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Our Users Say

Category Description User Score
AI How smart (or dumb) you perceive the game's artificial intelligence to be 2.9
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 3.4
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 3.0
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 3.3
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 3.5
Overall User Score (23 votes) 3.2

Critic Reviews

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Game Revolution (Jun 04, 2004)
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.
The Video Game Critic (Jul 15, 1999)
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.
PSM (May, 1998)
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.
Game Players (Jun, 1998)
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.
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.
Video Games (Apr, 1998)
Wahnsinn! Zwischen Need tor Speed 2 und 3 liegen Welten. Erstmals wurde dem eigentlichen Reiz der Scheibe (die Supercar-Showrooms) ein mehr als ebenbürtiges Spiel zur Seite gestellt. Phantastisches Streckendesign, wunderschöne Landschaften mit extrem detaillierten Texturen und nicht die kleinsten Anzeichen von Clipping-Fehlern oder gar Pop-Ups paaren sich mit einer ausgereiften Steuerung und nervenaufreibenden Rennen und Cop-Verfolgungsjagden. Alle Kurse sind sehr lang ausgefallen (die durchschnittliche Rundenzeit beträgt ca. drei Minuten!), bedienen sich aber später (d.h. die freigeschalteten Strecken fünf bis acht) Ridge Racer-like teilweise bei den Elementen der Vorgänger, was der tollen Atmosphäre aber keinen Abbruch tut. (...) NFS3 ist eine wahre Arcade-Rennspielperle geworden, die mir persönlich mehr Spaß macht als Sonys etwas trockene GT-Simulation. Lediglich der Sound hätte eine Spur besser ausfallen dürfen.
Mega Fun (May, 1998)
Im Gegensatz zum Vorgänger wurde bei NFS3 sehr großer Wert auf die grafische Gestaltung gelegt, was sehr positiv auffällt. Die Lichteffekte alleine sind eine Augenweide, Grafikaufbau ist kaum zu erkennen. Die fünf Spielmodi sorgen für ein abwechslungsreiches Spiel auch auf lange Sicht. Dabei bringt vor allem die Möglichkeit, alle Modi auch zu zweit zu spielen, viel Freude. Besonders der Hot Pursuit macht sehr viel Spaß. Von der Präsentation her ist NFS3 wie schon seine Vorgänger große Klasse, wie von EA auch nicht anders zu erwarten. Insgesamt ist NFS3 ein Spiel mit wenigen Schwächen, lediglich der hohe Schwierigkeitsgrad könnte für Fahranfänger zum Knackpunkt werden.
85 (Dec 23, 2010)
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.
GameSpot (Apr 09, 1998)
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.
IGN (Mar 25, 1998)
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.
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.