When you say Need for Speed or NFS everybody knows exactly what you are talking about, a very popular racing game in which you are racing with different types of cars, well at least this is what my parents think this game is about. So I decided that I’m going to make it loud and clear for everybody what this games are about, and how should I do that instead of talking about the game’s history. Here we have a list of all Need for Speed (PC, Xbox and PS) games that were released over the years.
1. Need for Speed (1994)
This is the first installment in the series and where all of it began, with the developers trying to achieve a perfect and realistic simulation of the car’s handling system. The game was available for PC(DOS) and for 3DO, Saturn and PlayStation 1 consoles.
2. Need for Speed II (1997)
This game is the first game that had rare and concept cars and you were racing through different tracks around continents like: Europe, Australia, Asia and North America. This game was also the first one that allowed the races to drive off track and take shortcuts. The game was available for PC(Microsoft) and PS1.
3. Need for Speed III: Hot Pursuit (1998)
A new approach was added where the player could either race as a driver of play as a cop pursuing and trying to arrest street racers, this game was definitely a step forward and it also had audio commentary and allowed the players to download additional cars from the official website. The game was available for Windows and PS1.
4. Need for Speed: High Stakes/ Road Challenge (1999)
Finally Need for Speed had a monetary system and car damage, and you were also able to customize your car and participate in other types of racing modes such as: Getaway, Time Trap and a Career mode which was more or less a tournament in which you were involved and you were rewarded with cash for the race events that you have won.
5. Need for Speed: Porsche Unleashed (2000)
At that time the developers have praised the game for having the most accurate handling system that was as close as the real one and goal of the game was to race different Porsche cars and unlock them in a chronological order from 1950 to 200. There was also a Factory Drive mode where the player had to test Porsche cars in order to progress. The game was available for Windows and PS1.
6. Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit II (2002)
This was my favourite NFS game that I have played while growing up and it was nothing like the previous games, with far better improved graphics and design this game was revolutionary even though its title says that it’s a sequel. And all of this playing as either a cop or a racer, and playing as a cop was far more realistic than before, meaning that it was much harder to perform an arrest. And to top all of that the game finally had licenced songs from real artist and an awesome intro which I encourage you to watch on youtube, or to play the game because it’s one of those game that you do not want to miss out on! It was also the first NFS game available for Xbox and PS2
7. Need for Speed: Underground (2003)
This is the game that raised the bar and made the series more popular than before being highly inspired from real life street racing and allowing you to tune your car however you want with much more in depth customization options and new race modes such as Drift, Drag or Sprint. The game also does not have any cops and it’s the first game featuring the Nitrous. This game is definitely one of my favourite NFS games. Also it was the first game that had a story that was told through pre-rendered video cutscenes.
8. Need for Speed: Underground 2 (2004)
The same idea was kept from the previous game, only now you had a better story and an open world in which you were able to roam freely. The game featured even more in depth customization options and it also had SUVs. The game also included the “outrun” mode where you were challenging other drivers to a race and you were playing “tag”, whoever managed to lose the other driver won the battle.
9. Need for Speed: Most Wanted (2005)
Now this is what I call a real NFS game, this was and still is my favourite Need For Speed game and it had the best story of them all. Also the cops have returned and they are on your tail more than ever. The story involves you challenging and competing against 15 drivers that are on a Blacklist, but what am I saying here? I don’t need to explain anything because you definitely have to play this game! If you don’t then you are missing out on what’s likely to be one of the best NFS games out there.
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