Top Ten Best Need for Speed Games

The Top Ten

Need for Speed Most Wanted Need for Speed Most Wanted Product Image

It's a mix between Underground 2 and most wanted for me. Most wanted I love the cops, but hate the rubber banding, while there aren't that many customizations it makes it up with the cars and the m3 gtr.

By far the best nfs of all. The driving was easily the best of any nfs also you could control your car! Games that try to be too realistic leave you with a car that's unnecessarily hard to control when I hop into my m3 I don't break the steering wheel making a left turn... Great races, free roam fr w/ cop chases, customizable cars and cops that gave you a challenge but couldn't arrest you by pulling up next to you, they actually had to stop you! Everything about this game was great only way to improve it would be to make it longer.

This is by far one of the most complete racing games I have come across. A variety of racing modes, a story that made you want to get to the top of that blacklist, and a lineup of cars that was fun to look at, but still realistic to use on a street racer's budget all worked together to make a career mode worth playing. The cop chases are fun, but not impossible. Nor is the game too focused on any one gameplay mechanic or type of car. The only thing I think could be better was the customization options. You could still make your car your own, but other games like UG2 and Carbon brought it to the next level. Still, I think this game's career mode is what makes it shine. Working your way to the top of the blacklist, taking your rivals' cars as you go, there is no better reason to race than the one Most Wanted gives you: revenge.

Hands down best racing game EVER! What's that? No one cares what you think!
Just remake it: add some modern razzmatazz, sprinkle in some hand picked cars, a dust of multiplayer action, stir in a Terzio Millenio, top with some fresh actors and cinematics and VOILA! EA is eating like a king once more! No No, it's my pleasure you can have that one for free!

Need for Speed Underground 2 Need for Speed Underground 2 Product Image

Simply love this game. I first played it when I was about 7 years old, but just because I wasn't able to finish the game in my youth, I played it at least once a year till I was 15 when I decided to download the game and finish it once and for all. However unlike most games I played multiple times as I grew older, this was the only game that seemed to get funner and funner. I believe EA should make another sequel to the Underground series and keep it exactly like this one, with no exotic cars, or any of that shit. Just keep it with cars that would be used in real street races with sick decays and an large variety or decays, spoilers, hoods, etc.

UG2 had the most customization of all the NFS games, a great soundtrack and probably also the best, and no crazy physics to deal with. If you turned the car, it turned. It didn't take a while to start turning nor did it suddenly spin out or oversteer. The car did what you want, when you wanted it to, and that's a lot more than most of the new NFS games can say. ALSO, it was the first NFS game to have a Free Roam mode, which was simply amazing when it first came out. In all honesty, this deserves to be the NFS game at the top of the list but I think the one reason why it isn't considered the best NFS game there is, is because there's no cops, and the graphics are now a little dated, or at least more so than Most Wanted. This game and Most Wanted were both the best NFS games ever made as well as the beginning of the end for the NFS series. EA (and NOT Critierion) need to make Underground 3 or make a modern version of Underground 2.

Plus, there was a good soundtrack, very detailed customizations. You could customize your mirrors, color your engine.. You could customize almost EVERYTHING on your car in this game. And once I unlock a new city, I cry in excitement. I never got to the end, but I hope someday, I play this game once more and reach the ending.
Drag racing, drifting, circuits, sprints.. It was also multiplayer! And it had this thing, were you could go to some race track thing and into a garage, and it would tell you your Wheel Drive. Like, Front Wheel, all wheel and rear wheel. And you could crash into cars and watch them fly. And in free roam, you could do that too, but in that mode, you could take scenic drives across the towns. You could also add under glows and there was this thing where you could take pictures for magazines! And there was this hydraulic thing. I don't remember what it was, but it was fun. Also, in the magazine pictures, you could open your hood, your trunk, and your other doors! ...more

One of my favorite Racing games of all time. I can't make a list of the best of nfs (because it's completely based on opinion). but it is one of the best. Not only for it creating so many memories but because I loved playing it and it felt real to me at the time. this was the game I played for years until I finally got most wanted. the Sadest part about this game is they never recreated it or continued the series which is weird. considering it had like the most profits in the whole nfs (other than mostwanted). here's a list of reasons it should be at-least in the top 3: free roam (in 2003-5 it was rare), best customization, good story, a memory maker.

