History VideoGame / NeedForSpeed

12th Dec '17 8:57:07 PM Minmus
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** The Acura NSX, also appearing in ''The Need For Speed'', had it worse. It didn't return to the series until 2007's ''Need For Speed: {{ProStreet}}''. And just to rub salt into the wound, while the Supra and [=RX-7=] became mainstays of the franchise, the NSX was put on ''another'' bus after 2011's ''Shift 2: Unleashed'', where it remained until the third-generation NSX returned in 2017's ''Need For Speed: Payback''.

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** The Acura NSX, also appearing in ''The Need For Speed'', had it worse. It didn't return to the series until 2007's ''Need For Speed: {{ProStreet}}''. [=ProStreet=]''. And just to rub salt into the wound, while the Supra and [=RX-7=] became mainstays of the franchise, the NSX was put on ''another'' bus after 2011's ''Shift 2: Unleashed'', where it remained until the third-generation second-generation NSX returned in 2017's ''Need For Speed: Payback''.



** The early ''NFS'' games lived on this trope. Ferraris, Lamborghinis and Porsches aplenty.

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** The early This trope was the backbone of the classic ''NFS'' games lived on this trope.games. Ferraris, Lamborghinis and Porsches aplenty.



** Sure, its cars are largely [[SoLastSeason outdated by]] [[TechnologyMarchesOn today's standards]], but the first ''Need For Speed'' deserves special merit for including Cool Cars from all three main genres of cars, so there's a little something for everybody. Love beautiful exotic cars? The [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Lamborghini Diablo]], [[TheAce Ferrari 512TR]] and [[BadassGrandpa Porsche 911 Carrera]] are for you. Prefer raw muscle power? Give the [[TheJuggernaut Chevrolet Corvette ZR-1]] and [[AwesomeMcCoolName Dodge Viper RT-10]] a shot. Enjoy timeless japanese tuners? Can't go wrong with the [[MadeOfWin Acura NSX]], [[BadassNormal Mazda RX-7]] and the [[MemeticBadass Toyota Supra Turbo]].
** The intro sequence for ''Need For Speed II'' shows a bunch of exotic cars racing along at fast speeds. Except for the [=McLaren=] F1, which calmly strolls by a road past the screen, a bunch of fallen leaves flying on its wake. All in slow motion. In the words of a [=YouTube=] commenter, the F1 is so [[CoolCar alpha]] it doesn't even need to go fast to show off how [[MadeOfWin awesome]] it is.



** OlderThanTheyThink: The [=3D0=] version of ''Road & Track Presents: The Need for Speed'' had an opponent racer who would basically berate you for your bad performance and mock you consistently. When you defeat him, he's [[ILetYouWin play it off as nothing]], or say it was an extremely close victory for you and demand a rematch. [[SoreLoser Three]] [[OverlyLongGag times]]. When you win all three times, [[spoiler:he acts bitter about it, but recovers in a few seconds and mocks you again because [[NoFourthWall he will live forever by being digitally immortalized in the game, while you will die one day]].]]
-->'''Rival''': "Aww, what's wrong? [[ElmuhFuddSyndwome Does the witto wacecow dwiver wanna go home?]]"
*** Became both hilarious and harsher in hindsight because his actor, Brennan Baird, died in 2013.

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** OlderThanTheyThink: The [=3D0=] version of ''Road & Track Presents: The Need for Speed'' had an opponent racer who would basically berate you for your bad performance and mock you consistently. When you defeat him, he's he either [[ILetYouWin play plays it off as nothing]], or say it was an extremely close victory for you and demand a rematch. [[SoreLoser Three]] [[OverlyLongGag times]]. When you win all three times, [[spoiler:he he acts bitter about it, but recovers in a few seconds and mocks you again because [[NoFourthWall he will live forever by being digitally immortalized in the game, while you will die one day]].]]
day]].
-->'''Rival''': "Aww, what's wrong? [[ElmuhFuddSyndwome Does "I'm a bit bitter. But hey, I'll live. In fact, I'll live forever. Digitally immortalized! [[SmugSnake You, on the witto wacecow dwiver wanna go home?]]"
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other hand, will die one day]]."
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Became both hilarious and harsher in hindsight because his actor, Brennan Baird, died in 2013.2013 from a two-year long battle with cancer.



