Need for Speed: High Stakes Box Art

Electronic Arts' Need for Speed series continues to lead the exotic car-racing pack in its fourth 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 career game.

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.

With cutting-edge graphics and sound, Need for Speed: High Stakes reigned as the leader in arcade racing. Need for Speed: High Stakes's polished gameplay, sleek design, and plentiful play options will keep you on the open road for quite awhile.

Red Lamborghini Diablo SV driven in a snow area


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Class AAA

  • Mclaren F1 GTR
  • Mercedes CLK-GTR
  • La Niña (similair to El Niño bonus car in Hot Pursuit) (bonus car)
  • Pursuit La Niña (bonus car)

Class AA

  • BMW M5 (E39)
  • Ferrari F50
  • Ferrari 550 Maranello
  • Lamborghini Diablo SV
  • Porsche 911 Turbo (993) (standard & bonus car)
  • Pursuit BMW M5
  • Pursuit Lamborghini Diablo SV (bonus car)
  • Pursuit Porsche 911 Turbo

Class A

  • Chevrolet Camaro Z28 (standard & bonus car)
  • Chevrolet Corvette (C5)
  • Jaguar XKR
  • Pontiac Firebird (T/A)
  • Pursuit Corvette (C5)
  • Pursuit Camaro (bonus car)
  • Pursuit HSV GTS (Australian version only)

Class B

  • BMW Z3 (known as "BMW Roadster 2.8" in the PS version)
  • Mercedes SLK 230

Exclusive models

  • HSV SV99 (Series 2) (Australian version only)
  • Holden MHRT (Australian version only)
  • Ford Falcon XR8 (Australian version only)
  • Nissan Skyline GT-R (Japanese version only)


In-game Music:

  • Saki Kaskas - Amorphous Being
  • Crispin Hands - Bionic
  • DJ Icey - Clutch
  • Junkie XL - Def Beat
  • Dastrix - Dude in the Moon (Luna Mix)
  • Junkie XL - Fight
  • The Funk Lab - I am Electro
  • Surreal Madrid - Insanity Sauce
  • Romolo Di Prisco - Liquid Plasma
  • Dylan Rhymes - Naked and Ashamed (Remix)
  • Junkie XL - No Remorse
  • Romolo Di Prisco - Road Warrior
  • Romolo Di Prisco - Rock This
  • Lunatic Calm - Roll the Dice
  • The Experiment - The Cost of Freedom
  • Junkie XL - War

Menu Music:

  • Saki Kaskas - Bulbular Swirl
  • Saki Kaskas - Callista
  • Romolo Di Prisco - Cygnus Rift
  • Romolo Di Prisco - Paradigm Shifter
  • Romolo Di Prisco - Photon Rez
  • Romolo Di Prisco - Quantum Singularity
  • Romolo Di Prisco, Saki Kaskas, Crispin Hands, Robert Ridihalgh - Runnin'

PC System Requirements

  • Operating System: Windows 95/98
  • CPU Type & Speed: 200 MHz Pentium or compatible (Intel, Cyrix, AMD) or 166 MHz Pentium with graphics acceleration card
  • Hard Drive Space: 50MB free space for game plus space for save games (additional space required for DirectX installation)
  • Memory: 32MB Ram
  • Graphics: High Color capable 2MB PCI or AGP video card with DirectDraw compatible driver
  • CD-Rom Speed: 4x CD-ROM drive (600KB/second transfer rate) with Windows 95/98 CD-Rom driver
  • Other: DirectX 6.1 or higher; Keyboard; Mouse; 16-bit sound card with DirectSound compatible sound driver

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