Need for Speed: 15 Things You Didn’t Know (Part 1)

Need for Speed is well-known and regarded as one of the best racing video games and has exploded in popularity over the past few years. However, despite the fact that the game has spent a considerable amount of time in the spotlight and under the scrutiny of the public eye, there are still some things that many people don’t know. With that in mind, here we present our list of 15 things you probably didn’t know about Need for Speed. Check out part one below, and stay tuned for part two, coming soon!

Number Fifteen: Need for Speed’s First Version Was Designed for the 3DO

If you’re young enough, you might not even be familiar with the 3DO console, but the very first NFS version was designed for it. It was later made available for PCs, the PS1 and the Sega Saturn.

Number Fourteen: In Japan, It Was Called Road & Track Presents Over Drivin’

Though the title “Road & Track Presents Over Drivin'” doesn’t necessarily make sense, that’s how it was released in Japan. However, what’s important is that the game speaks for itself, which it clearly does.

Number Thirteen: The Name ‘Road & Track’ Was a Magazine

And in fact, EA collaborated with the magazine, which explains how it made its way into the title. The magazine, as you might guess, revolves around cars.

Number Twelve: All of the Car Sounds Are Extremely Realistic

EA worked together with Road & Track (the magazine mentioned above) to make sure the sounds featured in the game are as realistic as possible. Every single sound the cars make are designed to make the players feel like they’re having a real experience.

Number Eleven: In Japan, NFS II Became Over Drivin’ II

The “Road & Track” was dropped from the second version of the game that was released in Japan. We’re sure people could figure out what it was.

Number Ten: The Company Worked With Car Manufacturers While Developing NFS II

It’s true! To ensure that all of the cars in the game’s second version were as realistic as possible, the developers worked with car manufacturers.

Number Nine: NFS III Was the First of Its Kind

Specifically, it was the first version of Need for Speed to allow players to engage in real gameplay that doesn’t involve racing. The gameplay featured cop car chases and also allowed players to be the cops. Stay tuned for part two of our list of 15 things you didn’t know about Need for Speed, coming soon!