It was incredibly difficult choosing the best Need for Speed game, we have compiled our choices below.
Need for Speed Most Wanted
Need for Speed Most Wanted, what a game, I remember flying down the streets of Rockport in my snazzy new Porsche. Life was good, I would have been about 15 at the time.
My bedroom door literally barricaded trying to keep my parents out, I had to go to school five days a week, give me a break!
Need for speed most wanted was definitely my favourite of the series, I had arrived in Rockport in my brand new BMW M3 GTR ready to wreak havoc, dodge police and pay bills.
This was real life to me back then, I had to be the best the world had ever seen.
Everything from the map design to the graphics were absolutely spot on, I couldn’t fault a thing, well besides my parents battering my door to come down for dinner.
Need for speed most wanted was challenging to say the least, you were given the option to start career mode, quick race, challenge series and most obviously, multiplayer.
You were given the chance to race against three other like-minded players wanting to claim that top spot, but that wasn’t happening on my watch.
Customization wasn’t the greatest, one of its only flaws to be honest, you were very limited as to what you could actually change.
You have to remember, this game was released back in 2005. Driving down the road with several police cars in pursuit really made your heart pump, especially with the addition of police helicopters in free-roam mode, is it time for that ambulance yet?
If you haven’t tried this out yet, I strongly suggest you do so.
Need for Speed: Underground 2
Next on our best need for speed game – Need for Speed Underground 2. I played this on Playstation 2 initially, but it was compatible with the Gameboy Advance, GameCube, Playstation, Nintendo DS and PC.
This truly was one of the best games of its time in 2004, Drifting was my all-time favourite game mode, but there were so many other game modes that you could choose from. The Underground Racing League where you could compete in up-to three races on regular tracks or even AIRPORT RUNWAYS, total chaos.
If you want a true taste of nostalgia, well, worthwhile nostalgia, Need for Speed Underground 2 is where it’s at. So many weekends were well spent trying to be the very best, oops, sounds like a Pokemon reference…
Customisation was a hell of a lot better from its predecessors, I mean you could literally customise everything in plain sight, this was a new benchmark for the Need for Speed series.
If you are looking for all out chaos, there is a mobile version of the game that was released in 2005, and absolute gem of a game that packs a punch even on the smallest of screens.
Need for Speed: Underground
Need for Speed Underground takes our next spot on the best Need for Speed game. The seventh in the series and what a game to push the series above any other racing genre.
Released on November 18 , 2003 our lives were about to change for the better. Drifting around tracks trying to accumulate as many points as physically possible whilst trying to compete with others with the same determination as you. It was time to let loose and cancel any plans, I didn’t need friends at this point when I had so many enemies in my sights.
Knockout mode involved removing the player in last position one lap at a time, you were destined to play with three others in a total of four laps, each lap getting much harder. When you were down to the last lap, you and one other would have a face off to decide who was truly king, until only one remained, the overall winner.
Overall, Need for Speed Underground sold over 15 million copies, there should never be any doubt as to why. The Underground series were up there with the best of them, wheres our remastered version EA? Don’t leave us hanging like this.
Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit
Need for Speed Hot Pursuit was incredible, this list was so difficult to write. I absolutely adored the fact I could enter career mode as the police… chasing young hooligans at ridiculous speeds and throwing my weight and authority around like I’d just caught the worlds most skillful criminal. With my controller in one hand and a pair of handcuffs in the other, I set out on my rightful duties.
Released in 2010 on all of the devices mentioned earlier, the Wii version was designed by a totally different company. Everything from graphics to gameplay were completely changed, one of those changes involved the location, the Wii’s version was located across four real world cities, opposed to the original which was based in the fictional Seacrest County.
Back in the day, Need for Speed Hot Pursuit was ridiculously good fun. Live multiplayer racing was just one of many features included within the series, as well as the Autolog feature which could be used to challenge your friends. Autolog had the ability to show your friends your recent pursuit achievements and lap times urging them to compete with you.
To this day, I still remember how well this game made me feel. I mean I was a ten year old boy who loved cars, looked up to the police, this game combined both aspects and was just a total dream come true. They don’t make em’ like they used to, this was one of the best Need for Speed games for me personally.
Need for Speed: Porsche Unleashed
The last in our best Need for Speed game is Need for Speed Hot Pursuit, released all the way back in 2000. As you can tell by the name, it was all about the Porsche, you start out with the classic Porsche which was initially made in 1955 and work your way up to the most recent Porsche.
Factory driver mode, was, insane! Well for a young boy like myself at the time it was. Doing all different kinds of stunts and slaloms I was heading for a new found love, and that love was cars. Doing 180 spins was a personal favourite of mine, anything backwards back then was cool for me.
Obviously the graphics aren’t great by today’s standards, but if you can look past that you will see the true beauty that lies within. These games were a huge part of a lot of peoples childhood and helped define our love for cars today. We all have our own preference to cars, mine back then was the Porsche, even today I have a soft spot.
As I stated earlier, EA need to seriously consider remastering some of these gems, its a shame to let such amazing games fade away and eventually drift to dust. Need for speed as a franchise were not only some of the best games we as a generation played, but the soundtracks were absolutely unreal. I remember repeating the same songs over and over again as I just couldn’t get my fix. Try Googling – NFSU2 Soundtracks, I guarantee you will be far from disappointed.
Well, that’s it for our best Need for Speed games, we hope you somewhat agree with our list above.