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  • Summary: It doesn't really mess with the formula of the last game, but adds enough new features and options to keep its fans excited.
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  1. Positive: 12 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. 100
    Between the hot cars and tracks, in-depth Tournament mode, and thrilling cop chases, this excellent racer's got depth and style to spare. It's worth every cent.
  2. The graphics are absolutely stunning, but lose a few points for a quirky frame rate and lack of spectacular lighting, but damn they sure are perdy!
  3. The overall graphics, gameplay and realism are as good as any racing game I have seen for the Sony PlayStation, and it’s a lot of fun too.
  4. Electronic Gaming Monthly
    86
    Put your high-priced cars on the line in this racing sequel. [Jan 2004, p.188]
  5. The game slows down when the track is full of cars. Plus, you might find your attention distracted by an over-detailed landscape that washes out the course ahead.
  6. It's more evolutionary than revolutionary, really.
  7. It seems almost threadbare in places due to the lack of attention in the physics, design, and multi-player aspects. Casual racing fans will probably get a kick out of it, but the hardcore gamers will be left wanting more.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 1 out of 4
  1. Dec 27, 2013
    10
    The best money can buy as it is for a racing game for ps1. Test drive 6 is a close 2nd. I spent hours on celtic ruins avoiding the policeThe best money can buy as it is for a racing game for ps1. Test drive 6 is a close 2nd. I spent hours on celtic ruins avoiding the police spike strips and road blocks. Driving around at more than 100 mph and driving great looking vehicles. Porche's lamborghini's, ferrari's, and the awesome orange mclaren what a prize it was to win it all. I would even go as far to say that this is the most important need for speed ever created. Expand
  2. Oct 16, 2017
    10
    After countless hours of me dominating the ai with my Lamborghini Diablo, escaping tense police chases with my Porsche 911, and cruising theAfter countless hours of me dominating the ai with my Lamborghini Diablo, escaping tense police chases with my Porsche 911, and cruising the streets in my McLaren F1 GTR, I've come up with the conclusion that this might be where the Need for Speed series peaked. Even for an older game, the graphics aren't too bad. The car models are very nicely done, and the sound design is beyond what you would expect from this game! It's so satisfying to here the engine of your Ferrari F50 blasting through a tunnel, something that EA always got right. In the game, you progress by completing tournaments, which you take part in by acquiring a specific type of car. Certain cars are restricted to certain tournaments, so it's always a good thing to save your cash. The tracks are each distinguishable from each other. They each have a unique look and feel to them. You start out with 3 tracks unlocked, and as you progress, you will unlock more. There are also special events, which play sort of like tournaments, but instead of being a series of races, they all consist of a single race with entry fees, but not all have vehicle requirements. Overall, this game is perfect if you want to go back to the late 1990s, and re-live what racing games were like. No doubt, this game made a huge mark of the Need for Speed legacy. Expand
  3. Jun 30, 2019
    8
    El mejor NFS de la saga, si bien la IA es frustrante de superar, el juego es divertidisimo. Los vehiculos se pueden romper (cosa que esEl mejor NFS de la saga, si bien la IA es frustrante de superar, el juego es divertidisimo. Los vehiculos se pueden romper (cosa que es increible para un juego de ps1 de 1999) y posee un modo llamado High Stakes en el que dos jugadores a pantalla dividida compiten con dos memory cards y el que pierde transfiere el coche de una memory card a la otra. MUY INNOVADOR. Expand
  4. DanielleY.
    Nov 30, 2003
    0
    This game has many interesting cars. Its graphics don't work well on my computer, but it is still a fun and cool game!!!!!

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#22 Most Discussed PS1 Game of 1999
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#19 Most Shared PS1 Game of 1999