Need For Speed Carbon Need For Speed Carbon Product Image

Very good story, and of course, the best cars for the moment. The persecutions were really good and so were the Challenge Series. The only thing in which I would complain is that on the standard version you ran without the "normal" cars on each races, loosing realisticcity and that when you earned a car, you could only use it on career. Whats more, I considered the BMW M3 GTR the best car of the game, but at least it was not the enemy's cars, as in Most Wanted. I really lked that the car was too damaged for your use and so, you could only earn it on the pink slips' section, as Cross' car. Overall, a really nice in game in which I liked to spend time with. I only wished the ending was as good as in Most Wanted :(

Carbon is INCREDIBLY good, only beaten by Most Wanted because of MW's length. Still, Carbon is incredibly appealing visually, and the diversity between the car classes was excellent. Tuners could out-turn the others, Muscles just destroyed EVERYTHING in a straight line, and the Exotics were the glass cannons. If you've got the skills, you'll destroy the others. The story aspect is the best out of all the games, even surpassing Most Wanted. The amount of cars was massive too, and the driving engine was so smooth. Also, you can drive the BMW M3 GTR! Get this game and PLAY IT.

This is the need for speed that I have best memories from I also got high stakes to the new most wanted. This got nice grapihics, crews, cops, cool city with carbons around it and the cars with the high costominason. The story is also very good. I think this is the best story in a need for speed game. I never try the multiplayer on it. I highly recommend to buy this game today. This got what most wanted not have. I say 9.5/10

Much better than Most Wanted. Seriously it doesn't drag on for ages like Most Wanted, the customization is better, the cars are better, the cops aren't as aggressive, there is more variety on races and I haven't even mentioned the reward cards and challenge series yet. It means you don't have to go through crap like milestones in career and just get racing.

Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit (2010) Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit (2010) Product Image

Definitely the best Need For Speed game till date. The graphics are outstanding, gameplay scintillating and the cars are the best. Criterion Games certainly did an excellent job with this one. Each race is challenging and the pursuits are bound to keep you thrilled. Car range is very vast and the option to play both as racer and cop makes the game even denser. After this, probably NFS just degraded over time. Play it the way you want - earn bounty as a racer and reputation as a cop and go up the ranks, unlocking vehicles as you progress. Another striking feature is that you get cars by increasing your bounty, rather than earning and spending cash. Probably one of the best racing games made ever. No driving experience is complete without playing this game.

This game would probably be the best of all arcade racers if they did away with the cinematic crashes. I’d like to see my car flip in real time and get my car back on the road without having it automatically put back on the road. My only gripe, but this is the best arcade racer in the way it controls.

Hot Pursuit was well received by critics at E3 2010 and was most notably awarded with "Best Racing Game" from the 2010 Game Critics Awards as well as several other media outlets. It won several Best Racing Game awards, including Best Driving Game at the Spike 2010 Video Game Awards. The game also won a BAFTA Award for its Autolog multiplayer component and becoming the first game in the NFS series since the original Hot Pursuit to win an E3 award.

Best Need For Speed game ever for me. I played it so much, I had so much fun, the graphics are excellent and the soundtrack is pretty great. Also the car list is amazing and same thing for the DLC. You can play as a cop (a feature that hasn't came back since Need For Speed Hot Pursuit 2) and Seacrest County has a lot of different areas which makes it really great. This is the best Need For Speed game I've ever played and it's also the best game of 2010. Hands down!

Need for Speed Underground Need for Speed Underground Product Image

This game should at least be number two, all the great memory's that this game caused are enough despite the fact that it hasn't got that good graphics nowadays, it still pulls you into the game, it has great soundtracks and well about every pc/laptop can run it, there are loads of modifications you can add and it's the first one which also lead to need for speed becoming famous at all, which leads to all the other need for speeds, conclusion this NFS should be honored

I am playing this through for the first time in 2014. I actually enjoyed it. I really see why it was selling so good. The gameplay, customization, music all of it is awesome. I was kind of surprised that it was number 7 on the list. I thought it was going to be in the top 4. Though people probably don't like it becuase it's old and they can't take that old games can be good too. If they don't have the latest graphics the games are not good. Facepalm. But that does not prevent it from being good in a fact. Gg Black Box that does not exist for NFS anymore :(

The very first NFS I've ever played. I remember my Dad bringing it home and saying "This game has a Honda Civic Si son! " I got so excited and it was also for the Gamecube. I played it when I was 8. (Very difficult) I always got so far to when I would be able to have a Nissan Skyline GTR R34. That was it, I never went any farther because my Gamecube broke. Saddest thing ever, anyways the cars, customization, graphics (Awesome back in 2003), races, gameplay. Definitely a 10 star rating NFS.

