & Beacon  
Drag Petersburg & HWY 1 Forest Green Country Club, Rosewood
Drag Projects & Stadium Agostini Heights, Downtown Rockport
Drag Projects & Warrent Agostini Heights, Downtown Rockport
Drag Riverfront & HWY 201 Riverfront, Downtown Rockport
Drag Riverfront & Valley Riverfront, Downtown Rockport
Drag Riverfront Stadium Riverfront, Downtown Rockport
Drag Rockridge & Ironwood Heritage Heights, Rosewood
Drag Rosewood Circle Point Camden, Camden
Drag Route 55 & Camden Camden Beach, Camden
Drag Seagate & Omega Gray Point, Camden
Knockout Stadium  
Drag Stadium & Projects Riverfront, Downtown Rockport
Drag State Street  
Knockout Valley Interchange Rockport Valley Airport, Downtown Rockport
Drag Warrent & HWY 201 Fairmont Bowl, Downtown Rockport

Challenge Series

# Type Vehicle Route Goal Heat
Pursuit Length # : Pursuit Length
20_8_1_escape_the_cops: Evade before 0:30
Vehicle: Mazda RX-8
Heat Level 10

Finish Camera

Several finish cameras remains in game files unused.

Game Modes

Game modes may have been removed from Need for Speed: Most Wanted due to the game's design, availability of resources, the capabilities of the game's target hardware, or the adequacy of the game engine.

Cops Destroyed milestone icon
  • Multipoint
  • Cell Phone[70]
  • Token Pickup[71]
  • Several milestone types[72]
    • Cops in Pursuit - Get the determined amount of cops currently engaged during a pursuit.
    • Helis in Pursuit - Get the determined amount of helicopters engaged during a pursuit.
    • Heat Meter - Survive a pursuit until a certain Heat Level is reached.
    • Insurance Claims - Hit a determined number of traffic vehicles.
    • Total Cops in Pursuit - Reach a total amount of cops engaged during a single pursuit.
    • Cops Destroyed in Pursuit - Disable an amount of cops in a single pursuit.
    • Cops Destroyed - Alternate goal description to "Cops Destroyed in Pursuit".
    • Cost to State - Alternate goal description to "Cost to State in Pursuit".
    • 911 Calls
    • Margin of Victory
    • Opponents Damaged
    • Outrun Pursuits Won
    • Outrun Races Won
    • Racing Ticket
    • Evade Consecutive Pursuits (Pursuits in a Row) - Evade X of consecutive pursuits without getting busted.
    • Reckless Driving Tickets - Receive a total of X Reckless Driving tickets in your Rap Sheet.
    • Speeding Tickets - Receive a total of X Speeding Tickets in your Rap Sheet.
    • Hit & Run Ticket - Receive a total of X Hit & Run tickets in your Rap Sheet.
    • Damage to Property Tickets - Receive a total of X Damage to Property tickets in your Rap Sheet.
    • Driving off Roadway Tickets (Driving Sidewalk Ticket) - Receive a total of X Driving off Roadway tickets in your Rap Sheet.
    • Resisting Arrest Tickets (Fleeing Ticket) - Receive a total of X Resisting Arrest Tickets in your Rap Sheet.
    • Speedtrap Challenge (Speedtrap Speed) - Get clocked at over X to successfully complete this challenge.
    • Achieve Bounty - Receive a minimum Bounty of X on Y cars.

Challenge Series

  • In Event #26, the player would have to tag a minimum of 10 police vehicles instead of 8.
  • In Event #28, the player would have to earn $100,000 cost to state instead of $50,000.
  • Event #30 of the Challenge Series featured a Ford GT instead of the Porsche 911 Turbo S.[73]
  • The Event #34 would start with Heat Level 4 instead of Heat Level 3.
  • In Event #36, the player would have to tag a minimum of 20 police vehicles instead of 12.
  • Event #44 of the Challenge Series had a Bounty challenge instead of a Spikestrip Dodge challenge.[74]
  • In Event #44, the player would have to dodge 10 spike strips instead of 6.
  • In Event #46, the player would have to earn $150,000 cost to state instead of $100,000.
  • In Event #52, the player would have to evade the pursuit in less than 2 minutes instead of 4 minutes.
  • In Event #54, the player would have to earn $200,000 cost to state instead of $150,000.
  • In Event #56, the player would have to earn $10,000,000 bounty instead of $1,000,000.
  • In Event #58, the player would have to dodge 20 police roadblocks instead of 10.
  • In Event #62, the player would have to dodge 20 spike strips instead of 10.
  • In Event #64, the player would have to tag a minimum of 35 police vehicles instead of 20.
  • In Event #66, the player would have to earn $300,000 cost to state instead of $200,000.

