Arts' Need for Speed series continues to lead the exotic car-racing
pack in its latest incarnation, Need for Speed: High Stakes. Though
graphically similar to the previous version (Need for Speed III), High
Stakes innovates with new race tracks, visible car damage, and a career
mode that should please racing fans.
Diverse play modes separate
Need for Speed: High Stakes from standard driving computer games.
Though single races and tournaments across several tracks are readily
available, players can also participate in the inventive Hot Pursuit
mode, where you flee from police or try to catch speeders, as well as a
In the career game, drivers begin with enough cash
to buy a low-end sports car. Prize money earned in races can be spent
on repairs, performance upgrades, or a hotter car. High Stakes contains
over twenty exotic cars, including the BMW Z3, Lamborghini Diablo SV,
Porsche 911 Turbo, and Ferrari F50. Additional dream machines are
available at Electronic Arts' Web site. If you don't have the patience
to save up for a new car, you can choose the ultimate high stakes race:
winner takes all, including the opponent's car.
cutting-edge graphics and sound, Need for Speed: High Stakes reigns as
the current leader in arcade racing. Whether you're a NFS veteran or
new to the series, Need for Speed: High Stakes's polished gameplay,
sleek design, and plentiful play options should keep you on the open
road for quite awhile.