This game is easily top 2 for me, it has a special place in my heart. It's what has gotten me in the NFS franchise if I don't count the NFS 1 from 1994.

It has all, a nice storyline, very nice customization and above all, a kickass song playlist that feels like it was made for racing and overall the game looks really good.

A remake of this would be amazing because I keep coming back and replaying this one.

Need for Speed: Most Wanted (2012) Need for Speed: Most Wanted (2012) Product Image

I have had every single need for speed yet, and I think most wanted 2012 is the best. The reason being is that the dynamics in the game are absolutely awesome, the speed is great and the cops are more aggressive than ever.
There are a few things that can be improved for example, the graphics and a few glitches within the game.
I think most wanted is probably the best need for speed, due to one of the facts that there are numerous astonishing cars in the game that do not require to be unlocked but just to be simply found. For the first time, there is a withe range of cars from muscle cars, to exotic cars, to super machines like the ariel atom and also 4x4 vehicles.

Another great aspect of this game is that you can switch from one car to another car just by pressing triangle or jumping straight to the car anywhere from the city. Moreover, when the next rival car is introduced ; the art work and animations are absolutely brilliant.

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Great graphics, great gameplay, great cars. I think this game is extremely realistic, as a lot of attention was paid to details for example civilian cars type of road surface ( tarmac, off road), and the surrounding area like the buildings. Also the free - roam city is just HUGE! You can mess with cops for hours. The only bad thing about this game is that it doesn't have so many modifications on the cars you get like it had on NFS Carbon for example, but mind this. The cars you get are mostly exotic or super with a few tuner and muscle cars. What really big modifications could someone do to a Bugatti Veyron 16.4 or a Koenigsgegg CCXR? Anyway, I believe this game is the best due to the fact that the cars handle so realistically and the speeds that you can achieve are exactly those you can achieve with those cars in real life. It is not the hardest NFS game but nor the easiest. It is very well balanced and super realistic.

Loved this game, loved the soundtrack, loved the cars, loved the car packs, loved everything about this game, and hey, the PD was smart. Online was set up great in this game. Loved some of the landmarks in the game like the lighthouse which was great for drifting around, and the overlapping circles (don't know what to call them) that were in the middle of the city, they made for great jumps and overall fun. This one has to at least be in the top 5 let's get the votes going!

This NFS was terrible.
I actually feel opposite to the most up voted comment. The idea of getting any car at any time was horrible, and made me bored in a few hours of game play. There was no reward system from this, and it also was very limited in large aspects. For instance, you had no garage or customization. It's a dull Burnout clone that doesn't deserve the title Most Wanted. That guy who said it's better than the original makes me want to puke! Anyone who voted for this game must have not grown up in NFS's golden age.

Need for Speed: The Run Need for Speed: The Run Product Image

I agree with the game in first place right now but I also think this game should be directly under it, it has the best looking graphics of a racing simulator I have ever seen, the story is pretty good but the idea of racing a 3, 000 mile endurance race in one sitting is to me, a pretty fun idea. It does take place in events but that doesn't mean you can't play it from start to finish in one go

Nfs run is one of the best nfs the first one being 2005 most wanted... Though it lacks customisation and free roam it makes it up with enthralling gameplay, storyline and great graphics, more no of cars... Though it is short just put your seat belts and get going in this illegal racing which also features checkpoints, catch opponent and survival(the last race) apart from overtaking a definite no of opponents(sprint)... Ea has final hit the gas after going short of it after nfs carbon... I have been choosing between carbon, mw and this but chose this because the idea is great. Ea with black box did a fabolousjob along with frostbite2 engine they made to detail from Las Vegas to New York...

