Need for Speed: Most Wanted
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.
Need for Speed: 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
Need for Speed: Carbon
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.
I’ve been playing this game for what feels like all my childhood life. I play this on the wii and will always love it.
Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit (2010)
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.
Need for Speed: Underground
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.
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 🙁
Need for Speed: Most Wanted (2012)
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 4×4 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.
Excellent production from citreon …mor
Need for Speed: The Run
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
Not one racing game has ever got my adrenaline pumping like this game. Such a feeling of intensity on almost every mission. The stakes are high and you can feel it. This game should definitely be rated higher. I look forward to a sequel or spiritual successor.
I’m super bias because I have only played The Run, however I love the scenery and the way the cars handle. Granted, The Run does not support local multiplayer, but it’s intense and the sound design, graphics, and handling are fantastic.
Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit 2
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.
Need for Speed: Rivals
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.
To imagine this game… think of need for speed most wanted (2012) and hot pursuit (2010). It is by far the most entertaining of all the nfs games and this latest instalment will blow your mind with awesome graphics and insane upgrades… Being a cop as well as a racer just tips the bucket. Absolutely Awesome!
Need for Speed: Undercover
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.
Need for Speed: Porsche Unleashed
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