* LethalJokeCharacter: The Toyota Corolla from ''Underground 2'' onward, and the Tesla Roadster Sport in ''Most Wanted'' 2012. Despite their rather dowdy appearance compared to other cars, they have fantastic handling and, in the right hands, beat much faster cars. The latter even has Mods that make it nigh-unstoppable.



** LethalJokeCharacter: The Toyota Corolla from ''Underground 2'' onward, and the Tesla Roadster Sport in ''Most Wanted'' 2012. Despite their rather dowdy appearance compared to other cars, they have fantastic handling and, in the right hands, beat much faster cars. The latter even has Mods that make it nigh-unstoppable.



Or even this:

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** Or even this:



** Sure, the missions in the beginning of ''Hot Pursuit 2'' are easy, but watch out for some of the missions after halfway through. Some require going through fog at night at very high speeds. Others have options that add traffic to the mix. At higher Heat levels, the AI will end up defaulting to spike strips first and then roadblocks. Racers also become more aggressive in later missions.

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** Sure, the missions in the beginning of ''Hot Pursuit 2'' are easy, but watch out for some of the missions after halfway through. Some require The opponents ''really'' stop going through fog at night at very high speeds. Others have options that add easy on you. The ''[[TitleDrop Hot Pursuit]]'' event branch [[FromBadToWorse adds traffic to the mix. mix, alongside the police]]. At higher Heat levels, [[WantedMeter stars]], the AI will end up defaulting to spike strips first and then roadblocks. Racers also become more aggressive roadblocks second - if at all. And in later missions.the [=PlayStation=] 2 port, you have to deal with both spike strips ''and'' a helicopter firing [[MoreDakka bombs, missiles]], and [[BreadEggsBreadedEggs spike strip bombs]] at you ''at the same time''.
** The first ''Hot Pursuit'' was no slouch, either. Tournaments and Knockout races at Expert difficulty generally lead to you having to race through rain at night at very high speeds.



* NitroBoost

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* NitroBoostNitroBoost: First seen in ''Hot Pursuit 2'''s [=PlayStation=] 2 port where police cars used it to catch up with racers, then turned mainstream since ''Underground'' as generally a Racer-exclusive ability.


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** The [=3D0=] version of the first ''Need for Speed'' had a guy who basically served as a rival for the player, as elaborated on the {{Jerkass}} example. The only options were to do a race against the clock to improve your skills, or "if you're tired of warming up the bench", take him on in an one-on-one duel while swerving around traffic and avoiding getting arrested by the CowboyCop [[OhCrap with a]] [[ShotgunsAreJustBetter loaded shotgun]]. And he would berate you relentlessy over mistakes you made when racing. Doesn't help that he generally has an [[SmugSnake insufferably smug smirk on his face]] when he's mocking you.
-->'''Rival''': "Aww, what's wrong? [[BabyTalk Does the witto wacecow dwiver wanna go home?]]"
** Unfortunately, he didn't reappear in the DOS, Saturn and [=PlayStation=] ports released afterward, remaining restricted to the [=3D0=] version of the game.
12th Dec '17 7:44:44 PM Minmus
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** The Mazda RX-7 ([=FD3S=]) and the Toyota Supra appeared in ''The Need for Speed'', then disappeared from the series until ''[[VideoGame/NeedForSpeedUnderground Underground]]''.

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** The Mazda RX-7 ([=FD3S=]) and the Toyota Supra appeared in 1994's ''The Need for Speed'', then disappeared from the series until ''[[VideoGame/NeedForSpeedUnderground Underground]]''.Underground]]''.
** The Acura NSX, also appearing in ''The Need For Speed'', had it worse. It didn't return to the series until 2007's ''Need For Speed: {{ProStreet}}''. And just to rub salt into the wound, while the Supra and [=RX-7=] became mainstays of the franchise, the NSX was put on ''another'' bus after 2011's ''Shift 2: Unleashed'', where it remained until the third-generation NSX returned in 2017's ''Need For Speed: Payback''.



* EverybodyOwnsAFord:
** The first game had a bonus edition available [[NoExportForYou only in Japan]] that only had Nissan vehicles available to be driven.
** Later repeated with ''Need For Speed: Porsche Unleashed''. No points for guessing the only cars you get to drive.



