It was the year 1999 when a 9-year old me had taken the liberty of installing Need For Speed III: Hot Pursuit on my ‘education’ PC. While a 733 Mhz CPU and onboard graphics did well to run the game on medium settings, the game went on to satiate the petrolhead in me like no game ever did. Sixteen years hence, or a little over twenty years after the first ever NFS title came out, EA Games is set to bring the latest game, Need for Speed, later this year. And by the looks of the small teaser to the game trailer (latter comes out on June 15), it’s going to be bloody awesome.
Being arguably the most crowd pleaser of a racing/car-related game ever, Need for Speed will be available across major platforms viz. PS4, Xbox One, and PC. And while it appears to be still sitting somewhere between Grand Theft Auto series and racing sims like Gran Turismo and Forza, the collaboration with Speedhunters will ensure that the game is no short of car culture.
Coming back to the first look video, it has a few giveaways that speak volumes why the game will continue to invoke interest among us car fans. There’s a Mustang; a very RWB-like, widebody Porsche 964 sans the stickers; a Rocket Bunny kitted Scion FR-S…
Anyone who’s played Need For Speed Underground knows that there’s nothing better than street racing at night (in the virtual world, at least), and it appears that the sun doesn’t shine in the new game, either. Good!
And while Underground/Underground 2 missed out on serious cop chases, there’s some serious stuff going on in the new Need For Speed. And if that’s not making things hard for amateur racers out there, varied weather conditions will keep them grounded, er, sliding…
Need For Speed, the series, belongs to arcade-style racing genre, and that’s not likely to change with the latest iteration. But it will certainly offer countless hours of picking up races, running away from cops, and pulling off powerslides or last-minute saves that would make you feel like a hero.
Also, it’s not every day that you get to drive a car made by Nakai san or Miura san, is it?