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Need for Speed: High Stakes

User Reviews

The best racing game I have ever played, bar none. Windows Trixter (8736)
EXCELLENT!!! Best in the series! Windows Andrew Taylor (8)
The premier road racing game on the market today! Windows Rick Jones (108)
What NFS3: Hot Pursuit should have been Windows Kasey Chang (3654)

Our Users Say

Platform Votes Score
PlayStation 16 3.6
Windows 47 3.7
Combined MobyScore 63 3.7


The Press Says

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100
WindowsComputer Gaming World (CGW)
NEED FOR SPEED: HIGH STAKES is a racing enthusiast’s dream. With a new financial model, new exotic cars, over a dozen tracks, and more racing modes than a Ferrari has gears, this game truly has something for everyone. Sporting an absolutely beautiful engine that is balanced nicely between arcade and simulation, NFS:HS is a blast to drive. With a number of new single- and multiplayer enhancements, it’s easily the best version yet of this stellar racing series.
91
PlayStationGamezilla
I would have to say that if you enjoy racing games that you will not be disappointed with this one. It is very well done. The overall graphics, gameplay and realism are as good as any racing game I have seen for the Sony PlayStation, and it’s a lot of fun too. Electronic Arts has also done a great job of adding plenty of different racetracks and options to keep the game fresh for quite a long time.
91
PlayStationAbsolute Playstation
The forth in the NFS series (we won't count that NFS Rally game) may possibly be the best as it takes the prior three and improves or adds to them in almost every possible way. The game is action packed and has a ton of options and driving modes for your enjoyment. The graphics are absolutely stunning, but lose a few points for a quirky frame rate and lack of spectacular lighting, but damn they sure are perdy! The sound effects are the best in the series and the music is nice driving rock that fits in perfectly with the game. Basically, unless you are a corpse it will definitely get your blood pumping and your motor running. Chalk up another one for the NFS series. If you like driving games, you owe it to yourself to at least check this one out!
91
PlayStationGame Revolution
Need For Speed: High Stakes is a riot of a racer. In my books, it rates as the best racer on the PlayStation. For diehard simulation fans, Gran Turismo is still the king. High Stakes has many sim elements but it’s definitely a mesh with arcade. However, as many may know, Gran Turismo ain’t much in the way of thrilling action or multiplayer (It’s not extremely fast and there are no real crashes or damage). In the end, High Stakes is just more fun.
90
WindowsSpel för Alla
Jag saknar fortfarande lite mer liv i landskapet som bitvis känns statiskt, musiken kunde ha varit bättre liksom vissa av de grafiska effekterna. Men NFS4 är ett väldigt bra och väl genomarbetat. Frågan är bara om ägare av NFS3 tycker att det är värt att betala fullt pris för något som egentligen inte är mer än NFS3 med några extra funktioner. Spelet kunde gott sålts till reducerat pris som en uppgradering till dem som redan har NFS3. För er som inte har det är NFS4 definitivt värt pengarna.
90
PlayStationFreak
בקלות אחד מהמירוצים הטובים ביותר למכשיר. מתחרה מכובד לגראנד טוריסמו 2 הבא עלינו לטובה בימי חיינו. אמן.
90
WindowsJeuxvideo.com
Need For Speed: Conduite en Etat de Liberté ne surprend pas vraiment. Comme les précédents, c'est un excellent jeu, à la qualité et aux graphismes irréprochables... Déconseillé aux inconditionnels de réalisme, mais fortement conseillé à tous les amateurs de courses style "arcade".
89
WindowsGamer's Pulse
After that, you may be wondering if the game is worth it. While Need for Speed: High Stakes could do with some tuning, it usually succeeds at firing on all cylinders. The three times the game froze were over a playing period of close to eighty hours, so they weren't frequent enough to stop my enjoyment of all the things that are good about this game. Enhanced career and "Hot Pursuit" modes, "High Stakes" challenges, damage modelling, and a host of new tracks and cars more than make up for it. If you like your cars fast and exotic, you can't get a better rush. Once again, Electronic Arts has hit the mark and upped the ante for all other arcade racers on the PC.
89
WindowsGaming Entertainment Monthly
If you're a gamer who has a console, maybe the one made by Sony that starts with a P, you've might of rented or even purchased the version that was released to the console market about three months ago. EA usually puts in some new features in the PC version. This is also why they aren't released simultaneously. About the only new features included in the PC version over the PSX version is the new modes of pursuit and much better graphics (playing in 800x600 mode compared to 320x200, there is just no comparison!). It's not really worth the money to purchase the PC version of NFS:HS if you already own the PSX as there just isn't enough new features worthy to distinguish the two.
88
PlayStationIGN
In the end, High Stakes is a well-rounded package. It's got tremendous competitive spirit, and enough changes (10 international tracks) and alterations to earn hard-core gamers' respect. It's still not the top tog out there, but with that especially killer Porsche license (that no one else seems to have), drivers who dig on speeding around in a 911 at 150-plus miles per hour are going to simply wet themselves.

