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The Need for Speed (DOS)

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MobyRank
100 point score based on reviews from various critics.
4.0
MobyScore
5 point score based on user ratings.

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 (2473) 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars

Our Users Say

Category Description MobyScore
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 4.0
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 4.2
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 4.1
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 3.9
Overall MobyScore (40 votes) 4.0


The Press Says

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90
Electric Playground
That's it. That's really the only large fault I had with this game other than the fact that there is no LAN network option. Instead you can link by way of modem, null or otherwise. From the in the car view of a Ferrari 512TR there is really no finer driving experience for those of us whose transportation budget is unlikely ever to be in the six digit range. Need for Speed so fully lives up to its promise that its really a wonder why I would ever want to play another driving game. Maybe its because the realism of Need for Speed only serves to shamefully remind me of the once irresponsible pleasures of being a 17 year old speed freak on the open roads of the plains. How I ever managed to get through that year alive and ticketless I'll never know. It would have been a whole lot safer if I had this game back then. Well maybe....
90
PC Attack
If EA could have brought the speed up a notch or two all-round (The Need For Speed being such an apt name), this could have been the best thing ever. Again.
90
Computer Games Magazine
It's nice to finally see a road racing game with a fairly realistic driving model. All we need now is a classic cars add-on. Being able to race a '66 Mustang convertible or a Hemi Barracuda would be make this great game even better. Need for Speed is final proof that Electronic Arts knows how to make the best looking games for the PC. There's a lot out there, but with titles like Magic Carpet I and MC II, USNF/MF, and now NFS in its portfolio, EA has proven that they can product games thatplay as great as they look. If you want a fun racing game with a realistic driving model, excellent frame rates, superior graphics, and detailed vehicle information without the complexity of NASCAR RACING, then Need for Speed is the game you've been looking for.
89
Coming Soon Magazine
About a year ago, Electronic Arts released The Need For Speed which quickly became one of the best games for the 3DO platform. It still remains one of our favorite games of all time, and so far we have never found a 3DO game better than NFS. We were excited to discover the PC version which is now available in the stores, but even with the extra-features included in this version, we didn't feel the same excitement we experienced with the 3DO version.
85
PC Games (Germany)
The Need for Speed zu bewerten fällt nicht ganz leicht. Sicherlich, die Grafik ist das Beste, was ich in diesem Genre bisher zu sehen bekam. Selbst eine gestandene Genre-Größe wie etwa unsere Referenz Indy Car Racing kann da nicht mehr mithalten. Für einen absoluten Top-Hit hätte die Steuerung aber ein wenig direkter und zugänglicher sein müssen. Dennoch besteht für Bleifuß-Fans überhaupt kein Anlaß, an diesem Programm vorbeizugehen.
84
PC Player (Germany)
Einzig die fehlenden Features wie Tuning, Wettereinflüsse oder ein schönerer Meisterschaftsmodus verwehren "The Need for Speed" den Spitzenplatz unter den Rennspielen. Wer aber wie ich gerne alles probiert, was die Straßenverkehrsordnung strengstens verbietet, ist hier optimal aufgehoben.
83
GameSpot
With its marvelous attention to detail, exotic course design, and straightforward gameplay, this game is a true winner. Simply put, The Need for Speed is the next best thing to owning a $200,000 sports car!
80
CD Player
Dem Flair der Traumwagen kann man sich nur schwer entziehen. Die liebevolle Grafik, das echt wirkende Fahrverhalten und der coole 3D-Sound faszinieren von Anfang an. Am deutlichsten unterscheiden sich beide Versionen in punkto Langzeitmotivation. Die drei Kurse des 3DO sind zwar komplex, doch der PC bietet vier gute Strecken mehr. Außerdem sind sowohl Wettkampfmodus als auch Modem-Option Garanten für länger anhaltenden Spielspaß, als es die weniger abwechslungsreiche 3DO-Version verspricht.
80
Computer Gaming World (CGW)
But potential bugs aside, NEED FOR SPEED is a silky smooth monument to PC racing, boasting mouth-watering graphics and fast action that refuses to be typecast as strictly arcade.
80
High Score
Spelet innehåller de flesta landsvägsvidunder man kan önska sig och det känns som en rundvandring i en herrtidning för bilfreaks. Nästan det enda jag har att opponera mig mot är att bilarna känns väldigt svajiga. Need For Speed är mycket snyggt och mycket gediget. Det är ett av de bästa racingspelen på marknaden just nu.
75
The DOS Spirit
Stamfaren til en serie som nå teller 26 forskjellige spill gjør mye rett og kan unnskyldes mye av det andre. Som en blanding av arkade-, og beinhard simulator fungerer det til tider veldig godt, selv om manglene synes godt. Det er allikevel morsomt å ta en kjøretur tilbake til en tid hvor bil-spillene fortsatt var i støpeskjeen, og ingen hadde egentlig helt peiling på hvordan de skulle se ut. Siden den gang vil mange mene at de har kommet både langt og kort, med hovedvekt på sistnevnte for de nyeste spillene i serien. Men, dette var utvilsomt starten på en asfaltbane i riktig retning, noe vi kom til å få oppleve med Need for Speed II.
69
Power Play
In der Schule stünde hier nur eine 2. Need for Speed begeistert zwar durch die perfekt recherchierten Daten, gute Sprachausgabe und Liebe zum Detail. Sitzt man allerdings erst im Auto, kommt einem das Ganze ziemlich seltsam vor. Der Radarwarner tickt, der Gegner entschwindet am Horizont, die Bullen hängen am Auspuff: genau! Need ist nichts anderes als Test Drive im SVGA-Gewand. Das wäre nicht schlimm, aber leider fehlt dem Spiel eben der Speed. Die Autos ruckeln in SVGA gelangweilt über die Pisten, die quietschenden Reifen klingen nach gequälter Katze und das Fahrgefühl ist auch nicht gerade realistisch.
60
World Village (Gamer's Zone)
It all boils down to this : this is a great title for the readers of the magazine, and for car lovers in general. If your fantasy is to drive a Diablo, then this is the title for you. But if you truly want a game for speed, you'd probably be better off with NASCAR.