Need for Speed

The ninth major installment in one of the most popular car racing video game series continually developed for over two decades by the Electronic Arts company. This one was created by recurring Ghost Games Studio (former EA Gotheburg) mostly consisting of ex-Criterion employees. The game's development process was also assisted by members of the Speedhunters community, including photographers, journalists, and drivers focused around broadly understood car culture. Marking the 20 year milestone of the series’ existence on the market the creators decided for a restart, naming the new game simply Need for Speed. To meet the players’ expectations the product draws from the two most popular reincarnations of the series: Need for Speed: Underground and Underground 2, featuring all the elements fans loved the franchise for – extensive car customization, authentic fell of the car culture, and a compelling story set in an open world bustling with nightlife.

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PC / Windows
Game Need for Speed (PC) Cover
Need for Speed

Need for Speed | PC

Racing, for automobiles, Need for Speed, multiplayer

Companies responsible for Need for Speed

Ghost Games | game developer

Electronic Arts Inc. | publisher   Official website

Need for Speed release date for PC:

game language:
English

15 March 2016 | Worldwide

17 March 2016 | Europe

15 March 2016 | USA

Game mode: single / multiplayer , multiplayer mode: Internet
Game score 7.4 / 10 calculated out of 759 players' votes.  
Expectations before the premiere: 8.8 / 10 calculated out of 2013 players' votes.  

Sony PlayStation 4
Game Need for Speed (PS4) Cover
Need for Speed

Need for Speed | PS4

Racing, for automobiles, Need for Speed, multiplayer

Companies responsible for Need for Speed

Ghost Games | game developer

Electronic Arts Inc. | publisher   Official website

Need for Speed release date for PS4:

game language:
English

03 November 2015 | Worldwide

05 November 2015 | Europe PAL

03 November 2015 | USA NTSC

Game mode: single / multiplayer
Game score 7.3 / 10 calculated out of 774 players' votes.  
Expectations before the premiere: 8.3 / 10 calculated out of 329 players' votes.  

Microsoft XBOX ONE
Game Need for Speed (XONE) Cover
Need for Speed

Need for Speed | XBOX ONE

Racing, for automobiles, Need for Speed, multiplayer

Companies responsible for Need for Speed

Ghost Games | game developer

Electronic Arts Inc. | publisher   Official website

Need for Speed release date for XBOX ONE:

game language:
English

03 November 2015 | Worldwide

05 November 2015 | Europe PAL

03 November 2015 | USA NTSC

Game mode: single / multiplayer
Game score 7.2 / 10 calculated out of 379 players' votes.  
Expectations before the premiere: 7.7 / 10 calculated out of 129 players' votes.  

Need for Speed for PlayStation 4 is the 19th full-fledged installment in one of the most popular racing game series that has been developed continuously for over two decades by Electronic Arts company. This one was produced by Ghost Games (former EA Gothenburg), mostly made up of ex-Criterion employees, creators of Need for Speed Rivals from 2013. The development process was also assisted by Speedhunters community, a hub for photographers, journalists, and drivers gathered around broadly understood car culture. Wrapping up 20 years of the series’ history, the creators decided for a restart and entitled this new installment simply Need for Speed. In order to meet fans’ expectations the game came out as a result of close analysis of all previous editions, so to pick up the elements fans loved the franchise for, including rich car customization options, authentic city car culture, and compelling story set in an open night environment.

Story

Need for Speed takes you to the city of Ventura Bay, and lets you play as a young driver who dreams of becoming a driving legend. This, obviously, is not so easy, and first you have to do a string of missions split into several categories. These are represented by real stars of motor culture: Magnus Walker (speed icon), Ken Block (style icon), Nakai San (build icon), Morohoshi San (outlaw icon), and Risky Devil (crew icon).

Gameplay

In terms of gameplay, Need for Speed resembles earlier installments in the series, such as Need for Speed: Carbon or Need for Speed: Underground. Therefore, this is an arcade-style game set in an open world. There awaits not only compelling story missions, but also various side activities.

Game modes

Need for Speed for PlayStation 4 offers a variety of single and multiplayer game modes. Obviously the core gameplay focuses on fast, illegal races, but that is not all. There are also police pursuits, drifting, and more. The whole thing is bound by AllDrive system, already known to fans, which is responsible for online and social features. The system is back in an enhanced form, offering e.g. easier connection with friends.

Technology

Need for Speed is based on Frostbite engine, known from shooter games from DICE Studios like Battlefield 4 and Star Wars: Battlefront. Moreover, unlike 2013’s Rivals, this title was released only on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC, so the developers could fully focus on using these devices to their full potential.

Need for Speed PC version launch trailer

Need for Speed PC version launch trailer | 0:49

Zwiastun na premierê gry Need for Speed w wersji na PC.

Need for Speed PC releasing on March 15th

News 12 February 2016 12:46

Need for Speed is coming to PC on March 15th. This version is going to offer some new features, such as manual transmission, steering wheel support, as well as visual improvements.

Need for Speed on PC delayed to spring

News 16 September 2015 12:15

PC players will lay their hands on the new Need for Speed later than planned – Spring 2016. Other versions come out as planned this fall.

E3 2015: Need for Speed – Spectacular Gameplay Video

News 16 June 2015 14:58

Electronic Arts has presented the latest installment in the Need for Speed series. The game looks really amazing, and the showcased gameplay is reminiscent of the golden period of the franchise.

Need for Speed Will Require An Online Connection

News 29 May 2015 13:48

The official Need for Speed Twitter account revealed that the new installment of the popular racing games series will require a permanent Internet connection. Supposedly, it will help provide the players with a better experience.