Events

  • Some event types could include up to six participants[75] in the PlayStation 2 demo. In the released game, there is an unused race intro cutscene meant specifically for eight participants events.[76]
  • Cops would have appeared in Drag events and Blacklist rival events.[77]
  • Wrecking a cop would be indicated to the player during a non-pursuit event.[78]

Free Roam

  • Auto Drive would drive the player's car to a selected GPS destination.[79]

Gameplay

  • Two unused camera position options can be found in game files; "Super Far" and "Drift".[80]

Pursuit

  • Several early police speech sound clips can be found in the PlayStation 2 demo of Need for Speed: Underground 2.[81]
  • The released game has several unused police speech sounds.[82]
  • At some point during development, roadblocks with Spike Strips would have appeared during Heat Level 3.[83]
  • The Police Helicopter would have appeared during Heat Level 3 and Heat Level 7.[84]
  • 10 heat levels were made possible, although only 7 are used in the game[85]. Levels 8, 9, and 10 may have been dropped for design scope or technical reasons as a pre-release promotional screenshot shows a player engaged at Heat Level 10.[86]
    • Heat Level 8 features Police Federal Undercover Cruisers, alongside Rhino SUVs and a Police Helicopter as support units.
    • Heat Level 9 features Police Civic Cruisers and a Police Helicopter as a support unit.
    • Heat Level 10 features multiple Sergeant Cross Corvettes and a Police Helicopter as a support unit.
  • The zoom effect when engaging a pursuit had a greater bloom effect.[87]
  • The Busted scene included the player being restrained and handcuffed on a bonnet.[88]

Quick Race

  • Free Run and Tollbooth events were at one point available through Quick Race.[89]
  • In the PlayStation 2 demo, there are options to set the Track Direction, Cop Probability, and Lives Busted.[90]

Speedtrap

  • Speedtrap events used a cash earned based leaderboard[91], and showed a numeric value if the player started losing cash.[92]

Sprint

  • Sprint had a tutorial movie.[93]

Tollbooth

  • In the PlayStation 2 demo, the barriers at tollbooths would raise as players passed them during a Tollbooth event.[94]

Soundtrack

Some additional songs were referenced in the game files of the PlayStation 2 demo.[95]

Song Title Artist
This Blood Black Lab
Supercharger Heaven White Zombie
More Human Than Human White Zombie
Weapons of Mad Distortion The Crystal Method

Textures

Texture Files

Several unused textures files can be found in the game files of the retail game and the PlayStation 2 demo, although some may be leftover content from the overlapping development of Need for Speed: Underground 2.

