Road & Track Presents The Need for Speed
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|Road & Track Presents The Need for Speed|
|System(s): Sega Saturn|
|Publisher: Electronic Arts|
|Developer: Pioneer Productions, Electronic Arts Canada|
|Peripherals supported: Arcade Racer, Saturn Backup Memory, Mission Stick|
|Number of players: 1-2|
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In Japan, this game was significantly altered and released as Nissan Presents Over Drivin' GT-R.
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The Need for Speed was developed in part by Electronic Arts Canada, previously known as Distinctive Software. As a racing game attempting to simulate the feel of driving, it can therefore be seen as a spiritual successor to The Duel: Test Drive II (1990's Test Drive III: The Passion being developed by a different team for Accolade).
The Saturn version of The Need for Speed derives from the DOS version, which in turn was an enhanced port of the 3DO original. While outputting at a smaller resolution, the Saturn shares many of the new textures introduced in the PC version and retains most of the new gameplay options (and adds a two-player split-screen option too). It also runs much faster than its 3DO counterpart, partly due to the console's improved performance (being able to output a stable 30FPS versus the 3DO's wavering 15FPS), but also due to design changes in the PC game to make The Need for Speed feel faster.
Whereas the horizon rotates slightly when going around corners in the 3DO version of the game, on the Saturn it remains fixed at all times in the segment tracks during race. However, it does rotate in the circuit tracks during race, and in all tracks during highlights and replays.
The first version of the Saturn game has a bug that can prevent the drawing of the gauges in the cockpit view and the track on the radar. That bug only manifests itself if the game is started with some adapter cartridges (Action replay, although not all versions will trigger the bug, or All-in-one Pseudo Saturn Kai). There is a later revision of the game released at least in Japan that corrects this bug.
The Saturn version also allows users to select the time of day which is not seen in older versions.
While the PC version is generally considered to be the definitive version of the game, only high-end machines could utilise the game's top graphical settings in 1995. The PC version is also restricted to 8-bit colour, as opposed to the 16-bit or 32-bit colour depths found in the console ports.
The PlayStation adaptation improves on what is found on the Saturn, re-introducing some of the minor details lost in the Saturn conversion while adding new lighting effects. However its uncapped framerate means the game appears more "juddery" than its Saturn counterpart, as frame rates average between 30-35 FPS. Console additions would be re-introduced to the PC in the form of Road & Track Presents The Need For Speed SE in 1996.
- Main article: Road & Track Presents The Need for Speed/Magazine articles.
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ROM dump status
|663,031,152||CD-ROM (EU)||T-5009H-50 V1.000|
|663,031,152||CD-ROM (US)||T-5009H V1.000|
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