10 best need for speed games, ranked

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Need for Speed has been present ever since 1994, introducing itself as one of the most important và emblematic racing đoạn Clip game series of all time. It has mutated in many ways since the beginning, but it always remained true khổng lồ its core, offering arcade experiences with a varying focus on police chases, customization, và much more.

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Our ranking list looks at the best entries in the franchise that are available today. Many past entries are, sadly, unavailable on new platforms. It’s unsure whether some of them will be included in Xbox One"s backward compatible games in the future, & as it stands, the catalogue is scattered & missing some old gems lượt thích Need for Speed: Most Wanted (2005) and Need for Speed: Underground 2. Thankfully, there’s still a really interesting selection that is bound to appeal khổng lồ everyone.

10. Need for Speed No Limits



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If you were wondering whether or not you could take Need for Speed with you on the go, well, the answer is that there are currently no Need for Speed ports on Switch. But, whether you have an Android or iOS device, you can give sầu No Limits a try. The scale is surprisingly big considering the game’s format, và there are many events and cars lớn unloông chồng that keeps the game feeling fresh. That being said, be ready to lớn face a pay to lớn win nature around its microtransactions, especially against other players online. But you can still make the most out of your lunch breaks to slowly progress through regardless.



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EA Blaông chồng Box released one of the most peculiar Need for Speed games in 2008. It was the first to lớn introduce an open-world setting khổng lồ the series, but it’s also intertwined with a heavy focus on story, as you play as an undercover cop who slowly goes through the ranks of an international crime syndicate. It’s very cheesy & far from the charm of the Fast và Furious films, mind, but it"s more than worth your time for scratching that cop chasing itch.



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In 2017, the developers at Ghost Games presented Need for Speed Payback, showcasing an interesting phối of ideas that were pushed back by some slightly tedious aspects. On one side, you had a huge maps lớn roam around using a vast selection of vehicles, performing stunts và collecting medals in your way. On the other, cars are tied to lớn categories representing race types, from drag lớn off-road, và performance upgrades are all tied khổng lồ collectible cards, and even a slot machine with RNG elements. However, Paybaông xã still presents a great racing game that"s highly focused on providing an arcade feel tied to lớn constant attention to your progression.

Available on PC, PS4, Xbox One



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The series’ reboot developed by Ghost Games came cchiến bại khổng lồ achieving the atmosphere we all know & love sầu from Need for Speed: Underground 2. It was met with general criticism mainly because of the requirement khổng lồ always be online, even if you were just doing the main, live-action based story. But the oto customization truly shined, và it was the first Need for Speed game lớn showcase the graphical potential of EA’s Frostbite. The campaign is straightforward và short enough to lớn make this a compact package that doesn’t overstay its welcome, and that can spark some additional longevity in your backlog thanks to lớn its multiplayer.

Available on PC, PS4, Xbox One

6. Need for Speed: Shift


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Developed by Slightly Mad Studquả táo, Need for Speed Shift, as the name implies, a change of direction compared lớn the rest of the franchise. Whilst not quite a full simulation racing game, it’s by far the closest. Shift has a big focus on providing an in-depth HUD, the possibility of providing you with a complete customization over your cars, & cars modeled inch by inch as their real counterparts. If you want to take a break from the arcade mayhem of the other entries, playing something more akin to lớn Project Cars, this is the one for you.

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Available on PC

5. Shift 2: Unleashed


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This direct sequel to lớn Need for Speed: Shift doubles down on everything that made its predecessor st& out. The change towards a far more realistic driving, joined by over 1trăng tròn licensed cars to drive as well as a deep customization, is one of the many highlights. Driving in first person, however, could be considered the major feature, improving each impact your oto receives, & making the HUD feel real. There’s also a big focus on your career in-game as you partake in new Endurance races, hunt và customize retro cars, và engage in the world as you see fit.

Available on PC

4. Need for Speed Rivals


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Criterion Software came with Need for Speed Rivals in 2013, an intricate entry in the series that aims to lớn erase the line between single & multiplayer by creating a seamless online world. Here, you are constantly on the edge of your seat due to one of the most aggressive and smart police AI, using all sorts of tools lớn take you down. As a racer, you can be out there on your own (there’s also an option to use bots instead of playing online) but as a cop, you’ll b& in teams khổng lồ make for some of the most intense pursuits in racing games.

Available on PC, PS4, Xbox One

3. Need for Speed Heat


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Developed by Ghost Games và released in late 2019, Need for Speed Heat is one of the lachạy thử entries in the series, & certainly one that respects the series’ roots. Its biggest highlight is the possibility of day & night races, which have sầu their own rules và conditions. Whilst driving in the sunlight will let you st& toe to toe with racers in official tournaments, taking your Dodge Racer to lớn the night will allow you khổng lồ compete in illegal encounters, with the addition of police chases that can become brutal real fast. There’s also customization for both your cars and your avatar, a huge open-world bản đồ to lớn explore, và yet another storyline lớn follow through.

Available on PC, PS4, Xbox One

2. Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit


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Introduced as the first Need for Speed developed by Criterion Games, known for the Burnout series, Hot Pursuit looks away from live-action cutscenes and car customization. Here, you have sầu an overworld and set of races that appear over time, & not much else. The focus is on delivering fast-paced races either as a racer or as a cop, performing bounties, challenges, & even comparing yourself khổng lồ others online with Autolog, a system that links friends directly lớn each other’s games to lớn create new milestones. If you’re only interested in grabbing a fast oto & driving through the highway at high tốc độ, this is the entry for you.

Available on PC

1. Need for Speed: Most Wanted (2012)


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If you’re not that big of a bạn of customization và just want lớn indulge yourself in fast races around a highly destructible city, Need for Speed: Most Wanted is the one for you. It sets itself apart from the 2005 entry of the same game & instead looks to lớn provide the mayhem that is akin lớn the Burnout games, with the cop chasing that we all have grown khổng lồ love from this series. As an interesting feature, there’s no menus or lobbies. You can access everything on the fly without letting your hands off the wheel, making Most Wanted one of the most straightforward và intense experiences in this menu.

Available on PC, Android, iOS


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