Image Usage
NFSMWIcon LoadGamePS2demo.png GENERIC_ICON_LOAD
Load game - PlayStation 2 demo
NFSMWIcon SaveGamePS2demo.png GENERIC_ICON_SAVE
Save Game - PlayStation 2 demo
NFSMWIcon VisualPaintPS2Demo.png PAINT_MOD_BASE
Visual Paint - PlayStation 2 demo
NFSMWIcon CareerMode.png MAIN_ICON_CAREER
Career Mode - PlayStation 2 demo
NFSMWIcon MyCarsPS2Demo.png MAIN_ICON_CUSTOMIZE_CAR
My Cars - PlayStation 2 demo
NFSMWIcon RepSheet.png MAIN_ICON_REP_SHEET
Rep Sheet - PlayStation 2 demo and released game
NFSMWSpeedtrapIconPS2Demo.png MILESTONE_SPEEDTRAP
Speedtrap - PlayStation 2 demo
NFSMWFreeRunIconPS2Demo.png MODE_ICON_FREE_RUN
Quick Race Free Run - PlayStation 2 demo
NFSMWMultipointCashGrabIcon.png MODE_ICON_MULTIPOINT_CASH
Multipoint (Cashgrab) - PlayStation 2 demo
NFSMWMultipointCheckpointRaceIcon.png MODE_ICON_MULTIPOINT_TO
Multipoint (Checkpoint Race) - PlayStation 2 demo
NFSMWOnlineOptionMatchIcon.png ONLINE_ICON_OPTIMATCH
Online Match Options - PlayStation 2 demo
NFSMWShowroomBasicIcon.png SHOWROOM_BASIC
Showroom Basic - PlayStation 2 demo
NFSMWShowroomExtendedIcon.png SHOWROOM_EXTENDED
Showroom Extended - PlayStation 2 demo
NFSMWShowroomHighendIcon.png SHOWROOM_HIGHEND
Showroom Highend - PlayStation 2 demo
NFSMWShowroomMainIcon.png SHOWROOM_MAIN
Showroom Main - PlayStation 2 demo
NFSMWIcon LicensePlate.png VISUAL_PART_LICENSE_PLATE
Licence Plate Customisation - PlayStation 2 demo
NFSMWIcon HelicopterIcon.png HELICOPTER_ICON
HUD Helicopter Icon - PlayStation 2 demo and released game
NFSMWManufacturerAcura.png CARSELECT_MANUFACTURER_ACURA
Acura - PlayStation 2 demo
NFSMWManufacturerEarlyAstonMartin.png CARSELECT_MANUFACTURER_ASTON_MARTIN
Aston Martin - PlayStation 2 demo
NFSMWManufacturerEarlyCorvette.png CARSELECT_MANUFACTURER_CORVETTE
Chevrolet Corvette - PlayStation 2 demo
NFSMWManufacturerEarlyFiat.png CARSELECT_MANUFACTURER_FIAT
Fiat - PlayStation 2 demo
NFSMWManufacturerGM.png CARSELECT_MANUFACTURER_GENERAL_MOTORS
General Motors - PlayStation 2 demo and released game
NFSMWManufacturerLincoln.png CARSELECT_MANUFACTURER_LINCOLN
Lincoln - PlayStation 2 demo
NFSMWManufacturerNissan.png CARSELECT_MANUFACTURER_NISSAN
Nissan - PlayStation 2 demo
NFSMWManufacturerPeugeot.png CARSELECT_MANUFACTURER_PEUGOT
Peugeot - PlayStation 2 demo
NFSMWManufacturerEarlyRenault.png CARSELECT_MANUFACTURER_RENAULT
Renault - PlayStation 2 demo
NFSMWPS2DemoLogo350Z.png SECONDARY_LOGO_350Z
Nissan 350Z (2003) - PlayStation 2 demo
NFSMWPS2DemoLogo911GT.png SECONDARY_LOGO_911GT
Porsche Carrera GT - PlayStation 2 demo
NFSMWLogo996Turbo.png SECONDARY_LOGO_996TURBO
Porsche 911 Turbo S (996) - PlayStation 2 demo and released game
NFSMWPS2DemoLogoA320T.png SECONDARY_LOGO_A3_20T
Audi A3 3.2 quattro - PlayStation 2 demo
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Toyota Corolla GT-S - PlayStation 2 demo
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Chevrolet Corvette - PlayStation 2 demo
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Chevrolet Corvette C6 Z06 - PlayStation 2 demo
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Chevrolet Corvette C6.R - PlayStation 2 demo
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Hyundai Tiburon GT - PlayStation 2 demo
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Cadillac CTS - PlayStation 2 demo
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Ford GT - PlayStation 2 demo
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Infiniti G35 - PlayStation 2 demo
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Volkswagen Golf GTI (Mk5) - PlayStation 2 demo
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Mitsubishi Lancer ES - PlayStation 2 demo
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BMW M3 (E46) - PlayStation 2 demo and released game
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BMW M5 - PlayStation 2 demo
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Mazda MX-5 - PlayStation 2 demo
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Vauxhall Monaro VXR - PlayStation 2 demo
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Acura NSX - PlayStation 2 demo
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Peugeot 206 - PlayStation 2 demo
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Fiat Punto - PlayStation 2 demo
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Mazda RX-8 (2003) - PlayStation 2 demo and released game
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Honda S2000 - PlayStation 2 demo
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Nissan Skyline - PlayStation 2 demo
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Mercedes-Benz SL 65 AMG (R230) - PlayStation 2 demo
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Audi TT 3.2 quattro (8N) - PlayStation 2 demo
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Rog - PlayStation 2 demo and PC demo
NFSMW PS2Demo RogIconLarge.jpg BOSS_ROG
Rog - PlayStation 2 demo and PC demo
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Rog - PlayStation 2 demo and PC demo
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Rog - PlayStation 2 demo and PC demo
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PlayStation 2 demo
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PlayStation 2 demo
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PlayStation 2 demo
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PlayStation 2 demo and released game
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PlayStation 2 demo
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Blacklist #5 Wes Allen - PlayStation 2 Alpha #124
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Blacklist #5 Wes Allen - PlayStation 2 Alpha #124

User Interface

Cinematic

E3 Splash Screen
  • Electronic Art's booth at E3 2005, featured a CGI opening developed by The Mill NY. It was a 360o video rendered at 8,000 pixels wide that wrapped around the booth, and was repurposed for the game's opening.[96][97]

Events

  • Event route completion percentage used to include the player's current progression to one decimal place.[98]
  • The event results menu had a different arrangement and offered more information about the completed event.[99]

