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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 The Need for Speed splash screen
The Need for Speed DOS Cruising through a tunnel in the Vette at Vertigo Ridge.
The Need for Speed DOS Each car has a "showcase" with lots of information and photos.
The Need for Speed 3DO Title screen.

Promo Images

The Need for Speed Magazine Advertisement
The Need for Speed Magazine Advertisement
The Need for Speed Screenshot
The Need for Speed Screenshot

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

Part of the Following Groups

User Reviews

The Groundbreaking Masterpiece that Spawned a Series DOS SiliconClassics (862)
Not Arcade, not Simulation DOS Daniel Saner (3423)

Critic Reviews

Coming Soon Magazine 3DO Mar, 1995 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
PC Multimedia & Entertainment DOS Jan 21, 1996 93 out of 100 93
The Video Game Critic 3DO Dec 07, 2010 A- 91
Consoles Plus SEGA Saturn Jul, 1996 90 out of 100 90
GamePro (US) PlayStation May, 1996 4.5 out of 5 90
Game Players PlayStation May, 1996 84 out of 100 84
Gameplay (Benelux) DOS Oct, 1995 82 out of 100 82
Video Games SEGA Saturn Jul, 1996 73 out of 100 73
The Video Game Critic PlayStation Apr 12, 2005 B- 67
Computer and Video Games (CVG) SEGA Saturn Aug, 1996 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60


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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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