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Need for Speed: Porsche Unleashed (Windows)

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Description

Need for Speed is back with more! Drive over 80 different Porsches, from the first 356 Ferdinand to the 2000 911 Turbo over multiple tracks. Some tracks have alternate paths. Others are rally tracks where you go from one end of the track to the other instead of doing circuit racing.

Two completely different single-player modes available. First, there's factory driver, which have you join Porsche as a test driver. As you complete different challenges, which can vary from doing specific manoeuvres in pre-alloted time to racing fellow drivers, you will make your way up to Ace Test Driver. Second, there's Evolution, which is the "career mode", you start with enough money to buy one 356, and start racing. As you win races, time will pass, new cars will become available, or you can peruse the used car market. Buy/repair/sell cars, win races, buy enhancement parts for your car, and make your way to the end of the modern era...

You can also play online via EARacing.com, where you can pick customized cars in your Evolution stable or choose stock cars and race up to 7 other cars simultaneously.

The graphics have been enhanced and the physics model changed to reflect a true 4-point system, and you can feel the difference between the different vehicles.

Screenshots

Need for Speed: Porsche Unleashed Windows Taking the low road (the slightly-longer route is on the cliff above).
Need for Speed: Porsche Unleashed Windows A 944 on a dark forest road.
Need for Speed: Porsche Unleashed Windows A little mountain village in the Alps.
Need for Speed: Porsche Unleashed Windows Test Driver mode.

Alternate Titles

  • "极品飞车:保时捷之旅" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)
  • "NFS 5" -- Common abbreviation
  • "Need for Speed V" -- Informal name
  • "Need for Speed: Porsche 2000" -- European title
  • "Need for Speed: Porsche" -- German/Latin American title

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User Reviews

The Need For Speed series returns to it's roots... Zamppa (87) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars
The best Need for Speed yet, and one of the best driving games ever. Steve Hall (322) 4.75 Stars4.75 Stars4.75 Stars4.75 Stars4.75 Stars
Better buckle up, you're in one heck of a ride! Ghost (106) 4.75 Stars4.75 Stars4.75 Stars4.75 Stars4.75 Stars
The most realistic game in the Need For Speed series Andy Voss (1636) 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars
The Best Need for Speed yet, if you like Porsches Kasey Chang (3654) unrated
Porsche, The poor man's Ferrari iacon_tp (10) 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars

The Press Says

4Players.de Jul 30, 2000 92 out of 100 92
ActionTrip Mar 30, 2000 92 out of 100 92
PC Player (Denmark) 2000 9 out of 10 90
PC Games (Germany) Mar 07, 2001 90 out of 100 90
Privat Computer PC 2000 89 out of 100 89
Gamesmania 2000 86 out of 100 86
PC Player (Germany) Apr, 2000 86 out of 100 86
GameStar (Germany) Apr, 2000 84 out of 100 84
GameSpot (Belgium/Netherlands) Apr 12, 2000 78 out of 100 78
Fragland.net Sep 18, 2002 73 out of 100 73

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Trivia

Need for Speed: Porsche Unleashed was ranked # 28 in the 50 Best Games of All Time list published by PC Gamer Magazine in its April 2005 issue.

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MAT (71132) added Need for Speed: Porsche Unleashed (Windows) on May 02, 2000
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