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Title Screen Codes
Some codes can be entered using the PS2 controller buttons on the title screen to produce different effects in-game:
Up, Up, Down, Down, Left, Right, Up, Down - Unlocks the Junkman engine part
Left, Right, Left, Right, Up, Down, Up, Down - Unlocks Syntec Ford GT
Up, Down, Up, Down, Left, Right, Left, Right - Unlocks Burger King Challenge
Up, Down, Up, Down, Left, Right, Left, Right - Unlocks Castrol Ford GT
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These cars can be unlocked by finishing a certain criteria:
Aston Martin DB9 - Beat Blacklist Boss #7
Audi A3 3.2 Quattro - Beat Blacklist Boss #15
Audi A4 3.2 FSI Quattro - Beat Blacklist Boss #14
Audi TT 3.2 Quattro - Beat Blacklist Boss # 15
BMW GTR (Race version) - Beat Blacklist Boss #1
Cadillac CTS - Beat Blacklist Boss #12
Chevrolet Cobalt SS - Automatic
Corvette C6 - Beat Blacklist Boss #5
Corvette C6.R - Complete 100% of the game
Dodge Viper SRT 10 - Beat Blacklist Boss #6
Fiat Punto - Automatic
Ford GT - Beat Blacklist Boss #4
Lamborguini Gallardo - Beat Blacklist Boss #6
Lamborguini Murciélago - Beat Blacklist Boss #4
Lexus IS300 - Automatic
Lotus Elise - Beat Blacklist Boss #8
Mazda RX-7 - Beat Blacklist Boss #9
Mazda RX-8 - Beat Blacklist Boss #12
Mercedes-Benz CLK 500 - Beat Blacklist Boss #8
Mercedes-Benz SL 500 - Beat Blacklist Boss #11
Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren - Beat Blacklist Boss #3
Mitsubishi Eclipse - Beat Blacklist Boss #14
Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution VIII - Beat Blacklist Boss #11
Mustang GT - Beat Blacklist Boss #12
Pontiac GTO - Beat Blacklist Boss #10
Porsche 911 Carrera S - Beat Blacklist Boss #7
Porsche 911 Turbo S - Beat Blacklist Boss #5
Porsche Carrera GT - Beat Blacklist Boss #3
Porsche Cayman S - Beat Blacklist Boss #10
Renault Clio V6 - Beat Blacklist Boss #13
Subaru Impreza WRX STi - Beat Blacklist Boss #9
Toyota Supra - Beat Blacklist Boss #13
Vauxhall Monaro VXR - Beat Blacklist Boss #10
Volkswagen Golf GTI - Automatic
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If you have Need for Speed: Underground 2 save file on your PS2 memory card, you can start the game with extra $10000.
You can get easy money by doing short and easy races such as the drag race. Win the race and get the money. Then enter a safehouse and start the race again. If you won the race, you will receive the same amount of money as the first race you done. You can repeat this as many times as you want.
Every time you defeat one opponent on the blacklist, you will get two marks usable by your choice. Do not use them on Uniques when you are early in game. Instead, use them on the middle or the left "Random" choices. Usually, they will come out as a large cash bonus or a pink slip of the opponent.
You can get easy money by selling a car. Before you sell a car, go to a One-Stop Shop and reset all the exterior body parts. You will get credit as the result of the trade-in for the custom parts, and when you sell the car on the Safe House, the car's value won't be decreased.
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Levels of Police Action
There are a total of five levels of police actions in Need for Speed: Most Wanted. Here are what the police would do in each levels:
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.
Heat Level 6: Same as Heat Level 5, but consist of both the Federal Authorities and Cross' Street Racin' Unit.
Each police heat will be unlocked after certain events in-game:
- Heat Level 3 (State Police): Defeating Blacklist Rival #13
- Heat Level 4 (Undercover State Troopers): Defeating Blacklist Rival #9
- Heat Level 5 (Federal Authorities): Defeating Blacklist Rival #5
- Heat Level 6 (Cross' Street Racin' Unit): Defeating Blacklist Rival #1