Safehouse Menu

  • The Blacklist menu had a different arrangement of progression information in the demo.[100]
  • The Milestones menu had a different arrangement of progression information in the demo.[101][102]
  • The Events menu had a different arrangement of progression information in the demo.[103]
  • The Rap Sheet was referred to as the Reputation Sheet in the demo.[104]
  • The Rap Sheet menu had a different arrangement of progression information in the demo[105], and includes a reference to the song Three MC's and One DJ by The Beastie Boys.
  • The Rival Challenge menu had a different arrangement in the demo[106], and included an option to view the rival Blacklist member's car.[107]
  • The Unserved Infraction menu had a different arrangement of progression information in the demo.[108]
  • The Cost to State menu had a different arrangement of progression information in the demo.[109]
  • A Rankings menu was used in the demo.[110]
  • An unused Rap Sheet menu was created, but it was never implemented in the game.[111]
  • An unused Event Info menu was created for the Career mode, but it was never implemented in the game.[112]

Pursuit

  • Busted scenes showed the player's gender, approximate age, ethnicity, and weight.[113]
  • Pursuit Cost to State was referred to as Total Cost to State in the PlayStation 2 demo.[114]

World Map

  • The world map in the PlayStation 2 demo lists Multi Point, Cash Grab, and Challenge events.[115]

Concept Art

Several concept art images, design sketches, and renders from different stages of the game's development.[116]

