The first game in the series was originally developed by the Canadian based company Distinctive Software, which became known as EA Canada. The series debuted with The Need for Speed in North America, Japan, and Europe in 1994
The original Need for Speed was released for 3DO in 1994 with versions released for the PC (DOS) (1995), PlayStation & SEGA Saturn (1996) following shortly afterwards. Most cars and tracks are available at the beginning of the game, and the objective is to unlock the remaining locked content by winning tournaments. The first version featured chases by police cars which remained a popular theme throughout the series - the so-called Hot Pursuit editions (Need for Speed III: Hot Pursuit, Need for Speed: High Stakes, Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit 2, Need for Speed: Most Wanted, Need for Speed: Carbon and Need for Speed: Undercover) and have sold better in the marketplace than intervening versions. The initial version also featured an obnoxious opponent who taunted the player if the computer won the race or the player is arrested (if the player is ticketed several times)
Electronic Arts teamed up with automotive magazine Road & Track to match vehicle behaviour, including the mimicking of the sounds made by the vehicles' gear control levers. The game also contained precise vehicle data with spoken commentary, several "magazine style" images of each car interior and exterior and even short video-clips highlighting the vehicles set to music.
Drive some of your favourite sports cars through wild and fast tracks, including the Dodge Viper, Lamborghini, Ferrari, Porshe, 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.
Take on challengers using split-screen of link-up, or let the game challenge you.
To relive your most exciting performances - highlight reel and replay features.
See stats, history and a video of each car.
High speed has its consequences.
Six tracks - more if you're fast enough.
Cars behave like they should so you can drive them like you shouldn't.
8 PUREBRED EXOTICS
Lamborghini Diablo VT
Chevrolet Corvette ZR-1
Porsche 911 Carrera
Dodge Viper RT/10
Toyota Supera Turbo
ROAD AND TRACK, the premier automotive enthusiast magazine and Electronic Arts bring you the most advanced racing game ever. Race the world's most exciting supercars, each modeled after its real-life counterpart, on six challenging, scenic tracks. Pick your race: time trials, head to head, single race, or tournament.
- Third or First person perspectives.
- 3D graphics
- Cartoon graphics
- Racing theme.