The Ultimate 'Need for Speed' Franchise Quiz

By: Nathan Chandler

The Ultimate 'Need for Speed' Franchise Quiz
Image: © 2015 Brian Stalter/"Need for Speed 2015 Original"/CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/2.0/)

About This Quiz

High-performance cars and elevated adrenaline define this video-game franchise. How much do you know about "Need for Speed"? Take this quiz to find out.
A quote from an '80s action movie inspired the name of the "Need for Speed" series. Which movie was it?
"Top Gun"
Goose and Maverick say the line in tandem in "Top Gun."
"Running on Empty"
"Smokey and the Bandit Part 3"

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For which platform was the original game NOT released?
Nintendo
"The Need for Speed" wasn't released for Nintendo, but it was released for the Sega Saturn in 1996.
DOS
PlayStation

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In which year was the first edition of "Need for Speed" released?
1994
"The Need for Sped" was released in 1994. It is one of the most successful video game series of all time
2000
2002

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The "Underground" version introduced the game's fans to what?
urban warfare
train hopping
street racing
"Need for Speed: Underground" introduced street racing to the series. In urban tradition, the cars were heavily stylized.

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What happened in knockout mode?
At the end of each lap, the player in last is kicked out of the race.
Your slow friend probably always got angry about getting kicked out of the race.
You crashed into your opponents to disable their vehicles.
The top two players face off in a game of chicken.

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In "Need for Speed: The Run," racers zoom across America in hopes of winning how much cash?
$10 million
$25 million
Twenty-five million dollars would definitely buy a few tanks of gasoline.
$50 million

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On which console did the franchise first appear?
PlayStation
3DO
3DO was a Panasonic product.
Atari

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As a police officer, how did you "arrest" racers in "Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit 2"?
You shot them.
You bumped them.
You just bumped racers to arrest them. This technique was actually less intensive than in earlier versions.
You deployed stop sticks.

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Which game began the trend of trading simulation for an arcade-style gaming experience?
"Need for Speed: World"
"Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit 2"
"Hot Pursuit 2" also omitted the driver's-seat perspective.
"Need for Speed: Nitro"

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Roughly how many copies of the "Need for Speed" games have been sold worldwide?
90 million
120 million
150 million
About 150 millions copies have been sold. That means millions of people have crashed and burned and done it all over again.

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Until "Need for Speed: ProStreet," which version was the last in the series to feature cockpit view?
"Need for Speed: Underground"
"Need for Speed: High Stakes"
"Need for Speed: Porsche Unleashed"
"Porsche Unleashed" was, for a while, also the end of the line for damage that reduced your car's performance.

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"Need for Speed: High Stakes/Road Challenge" introduced which feature?
car damage
You had to earn money to pay off those smashed fenders.
off-road driving
shortcuts

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The Jaguar XKR is featured in multiple "Need for Speed" games. When was it last manufactured?
2006
The XKR was last manufactured in 2006. It can do zero to 60 miles per hour (97 kilometers per hour) in about five seconds.
1998
1983

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Which version of the game was the first to feature the police?
"Need for Speed: High Stakes/Road Challenge"
"Need for Speed III: Hot Pursuit"
In "Need for Speed III: Hot Pursuit," you could be chased by the police or flip sides and wear the badge.
"Need for Speed: Underground"

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Drifting and dragging didn't appear until which edition of the game?
"Need for Speed: Underground"
In "Underground" drifting entailed sliding around the courses, nearly out of control.
"Need for Speed: High Stakes"
"Need for Speed: Most Wanted"

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Staff members of which car magazine helped design the handling of cars in the first "Need for Speed"?
"Motor Trend"
"Car and Driver"
"Road & Track"
Staff members from "Road & Track" got involved in the making of the game. Game designers didn't get into this much detail for subsequent versions.

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For the second "Need for Speed," game designers tapped which resource to maximize car realism?
manufacturers
They went straight to the source to get things right.
physicists
Massachusetts Institute of Technology engineers

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Which edition was the first to be released for PlayStation 3?
"Need for Speed: Carbon"
"Carbon" was also the first "NFS" released for the Nintendo Wii.
"Need for Speed: ProStreet"
"Need for Speed: Undercover"

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In "Need for Speed: Most Wanted," the Dodge Challenger SRT8 392 suffers from what?
poor acceleration
It has weak acceleration and lower-than-average handling.
lack of options
low durability

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From how many vehicles can you choose in "Shift 2: Unleashed"?
about 140
You can choose from about 140 vehicles, so you'll need a bigger garage.
about 80
about 50

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What concept did "Need for Speed: Underground 2" introduce to the franchise?
nitrous
free roaming
The freewheeling, open world was a significant shift from typical racing games.
autonomous cars

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What reward do you receive if you max out your car's visual appearance in "Need for Speed: Underground 2"?
You unlock a secret course.
Your car's picture goes on the cover of a magazine.
Mind you, it is only a fictional magazine.
You receive $100,000 extra cash.

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Which edition of the game was available as a multiplayer game on Facebook?
"Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit"
"Need for Speed: World"
"Need for Speed: Nitro"
"Nitro" exposed many more people to the franchise.

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"Need for Speed: Most Wanted" has how many computer players on the blacklist?
15
20
10
It only has 10 players on the blacklist, fewer than other editions of the game.

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What version was released only for mobile devices?
"Need for Speed: The Run"
"Need for Speed: No Limits"
"No Limits" was optimized for mobile instead of being adapted from console versions.
"Need for Speed Rivals"

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What is the top speed of the Ford F-150 SVT Raptor in "Need for Speed: World"?
184 miles per hour (296 kilometers per hour)
Its top speed is 184 miles per hour, but with nitrous it goes nearly 200 miles per hour.
135 miles per hour
129 miles per hour

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The version that was released in 2000 featured which brand of automobile?
Porsche
You could unlock decades' worth of Porsche cars.
Ferrari
Lamborghini

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Which actor plays the lead role in the 2014 film adaptation of "Need for Speed"?
Jeremy Renner
Aaron Paul
You may know Aaron Paul as Jesse from "Breaking Bad."
Gerard Butler

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Which edition of the game sold the greatest number of copies?
"Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit 2"
"Need for Speed: ProStreet"
"Need for Speed: Most Wanted"
"Most Wanted" sold to the tune of a whopping 16 million copies.

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As the game has evolved, courses have moved from various, real-world continents to what?
nameless cities
The urban appeal has attracted many players.
random country highways
the autobahn

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You Got:
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© 2015 Brian Stalter/"Need for Speed 2015 Original"/CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/2.0/)

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