Need for Speed 4 Road Challenge
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Sunday, 14 November 2004

This game was sold as Need for Speed 4 High Stakes in the US, Over Drivin' IV in Japan and was released in 1999.It is a sequel to NFS Hot Pursuit (the third game in the series) and Is actually not much different from it.

The main concept is still high-speed pursuits and races on twisting and turning tracks around the world. This time they have replaced the old levels with new levels most of them based in Europe.

After a while of playing you will get access to the old levels that is featured in Need For Speed Hot Pursuit. All the levels in NFS 4 are designed to be like real roads, and they certainly feel like it. You can drive all kinds of sports cars around the tracks. Sports Cars features are the Ferrari F50, Porsche 911, McLaren F1, Corvette and many others.

The car models are great and look like the real deal. Also EA has put a lot of effort in making the dashboards identical to the real models, which really adds to the experience. There are a lot of racing options in the game, you can for example race in single races against opponents, you can drive alone against time, you can be involved in hot pursuit (either as a police officer or as a suspect) and there are several tournaments.

The tournaments deserve some mentioning; in them you start with a lower end car (a Corvette or something similar that is) and then you race your way up to a McLaren F1 or something similar. I really love the tournament part of the game.

Another option is the Hot Pursuits that are really nice too. The player can either be a police officer or a driving lunatic. As a police officer you can use spike strips or common high pursuit tactics to put the speeder down. There is also a helicopter helping you as well as other police units. A nice detail is the radio chatter between the central and the police units in the field. Unfortunately the Hot Pursuit mode dies down after a while and becomes boring. There is however a lot of extra police units you can download off the Internet if you want it to last a bit longer.

Your fellow police officers in the field is not that interested in keeping you or any other of the officers alive. The drive totally out of control during pursuits, actually I don’t think the AI has been designed to take into account that there might be other friendly units around. They often block your way or try to ram you off the road to get through.

The graphics in NFS 4 is pretty much like NFS 3 however EA has added the ability to actually see the drivers inside the cars. This feature only works on higher end machines but the options is nice. You can also damage the cars in the game. If you run into a concrete wall or something your shiny Ferrari won’t look that shiny any more.

Although I love this game personally some people might find the Hot Pursuit mode boring after a while. The racing is great but the game is pretty much a product for fans of racing arcade games and might not appeal to the overall player.


Developer: EA Games
Website for game: N/A
Publisher: EA Games
O/S: Win 98/ME/2000/XP
Cost of Full Game: Click To Buy $19.99 (Need for Speed Collection)

Tested on:
Pentium III Mobile 850 mhz, 384 mb RAM, Windows XP


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