This is the best game of the ULTIMATE NFS SERIES
JUST rocks MAN

The Game is great, I like the fact that the game costs 60 bucks an you can finish its campaign in 3 Hours. Pretty good, the lens flares are pretty good. Directly from Battlefield 3 and they don#t interfere with the racing experience... However you are unable to see anythimg because the sun is always shining into your car.

Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit 2 Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit 2 Product Image

This is the beginning of the golden era, a series of 5 games that are arguably 5 of the best in the history of racing games.
What puts this so high in spite of what the game was missing is the same thing that put Undercover so low despite everything it had. Physics. The handling in this game is by far the best in the series, I don't know what it is but the way the cars handle feels so satisfying, Police chases are also the most intense in the series and its quite hard to keep them off unlike the dumber AI cops of the newer games, and their cars actually weigh more than a cardboard box unlike Most Wanted.

Championship mode gets unbelievably hard in the later stages but every time you fail it makes you want to complete the challenge more, the soundtrack fits the game so well and keeps you in full focus through the races.
Hot Pursuit 2 didn't have as much content as the top two sadly but its simply impossible to ignore just how they nailed the physics!

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Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit 2 was actually the most challenging game among the rest of the NFS series. Without losing the thrill and fun of a racer game. It has the classic cops and different modes to choose from such as; Hot pursuit mode, Be the cops mode, and if you want just pure racing, there is a world championship mode where no cops will interfere. It offers lots of options to suit the player needs. Graphics and Soundtrack were amazing too. This game is the best NFS series ever made, and was the best racing game on the PS2 console in my opinion.

Fast exotic dream cars on over the top scenic roads, unrealistic (but fun) physics, fun police chases, and arcade style gaming.

Best of the the classic NFS games. Especially the music, which is just this great Rock of the early 2000's.
Personally in my opinion, NFS HP2 is an example for how a NFS game has to be! It packs a lot of value into one package. However it seems that the PS2 version is better then the PC one, but the PC one ain't that bad either.

Need for Speed World

Actually, this shouldn't be on here. Before you guys spew your hate on me, here's what sucks about this game:
1. Almost everything in the entire game costs "Boost"
Boost is something that you have to pay for to get more access to items
2. You have to pay money to get boost
3. The cops can bust you real easily.
4. The cars that don't cost boost are still insanely expensive
5. They censor the most minor words like "crap", "damn", and things like that.
I'm sorry, you NFS Fans, but I had to post this. You can hate me all you want, but this is all true. I'm sorry for being an idiot. But, hey, I still love Need For Speed.

This can be downloaded for free! You can play even you don't have money to buy almost every cars but if you want, sure. So many places to drive-in and discover. You can also look at the hundreds of cars to choose from! 3D, fast-based and a long running NFS game. They actually update the game almost every week! For me, one of the most fun and exciting game ever made!

Most wanted would never beat this because it has carbon mixed in with it, my name is yspaceicufo add me please! Only 1 more person. Anyway, it might have carbon canyon on it and rockport.

Nfs world come on people! I'm waiting for nfs the run to load :D it might not change my mind

Need for Speed: Rivals Need for Speed: Rivals Product Image

Given EA's trouble in the past it was quite hard for them to top a great game like the classic NFS most wanted, but thanks to their partnership with Ghost games they have reached new heights with Rivals. I believe Rivals deserves a spot right next to most wanted (the 1st most wanted). It has only the best racer and cop cars. And topping that of with Ferrari also being back after a 7 year absence. Couple all this with a Frostbite 3 engine and you have the best racer chasing, cop smashing arcade racer ever.

My only workable NFS game at the moment.. Anyways, fantastic game! Truly underrated!
Fantastic map with amazing scenery. The gameplay is alright but a little boring. Gets much more fun as you get better cars!

Not a great story but the thrill, voice acting and gameplay are cool. Graphics are so cool too. awesome car collection... the fact that we can play as cops too, makes it a worthy contender in top 3

Also One of The Best Need For Speed Game Ever. It's Combinate All The Feature and Cars From Need For Speed Hot Pursuit 2010 and Most Wanted 2012 That Both Made By Criterion Game and The Rivals Making It More Perfect By Ghost Game With Extra Help Criterion. It's Also Bring Back Some Memories. And Also, The Total of Wide of Street On The Redview City Is Very Large. that's Was The Most Incredible NFS Game Ever Made By Fixed The Old Lacks In The NFS Past Game.

