Best to Worst: Need for Speed

by christophershobris | created - 17 Jun 2016 | updated - 17 Jun 2016 | Public

Considered by many as the best racing video game franchise ever. Games about just going fast and racing against tough opponents, unlocking cars and tracks, and sometimes even customize them. The ratings will come from Enjoy!

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1. Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit (2010 Video Game)

E10+ | Action, Crime, Sport

Racers and cops never sleep in the county of Seacrest with the racers doing their best to outrun the law with a range of exclusive cars, and the cops trying to stop them with equal speed and horse power.

Directors: Fiona Sperry, Craig Sullivan | Stars: Jules de Jongh, Jane Perry, Nigel Whitmey, Richard Lynson

Votes: 1,659

PS3 88.86%

2. Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit 2 (2002 Video Game)

E | Action, Crime, Sport

Join a rapid race by the picturesque tracks and tense escapes from the police, or play as a police officer in Hot Pursuit 2.

Stars: Sharon Alexander, Yvonne Campeau, Garry Chalk, Jim Conrad

Votes: 1,198

PS2 (Playstation 2) 88.01%

3. Need for Speed III: Hot Pursuit (1998 Video Game)

E | Action, Crime, Sport

Players have the opportunity to race the world's most exotic sports cars on a number of tracks. They can either attempt to evade the police, or play as the law enforcement, and track down speedsters.

Stars: David Kaye, Al Murdock, Tanya Buchanan, Brooke Burgess

Votes: 1,032

PS 85.63%

4. Need for Speed: Most Wanted (2012 Video Game)

E10+ | Action, Sport

Need for Speed: Most Wanted is an open world racing game, set in the fictional city Fairhaven and in which the player races to become the Most Wanted on the Speed Wall.

Directors: Craig Sullivan, Andrew S. Walsh, Alexander Ward | Stars: Chris McKinney, Eric Meyers, Jules de Jongh, Gethin Anthony

Votes: 1,552

PS3 85.09%

5. Need for Speed: High Stakes (1999 Video Game)

E | Action, Crime, Sport

Race against street racers for keeps or take on the police in Need for Speed: High Stakes.

Stars: Claire Beck, Jim Conrad, Gio Corsi, David Kaye

Votes: 448

PS 84.38%

6. Need for Speed: Underground (2003 Video Game)

E | Action, Crime, Sport

Reboot of the franchise, featuring visual upgrades, a career mode, and garage mode that allows players to fully customize their cars with a large variety of performance brands.

Stars: Nacho Aldeguer, Sharon Alexander, David Barrera, Michael Benyaer

Votes: 2,647

PS2 84.29%

7. Need for Speed: Shift (2009 Video Game)

E | Action, Sport

Local high school boy, James Kevin attempts to relive the good old days of his nostalgic and hotwheel-filled childhood by trying to learn how to drive real motor vehicles and race cars.

Directors: Ian Bell, Andy Garton | Star: Dan Conroy

Votes: 835


8. Need for Speed: Most Wanted (2005 Video Game)

T | Action, Crime, Sport

A lone street racer must use his talents to rise to the top of the Blacklist, comprised of the 15 most elite drivers in the city of Rockport.

Directors: Dave 'Foots' Footman, Scott Henshaw | Stars: Paul Dzenkiw, Josie Maran, Dean McKenzie, Derek Hamilton

Votes: 5,827

PS2 81.56%

9. Need for Speed: Underground 2 (2004 Video Game)

E | Action, Adventure, Family

Underground 2 entails tuning cars for street races, while resuming the Need for Speed: Underground (2003) storyline. The game provides several new features, such as a broader customization, new methods of selecting races and more.

Directors: Chuck Osieja, Tom Raycove | Stars: Kelly Brook, Brooke Burke, Laura Ainsley, Sharon Alexander

Votes: 3,264

PS2 80.77%

10. Need for Speed: Rivals (2013 Video Game)

E10+ | Action, Sport

A rivalry between cops and racers has broken out in Redview County. Racers are constantly breaking the law - Cops are constantly saving it. Take on the role of a Racer or Cop, with each side of the law offering its own play style.

