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Need for Speed III: Hot Pursuit

MobyRank MobyScore
PlayStation
85
2.8
Windows
89
3.8

User Reviews

The cops are back!! And they brought the fun with them!! Windows Zovni (9360)
In a word... stunning. Windows Steve Hall (322)
This raises racing to a new echelon of excitement. Windows Trixter (8736)

Our Users Say

Platform Votes Score
PlayStation 18 2.8
Windows 67 3.8
Combined MobyScore 85 3.6


The Press Says

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100
WindowsComputer Gaming World (CGW)
What distinguishes NFS III from other arcade racing games— besides the sheer visceral thrills— is just how realistic it feels. The combination of near-photorealistic graphics with a relatively accurate and detailed physics model really captures the experience of high-speed road racing. During the time I was writing this review I went driving in the mountains. As I cruised along narrow, twisting roads, I kept thinking about how much the experience reminded me of playing NEED FOR SPEED III—at least as far as handling the car went. I wasn’t being chased by the police, and I wasn’t pushing my Lamborghini much past 60 mph. Okay, so I don’t own a Lamborghini. But after playing this game, I sure wish that I did.
100
WindowsGameGenie
Overall, this is a serious contender for racing game of the year. Excellent graphics mixed with a killer soundtrack. Not forgetting the Gameplay, Need for Speed III has all the ingredients. Now it's time to get cooking.
100
WindowsGame Revolution
The fun just keeps going and going and going. This is the best racing game I have played this year if not the best racing game I have ever played in my life. It's got everything: 13 great cars, 8 really cool tracks, excellent play modes, jaw dropping graphics kick ass production values. it just brings a tear to my eye. This game is very nearly perfect and if you like PC Racing in all its infinite glory, you must get this game. Feel the need I say! Feel the need! If you don't, you are either a communist, or a pig.
98
WindowsGamezilla
If you are considering buying a racing game this year, it should be Need For Speed 3! The NFS series has continually dominated the “street car” racing genre ever since its inception. I own all three of the NFS games and I even still play the first one. EA has made a very good reputation for itself with this franchise and will probably continue it with a fourth installment. So if you’ve got the money laying about, go to the damn store and BUY THIS GAME!!!
96
WindowsCyberJoy
NFS3 przeznaczony jest dla wszystkich, nawet totalni przeciwnicy wyścigów na pewno spędzą z tą grą parę ładnych godzin. W chwili obecnej wyścigi EA wyprzedziły konkurencję z prędkością jaką osiągają superszybkie samochody i pozostawiły ją daleko w tyle.
91
PlayStationGame Revolution
Wow! What a great game I've landed in. The graphics are great, the controls are easy to master, and the tracks have tons of hidden roads, decoys, and surprises to keep you on your toes. Going head to head against your friends is still quite fun despite the split screen feature. Running from the cops, who in fact prove to be very skilled at catching you if you're not willing to push the limits, is perhaps the best part of any racing game I've seen yet. Best if all, its just fun to play! Need For Speed 3: Hot Pursuit is certainly among the best racing games to hit the market yet.
91
PlayStationThe Video Game Critic
NFS3 has a load of options including varying weather conditions and police cars which make the races a lot more interesting. The pumping background music is outstanding. If I had one reservation, it would be with the so-so framerate. Even so, Need For Speed 3 did a fine job of rejuvenating the series.
91
WindowsSvenska PC Gamer
Kombinationen av häftiga bilar och intressanta banor gör att NFS3 blir en rolig upplevelse.
90
WindowsAdrenaline Vault, The (AVault)
