I think the original Most Wanted is the better game because I think Most Wanted is about story and getting revenge on someone, in Most Wanted 2012 this element wasn't captured. Also the city (Rockport) just seems a lot better crafted than Fairhaven. Example, Fairhaven, doesn't have the epic bridge jump Rockport had. And the minor bits MW2012 didn't have like customisation, Heat Levels that stick to a car, Sgt Cross and pursuit OST keep me coming back to the original. I am going to quote this post from the FM vs GT thread for good measure and as I think it is relevant.