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Need for Speed Most Wanted

Cheats, Tips & Secrets for Need for Speed Most Wanted on PlayStation 2

Have a saved game file from Need For Speed: Underground 2 on your memory card to get an extra $10,000 in Career mode after the prologue.

After getting busted and taking a strike, turn off the system the next time you get pulled over. Resume the game and those strikes will be removed.

If you get busted, during the scene when the cops are wrestling you to the ground, disconnect the controller then reconnect it and you will be at the pause screen. Then, jump to safe house to not get an impound strike.

Go to the bus terminal with any Heat Level. Normally you would go left or right to take the jump or drive up the middle to take the shortcut. Instead of using the ramps to jump, stop at the apex of the ramp, then turn and drive in the middle of the walkway. Stop there and wait. The cops will not come up the ramp after you if you are in the middle of the walkway. No matter what the Heat Level, the cops will not get you and they will eventually drive away.

When completing a race, if the police radio in the car you are driving and you do not want to run from them, press Down and choose another race. Alternately, you may also jump to your safe house (must be done before you are seen or the pursuit begins). If not, you must drive to it yourself in Cool Down mode. To jump to the safe house, pause the game and press Right until seen. Additionally, upon reaching level 4 (Most Wanted) there will be a lot of police chasing you. At this level, cops are excellent at boxing you in. If you cannot move forward, use reverse for a couple of seconds to get away from the block; spin your car around and get out of there.

The best way to escape the police is to evade long enough to get into Cool Down mode, then find a hiding spot. By sticking to the cities you will find lots of Cool Down spots to sit and hide your car until the heat is off. This is also a good way to avoid helicopters which appear if your reach level 4 on your map. Another good method is to run into the triangles on your map, which mark places where you can ram into shops and other roadside items to disable the cops. Highways are good places to get blockades and strike strips which are challenges for milestones. Additionally, never respawn your car in a pursuit, as the police will always catch you.

An easy way to get away from cops at high wanted levels is to find the baseball field. Look on the map for a small triangle towards the top left. Use highways in a circle around the field to achieve your missions. Once you have gained enough bounty, city damage, roadblocks, etc., drive through an entrance to the baseball field, hitting the pursuit breaker on the way in. Make sure that you slow down some before hitting the breaker so that it does not send you through the other side of the field. Once you make it in the field, stay there and wait out the Cool Down period. The cops should be off of you and will not be able to find you. This works almost all the time to get rid of the cops. Just driving through random blockers rarely works when you are at wanted levels 4 and 5.

After upgrading your car with engines, suspension, brakes, etc., pause the game and go to "Performance Tuning". For better handling for the Lamborghini, Porsche, Corvette, and Viper, set the "Height" of you car to "-1". If you need more gripping power either take the "Height" to "-2" or set the "Aerodynamics" to "+1". If you go overboard with the performance tuning options (anything past "+3" or "-3"), the car will actually handle worse.

Defeat the indicated Blacklist Rival to win the corresponding car:

Aston Martin DB9: Blacklist Rival #7
Audi A3 3.2 Quattro: Blacklist Rival #15
Audi A4 3.2 FSI Quattro: Blacklist Rival #14
Audi TT 3.2 Quattro: Blacklist Rival #15
BMW GTR (Race version): Blacklist Rival #1
Cadillac CTS: Blacklist Rival #12
Corvette C6: Blacklist Rival #5
Corvette C6.R: Complete 100% of the game
Dodge Viper SRT 10: Blacklist Rival #6
Ford GT: Blacklist Rival #4
Lamborghini Gallardo: Blacklist Rival #6
Lamborghini Murcielago: Blacklist Rival #4
Lotus Elise: Blacklist Rival #8
Mazda RX-7: Blacklist Rival #9
Mazda RX-8: Blacklist Rival #12
Mercedes-Benz CLK 500: Blacklist Rival #8
Mercedes-Benz SL 500: Blacklist Rival #11
Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren: Blacklist Rival #3
Mitsubishi Eclipse: Blacklist Rival #14
Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution VIII: Blacklist Rival #11
Mustang GT: Blacklist Rival #12
Pontiac GTO: Blacklist Rival #10
Porsche 911 Carrera S: Blacklist Rival #7
Porsche 911 Turbo S: Blacklist Rival #5
Porsche Carrera GT: Blacklist Rival #3
Porsche Cayman S: Blacklist Rival #10
Renault Clio V6: Blacklist Rival #13
Subaru Impreza WRX STi: Blacklist Rival #9
Toyota Supra: Blacklist Rival #13
Vauxhall Monaro VXR: Blacklist Rival #10

If you win the Pinkslips to a Blacklist car, you may want to use the Blacklist car as your own and make the necessary upgrades to performance, as most of the upgrades will have been already made by the Blacklist owner. You usually do not need to spend too much money to increase the performance, handling, etc. Sometimes these cars will have upgrades that have not been unlocked yet, but most of these are usually visual. Only do this if the vehicle you have won has better attributes than the one you are currently driving in its standard mode. You can check this out in the car shop. It is a good idea to keep about three to five nice quick cars in your safehouse.

