Retro review: Need for Speed 4: High Stakes (a.k.a my favourite game of all time)

Discussion in 'Need For Speed' started by Alex p., Jul 5, 2020.

  1. Alex p.

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    This game man...it was my first 3D title back then in 1999 and thus the first PS1 game. Almost a year I didn't have anything else and didn't play anything else! Already back then I was crazy about super cars (especially Lambos and Ferraris), so this game was right up my alley!
    The cars, the graphics, the tracks, the cheats, the police chases, THE OST! This game had it all! Imo, it's at least the third best NFS game of all time, such a classic. I wanted to do a review on this game for YEARS, and now I finally had the equipment and time to do so. I dissected this game to the smallest details really, so if you're a fan, make sure to check it out!

    What are your memories of this masterpiece, and what are your favourite NFS titles? Please share your thoughts!:cheers:

    Here goes:

     
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    Love the soundtrack, menu atmosphere and larger car selection, but the physics was too difficult for my 10 year old self (at least compared to NFS II and III, haven't discovered GT yet at that time :lol:). Also the career mode is super punishing. Lose a race and your car is gone. Needless to say I didn't get very far without cheats :p I was also bummed that car showcase wasn't as detailed as previous NFSes. Just a voiceover, no pictures or videos.

    BTW wouldn't this be better in the NFS forum?
     
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  3. Seeing those graphics just take me back to the 90s and great times. Man I need a time machine.
     
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    Since EA Canada was Distinctive Entertainment-the dev of original Test Drive.They clearly mocked Tuned cars(Chav cars) in the intro even tuning was the new feature of NFS HS.Sadly when BB took over NFS changed into what it mocked back in 90s.This game is sort of returned as the buggy Rivals with custom feature doesnt matter and HP style car list.If EA Canada keep making NFS through 2000s and 2010s maybe NFS wont even have style change that caused fanbase war between Cannonball and FF style.
     
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    Yeah, right, almost forgot you could ride a helicopter there, and dumb track. Have to agree, this is the best Need For Speed for me. It wasn't the first, but it was the most played and most enjoyed one. Loved every track there, and probably because of this game love 90's cars the most, and 90's music electronic music too:).
     
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    I believe you're talking about the PC version. It had more cars, than the PS1 version. And in the PS1 version you could only lose a car in the High Stakes mode to another real player, not in the career mode. Yeah the car showcase could've been cooler, I agree. :tup:

    You're speaking out of my heart, pal...

    Interesting.

    Agree on all points. Its OST is, to me, still the best of all games, right after RRType 4.
     
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    This game and Porsche Unleashed are probably the closest thing to a modern NFS game that you'll find from this era.
     
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    High Stakes was my 1st NFS game. I loved and I became a NFS fan. I was 27 and had other hobbies kept me from gaming but decided to get into games and I picked up a Ps1 and got NFS High Stakes. Sadly I missed out on earlier NFS games. High Stakes , Hot Pursuit Ps2 and The Undergrounds to The Run I enjoyed.
     
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    I think Porsche Unleashed was my first played NFS, but that was a rental and I didn't like it much. I think I got this for Christmas one year, and honestly, I was hooked from the intro. Even as a dumb child, I loved how the cars handled, I did wish the Trans Am was faster but the game was, to be blunt, damn fun.

    Funny enough, I am going through my games to get rid of what I won't play. I've gotten ahold of 1-4, and it's been...a trip. My copy of 3 isn't working, but I don't know if I ever was grabbed by 3, 1 is...well there are worse, and 2 is functional but hard to look at...then I got to High Stakes, and immediately fell into the groove of it again.

    This may be recency bias, but High Stakes, U2, and ProStreet are my favorite three in the series, possibly in that order. All flawed, but endearing.

    Now I need to actually beat it.
     
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    No, I didn't start playing NFS games on PC until UG1. I definitely remember losing a car, so it may have been High Stakes mode instead of Career mode, my memory is a bit fuzzy and like I said I never touched another mode other than single race after that :lol:
     
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    Pretty much, yeah.

    Definatly the better games of the series, good taste! :tup:

    Haha I did the same and got recently 1-5 and my exeriences are quite similar. 1 was...old, 2 was hard to look at, 3 is actually really good, but doesn't have the same finesse as 4, 4 is the best, and 5 is still really well done (you're playing through the game in different time eras).

    Hahaha I see, I see. :lol::tup:
     
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    Lol, what happened with physics in this mod? Made it look like rip off, but have to admit visually looks way better!
     
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    Unity based game, not mod. Looks like all assets handmade, he takes inspiration from NFSIII.
     
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    Yes it's clearly Hometown track from NFS III:HP. Not sure why it's posted in a High Stakes thread.
     
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    Its remake of Hometown. Also, Hometown was in both HS and HP

    Since 1.52

     
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    Yeah I know it's a Unity remake. My bad though, I was only thinking of the PS1 version (which I played). The PC version of NFS:HS do feature Hometown as you said.
     
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