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The Need For Speed

The Need For Speed
GenreRacing
DeveloperElectronic Arts
PublisherElectronic Arts
Released1994
Rating
Graphics:9.0
Sound:9.0
Gameplay:8.0
Overall:9.0
Reviewed byP.Dial
Need For Speed is a large series of racing games developed by Electronic Arts for almost every console of the 32bit era. And the series keeps going even today with multiple titles. This Need For Speed game was created in 1994 for the 3DO, Playstation and Sega Saturn video game consoles.
 
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The Need For SpeedSTORY / GAMEPLAY
Racing games do not actually have any story to tell but they share one main cause: To win each race! The Need For Speed (or Road Track Presents: The Need For Speed) is the first racing game of a very wide series, and a very realistic one for its time! In this game you can select your favorite super-car among some great automobile manufacturers like Lamborghini, Porsche, Ferrari, Chevrolet, Toyota, NSX, Viper etc with a main goal to drive through each track as fast as you can competing with other skillful opponents! You also have the option to choose nighttime or daytime races, but in both cases you must always be aware of the Police Patrols. The Police sends forces to seek anyone who exceeds speed limits. Since you have to drive as fast as hell, the Police scanner will spot you and an APB will be initiated, until you are dead stopped and fined. The gameplay is absolutely fun and, fortunately, the difficulty level rises in a gradual manner so you'll have a decent amount of time to learn how to control your fast vehicle.

GRAPHICS / SOUND
The 3DO version is the first ever on this series and it sports stunning visuals (almost digitized), with hundreds of colors on screen, cool feel of speed and almost flawless animation. Apart from the two different third person cameras, there is also a dashboard camera available and the details shown from this perspective are really impressive (i.e. the dashboard of the car, the speedometer's real-time functions and more). The game's sound is fully sampled and includes all the necessary "racing" sound effects (engines, brakes etc) plus some cool CD quality music scores. Overall, The Need For Speed is probably the best racing game on the 3DO games library.

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On our video below you may watch the 3DO, Sony Playstation and DOS versions of the game.
The 3DO version is at 00:20.
 
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3DOCPU: 32-bit 12.5 MHz RISC CPU ARM60
MEMORY: 2 MB of main RAM
GRAPHICS: 1MB VRAM, Resolution 640x480, 320x240 60 Hz for NTSC version, and 768x576, 384x288 50 Hz for PAL version with either 16 bit color (from 24 bits) or 24 bit, Two accelerated video co-processors capable of producing 9-16 million pixels per second (36-64 megapix/s interpolated), distorted, scaled, rotated and texture mapped.
SOUND: 16-bit stereo, 44.1 kHz sound sampling rate, Custom 20-bit Digital signal processor (DSP)
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The 3DO (default) color palette
24bit RGB 16,7 million-color palette (16,7M on screen)
 
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