The Contenders

Need for Speed: Undercover Need for Speed: Undercover Product Image

Honestly, I have watched and played many racing games, and NFS games, and none of them is really really better than this one. Besides the graphics and availability of the cars, this game lacks nothing. This game features the actual "customization" rather than just color changing and tuning. For people who want to feel the "street racing" like in real life, this game is for you. Also, the fun part comes in when you are able to modify you cars. I think we have to give more credits on this game. In fact, I still play this game

I had this game for years and never sat down and focused on completing the career mode. I used it for pursuits and sprints. Boy was I an idiot for not working harder on the career! It's fantastic! My only complaint is the career mode is too short...I beat it in roughly 4 hours playing time. Regardless I've started a new career and making different choices in cars this time and even though I know the stories and the roads well, it sora feels new again! LOVE THIS GAME!

Undercover had everything, from the not so bad story to the graphics to the wide paint selection and amazing Autosculpt customization, even had one of the best and most varied car lineups in the franchise. It was set to be the best NFS... but it wasn't even close.
What Undercover was missing is the most important part of any racing game; the physics. Undercover's physics were drastically bad, the cars handled like jet-skis and its really sad knowing they got everything else in the game right, I spent most of my time in this game tuning cars.

Best NFS ever. I have played all NFS but this one was the best in story, event
In THE RUN again and again the same events keep coming.
It has awesome graphics and some HOT chicks too. MORE cars in both hot pursuit and the run there is no BUGGATI.
YOU ca go to any place on the map free can go here and there for time pass and face police

THER should be a Remake '"UNDERCOVER 2"'

Need For Speed: Porsche Unleashed Need For Speed: Porsche Unleashed Product Image

The best balance between realism and fun. The first NFS game with a decent physics model, you felt horrified driving that 911 turbo or Moby Dick.

It's the only game in the NFS series where the race can't be restarted or aborted, and you gotta repair your damages. This added tons to the risk feeling, making you drive to your limits but not exceeding them. Almost giving you the feeling that the car is really yours and you don't wanna crash it. I've never felt that way in any other racing game.

The "factory driver" mode was far from perfect, and there a few bugs here and there, but it's still my favorite

Very few people realise this, as NFS stretches across such a long time period (of course a 2010 game has better graphics than one that came out in 2000), but the Porsche Unleashed is the best game of the series. Striking the perfect balance between street racing and organised races, realism and fun.

The car-accident-damage model of great. One can not just accelerate headless.
Calculated driving, drifting, overtaking. You have to repair the damage you did.

And the realism in speed, without the flashy effects, one could feel the speed.

The factory driving mode was perfect

Still one of my favorite racing games! There have been a few others come since but this games made me feel the most involved in the race. I loved the fact there was actual damage you had to repair, if you didn't have enough money you just fixed what you needed.
Another plus was that you could buy used cared, fix them up, and sell them to make more money, that was handy!

Seriously 14 th place, I would say 2nd place after MW1, just because of it graphics.. The pinnacle of NFS game, realistic sim of cars, and every single car is different from others. You can really test your driving skill in it. Am still playing it in 2013. And you know y, because it got the heart of a real driver. After practice and practice I can now drift in that game using 911 tourbo 3.6, 97 model. Risk of crashing car,. And its the only game made me bankrupt in it. (cozing restarting the game all over again. ) now a days gamers don't know what is the real racing game is. You need real thrill. Not the cheep thrill like new nfs. (that's not even a NFS) am not even tried to play the new nfs mostwanted after reading its review. Y? Am not gonna drive around in James Bond car every thing is automated. And technically bullshit. Not challenging enough and if you don't agree with me, go to hell... Because real race game lovers got my back..

Need For Speed: Shift 2 Unleashed Need For Speed: Shift 2 Unleashed Product Image

I found this Need For Speed to be very good in fact, on par with its predecessor. I have never been fond of the direction the Need For Speed took after the first Underground, the games were too much arcade-like. This one is not and even though it often posses enough challenge, it still is a great fun.

Nice games cause this game have a good graphics and the races what is very hard to beat

NFS rock... I really enjoined the game... Its one of the my most favorite game...