* {{Jerkass}}:
** ''Many'' of the antagonists and opponent racers in the games are this in the [[Recap/NeedForSpeed second era]], but this trope is taken to its [[ExaggeratedTrope zenith]] in the ''Underground'' games, where everyone and their grandmother acts like this to you - just see DudeWheresMyRespect above.
** OlderThanTheyThink: The [=3D0=] version of ''Road & Track Presents: The Need for Speed'' had an opponent racer who would basically berate you for your bad performance and mock you consistently. When you defeat him, he's [[ILetYouWin play it off as nothing]], or say it was an extremely close victory for you and demand a rematch. [[SoreLoser Three]] [[OverlyLongGag times]]. When you win all three times, [[spoiler:he acts bitter about it, but recovers in a few seconds and mocks you again because [[NoFourthWall he will live forever by being digitally immortalized in the game, while you will die one day]].]]
-->'''Rival''': "Aww, what's wrong? [[ElmuhFuddSyndwome Does the witto wacecow dwiver wanna go home?]]"
*** Became both hilarious and harsher in hindsight because his actor, Brennan Baird, died in 2013.



** The Japanese versions were sold as the ''Over Drivin[='=]'' series until the release of ''Most Wanted'' (Japan did not get ''Porsche Unleashed'' or ''Hot Pursuit 2''). There were also a few Japanese-exclusive editions of the first game, including an all-Nissan edition (''Over Drivin': Skyline Memorial''). Despite the name, it featured more than the company's Skyline series of sports cars, as it included various Z-cars and the R390 Le Mans racer.
** For an in-universe example, ''Hot Pursuit 2'' had "both" the Opel Speedster and Vauxhall [=VX220=] the only difference is the lack of roof on the [=VX220=] while the Speedster had a slightly higher acceleration.

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** The Japanese versions were sold as the ''Over Drivin[='=]'' series until the release of ''Most Wanted'' (Japan did not get ''Porsche Unleashed'' or ''Hot Pursuit 2''). There were also a few Japanese-exclusive editions of the first game, including an all-Nissan edition (''Over Drivin': (''[[ProductPlacement Nissan Presents]]: Over Drivin' Skyline Memorial''). Despite the name, it featured more than the company's Skyline series of sports cars, as it included various Z-cars and the R390 Le Mans racer.
** For an in-universe example, ''Hot Pursuit 2'' had "both" the Opel Speedster and the Vauxhall [=VX220=] [=VX220=]. the only difference is the lack of roof on the [=VX220=] while the Speedster had a slightly higher acceleration.acceleration.
** Another in-universe example: ''Most Wanted'' had the Pontiac GTO and the Vauxhall Monaro[[note]]Both of these are also marked-based variations of the HSV Coupé GTS, which appeared in ''Hot Pursuit 2'' by itself[[/note]]. The main differences are the GTO's unique front grille and the Monaro's darker taillights[[note]]For the HSV Coupé GTS, it has the Monaro's front grille and the GTO's redder taillights[[/note]]. The GTO has a marginally higher top speed when fully tuned, while the Monaro has marginally better handling. Other than that, they're basically identical.



* RiceBurner: Quite possible with the games' level of customization. The game has often been accused of encouraging the behavior in real life.

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* RiceBurner: RiceBurner:
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Quite possible with since ''Underground'', given the games' level of customization. extensive customzation options. The game has often been accused of encouraging the behavior in real life.life.
** Funningly enough, this trope was mocked during ''High Stakes''. In the game's opening cinematic, a riced-out Honda Civic {{Expy}} joins a race against a bunch of Porsche 911s, Corvettes, Diablos, and all other sorts of [[CoolCar cool cars]]. When the race starts, all the powerful exotics take off at high speeds while the Civic expy [[TheAllegedCar barely moves an inch before its engine explodes]].
* TheRival: Seen all over the series. Hell, ''Need For Speed: Rivals'' is named that way for a reason!



** Used in the ''Hot Pursuit'' games, ''[[VideoGame/NeedForSpeedMostWanted Most Wanted]]'' games, ''Carbon'', ''Rivals'', and ''No Limits''; the usual way to clear them is by either squeezing through or hammering your way through.

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** Used in the ''Hot Pursuit'' games, ''[[VideoGame/NeedForSpeedMostWanted Most Wanted]]'' games, ''Carbon'', ''Rivals'', and ''No Limits''; the usual way to clear them is by either [[ImprobableAimingSkills squeezing through a narrow opening]], or hammering [[RammingAlwaysWorks ramming your way through.through]].
12th Dec '17 3:53:48 PM Minmus
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** If you crashed the Lamborgini in the 3D0 version of ''Road & Track Presents: The Need for Speed'', the narrator at the menu would say:
-->"You just wrecked a $500,000 dollar machine. Nice going, [[Series/TheAndyGriffithShow Gomer...]]"