87
PlayStationMega Fun
Ich weiß, ich weiß. Diejenigen unter euch, denen Rennspiele am Allerwertesten vorbeigehen, werden bald das große Gähnen bekommen und sich fragen, wann die Flut an Titeln in diesem Segment abflaut. Nun, so wie es scheint, nicht allzu bald, denn wenn Rennspiele weiterhin eine solche Qualität haben wie Need for Speed: Brennender Asphalt, dann sehe ich für euch schwarz. Verblüffend ist dabei der Umstand, dass der Spielspaß nicht durch eine phänomenale Technik entsteht, sondern vielmehr dank der vielen Modi und authentischen Fahrzeuge. Besonders hat mir die Meisterschaft mit Sparfunktion gefallen, die euch immer wieder zu einer neuen Runde motiviert, sowie der Hot-Pursuit-Wettstreit mit der Polizei, dessen Gameplay schon fast kriminell genial ist. Leider fehlt es der Engine etwas an Rasse und Klasse, so dass eine Killer-Wertung à la Ridge Racer Type 4 oder Gran Turismo verwehrt bleibt.
87
PlayStationGameSpot
All in all, Need for Speed: High Stakes is a great driving game, but a few of the game's smaller problems keep it from being all that it could be. The inability to call for backup in two-player hot pursuit games is completely unforgivable and keeps the gameplay score from being even higher. The framerate problems and generally pixelated appearance of the game simply show the age of the PlayStation. I, for one, hope the next NFS game appears on a system that can handle a complete graphical overhaul.
86
WindowsPC Gameplay (Benelux)
Als eindconcluse durf ik gerust te zeggen dat geen enkele gamer met een liefde voor racgames teleurgesteld zal zijn na het spelen van NFS Road Challenge. Liefhebbers van exotische sportauto's zouden het spel feitelijk al moeten gekocht hebben want de volledige uitleg bij alle wagens, de vele foto's en de prestatietabellen zijn een must voor elke autofreak.
86
WindowsPower Unlimited
Need for Speed High Stakes zal de fans ondanks enkele minpunten zeker bekoren. Vooral de Career mode en de mogelijkheid je wagen te verliezen, maken de razendsnelle serie nog uitdagender dan hij al was.
86
WindowsGameSpot
In essence, Need for Speed: High Stakes is Need for Speed III with car damage, a new career mode, new cars, and new tracks. It plays like its predecessor but just has so many more extras. If you already own Need for Speed III, you have to decide whether those new features are worth the asking price. But if you don't have Need for Speed III, then this will be a rare treat among PC racing games. You'll enjoy the graphics, the fast gameplay, and the plethora of cars and tracks at your disposal.
85
WindowsPC Player (Germany)
Nach wie vor ist NfS ein leicht zugänglicher Actionrenner mit unvergleichlichem Edel-Appeal. Was jetzt noch dazukommt, ist ein weitaus besseres Fahrgefühl. Es gibt sicher eine Menge Simulationsfans, die den dritten Teil links liegen ließen. Ich empfehle auch dieser Gruppe, einen neuen Versuch zu wagen. Die Wagen agieren dank der zugänglichen Steuerung sehr vorhersehbar und lassen sich genau kontrollieren, selbst kleine Drifts sind möglich. Wer hätte das von diesem Spiel erwartet? Da auch die Computerintelligenz gestiegen ist, dürften sogar Profis Wochen brauchen, bis sie alle Zusatzwagen und Strecken kennen.
85
WindowsGamesmania
Wer braucht NFS 4? Wer als Fan der Serie Teil 3 noch nicht hatte, sollte zugreifen, zumal hier auch die Autos und Strecken des Vorgängers integriert sind. Wer NFS 3 schon hat, überlegt sich: Rechtfertigen neue Autos und Strecken sowie einige Detailänderungen einen Neukauf? Grundsätzlich Neues wie beim letzten Mal (Polizei-Verfolgsungsjagden) fehlt diesmal nämlich. Wer viel Wert auf eine realistische Steuerung legt, ärgert sich mit TOCA 2 oder Colin McRae Rallye weniger. Als Arcade-Racer für Zwischendurch taugt NFS 4 aber auch wieder nicht, dafür ist der Schwierigkeitsgrad zu hoch. Wer ein Rennspiel sucht, das den Adrenalinausstoß ankurbelt, das halbwegs realistisch ist, das mit eingeschaltetem Force Feedback nicht schlechter spielbar, sondern spaßiger wird und das nicht nach einem Tag beherrscht und durchgespielt ist, der sollte tatsächlich zu NFS 4 greifen. Unterm Strich jedoch kein Rennspiel für jeden Geschmack.
85
WindowsGameStar (Germany)
Leute, macht mich nicht arbeitslos. Was soll der Kritiker noch kritisieren, wenn seine Meckerliste vom letzten Teil komplett abgearbeitet wurde? Der clevere Karrieremodus ist ein Wundermittel gegen Selbstzweck-Langeweile und drückt aufs Motivations-Gaspedal. Endlich gibt’s auch sichtbare Schäden mit dezenten Auswirkungen aufs Fahrverhalten. All diese Verbesserungen ruhen auf der soliden Modellplattform, die seit mehreren Need-for-Speed-Generationen für Spaß sorgt. Das Spielgefühl schnurrt zufrieden zwischen Action und Simulation dahin.
85
WindowsAbsolute Games (AG.ru)
Перечитал я еще раз свой обзор, и подумал — что же это я вам такое насоветовал? Если вы фанат NFS3 — вам будет интересно в NFS4 играть, а если нет — тем более, узнаете, что из себя сериал представляет. Получается, что разработчики, слегка доработав хорошую игру, получили идеал, который всем понравится? Или нет?..
85
PlayStationPower Unlimited
Als EA ervoor zorgt dat ze elke keer weer een hoop nieuwe onderdelen kunnen verwerken zals ze dat nu in NFS: Road Challenge gedaan hebben, zie ik ze er over een paar jaar met grootst gemak nog wel een deel acht uitkakken. Prima racegame, hoor.
82
WindowsPC Gamer
It's good to know that whenever we feel the need, EA is right there to provide the speed.
80
PlayStationAdrenaline Vault, The (AVault)
There are a lot of racing titles out for the PlayStation right now, and a good many of them aren’t worth the CDs they’re burned onto. Every once in a while, however, one will come along that proves to racing fans everywhere that improvements are still being made and that the bar is constantly being raised. Need For Speed: High Stakes is one of those games, and even if you’re not usually a fan of these types of games, I would strongly recommend you give it a look. You certainly won’t be disappointed.
80
PlayStationSpel för Alla
I de mer lagliga hastighetstävlingarna kan du vinna pengar och uppgradera din bil. Dags att dra på sig bilhandskarna och veva ner rutan. Känn fartvinden!
80
PlayStationSvenska PlayStation Magasinet
NFS Road Challenge är ett mycket spelbart spel. Men det kan inte tävla med Ridge Racer Type 4.
80
WindowsCyberJoy
Pod względem liczby torów i samochodów, być może znajdziemy lepsze wyścigi, ale NFS High Stakes ustala nowy standard. Ze względu na łatwe sterowanie, przepiękną grafikę i wciągającej zabawę, której nie znajdziemy gdzie indziej, w tej chwili są to najlepsze wyścigi na PeCeta.
80
WindowsFiringSquad
Need for Speed: High Stakes is everything that NFS 3 should have been. The damage model and career play mode are great additions to an already great series of titles. They're fun and they give the player more of a feeling of involvment in the game, instead of just popping in for a quick lap or two. There are minor irritants in the game, such as not being able to go outside the course (not the focus of the game, so you probably won't ever be able to), and having to have one CD per multiplayer opponent. However, none of this stuff detracts from the fact that High Stakes is a great game, and as I said, a must-buy for anyone who's a fan of racing titles, or even just of gaming in general.
80
WindowsJeuxVideoPC.com
Il y a des gens qui n’ont pas la toute dernière carte graphique à 700 euros. Il y a des gens qui n’achètent pas la toute dernière bombe sortie en magasin. C’est d’ailleurs pour cela qu’existent les jeux en gamme budget...
75
PlayStationCincinnati Enquirer
Minor problems aside, High Stakes is an excellent racer for the virtual jet-setter. The wealth of cars, tracks and game modes deliver an exciting and re-playable driving experience.
75
PlayStationSuper Play
En inte helt lyckad uppföljare till Hot Pursuit.
75
WindowsIGN
Need for Speed: High Stakes isn't a bad game. It's the Ford Taurus of software, providing reliable, honest workmanship with a nice interior and some good standard options -- it's just that some people will be looking for a Ferrari, or at least a rocket-strapped VW Bug to bring up the pulse a bit. The outside shell has been honed to perfection by EA, but it feels as if they forgot about adding a fuel-injected engine under the hood. It looks like a racer, but all too often it ends up driving like a sedan.
70
WindowsAdrenaline Vault, The (AVault)
This latest installment in the NFS series is not at all shabby, with great graphics and sound effects, but, to be candid, I must say I was disappointed. If you do not own Hot Pursuit, then it would be worthwhile to purchase this sequel; however, if you already own it, then I do not see any compelling reason to splurge on this one. I can already tell this review is going to generate some controversy, as several people I have talked to love this title, and for gamers just expecting incremental improvements, I am sure they will not be let down. But for those of us hoping for a big leap forward, this latest installment will not give you the adrenaline boost you crave.