Blacklist milestones are things you need to do to rack up your bounty so you can challenge the next person on the Blacklist. Check these out so you know what you need to do to increase your points. Once the milestones are completed, you must work on increasing the points. The best way to do this is to cause as much major damage as possible by taking out police cars, traffic, and crashing through shops (for example, the donut shop and other places you will notice in the later levels). Try to rack up as much bounty and escape before your status has reached level 4. If your status is already level 4, then choose a different car for awhile until the status goes down before returning to your preferred car. Once your status hits level 4, it is harder to get into Cool Down mode to find somewhere to hide. Avoid getting caught, as you will lose the bounty you have racked up during the chase.

You can raise your bounty as much as you want and complete that part of your milestones. First get in a pursuit and then find a ledge (ex. on top of the buses at the bus station) go as closes to the end of the buses away from the up ramp as possible without falling off and without a cop following you up the ramp. Then sit there and watch the cops go crazy. It's better if your heat is 2 or up as the lower level cops will sometimes lose sight of you and you'll cool off. At higher levels though the police will hover below you ramming into each other and everything else. This destroys their vehicles which in turn raises you bounty and length of your pursuit. You can sit there as long as you like but check behind you periodically just to make sure one of them hasn't gotten smart enough to come up the ramp. The highest I've gotten off one pursuit is almost 6 million bounty.

If you are unsure which car is the best to use when upgraded, you can upgrade all the cars that are unlocked for free in the main menu. Go to "My Cars", select a car that is available, and upgrade it with the parts that are available. By doing this, you will not waste all your money in Career mode.

Get some cops to chase you, then go to the bus stop. Get on top of the buses and make sure that the front of the car is at the edge of the last bus so that the cops can see you and do not lose you. Keep looking behind you, because the cops will sometimes find a way on top of the buses. When they do get on the buses, just reverse as soon as you see them coming and push them off. Only one cop car will come on top of the bus. Do this for as long as desired. When you want to lose them, just reverse, park in the middle of the buses, and wait until your Cool Down bar fills. The cops will also drive crazy and crash into themselves, giving you extra bounty and bring up your rap sheet rankings on police vehicles immobilized and police vehicles involved.

As sosn as you get the cops on you look at your map to see where they ars coming from.Wait untill there in front of your car then spin round and if there next to you just bash the side of them Its thet easy. | Submitted by james

When you are in a race with a maximum cop probability, the police always come after you, rather than escaping the police at the end of the race, simply win the race, and press circle to restart the race, then just press start and jump to safe house. The race will be completed also. | Submitted by Ryster

Find an easy race such as a drag or something short that you can win quickly. Win the race and get the money. Go back to the safe house and start the race again. Win the race to get the same amount of money again. Repeat this process as much as desired. This is quite useful when you need that extra bit of power to defeat a Blacklist Rival, but don't have the money for a better car or parts.

Defeat one of the opponents on the blacklist. You will get two marks to use on several different things. Do not use them on the Uniques early in the game. Instead, use them on the middle or the left "Random" choices. They should usually come out to either a large cash bonus or the opponent's pink slip.

Before you can do anything, you must win the Burger King Challenge. Once you win it, you will unlock all unique parts (also called Junkman parts). Get any car and put all the parts on it except performance. Once you have your car the way you desire, go to the performance shop. Max out your car, then put the Junkman parts on. Max out your car again. Then put on the Junkman parts again. Your car should be fully upgraded now.

When you are on the peformance menu press square and it will ask do you want to upgrade your car to the max click yes. | Submitted by Luke5760

When you are challenged by VIC, you will have to beat him in two races.. In the first race right at the start, stay close to him on his right side. Then, when you see the alley way at the left side of the bridge,push him into it. It may take a bit of practise but when you get it right, he will stop movin for about 15 seconds which will give you the best advantage. | Submitted by Supremo

When you are in a race with maximum police probability, the police always show up, they pursue you still at the end of the race if u dont evade the pursuit, so simply win the race, and if the cops are still on u at the end of the race, press circle to restart the race, then simply put the game on pause, and jump to safe house. The race eill still be completed! Simple huh? | Submitted by ryster

To recieve some extra cash enter the following cheat at the start menu ,Down, Up, Left, Down, Right, Up, Square, Triangle. | Submitted by benb_cheats

Press Up(2), Down(2), Left, Right, Up, Down at the "Press Start" screen. A special marker in the back room of the One Stop Shop will be unlocked.

