The Need for Speed is the first racing game in the Need for Speed Series, and it was developed and published by Electronic Arts (EA) in 1994 for 3DO. It was ported to DOS in 1995, and PlayStation and Sega Saturn in 1996. It has many sequels and remakes all the way up to 2017. This was the first and last game in the series to utilize staff members from Road & Track magazine to make the game’s simulation physics as realistic as possible.
In this racing sim, you can choose from different sports cars including Toyota Supra Turbo, Acura NSX, Mazda RX7, as well as classic favorites like the Corvette, Lamborghini, and Porsche. While many of the vehicles are available initially, others must be unlocked by winning tournaments (no DLCs here). After picking a car, you can choose your track from among the choices. Some are closed race tracks, while others are merely open highways where you can be intercepted by police. Each track has its unique environment, and it's split into three separate stages.
There are four different race modes: Single Race, Time Trial, Championship, and Tournament. Races are seen from a first-person perspective that shows the inside dash area of the car. Enjoy fast-paced races with curves and opportunities to grab some air.
The need for speed received excellent reviews upon release and even snapped up a few awards including “Best Racing Game in 1995.” This classic has stood the test of time, and racing fans will enjoy this walk down memory lane.