NFS is just like a lot of games for 3DO.... it paved the way for countless sequels on the next gen systems but none of them could quite capture the greatness of the original. NFS is a fast racing game where you can choose from 8 fast slick looking sports cars and race against race against the computer. The computer is actually pretty tough but in easy mode you do get some breaks. Like I just rammed cars for about five minutes and it showed them computer, on the map, was only a little ways away. It only took about 30 seconds or so to catch up as well. There are 3 courses to choose from each of increased difficulty. There are also 3 difficulty levels. NFS will really get you in the racing mood even if you don't like racing games.
The cars really look great. They don't look to boxy either but it looks kinda cheesy when you slam into other cars I have to say. It's pretty cool how at the beginning if you slam the gas on neutral and then switch up to 1st gear all of the dust flies. It's fun just skidding and skidding back and forth! The FMV is done great as well. The actor they got to play as your opponent is pretty good and will make you laugh the first five times then afterwards make you noshes. When you look at all the cars you can pick from there are some pretty cool videos to watch the first time you play.
Car sounds are good and I especially like the whole honking bit where the computer honks as you speed by. Also when you play chicken and the cars honk at you. Crashes sound realistic and so does the squeeling of rubber on cement. The voice acting was done well.
This is a great game with great control! Although it would be even tighter if I could get my hands on a steering wheel of my own the controller is still way beyond par. Steering is really easy, you can weeve in and out of cars with ease in the second view of the car at least. Third view it is sort of hard to steer into tight spots and the first view is good inside the car but you cant see the sides of your car which makes it hard to weeve in and out.
This is the best racer out there for 3DO folks! You even get a detailed summary of each of the cars! Its really fun and the whole idea of running from the cops is fun. It's funny when the cop pulls you over and even gives you a ticket. There isn't very many courses though but hey look at Ridge Racer. There are also several different options to race against different cars or time trials. But the redeeming qualities stand over these MINOR inconvenietces.
A near perfect racer with great everything. Lots of exotic cars and detailed info make this the average schmoo and the racing buffs favorite racer.