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** If you crashed wrecked the Lamborgini Diablo in the 3D0 version of ''Road & Track Presents: The Need for Speed'', the narrator at the menu [[{{Jerkass}} opposing racer]] [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eOgpX5Shi6U&t=1381s would say:
tell you]]:
-->"You just wrecked turned... a $500,000 dollar machine. Nice going, $200,000 car... into a $13 piece of scrap. Way to go, [[Series/TheAndyGriffithShow Gomer...Gomer.]]"
18th Nov '17 11:38:32 AM HashiriyaR32
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** Due to the 2015 installment's partnership with [[http://www.speedhunters.com/ Speedhunters,]] actual aftermarket manufacturers that have partnered or been featured in Speedhunters such as Rauh-Welt Begriff (a renowned Porsche tuning shop) and 6666 Customs (owner of Rocket Bunny and Liberty Walk) are going to appear in full form instead of generic parts. Ken Block's presence in the game also mean the Monster Energy drinks will be featured as well.

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** Due to the 2015 installment's partnership with [[http://www.speedhunters.com/ Speedhunters,]] actual aftermarket manufacturers that have partnered or been featured in Speedhunters such as Rauh-Welt Begriff (a renowned Porsche tuning shop) shop, with its owner, Akira Nakai, being featured as a character in-game and also an opponent.) and 6666 Customs (owner of Rocket Bunny and Liberty Walk) are going to appear in full form instead of generic parts. Ken Block's presence in the game also mean the Monster Energy drinks will be featured as well.
18th Nov '17 10:04:50 AM K2NR
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* BigBad: In the second era and ''The Run''. In order:

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* BigBad: In the second era and era, ''The Run''.Run'', and ''Payback''. In order:


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** ''Payback'': Lina Navarro
11th Nov '17 7:04:53 AM Nick98
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*** ''Payback'': [[http://static.fnac-static.com/multimedia/Images/FR/NR/e1/37/87/8861665/1507-1/tsp20170602150717/Need-For-Speed-PayBack-PS4.jpg Jess's BMW M5 (F90), Tyler's Nissan Skyline GT-R V-Spec (R34), and Mac's 1955 Chevrolet Bel Air Sport Coupe driven in the prologue for the normal edition.]] The Deluxe Edition's cover art features [[https://media.contentapi.ea.com/content/dam/need-for-speed/images/2017/06/nfsde-pc-generic.jpg just the aforementioned M5.]]

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*** ''Payback'': [[http://static.fnac-static.com/multimedia/Images/FR/NR/e1/37/87/8861665/1507-1/tsp20170602150717/Need-For-Speed-PayBack-PS4.jpg Jess's Runner-class BMW M5 (F90), Tyler's Race-class Nissan Skyline GT-R V-Spec (R34), and Mac's Off-Road-class 1955 Chevrolet Bel Air Sport Coupe driven in the prologue for the normal edition.]] The Deluxe Edition's cover art features [[https://media.contentapi.ea.com/content/dam/need-for-speed/images/2017/06/nfsde-pc-generic.jpg just the aforementioned M5.]]
10th Nov '17 7:00:37 AM Nick98
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* FinalBoss: Eddie in ''Underground'', Caleb in ''Underground 2'', Razor in ''Most Wanted'' 2005, Darius in ''Carbon'', Ryo Watanabe in ''[=ProStreet=]'', [[spoiler:Chase Linh]] in ''Undercover'', Marcus Blackwell in ''The Run'', [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jamie_Campbell-Walter Jamie Campbell-Walter]] in ''Shift 2: Unleashed'', the Koenigsegg Agera R in ''Most Wanted'' 2012, Zephyr in the Cop storyline of ''Rivals'', the entire RCPD in the Racer storyline of ''Rivals'', and the five Icons for each of the career paths in the 2015 reboot, including all of them alongside your allies doubling as a TrueFinalBoss.