References

  1. Artwork: Promotional artwork
  2. Video: Be Notorious! trailer
  3. Texture file: PlayStation 2 demo safehouse
  4. Screenshot: Rog's Blacklist position in the PlayStation 2 demo
  5. Game file: attributes.bin; AI Vehicle: copcompact; Game file: COPCOMPACT\VINYLS.BIN (GameCube release only)
  6. Game folder: BMWM3
  7. Game folder: LANGUAGES; Alpha 124 Game folder: BMWM3CSL
  8. Alpha 124 Game folder: CORVETTEZ06
  9. Game folder: 350Z
  10. Game folder: RX8SPEEDT, LANGUAGES files, Logo
  11. Game folder: LANGUAGES; Alpha 124 Game folder: SL55
  12. Video: Bonus DVD Movie 13
  13. Video: Alpha/Beta Copspeech
  14. Game file: attributes.bin; Vehicle: cs_semi
  15. Game file from Alpha 124: GlobalB.lzc; Preset Vehicle: CS_CAR_NEWS; Entry: cs_cts_trafnews
  16. Screenshot: Pre-release Lexus IS300 paint colour
  17. Screenshot: Screenshot of the BMW M3 GTR
  18. Image: BMW M3 GTR GT (E46) featuring the vinyl with black outline
  19. Video: Bonus DVD Movie 02
  20. Image: Jade "Jewels" Barrett - Ford Mustang GT in PlayStation 2 demo
  21. Screenshot: Pre-release Earl's Lancer Evolution VIII
  22. Image: Hector "Ming" Domingo - PlayStation 2 Demo - Lamborghini Gallardo Coupé
  23. Image: Wes "Webster" Allen - Chevrolet Corvette C6
  24. Image: Toru "Bull" Sato - Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren
  25. Image: Toru "Bull" Sato - PlayStation 2 Demo - Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren
  26. Image Razor livery without RZ
  27. Image: Clarence "Razor" Callahan - Ford Mustang GT
  28. Image: Unused Cross Corvette skin in the Demo
  29. Screenshot: Helicopter model and sight
  30. Screenshot: Pre-release Fire Truck
  31. Image: Opening cinematic car textures
  32. Image: Vic's green wheels
  33. Image: Taz's white wheels
  34. Promotional Image: Bonus DVD Movie - Downtown Rockport
  35. Screenshot: Screenshot of "City of Rosewood" plate
  36. Image: Camden Prision brick wall in PlayStation 2 demo
  37. Images: Camden Prison interior 1, Camden Prison interior 2, Camden Prison interior 3
  38. Image: KNFS 109.9 Radio Billboard in PlayStation 2 demo
  39. Image: Thrilltown Tollbooth in PlayStation 2 demo
  40. PlayStation 2 demo files: menu_gate_safehouse/zone_safehouse_3
  41. Image: Joyce's Pizza in PlayStation 2 demo
  42. Images: Car wash in Grey Point, Car wash in Grey Point (Alternative angle)
  43. Image: Billboard and colour difference
  44. Image: Yacht sailing
  45. IGN Video: Need for Speed Most Wanted Xbox Gameplay - Contest Video
  46. Image: Gas station explosion effect
  47. Image: Power Co. sign
  48. Image: IronWorks Co. sign
  49. Image: Parked car meshes
  50. Image: Police station parking lot
  51. Image: Traffic light - caution
  52. Image: Thrilltown garage doors
  53. Game file: gameplay.bin/gameplay.lzc
  54. Image: Star Rating in PlayStation 2 demo
  55. Image: Blacklist vinyls
  56. Image: Street performance package
  57. Image: Super Street performance package
  58. Images: Street performance (PlayStation 2 demo), Super Street (PlayStation 2 demo)
  59. Images: Engine Street components (PlayStation 2 demo), Engine Super Street components (PlayStation 2 demo), Engine Race components (PlayStation 2 demo), Engine Pro components (PlayStation 2 demo)
  60. Images: Transmission Street components (PlayStation 2 demo), Transmission Super Street components (PlayStation 2 demo), Transmission Race components (PlayStation 2 demo),Transmission Pro components (PlayStation 2 demo)
  61. Images: Suspension Street components (PlayStation 2 demo), Suspension Super Street components (PlayStation 2 demo), Suspension Race components (PlayStation 2 demo)
  62. Images: Nitrous Street components (PlayStation 2 demo), Nitrous Super Street components (PlayStation 2 demo), Nitrous Race components(PlayStation 2 demo)
  63. Images: Street Tyres components (PlayStation 2 demo), Super Street Tyres components (PlayStation 2 demo), Race Tyres components (PlayStation 2 demo)
  64. Images: Street Brakes components (PlayStation 2 demo), Super Street Brakes components (PlayStation 2 demo), Race Brakes components (PlayStation 2 demo), Pro Brakes components (PlayStation 2 demo)
  65. Images: Turbo Street components (PlayStation 2 demo), Turbo Super Street components (PlayStation 2 demo), Race Turbo components (PlayStation 2 demo)
  66. Game file: GlobalB.lzc; Vinyls.bin
  67. MOVIES folder: storyfmv_roc02_english_ntsc.vp6
  68. Comparative video: "Entering Rockport" cutscenes
  69. Language files: English.bin
  70. Game files: English.bin; Label: "RACETYPES_CELLPHONE"
  71. PS2 Demo Game files: English.bin; Label: "RACETYPES_TOKEN_PICKUP"
  72. Game files: attributes.bin; Entry: "milestonetypes"
  73. Gamespot video: Challenge Series - Event #30
  74. Game files: gameplay.bin; Entry: race_bin_challenge/challenge_22_cops_destroyed
  75. Image: Six opponent event
  76. Game file: Scene_IntroNis09_BundleB.bun
  77. Alpha 124
  78. Image: Wrecked cop notification
  79. Image: Autodrive option
  80. File: attributes.bin
  81. Video: Alpha/Beta Copspeech
  82. Video: Cut/Unused Police Scanner & SMSes
  83. Video: Heat! trailer
  84. Alpha 124
  85. Game files: attributes.bin
  86. Screenshot: Heat Level 10 pursuit
  87. Image: Pursuit engagement effect
  88. Images: Busted scene - Restrained, Busted scene - PHandcuffed
  89. Image: Tollbooth events in Quick Race selection
  90. Screenshot: Race Options
  91. Image: Speedtrap cash leaderboard
  92. Image: Speedtrap losing cash
  93. Game file: sprint_tutorial
  94. Image: Tollbooth barriers
  95. Game Files: EA Trax Text Strings (PlayStation 2 demo), Image: More Human Than Human by White Zombie
  96. Video: Vimeo: Need For Speed “Most Wanted” Cinematic
  97. Video: EA booth at E3 2005 - Xbox 360 - Need for Speed Most Wanted
  98. Images: Tollbooth event with decimals, Sprint race with decimals
  99. Images: Race results, Race results - opponent, Race results - player, Drag event results
  100. Image: Blacklist menu
  101. Image: Milestones menu
  102. Image: Milestones Menu 2
  103. Image: Race events menu
  104. Image: Rep Sheet menu
  105. Image: Rap Sheet menu
  106. Image: Rival Challenge menu
  107. Image: Rival Challenge menu (view car)
  108. Image: Unserved Infractions menu
  109. Image: Cost to State menu
  110. Image: Rankings menu
  111. Image: Unused Rap Sheet menu
  112. Image: Unused Event Info menu
  113. Image: Busted scene
  114. Image: Total Cost to State (PlayStation 2 demo)
  115. Images: World Map 1, World Map 2
  116. Habib Zargarpour Art Director Instagram: Habib Zargarpour (@habibzargarpour) (2020). Available at: https://www.instagram.com/habibzargarpour/


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