Need for Speed: Porsche 2000

  • Developer: Electronic Arts Canada
  • Genre: Sport
  • Originally on: Windows (2000)
  • Also known as: Need for Speed: Porsche Unleashed
  • Works on: PC, Windows
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Game Overview

Need For Speed Porsche Unleashed is one of the earlier games in the franchise. It was released in 2000 and was the fifth game in the series. It really stands out from the pack in regards to the way the game is based around Porsche cars. Literally, there is no other type of car in this game.

Play Your Way

One of the most impressive aspects of the game is just how many game modes there are. The first one I want to talk about though has you trying to become a Porsche factory driver. While it is basic by today's standards, this was the first time in the franchise that they had attempted a story mode in their games. This alone to me makes Need For Speed Porsche Unleashed a noteworthy game in the series.

As well as this you have a regular racing career mode as well and a cool evolution mode. The idea of the evolution mode is that you start out with a 1950 Porsche and work your way up until 2020 which I thought was really cool. There is a solid line up of game modes to keep you busy.

When You’re Driving A Porsche

I am not what you would call a car guy, but I can appreciate a cool looking car. The thing is while there are a lot of different models of Porsche in the game, many of them have a very similar design. I am sure hardcore fans will notice the difference, but for me, there is not a ton of variety in the way that many of the cars look. The cars do look good and I think the idea of being based around one car manufacturer is clever, but for me, it does come at a bit of a price.

Apart from this, the game looks decent enough. It moves at a quick pace and the different tracks which are all based in Europe have a nice variety to them as well. It clearly cannot match a modern racing game, but at the time this was released it looked good, not as good as Gran Turismo, but good none the less.

Smooth Driving

A huge reason why I enjoyed my time with Need For Speed Porsche Unleashed is the same reason I like the series in general. That is because it is more about having fun than ultra-realistic handling. This at its core is most certainly an arcade-style racer and that is what I love about it. The core gameplay has not changed much from the last game in the series, but that is not a bad thing. I just wish they had kept some kind of hot pursuit game mode in here as that was a blast to play with your friends.

I know that for many this is a game that they feel is not really needed and I can get that. However, I must admit there is something very cool about Need For Speed Porsche Unleashed. It may be centered around driving a Porsche, but at its heart, this is very much still a Need for Speed game. It has some great game modes and the arcade racing action is still a lot of fun.

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Final Score

Pros:

  • Features tons of different Porsches
  • The tracks look great
  • You can still tinker with the cars
  • