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:
Peripherals supported: Arcade Racer, Saturn Backup Memory, Mission Stick
Genre: Racing

















Number of players: 1-2
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Saturn
US
$49.9549.95[2] T-5009H
ESRB: Kids to Adults
Sega Saturn
EU
T-5009H-50
EAX02500315I
ELSPA: 3+ OK
Sega Saturn
DE
T-5009H-50
EAX02500315I
USK: 0
Sega Saturn
PT
Sega Saturn
UK
£44.9944.99[4] T-5009H-50
EAX02500315I
ELSPA: 3+ OK
Sega Saturn
PL
199zł199
Sega Saturn
AU
OFLC: G
Sega Saturn
BR
R$69.9969.99[5] 193246
Tectoy: Todas as Idades

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Road & Track Presents The Need for Speed, is a racing game developed by Pioneer Productions and published by Electronic Arts for a number of consoles including the Sega Saturn.

In Japan, this game was significantly altered and released as Nissan Presents Over Drivin' GT-R.

Gameplay

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History

Development

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).

Versions

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.

Magazine articles

Main article: Road & Track Presents The Need for Speed/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

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Print advert in Game Players (US) #0908: "Vol. 9 No. 8 August 1996" (1996-07-09)
also published in:
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Print advert in Sega Saturn Magazine (UK) #10: "August 1996" (1996-07-20)
also published in:
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Print advert in Player One (FR) #66: "Juillet/Août 1996" (1996-0x-xx)
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Physical scans

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Sega Retro Average 
Publication Version Score
576 KByte (HU)
94
[9]
CD Consoles (FR) PAL
80
[10]
Consoles News (FR) PAL
89
[11]
Consoles + (FR)
90
[12]
Computer & Video Games (UK)
50
[4]
Fun Generation (DE) PAL
90
[13]
GamePro (US) NTSC-U
90
[2]
Joypad (FR) PAL
93
[14]
Kiber Zona (LT)
80
[15]
MAN!AC (DE) PAL
59
[16]
Mega Fun (DE) PAL
88
[17]
Mean Machines Sega (UK) PAL
90
[18]
neXt Level (DE) PAL
80
[19]
Player One (FR)
96
[20]
Sega News (CZ)
81
[21]
Sega Power (UK) PAL
80
[22]
Sega Saturn Magazine (UK) PAL
75
[23]
Total Saturn (UK) PAL
90
[24]
Ultra Player (FR)
83
[25]
Video Games (DE) PAL
73
[26]
Sega Saturn
83
Based on
20 reviews

Road & Track Presents The Need for Speed

Saturn, US
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Cover
Needforspeed sat us manual.pdf
Manual
Saturn, EU
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Cover
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Disc
Saturn, DE
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Cover
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Disc
Saturn, PT

Saturn, AU
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Cover
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Disc
Saturn, ZA/KE/LS/MZ/NA/BW/SZ/ZW
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Cover
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Disc
Saturn, TR
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Disc
Saturn, BR

Technical information

ROM dump status

System Hash Size Build Date Source Comments
Sega Saturn
CRC32
MD5
SHA-1
663,031,152 CD-ROM (EU) T-5009H-50 V1.000
Sega Saturn
 ?
CRC32
MD5
SHA-1
663,031,152 CD-ROM (US) T-5009H V1.000

References

  1. http://www.sega-saturn.com/saturn/other/june-n.htm (Wayback Machine: 1997-06-06 05:51)
  2. 2.0 2.1 GamePro, "September 1996" (US; 1996-xx-xx), page 74
  3. Computer & Video Games, "August 1996" (UK; 1996-07-11), page 52
  4. 4.0 4.1 Computer & Video Games, "August 1996" (UK; 1996-07-11), page 79
  5. 5.0 5.1 http://www.tectoy.com.br/releases/index.htm (Wayback Machine: 1998-06-25 19:48)
  6. Electronic Gaming Monthly, "August 1996" (US; 1996-xx-xx), page 66
  7. Computer & Video Games, "August 1996" (UK; 1996-07-11), page 62
  8. CD Consoles, "Juillet/Août 1996" (FR; 1996-xx-xx), page 6
  9. 576 KByte, "Július-Augusztus 1996" (HU; 1996-xx-xx), page 14
  10. CD Consoles, "Juillet/Août 1996" (FR; 1996-xx-xx), page 128
  11. Consoles News, "Juillet/Août 1996" (FR; 1996-0x-xx), page 90
  12. Consoles +, "Juillet/Août 1996" (FR; 1996-0x-xx), page 158
  13. Fun Generation, "09/96" (DE; 1996-08-14), page 76
  14. Joypad, "Juillet/Août 1996" (FR; 1996-0x-xx), page 87
  15. Kiber Zona, "1/1998" (LT; 1998-xx-xx), page 39
  16. MAN!AC, "09/96" (DE; 1996-08-14), page 71
  17. Mega Fun, "08/96" (DE; 1996-07-17), page 80
  18. Mean Machines Sega, "August 1996" (UK; 1996-07-05), page 66
  19. neXt Level, "September 1996" (DE; 1996-08-14), page 73
  20. Player One, "Juillet/Août 1996" (FR; 1996-0x-xx), page 127
  21. Sega News, "Listopad 1996" (CZ; 1996-1x-xx), page 21
  22. Sega Power, "Collectors' Issue 1996" (UK; 1996-07-xx), page 48
  23. Sega Saturn Magazine, "July 1996" (UK; 1996-06-20), page 64
  24. Total Saturn, "Volume One Issue Four" (UK; 1996-12-29), page 58
  25. Ultra Player, "Juillet/Août 1996" (FR; 1996-07-02), page 84
  26. Video Games, "8/96" (DE; 1996-07-31), page 115