The Need for Speed

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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 3DO City level
The Need for Speed 3DO Third person view of the Viper.
The Need for Speed DOS 4-wheel burnouts in the Diablo VT
The Need for Speed DOS One of many tunnels in the game

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

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User Reviews

The Groundbreaking Masterpiece that Spawned a Series DOS SiliconClassics (843)
Not Arcade, not Simulation DOS Daniel Saner (2595)

Critic Reviews

GamePro (US) 3DO Mar, 1995 4.5 out of 5 90
All Game Guide 3DO 1998 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) PlayStation May, 1996 8.8 out of 10 88
PC Joker DOS Oct, 1995 85 out of 100 85
GameSpot DOS May 28, 1996 8.3 out of 10 83
All Game Guide PlayStation 1998 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
The DOS Spirit DOS May 31, 2009 4.5 out of 6 75
IGN PlayStation Nov 25, 1996 7 out of 10 70
Video Games & Computer Entertainment 3DO Mar, 1995 7 out of 10 70
The Video Game Critic PlayStation Apr 12, 2005 B- 67


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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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