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It may sound like an oxymoron statement to say “single-player co-op” but that's exactly what it is. Heck, I don't even need to explain what the trailer showcases because that's exactly what it is. Whether or not Criterion's decision to include a single-player mode with cooperative features will pay off remains to be seen, but the trailer for the Wii U is pretty slick to say the least.
As showcased in that trailer above, Criterion's focus for Need for Speed: Most Wanted U is a mix of getting casual players interacting with core gamers (or maybe two casuals playing together and having a bit of goofy fun). I can't imagine two die-hard racing sim fans playing this game in the single-player mode and using the co-op tactics, mostly because the co-op features include things like freezing traffic, disrupting the police, changing from day to night or switching out vehicles. That would probably cause more trouble for a legit racing fan than help them (or at least it would probably cause someone like myself to snatch the gamepad out of someone's hand and leave it on the floor, not to be touched while I'm racing).
Still, the Wii U version of Need for Speed: Most Wanted is actually the most visually accomplished version of the game. While a lot of media have been dogging the Wii U, the system really is a next-gen system just not quite the same as the PS4 or the upcoming whatever-it-is-Microsoft-is-going-to-call-their-next-system.
You can look for Need for Speed: Most Wanted U to launch for the Wii U next week. I don't know how you feel about buying a game that supports EA and this bad business practices, so it's a tough call between supporting the system (or brand) you love and supporting a company that seems intent on trying to damage the hobby you love.
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