Why they have put this game to last it is the best game ever in the world

Need for Speed: Shift Need for Speed: Shift Product Image

Awesome game... Improves great driving skills... Good cars, good graphics n a lot of fun competing with great opponents... Really cool! Try this game... Its worth it...

I've been playing this game since I was 4, now ten years later it's still my favorite Need for Speed game. Great cars and great graphics, this game never gets old.

I hate it... I tried the lite version on my Xbox 360 and it sucks, because Icant even change the view, and my screen is just flashing because I crash purposely a lot.

Best nfs game in my opinion. Its so realistic none of those new nfs games have such a high level of realism.

Need For Speed 3: Hot Pursuit Need For Speed 3: Hot Pursuit Product Image

How can this game be at a such a low spot?! This game is awesome! It's the first one I've played, the soundtrack is badass, the controls are smooth, and the cars were great. And I'm not talking about the PlayStation 1 version, I'm talking about the PC version. No game get's better then this one. I just wish EA would make remastered versions of the old Need For Speed games. Maybe add new cars, and remix the soundtrack...

This game has everything you need about cars. Pictures from cockpit, slideshows and lots of things. Gameplay is very good too. And it has the kind of music what a race game should have.

For a 1998 game, this game sure is a masterpiece.

This is game best for Need For Speed series soundtrack good and graphic good the 1998 really awesome gameplay and even a car just 100 percent

The best of all need for speed games.

Need for Speed: Prostreet Need for Speed: Prostreet Product Image

ProStreet should be definitely on top 10, easily. Really enjoyable and well-built game. Great driving, physics, cars, music, enviroment, storyline, and so on... It has everything. The thing is, it's not a open world game.

Prostreet rocks! Only true car racing fans and fanatics will appreciate this wonderful game. No other game offers this level of customization and modifications. You can sculpt your body in every possible way and there are unlimited tuning options. I just love it! Finished it thrice.

This games is off the charts insane, it pushes you to the max, like you gotta give it your all you wreck you’re done but that’s what makes it fun. This game to me is the most aggressive need for speed game ever.

I've played it on the Wii, Xbox 360, and ps3 it is amazing on every single one it is still one of my favorite game I just wish they would either make a second one or redo the graphics, keep putting out updates, and add some more cars I love this game and so do so many others please make a 2nd one it will be a big hit

Need for Speed (2015) Need for Speed (2015) Product Image

Now that the game is out, there is many cars to choose from (In the beginning you only have 3 to choose from which is good for starting out in my opinion), it's true what others say about bringing back customization like Underground and police chase like Most Wanted (Even that underground is considered rice nowadays, which the type of customization should not be compared with the current in the game). When it was launched, in rare occasions when passing a cop lets just say at 15mph, they will go and pull you over/pursuit (one con).

Why is this game not in the top 10 or close to the top 10, do y'all know what good games are? Car customization and mechanics are one of the best in the series. Campaign is pretty solid, and the races are fun. The Characters are cool, and car legends are in. The only setback has to do with the cops.

Even though its not out yet,This is the best racing game, it has custom cars, police chases, racing, drift racing, very good graphics, very cool cars, at night time only. Everything you need for a racing game. They brought stuff back from the old nfs games like most wanted and underground such as customization and police chases.

I haven't played the game but from the videos I watched I think it has a mixture of graphics of criterion NFS titles and street racing with customizing of Underground title

Need For Speed 2

Insane arcade game that doesn't feel like Burnout! (Wich is good)
You also have the option to play in less arcadish physics in simulation game style. This game was a just about the true racing experince with exotic cars and exotic tracks, things that recent NFS lacks! Crash here is very dangerous and you can actually spin and roll your car, crashing in MW and Carbon is like nothing compared to this!

This is the best because it had the best track designs, innovated car damage, had interesting races. It was more of a simulator than an arcade racing game. I'd put this up in the Top 10, because this is what made the Need For Speed series.