When you sell a car, you will only get half of its list value; however, there is a trick that works well for Pinkslips that you have won and no longer want. Take your car to the shop, then go to the parts area. Go into the body kit, spoiler, hood, rims, and roof air areas and set everything to stock. When you check out, you will see anywhere from $1,000 to $18,000, depending on what Pinkslip car you are stripping. Do not try this with performance parts. The shop will charge you money for downgrading. Once you have stripped your car of all accessories, leave and go to your safe house. Sell the car, and you will have made a lot of money on the side. Do this every time you intend to sell any car.

There are 5 heat levels in a pursuit:

1: Civic police; this is just a basic pursuit.

2: Undercover civic police: this pursuit may include some road blocks.

3: State Police; this pursuit involves roadblocks, rolling blocks and light SUV Rhinos. The units are also stronger.

4: Undercover State Police; in this pursuit state helicopters are deployed, spikes are laid down next to the roadblocks, there are rolling blocks, and there are heavy SUV Rhinos.

5: Federal Units; in this pursuit, federal helicopters are deployed which sweep down and try to you off the road. There are heavy SUV Rhinos, spikes, and rolling blocks. The units in this pursuit are very strong.

*There is also a heat level 6 but this can only be done in the last level. This consists of Sergeant Crosses street racing unit, plus some units from heat level 5 and 4.

**When you complete the game and become the most wanted, heat level 5 will consist of both the federal units and Crosses street racing unit. Crosses street racing unit look like federal units except they have carbon hoods. They will surround you and try to box you in. Cross himself drives a black corvette.

First challenge razor and beat all his races (which may take some time) then complete the persuit afterwards. Skip all the credits then customize a car, just pick anyone to try it out. You will now have 2 new spoilers, 2 new rims, 1 new hood, 13 new vinyls (can be found in unique), a new awesome gauge and a massive 8 mile circuit map.

Also if you really want to get more parts beat every other racer and choose the marker of the eye (vinyls etc.) and the other sign (which should show something like a car with new bumbers or something) and you'll get the unavailable parts you can't get in the game, these include the blacklist rivals Decals, Vinyls and if your lucky you'll get their pinckslip for their car. You can then bring that car to the garage and change the speed and look.

You start Campaign mode only being able to achieve Heat levels 1 and 2 (City Police). By defeating certain Blacklist Rivals, you can then achieve the higher Heat levels:

Heat level 3 (State Police): Defeat the Blacklist Rival #13.
Heat level 4 (Undercover State Troopers): Defeat the Blacklist Rival #9.
Heat level 5 (Federal Authorities): Defeat the Blacklist Rival #5.
Heat level 6 (Cross' Street Racin' Unit): Defeat the Blacklist Rival #1 (final level only).

After you beat the Rockport's Most Wanted level, Heat level 5 will then consist of both the Federal Authorities and Cross' Street Racin' Unit.

If you get stuck while trying to escape the cops, don't press select to reset your car, especially if the cops are next to you or even somewhere nearby. If you do this, your busted meter will skyrocket and you'll get arrested. | Submitted by streetbmx1268

The various levels of police action are as follows:

Heat Level 1: Marked patrol cars and cruisers. They mostly chase and try to run you off the road. If you have a quick car, they are not hard to get away from.

Heat Level 2: Unmarked patrol cars and cruisers, roadblocks. The police mainly try to ram you off the road and setup roadblocks. Avoid roadblocks by doing an emergency brake lock U-turn or go through them. You can get through by ramming the cars on either end of the roadblock or by going through a weak point like the sawhorse or a gap between the cars. Use Speedbreaker to see the weak point in the roadblocks and use nitrous to ram straight through. Some road blocks will not extend all the way across the road -- you can go through where they have not placed a car.

Heat Level 3: Marked GTO (Monaro) police cars, marked 4WDs (Rhinos), rolling road blocks, roadblocks. These are quicker and you need to use objects to knock down in front of them to disable them. Lead the chase with these vehicles through the cities to use knock down points (for example, the giant donut sign, etc.) to disable the vehicles and end the chase. Then, find somewhere to hide when you hit Cool Down mode. "Rhinos" will ram you from the front. Listen for the call over the police radio. You can usually see these coming on your map or on the road ahead.
Depending on which car you have, you can get away with ramming them head on. Otherwise, just use Speedbreaker again to change lanes before they ram you.

Heat Level 4: Unmarked GTO (Monaro) police cars, helicopters, spike strips. The unmarked GTOs (Monaros) usually chase in packs and are very hard to avoid. They will try to box you in by surrounding the car from the front and back and slamming the brakes to take away any room you have to escape. Avoid this by staying ahead and using the same tactics used in level 3. For the helicopters, use tunnels and underground parking lots to escape from them. When they spot you, they can radio the police to your location. Spike strips are set up usually on main roads and highways. You can see them on the map when you see only one vehicle over to left of the road not driving (i.e., pulled over). Aim for the police car and use nitrous to ram it and get away. If you hit the spike strip you will get caught.