Director: Craig Sullivan | Stars: Joseph May, Charles Hegarty, Nell Mooney, Stefan Ashton Frank

Votes: 1,082

PS4 80.59%

11. Shift 2: Unleashed (2011 Video Game)


Shift 2: Unleashed features over 145 cars and over 36 different tracks, online gameplay, and three new main additions: an in-helmet camera, night-time racing and the Autolog feature.

Director: Ian Bell

Votes: 313

PS3 80.40%

12. Need for Speed: Carbon (2006 Video Game)

E10+ | Action, Crime, Sport

The only free member of the Blacklist of Rockport City must now bring down an old ally, in complete control of the street racing world in Palmont.

Director: Dave 'Foots' Footman | Stars: Emmanuelle Vaugier, Tahmoh Penikett, Dean McKenzie, Chris Gauthier

Votes: 3,138

PS2 75.04%

13. Need for Speed: Porsche Unleashed (2000 Video Game)


Need for Speed: Porsche Unleashed gives the player the opportunity to race Porsche cars throughout a range of tracks located in Europe.

Star: Michael Dobson

Votes: 765

PS 74.50%

14. Need for Speed: Nitro (2009 Video Game)

E10+ | Action, Adventure, Crime

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Votes: 64

Wii 73.31%

15. Need for Speed II (1997 Video Game)

E | Action, Sport

Need for Speed II allows players to race exotic cars again in multiple gameplay modes. The sequel features customizable car paint and car components.

Star: Jim Conrad

Votes: 833

PS (Playstation) 71.39%

16. The Need for Speed (1994 Video Game)

K-A | Action, Family, Sport

The first part of legendary journey begins from choosing tracks, selecting cars and escaping police. It all started here, in the middle of the 1990s.

Votes: 461

PS (Playstation) 68.50%

17. Need for Speed (2015 Video Game)

T | Sport

The 22nd installment in the Need for Speed series features deep customization, a nocturnal open world, and an immersive plot. The overall focus is on deeper levels of authentic urban car culture, and is centered around the player's car.

Directors: Craig Sullivan, Abdul Gamiet, Jason Smith | Stars: Faye Marsay, Howard Charles, Christina Wolfe, Adam Long

Votes: 776

PS4 67.12%

18. Need for Speed: The Run (2011 Video Game)

T | Action, Sport

Jack Rourke must win a cross-country race to pay off the Mob and save his life.

Directors: Alex De Rakoff, Elin Anderson | Stars: Erik Armando Alvarez, Jon Briddell, Michael Broderick, Jay Alan Christianson

Votes: 1,376

PS3 64.04%

19. Need for Speed: World (2010 Video Game)

E | Action, Adventure, Family

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Director: Clay Jensen | Stars: Joe Forbrich, Toy Holmes, Tim Hopper, Jason Kolotouros

Votes: 178

MW (Microsoft Windows) 63.83%

20. Need for Speed: Undercover (2008 Video Game)

T | Action, Crime, Sport

Need for Speed: Undercover sends players racing through speedways, dodging cops, and chasing rivals as they go deep undercover to take down an international crime syndicate.

Directors: Joseph A. Hodges, Kody Sabourin | Stars: Maggie Q, Christina Milian, Lawrence B. Adisa, Joshua Alba

Votes: 2,102

PS3 62.82%

21. Need for Speed: ProStreet (2007 Video Game)

Action, Sport

Former street racer Ryan Cooper enters a challenge day and ends up receiving invites to elite organizations of the 'four Kings'. ProStreet includes more than 40 cars and 4 different game modes: Drag, Grip, Speed and Drift.

Director: Elin Anderson | Stars: Jarod DeAnda, Krystal Forscutt, John Hindhaugh, Anthony Joseph

Votes: 1,035

PS2 60.64%

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