Need for Speed III is a real winner, with the best car racing graphics around and no major areas of letdown. Although in my view this game is clearly the top arcade car racing game right now, Electronic Arts will not be able to afford to relax, be self-congratulatory, and rest on its laurels for long because new challenges, in the form of Ubi Soft’s Speed Busters, Accolade’s Test Drive 5, Digital Illusions’ Motorhead (still not out in the United States), Melbourne House’s Dethkarz, and Ratbag’s Powerslide, are right around the corner. The race among these companies to develop the best PC racing game is almost as much fun to watch as the race among the cars for first place in Need for Speed III. Nonetheless, there is no question in my mind that this game deserves a Reviewer’s Choice Award.
90
WindowsAttack Games
En del missar drar dock ned helhetsbetyget. Att bilarna mer verkar flyta över vägen än köra på den sänker körkänslan. Du behöver inte kämpa speciellt mycket för hålla dig kvar på vägen. Lite mer utmanande körning hade inte skadat. En annan sak som stör mig är att det inte uppstår några skador på bilarna. Även om du voltar runt är det bara att köra vidare utan så mycket som en skråma. Men det jag kanske saknar mest är att det förutom i Hot Pursuit-läget inte finns några irriterande söndagsbilister som står i vägen för din framfart. Trots dessa invändningar vågar jag nog påstå att NFS3 är ett av de bästa bilspelen just nu.
90
PlayStationPSM
Being chased by the intelligent computer-controlled cops while dodging a road full of traffic is easily one of the most white-knuckle events in racing games to date. Combine this with some of the best track designs ever, which include plenty of shortcuts and secrets, and you have one of the best racers anywhere. The only complaint that actually prevents NFS3 from getting a full five stars is the chopper two-player split-screen mode. it just isn't up to the quality of the rest of the game-a big disappointment. As a one-player game, however, it could be the pinnacle of the genre.
90
PlayStationGame Players
The one thing noticeably absent in all previous version of Need For Speed is, ironically enough, speed. This series started off on the 3DO and has since moved over to the PlayStation and PC, but every single year, the game came out with all the options and potential and a complete lack of speed. With Need For Speed III: Hot Pursuit, EA seems to have finally figured out how to maximize performance on the PlayStation. The variety of cars, tracks, conditions, and modes make NFS III one of the best racing games on any system and a suitable alternative to Gran Turismo.
90
WindowsAll Game Guide
Need for Speed III: Hot Pursuit is a great game because of the ability to play as the police and take part in multiplayer games. Take away those two modes and you have a basic racing game with great graphics.
90
PlayStationAbsolute Playstation
A truly awesome driving game with everything thrown in except for the kitchen sink (and a dash view...errrr). You get a stable of incredible cars, wonderfully designed tracks and immersive gameplay thanks to some of the best sound effects ever to grace a console racer. I'll tell ya, I wasn't looking forward to another NFS title but was damn glad to see this one on my Playstation. I know a lot of people out there are waiting for Gran Tourismo to get released but to be honest, NFS III offers enough different types of racing modes and thrills that it will stand on its own and actually compliment GT very well. It's a very solid, competent racer.
90
WindowsAbsolute Games (AG.ru)
В период бесконечного клонирования игр, выпуска так называемых продолжений , полного отсутствия свежих идей было тревожно за третью часть хорошего игрового сериала. Страхи оказались беспочвенными — безусловно, игра удалась и как продолжение серии, и как самостоятельный продукт. Ее найдут интересной как фанаты предыдущих частей, так и вновь открывающие для себя безумный мир скоростей и гонок без тормозов — мир NEED FOR SPEED.
90
WindowsComputer Games Magazine
When all is said and done, Need for Speed III is one helluva racing game. Once in a blue moon, a game comes along that seems to have just done almost everything right, and this is one of them. If you want to hop into a Formula 1 car and race on a realistic road course look elsewhere, but if you've ever wanted to dodge the cops at 170MPH in a Ferrari, Aston Martin, or a Lamborghini, this is the game to own.
90
WindowsFiringSquad
Need For Speed 3 is an excellent arcade-style racing game with smooth, beautiful graphics and several fun driving modes. It's challenging, but it's a little lacking on the physics model and severely lacking on the sound engine. Nevertheless, it kept me here playing for several nights, even after I'd taken all of my screenshots and written the review. I highly recommend NFS for anyone who's into racing games.
89
WindowsPC Games (Germany)
Warum nur verspüre ich seit der ersten Preview-Version so ein verräterisches Zucken im rechten Fuß? Liegt es an der superben 3D-Grafik oder an den Testosteron-schwangeren Supersportwagen? Sind es die quietschfidelen Strecken oder der anarchistische Pursuit-Modus? Wahrscheinlich ist es die lockere Mischung aus Ernst und Gaudi, die Blitzlicht-Frevler ebenso fasziniert wie Neureiche das schwarze Pferdchen auf italienisch-gelbem Grund. Die genialen Duelle mit der Polizei sind die beste Erfindung seit der Verwendung leichtbekleideter Blondinen auf Autozubehör-Katalogen, abgesehen vom unerreichten Mehrspieler-Modus. Need for Speed 3 ist immer noch keine richtige Simulation, doch wen stört's, wenn der Tritt aufs CLK-Gaspedal genauso beglückt wie das Finden eines Parkplatzes in der Nürnberger Fußgängerzone?
89
WindowsGameSpot
I don't usually play racing games on the PC. Either they're pale imitations of the arcade and console racers, or they're boring 50-lap simulations. I mean, why play Need for Speed II and Test Drive 4 on the PC when I can play Super GT in the arcade and Gran Turismo on the PlayStation? For ages, I told friends that the PC had nothing on the arcade, even venerable classics like Daytona and Sega Rally. Well, I think I'm going to be eating crow for the next few weeks... and loving it. Not only is the latest Need for Speed miles ahead of the last NFS game, but it approaches (and dare I say surpasses?), the best of the consoles in terms of sheer fun and speed.
88
WindowsCincinnati Enquirer
Need for Speed III is by far the most fun racing game on the market right now, and the learning curve is non-existent. Best of all, my wife cranks up the speakers and tries to beat my best time, and my daughter always wants a turn. Ah, familial harmony. I only wish it would endure past the last lap!
87
WindowsGame Over Online
In any case, though, despite all the whining and the whimpering that you may, or may not, have noticed above, NFS3 is a great game. It's still not as good as the original NFS, but it's so much better than NFS2 that it almost makes up for the difference. It's incredibly fun to play, the multiplayer modes are a blast with high-speed chases, police chatter and a great music soundtrack. This is definitely one of the better titles of '98. If you're willing to forgo the sometimes-annoying glitches, which, I'm sure, can be eventually patched, definitely pick this one up.
86
WindowsPower Unlimited
Need For Speed 3 is op een groot aantal terreinen sterk verbeterd. Er zijn nieuwe onderdelen bijgekomen, de tegenstanders zijn slimmer en de circuits zijn mooi en behoorlijk lang. Helaas kunnen de auto's nog steeds niet kapot en van de baan razen is er ook niet bij. Desondanks blijven bij mij toch de positieve aspecten hangen. NFS 3 is een geduchte concurrent voor andere race-games.
86
WindowsPC Action
Ich krieg‘ Dich, Weidhase! Platz da, Fränkel! Herr Müller, helfen Sie doch mal! Mist, jetzt ist der Diablo wieder entwischt! Der Mehrspieler-Modus Marke Räuber und Gendarm gehört zum Besten und Spaßigsten, was das Genre zu bieten hat. Hier ein paar Krähenfüße, dort eine geschickte Straßensperre – da lacht das Sadistenherz und rast nach der Bildschirmsitzung ganz ungeniert in die nächste Radarfalle. Doch auch für Einzelspieler hat NFS3 viel zu bieten: Atemberaubende Optik, besseres Streckendesign und intelligentere Computergegner: ein Quantensprung im Vergleich zum Vorgänger. Der PS-Protz hat zur Zeit die Qual der Motorenwahl. Mit Colin McRae Rally, Nice 2, Grand Prix Legends, Racing Simulation 2 oder Motocross Madness steht viel hochwertiges Blechspielzeug im Händlerregal. Need For Speed 3 fügt sich da nahtlos ein, letztlich muß also Ihre persönliche Vorliebe entscheiden.
85
PlayStationJeuxvideo.com
