Most Wanted soundtrack announced, PS2 denied online play

Tunes bursting from your race-tuned hotrod revealed. Plus: EA talks Most Wanted online mode

Burning rubber and battering the ozone layer with gushing tyre smoke and exhaust fumes while engaging in illicit street racing in your tuned-up muscle car, a wealth of beats will be blasting out your telly as you zoom around EA's Need for Speed Most Wanted. Or in other words, the publisher has just announced the game's track list which, depending on your taste in tunes, may or may not get your music motor running. And we must be officially getting old because we haven't heard of half of these. Here's the sizeable list:

Avenged Sevenfold - Blinded In Chains
Bullet For My Valentine - Hand Of Blood
Celldweller feat. Styles Of Beyond - Shapeshifter
Celldweller - One Good Reason
Dieselboy + Kaos - Barrier Break
Disturbed - Decadence
DJ Spooky And Dave Lombardo - B-Side Wins Again feat. Chuck D
Evol Intent, Mayhem & Thinktank - Broken Sword
Hush - Fired Up
Hyper - We Control
Ils - Feed The Addiction
Jamiroquai - Feels Just Like It Should (Timo Maas Remix)
Juvenile - Sets Go Up
Lupe Fiasco - Tilted
Mastodon - Blood And Thunder
Rock - I Am Rock
Static-X - Skinnyman
Stratus - You Must Follow (Evol Intent VIP)
Styles Of Beyond - Nine Thou (Superstars Remix)
Suni Clay - In A Hood Near You
T.I. Presents The P$C - Do Ya Thang
The Perceptionists - Let's Move
The Prodigy - You'll Be Under My Wheels
The Roots And BT - Tao Of The Machine (Scott Humphrey's Remix)

Meanwhile, PS2 owners hoping to take Most Wanted thrills 'n' spills racing online will be disappointed to learn that it's - reportedly - offline racing only on Sony's current-gen machine, despite online play featuring in NFS Underground and NFS Underground 2 on the console. EA Canada senior producer Larry LaPierre explained to GameSpot that "we made a conscious decision to ship the PS2 game without online gameplay, because we were not able to meet that highest standard of quality we had hoped for in this online feature."

"We have a great game in development that we're really proud of, and I'm sure we won't disappoint our Need for Speed fans," LaPierre added. He also went on to confirm that the PSP version of Most Wanted features two-player online action.

Need for Speed Most Wanted is releasing on GBA, DS, GameCube, PC, PSP, PS2 and Xbox on November 25 on these shores and of course it's an Xbox 360 launch title too.