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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.


The Need for Speed DOS Overtaking the Ferrari in the Viper on the Coastal route.
The Need for Speed 3DO Shifter appears in a window when changing gears in driver's view.
The Need for Speed PlayStation Car selection
The Need for Speed PlayStation Choosing a track.

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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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The Groundbreaking Masterpiece that Spawned a Series DOS SiliconClassics (863)
Not Arcade, not Simulation DOS Daniel Saner (3237)

Critic Reviews

Coming Soon Magazine 3DO Mar, 1995 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
GamePro (US) 3DO Mar, 1995 4.5 out of 5 90
Mega Fun 3DO Jul, 1995 88 out of 100 88
Game Players PlayStation May, 1996 84 out of 100 84
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) 3DO Apr, 1995 32 out of 40 80
CD Player DOS 1996 8 out of 10 80
Video Games 3DO Mar, 1995 77 out of 100 77
CD Player 3DO 1996 7 out of 10 70
Digital Press - Classic Video Games 3DO Jun 27, 2006 7 out of 10 70
Oldies Rising 3DO Aug 06, 2008 13 out of 20 65


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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.


  • 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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