Quelques mois après la sortie de Gran Turismo, Electronic Arts gratifie la Playstation d'un autre jeu de courses de grande qualité. Tenant compte des critiques faites à l'encontre de Need for Speed deuxième du nom, l'éditeur a su réagir avec un troisième opus qui marque le retour de la police, pour le plus grand bonheur des aficionados de la série. Mention spéciale d'ailleurs à l'IA des forces de l'ordre, plus vraie que nature.
85
WindowsGamesmania
Übrigens: Das Fahrmodell entspricht der altbewährten Need for Speed-Tradition und verzichtet weitestgehend auf spielerische Gemeinheiten wie allzu starkes Schleudern in den Kurven. Das kommt Einsteigern entgegen, die Spieltiefe von Bleifuß Rally oder Colin McRae-Rally wird bei weitem nicht erreicht. Letztlich entscheidet hier vor allem der persönliche Geschmack - schnelle Erlernbarkeit und optische Höhepunkte sprechen für das EA-Spiel. Angesichts der künftig steigenden Spritkosten kann man sich natürlich auch einen 3-Liter-VW zum Fahren und beide Games zum Rasen kaufen.
83
WindowsPower Play
Schon die ersten beiden Teile von Need for Speed hatten etwas Kultiges. Von Anfang an konnten sie sich gegen die Bleifuss-Reihe durchsetzen und bestachen durch realistischeres Fahrverhalten der Autos. Leider waren auch die Systemanforderungen schon immer recht heftig. Durch den Einsatz von 3Dfx wurde das schon bei NFS-II SE verbessert, und NFS-III kommt nun mit den gleichen Resourcen bei noch mehr Grafik-Raffinessen aus. Was hier an Landschafts- und Fahrzeugdetails geboten wird, sucht seinesgleichen — einige Patzerchen mal ausgenommen. Bemerkenswert sind all die Kleinigkeiten, die erst auffallen, wenn sie wirklich da sind: Gewitter mit Blitz und Donner, Regentropfen, die an der Windschutzscheibe zerplatzen, ultrarealistischer Nebel, Schlammspritzer auf der Scheibe nach einem Ausritt in die Botanik, Blend- und Schatten-Effekte und vieles mehr. Auch spielerisch ist „Need for Speed-III“ den Vorgängern gegenüber enorm verbessert worden und zweifellos ein „Muß“ für jeden Renn-Freak.
83
WindowsGameStar (Germany)
Die betörende Grafik von NFS 3 übertrifft die Special Edition des Vorgängers um Längen. Der Fahrspaß schnellt ohne langwierige Lernkurve sofort von 0 auf 100. Es ist nur jammerschade, daß sich die herzhaften Unfälle nicht im geringsten auf das Aussehen der Autos auswirken. Zugegeben, wer auf absolut realistische Fahrphysik und hohes Langzeitniveau besteht, ist bei Colin McRae Rally besser aufgehoben. Aber NFS 3 bietet die bessere Grafik und bläst einen höheren Fun-Oktanwert durch den Motor.
83
PlayStationGameSpot
When Need for Speed was originally released for the 3DO a few years back, it was without question the definitive driving game of its time. Since then, the PlayStation has seen three titles bearing the Need for Speed title: Need for Speed, Need for Speed II, and Need for Speed: V-Rally. All were fair, but none was ever considered the dominant racing game that the first was.
82
WindowsPC Gameplay (Benelux)
Wie fan was van NFS1 en 2 kan met nummer 3 echter geen miskoop doen, integendeel. Wie op zoek is naar de beste racer moet het nog even bij Ultimate Race Pro houden. Niet gevreesd echter want de opvolger komt er al aan! NFS 3 heeft momenteel de meest schitterende graphics, nu nog de speelbaarheid en ik hoef nooit meer in een echte auto te zitten.
80
PlayStationIGN
In the end, Need for Speed is a brilliant game, and is a clear winner in the racing department. It's deep and provides a feel of realism that's phenomenal, and puts many, many games on both PlayStation and Nintendo 64 to shame. Get this one and play it with your friends.
80
WindowsPC Player (Germany)
Lange genug wurde tapferen Ordnungshütern von Yuppies mit Sportwagen und anarchistischem Fahrstil auf der Nase herumgetanzt. Im dritten Teil von "Need for Speed" können die Uniformierten endlich einmal adäquat motorisiert zurückschlagen. Aber wer es klassisch mag, wählt die Partei der Radaubrüder.
73
WindowsIGN
I think I can best describe Need for Speed III as something that looks like a top-of-the-line sports car, but drives like an average US sedan: vague, imprecise and without driver feedback.
70
PlayStationSvenska PlayStation Magasinet
Även om Need For Speed 3 inte riktigt kan mäta sig med Gran Turismo är det definitivt ett av de bästa racingspel som gjorts på länge.