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The Need for Speed (DOS)

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Description

Drive some of your favourite sports cars through wild and fast tracks, including the Dodge Viper, Lamborghini, Ferrari, Porsche, Corvette, Mazda RX7, Toyota Supra Turbo, and Acura NSX. Some of the tracks are open road, meaning you simply fly down a huge highway, with cops following in hot pursuit. One of the options in the game allows you to pick which time of the day to race in.

Screenshots

The Need for Speed DOS Nice but sad track
The Need for Speed DOS Crossing a long bridge on the Alpine course.
The Need for Speed DOS Top-notch vehicle artwork - the Acura NSX
The Need for Speed DOS Behind the wheel of the 911 on the scenic Coastal track.

Alternate Titles

  • "Road & Track Presents: The Need for Speed" -- Full title
  • "Road & Track Presents: Over Drivin' DX" -- Japanese PlayStation title
  • "Road & Track Presents: Over Drivin'" -- Japanese 3DO title
  • "Nissan Presents: Over Drivin' GT-R" -- Japanese Saturn title
  • "NfS" -- Common abbreviation
  • "Need 4 Speed" -- Informal title
  • "オーバードライビンGT-R" -- Japanese Saturn spelling

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User Reviews

The Groundbreaking Masterpiece that Spawned a Series SiliconClassics (843) 4.75 Stars4.75 Stars4.75 Stars4.75 Stars4.75 Stars
Not Arcade, not Simulation Daniel Saner (2472) 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars

The Press Says

Computer Games Magazine May 28, 1996 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
Electric Playground Jun 20, 1996 9 out of 10 90
PC Attack Oct, 1995 90 out of 100 90
Coming Soon Magazine Nov 30, 1995 89 out of 100 89
PC Games (Germany) Oct, 1995 85 out of 100 85
PC Player (Germany) Sep, 1995 84 out of 100 84
GameSpot May 28, 1996 8.3 out of 10 83
CD Player 1996 8 out of 10 80
Power Play Sep, 1995 69 out of 100 69
World Village (Gamer's Zone) 1995 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60

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Trivia

Extras

The Japanese Sega Saturn version of this game was supplied with a custom Nissan keyring made out of metal.

Intro animations

The game has three different FMV animations that are every time picked randomly as an intro sequence spin-offs. If you started game just a couple of times, there's a big chance you won't even notice that, as all three animations presents cars running the nature or polygons, with the same engine roar, but with the different music in the background.

Japanese Saturn version

The game's Japanese Sega Saturn version, Over Drivin' GT-R, is notable for only having Nissan vehicles (hence the Nissan Presents and the GT-R on the game's title) and apparently having different vehicle physics from every other version of the game.

Awards

  • GameStar (Germany)
    • Issue 12/1999 - #28 in the "100 Most Important PC Games of the Nineties" ranking
  • PC Player (Germany)
    • Issue 01/1996 - Best Racing Game in 1995

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MAT (70534) added The Need for Speed (DOS) on Aug 14, 2000
Other platforms contributed by Kartanym (10780) and quizzley7 (21215)