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Road & Track Presents: The Need for Speed is a racing video game developed by Pioneer Productions, a team within Electronic Arts Canada, and published by Electronic Arts.

It was the first official game in the long-running Need for Speed series.

It was released in 1994 for the Panasonic 3DO, in 1995 for Microsoft DOS, with its final release in 1996 for the Sony PlayStation and Sega Saturn.

Gameplay

The gameplay of Road & Track Presents: The Need for Speed follows a realistic premise. Road and Track magazine has provided EA with real data about the cars featured in the final game.

Each car has a different style of handling, performance, sounds and braking. The realistic gameplay was found to be simple for new players to pick up and play without much frustration at the start of play. Plus, each car could be driven in cockpit view.

The 3DO release features full motion video sequences with a driver named Mr. X, played by the late Brenan Baird, where he will judge the player's driving depending on their performance during an event.

Game Modes

There are four different types of races in the game. Police and traffic only appear in Head To Head mode. The 3DO release only includes Head To Head and Time Trial.

  • Head To Head - A duel between two racers in a Point A to Point B track. This is the only mode that features traffic cars and cops (when open road course is selected).
  • Single Race - Players compete with up to seven opponents on either circuit or sprint tracks. In this mode players can select the number of oppoents, laps, etc.
  • Time Trial - Players must beat a set time record in a track to win.
  • Tournament - The player has to collect as many points as possible to succeed in a series of tracks. The player earns higher points by finishing closer to pole position at the end of a race.

No car in the title can drive off-road as the title uses blocking volumes to keep players on the track. This also prevents players from cheating by taking shortcuts in events.

Racers can be arrested by police on open road tracks. If a racer gets caught then they'll receive a ticket. When a racer receives three tickets (two tickets in the Sega Saturn release) they are arrested.

Racers can also be totaled in the 3DO release. The player has three or four cars depending on their ability to drive, and once all cars have been totaled, the race ends.

Cars

Cars included in Road & Track Presents: The Need for Speed are divided into three classes with each representing different performance brackets such as speed and handling. It is impossible to modify the cars in any way.

Players can also access a Showcase Mode for each car. There it is possible to check general, historical, mechanical, and performance information as well as a slideshow and short presentation video regarding the vehicle. The information screens are all commented by an announcer.

Car Colour Class
Acura NSXSilverClass C
Chevrolet Corvette ZR-1Dark GreenClass B
Dodge Viper RT-10BlueClass B
Ferrari 512TRRedClass A
Lamborghini Diablo VTBlackClass A
Mazda RX-7YellowClass C
Porsche 911 CarreraDark BlueClass B
Toyota SupraRedClass C
Warrior PTO E/2PurpleBonus

Traffic Cars

Road & Track Presents: The Need for Speed features licenced traffic vehicles.

Tracks

  • City
  • Coastal
  • Alpine
  • Rusty Springs Raceway
  • Autumn Valley Speedway
  • Vertigo Ridge
  • Lost Vegas (Bonus)
  • Burnt Sienna (SE Release)
  • Transtropolis (SE Release)

System Requirements

3DO

Sound Dolby Surround
Input Devices Controller Pad, FlightStick Pro
Players 1

PC

Minimum Requirements
OS DOS 5.0
sCPU Intel 80486DX2 @ 66 Mhz
MSCDEX 2.21
RAM 8MB
Drive 2X CD-ROM
Video Modes SuperVGA, VESA, VGA
Sound Devices Ensoniq Soundscape, Gravis Ultrasound / ACE, Gravis Ultrasound MAX, Microsoft Sound System, Sound Blaster, Sound Blaster 16, Sound Blaster AWE32, Sound Blaster Pro
Input Joystick (Analog), Keyboard, Mouse, Steering/Driving Wheel
Online Modem, Null-modem cable

Special Releases

Need for Speed: Special Edition

A Special Edition of Road & Track Presents: The Need for Speed was released in 1996 which included additional content missing from the original PC release.

Nissan Presents: Over Drivin' DX

A localised release of Road & Track Presents: The Need for Speed in 1996 was made available for PlayStation in Japan, and features all of the same content as the original release but with a Japanese language option.

Nissan Presents: Over Drivin' GT-R

A localised release of Road & Track Presents: The Need for Speed in 1996 was made available for Sega Saturn in Japan, and features only Nissan cars.

Nissan Presents: Over Drivin' Skyline Memorial

A localised re-release of Over Drivin' DX in 1997 was made available for PlayStation in Japan following the Sega Saturn release, and features only Nissan Skyline models.

Trivia

Box Art