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* FinalBoss: Eddie in ''Underground'', Caleb in ''Underground 2'', Razor in ''Most Wanted'' 2005, Darius in ''Carbon'', Ryo Watanabe in ''[=ProStreet=]'', [[spoiler:Chase Linh]] in ''Undercover'', Marcus Blackwell in ''The Run'', [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jamie_Campbell-Walter Jamie Campbell-Walter]] in ''Shift 2: Unleashed'', the Koenigsegg Agera R in ''Most Wanted'' 2012, Zephyr in the Cop storyline of ''Rivals'', the entire RCPD in the Racer storyline of ''Rivals'', and the five Icons for each of the career paths in the 2015 reboot, reboot - including all of them alongside your allies doubling as a TrueFinalBoss.TrueFinalBoss, and Lina Navarro in ''Payback''.
7th Nov '17 6:25:36 PM RisefromYourGrave
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The next major entry in the series is titled ''Need for Speed Payback'', and will be released [[http://www.polygon.com/2016/5/10/11649260/need-for-speed-2017-ea-ghost-games in 2017.]] Like the 2015 reboot, it will feature cops, car customization, and an open world. It will also ''not'' [[https://www.polygon.com/2017/5/9/15593872/need-for-speed-2017-features-always-online be an always-online game]]. ''Payback'' is set in Nevada, with a UsefulNotes/LasVegas setting as well as the surrounding desert.

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The next major entry in the series is titled ''Need for Speed Payback'', ''VideoGame/NeedForSpeedPayback'', and will be released [[http://www.polygon.com/2016/5/10/11649260/need-for-speed-2017-ea-ghost-games in 2017.]] Like the 2015 reboot, it will feature cops, car customization, and an open world. It will also ''not'' [[https://www.polygon.com/2017/5/9/15593872/need-for-speed-2017-features-always-online be an always-online game]]. ''Payback'' is set in Nevada, with a UsefulNotes/LasVegas setting as well as the surrounding desert.



*** ''Payback'': [[http://static.fnac-static.com/multimedia/Images/FR/NR/e1/37/87/8861665/1507-1/tsp20170602150717/Need-For-Speed-PayBack-PS4.jpg Jess's BMW M5 (F90), Tyler's Nissan Skyline GT-R V-Spec (R34), and Mac's 1955 Chevrolet Bel Air Sport Coupe driven in the prologue for the normal edition.]] The Deluxe Edition;s cover art features [[https://media.contentapi.ea.com/content/dam/need-for-speed/images/2017/06/nfsde-pc-generic.jpg just the aforementioned M5.]]

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*** ''Payback'': [[http://static.fnac-static.com/multimedia/Images/FR/NR/e1/37/87/8861665/1507-1/tsp20170602150717/Need-For-Speed-PayBack-PS4.jpg Jess's BMW M5 (F90), Tyler's Nissan Skyline GT-R V-Spec (R34), and Mac's 1955 Chevrolet Bel Air Sport Coupe driven in the prologue for the normal edition.]] The Deluxe Edition;s Edition's cover art features [[https://media.contentapi.ea.com/content/dam/need-for-speed/images/2017/06/nfsde-pc-generic.jpg just the aforementioned M5.]]



* WideOpenSandbox: [[VideoGame/NeedForSpeedUnderground Bayview]], [[VideoGame/NeedForSpeedMostWanted Rockport]], Palmont, Tri-City Bay, [[VideoGame/NeedForSpeedMostWanted Fairhaven]], Redview County, and Ventura Bay. Seacrest County would also count [[SubvertedTrope if the free roam wasn't optional]]. Olympic City in ''Underground'' and Blackridge in ''No Limits'' {{avert|edTrope}} this trope.

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* WideOpenSandbox: [[VideoGame/NeedForSpeedUnderground Bayview]], [[VideoGame/NeedForSpeedMostWanted Rockport]], Palmont, Tri-City Bay, [[VideoGame/NeedForSpeedMostWanted Fairhaven]], Redview County, and Ventura Bay.Bay, and [[VideoGame/NeedForSpeedPayback Fortune Valley]]. Seacrest County would also count [[SubvertedTrope if the free roam wasn't optional]]. Olympic City in ''Underground'' and Blackridge in ''No Limits'' {{avert|edTrope}} this trope.
7th Nov '17 7:21:03 AM psportal
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* ''VideoGame/NeedForSpeedPayback''
5th Nov '17 6:14:39 AM Nick98
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** TheLancer: Spike, a spoiled guy who tends to drive higher-end cars, and follows the Speed career path.

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** TheLancer: Spike, a spoiled guy who tends to drive higher-end cars, and SpoiledBrat on his father's trust fund, he follows the Speed career path.
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