The best of all I think.. I wouldn't be intrested on NFS if I hadn't played this series as mine 1st NFS GAME

Just bought it today lol

Need For Speed 4: High Stakes Need For Speed 4: High Stakes Product Image

On PCs, it is undisputed among those who actually played NFS since the 90s...High Stakes was, and still is, the true, the definitive, the best NFS of all time. You will not find a more perfect gameplay. You will not find a more perfect menu system. Perfect cars. Perfeact maps. Later games can only dream to be this good. Top notch music. Cop A.I. perfected. Car selections superior. It is perhaps forgotten by youth, perhaps too dated for them, however I assure you all, even in 2018, High Stakes is the best. Still running in Windows 10 as of 2018 using the software render and still looks amazing. Works with DS4 controller no problem, triggers functioning like proper triggers and all unlike modern NFS which treat triggers as buttons... I have modern NFS. Some are good, sure, but most are laughable. *cough* SHIFT *cough*... Forget those "realistic" NFS that try too hard and make it unrealistic by doing so. High Stakes is how it would feel in real life. This is what makes racing fun. High ...more

Having owned most of the need for speeds this was my favorite. People forget it because it is sandwiched between the Hot Pursuits, hasn't been remade and is pre underground, but it was the best iteration of Hot Pursuit, deeper than its sequel, more polished than HP. No way porsche unleashed should be beating it. I owned both. Also more fun than Shift. I owned or played every game listed above this save Carbon, and would rank this ahead of all of them.

Being able to drive police traffic police cars, like Crown Victorias, Caprices and Eagle Talons is a touch that only Need for Speed 4 has really delivered well. Also, the idea of a 5 member police squad and being able to switch between the cars was genius!

This is the best by far, of course its down the list cause its old no respect this game is amazing, music, racing, difficulty, gambling your car, dealing with the damage repairs, how weather completely alters the gameplay. to be honest there is no comparison in later games

Need for Speed Payback Need for Speed Payback Product Image

Why is this so low? The game was near perfect! Perfect story line, perfect gameplay, perfect graphics, perfect amount of cars, perfect customization, what is not to like? However, there is one little complaint I have: when you finish the story then what? After finishing the story line there isn't much to do apart from driving around collecting parts and chips. The derelicts were a fantastic addition.

Why 31? This is my favourite need for speed BY FAR, the price is no where near as expensive as some people are saying, and the graphics are AMAZING, cars and customisations are THE BEST in the need for speed series, I like doing freeplay and redoing races after I finish the story, therefore even when you are done, the fun just doesn't end! also the derelicts are a cool way to drive around more and get cars. I love NFS Payback and it definitely deserves at least the top 5 spot on this list.

This gameis really awesome! It has all elemets essential in nfs saga: open world, customization, police, history... And it looks cool, day/night cicle, unlimited garage! Best game ever

This game was fun, Nice story, lots of vehicle veriety and loads of customization in each vehicle class also with the super builds and the hidden car parts it gave me a reason to go exploring and not just jump race to race

Need for Speed: Heat

The first need for speed game since Undercover that I enjoyed from top to bottom. Incredible graphics, brutal cops and a car customisation system unlike any NFS to date. Additionally, the NFS hear studio companion app is a really cool idea and should be implemented further into the franchise without having to pay any ludicrous amount of money (EA actually chilled with the purchase-ables this time around)

This game could make a breakthrough due to its visual especially the day and night lightings, varieties of new modal cars and most importantly their maps seems promising. This just an early thought and heat maybe crash the game market.

The graphics is great and there is also a nostalgia easter eggs in it and has a lot of cars compare before and has a great customization but close to Underground 2's Customization still this is a best game in 2019-2020

Bought this yesterday... Played 15 minutes of it... BANG... 2nd best NFS game ever!

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Most realistic Need for Speed ever. It's a shame the series turned to a more arcadey experience, though I can understand it from a commercial perspective... But none of the sequels ever managed to be as impressive in terms of graphics and state-of-the-art as this one was back in 1994. The first Need for Speed was a technical marvel and one of the most enjoyable racing simulations I've ever played.

The first NFS, still the best along with Porsche Unleashed and NFS3... looking at the votes I'm pretty sure that too many younglings are here, not knowing the true roots of the series...

This is an upcoming reboot. It's gonna be the best ever. I know it!

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Need for Speed: Edge

Watch it on youtube it will released in 2016 it will be an amazing race game more than need for speed 2015

Need for Speed: No Limits

The game is really good please add free roam

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This game is so awesome I could just FARRT

WAAT?! V-Rally isn't even a NFS game! It was developed by Eden Games, not EA! But it's pretty cool.

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