Heat Level 5: You will not reach this level until you are at Blacklist #3. When you reach this level, all the best and toughest police come out. The helicopters get more aggressive, there are more spikes, and more belts are called in on you. You must also deal with "cross" cop Corvettes. Cross and his team will apprehend you at all cost. Like in level 4, the unmarked GTO cars will surround and box you in and hit the brakes. Corvettes will also try to use rolling road blocks. If you reach level 5, make sure you are in your fastest vehicle. You will need the nitrous.

After you've done anything like bought a new car,completed a race or milestone event or increased your bounty a lot. Save then get into a pursuit if you envade save- but if busted just except the charges then go to the main menu then go to career and load your career it will start where you was before you was in the pursuit. | Submitted by smattheo

Hitting nitrous torques the chassis back, giving the rear tires immensely more weight under the new acceleration. The end effect is that you will go straight. If your tail is sliding out or you are about to spin out of control, hit your nitrous to get straighten out. This is a great trick in combination with Speedbreaker. With the correct timing, you can take most corners at any speed.

It is critical when you get past Blacklist Member #6 to use your nitrous wisely and strategically. Instead of just holding Nitrous in desperation to get ahead, press and release it when the tachometer is about to shift to the next gear. Upon the next gear shift, continue pressing Nitrous until the next upcoming gear shift. This is a great way to cut time off your race.

Watch your tachometer when at the starting line. Get your needle in the blue right when the race starts to get a perfect launch and gain some time against your opponents.

At the start menu enter: L1, R1, R1, R1, Right, Left, Right, Down.

Get a perfect launch on your tachometer when launching from the start line to get a boost. When the needle turns blue drop the clutch and hold on.

The best start car to use until you get the Eclipse is the Cobalt SS. When you win blacklist races, try for the three "?" markers. You can get cash or the pink slip car. If you get their car, go to the safe house and sell it. You can get good money by doing this, and get unique upgrades after you start getting into the visuals (after you switch from the Cobalt). After you defeat Ming and get get his Lamborghini, it should make progressing further in the game easier. When you get his Lamborghini, go to the tuner shop and add in any upgrades needed for performance.

After beating Blacklist #8, you will have a choice to buy the Lotus Elise. At this point you should have enough money to buy it. If not, you may want sell to get enough money. Once you have the money, buy that car. It is great at road handling, and is very fast once you have maxed out its performance. Note: The stock top speed and handling do not look high at first.

When approaching a corner at a high speed, quickly assess whether or not you can get through it cleanly as fast as possible and without touching the inside or outside barriers. If you start drifting (or worse, careening out of control) toward a barrier, turn on your Speedbreaker in order to regain control via increased handling and traction. During this period of slowed time, straighten out your car and put it back into an ideal racing line. Once you are straight and driving in the correct direction, quickly turn off Speedbreaker and hit the Nitrous hard to rip out of the remainder of the corner.

Ive only done this in a Cobalt and Gallardo and most of the time I was in a pursuit when it happened so I don't know if it works on other cars or race modes. Anyway, what you do is you have push the R3 button forward (and maybe push it like a button), X button, and square button in certain order and/or a certain amount of times. Trust me it works. You'll have to
fool around with the three buttons a little bit before it works. After that is done, your car should be accerlating by itself until you either brake, or smash into something. | Submitted by Dillon

Engaging nitrous oxide shifts the weight of the car and in layman's terms, your car will attempt to straighten out. Combined with speedbreaker, it is possible to take on almost any turn without an appreciable loss of speed.

When the cops are chasing you and you want to feel like an outlaw and jump off stuff. By the shop near Point Camden, pass where the shop is and keep going. Make sure the cops are still on you of else it will be as solo party. When there is a fork in the road, take a left and just take turns and jump off ramps. There they can't have roadblocks because they have no idea where you are going. Be sure not to stop a whole lot with a lot of heat on you or else they will box you in!! | Submitted by Nick

To have unlimited nitrous enter the following cheat at the start menu ,Left, Up, Left, Down, Left, Down, Right, Square. | Submitted by benb_cheats

To have unlimited speed breaker enter the following cheat at the start menu ,Down, Right, Right, Left, Right, Up, Down, Square.

Enter at the start screen: Up, Up, Down, Down, Left, Right, Up, Down.

Enter at the start screen: Up, Down, Up, Down, Left, Right, Left, Right.

Enter at the start screen: Left, Right, Left, Right, Up, Down, Up, Down.

To unlock the Porsche Cayman press L1, R1(3), Right, Left, Right,
down at the start menu. | Submitted by benb_cheats


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