Several big titles hit this week and one of them is bound to satisfy the racing fanatics.

No, it's not a simulator but it's almost guaranteed to be oodles of high-octane fun. It's Need for Speed: Most Wanted , which is essentially a NFS/ Burnout hybrid that is designed around the premise of open-world freedom.

The launch trailer is here a few days early (the game is slated to release on Tuesday) and it puts the emphasis squarely on the most appropriate feature: Hot cars. Hot cars going fast. Hot cars going fast in a variety of different locales around a really cool city. Remember, this is Criterion Games, not the team that gave you The Run ; rather, the developer responsible for the much better Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit and the awesome Burnout Paradise .

By the way, I've had the game for a day or two and the review should be ready and rarin' to go by Tuesday night…presumably. This Hurricane Sandy crap could seriously hinder me next week.