Edge said it sets "a new standard in open-world driving games with a seamless feast of quality", while our own Need for Speed: Most Wanted review variously described it as "ambitious", "beautiful" and "dangerously exhilarating".
The game sees you bidding to become Most Wanted by racking up Speed Points. These are earned by competing in races and other challenges, as well as by driving dangerously, so you're encouraged to ignore speed cameras, smash billboards, destroy security gates and of course, escape chasing cops.
Police will set up road blocks and lay out spike strips, and they'll even take it upon themselves to pile-in during challenges, leading to exciting three-way battles in which you attempt to take out competitors while outrunning the law.
If you're quick enough, you'll be able to breeze through a petrol station without being seen by the cops, instantly earning yourself a repair and paintjob which breaks the pursuit. See how we fared in the video below.
Need for Speed: Most Wanted is out now on Xbox 360, PS3, PC, Vita, Android and iOS. It's also headed to Wii U in 2013.