Need for Speed Most Wanted Remaster
Need for Speed Most Wanted is an arcade driving videogame that came out in 2005, and was developed by EA BlackBox Games.
Are you looking for the Remaster of Underground 2? Read How to download and install Need for Speed Undeground 2: Remaster.
I recently discovered the existence of an unofficial Remaster, I wanted to try it and I liked it, that's why I thought about writing these instructions, in order to help other people to revive this masterpiece.
Table of contents
1) Download the repack
This step requires you to download unofficial and potentially illegal software. The repack is offered by DODI, who is a known cracker that distributes commercial software by removing controls on licenses (cd keys and similar). It is your only responsibility for the usage of this programs.
Of course I invite you to buy an original copy of Need for Speed Most Wanted. That said, the repack also includes the full base game, and at the moment I have not found an easy way to obtain the same result by installing the single packets on the original game. If I'll manage to do that in the future, I will surely update this article.
First of all, download the repack from DODI website, I advise you to choose the Torrent.
To download torrents I recommend you to use qBitTorrent, it is an opensource free software, a good alternative to uTorrent and BitTorrent.
I personally installed the Remaster and had no problems, so I think there are no hidden malwares. Of course I cannot give this for granted at 100%.
2) Install the Remaster
After downloading the files, run setup.exe. Then, click on the window that appears and press Up Arrow to continue.
Click on Install, then on Proceed, and select the path where you want to install the game.
You will need 2GB of free space on the disk, and the installation will need a few seconds (less than 20 for me).
3) Run the modified game
Important: you'll need to follow these steps every time you run the game, in order to play it with the new textures.
Here is how to launch the Remaster:
- Run Texmod.exe
- Search for the Speed.exe file where you installed the repack
- Click on the small folder icon and navigate to the Texture Mods folder, at the same path where the exe files are. You will some TPF files inside here, they are used to load the textures. Select them all.
- Click on Run to launch the game, it will take a couple minutes to start because it has to load all the textures
4) Update ReShade
This step is optional. It also requires some deeper knowledge about graphics and computers. If you don't like to put your hands on advanced settings, you should skip this step.
When you run the Remaster, you will notice that some text appears over the window. This is generated by ReShade.
In the case you want to have some more advanced customization options, I recommend you to download the latest release of ReShade. The source code is also available on GitHub. Basically, ReShade offers modern graphics settings to apply new visual effects on old games.
Run the program and click on Browse to search for speed.exe.
Click on Next, select DirectX 9 and install the packages you want. If you just want to update the base stuff, click on Skip. Otherwise, to install everything you can click on Uncheck all and then on Check all to select all the packages. Continue, it will take a few minutes.
In my opinion, the updated version is better because it allows you to enable many more options and find the settings that fit your preferences. At least for me, the pre-installed version from the repack was kinda dark and I did not like it much.
In case of some error messages with ReShade when you run the game, you can ignore them and play anyway. At the moment I chose not to go deeper in the details to find solutions, I think it would be a bit complicated.
Differences between the original game and the Remaster
First of all, the modified game is patched at version 1.5, while the normal installation from the CD-ROM is usually much older. Moreover, many textures have been added to improve the graphics, and you can surely spot the differences!
New cars have been added, as well as some accessories. The user interface has been redesigned.
You can find a gameplay video also on Youtube.
Here is a comparison screenshot, using the updated ReShade version (see step 4):
Good, now you can play the Remaster of Need for Speed Most Wanted!
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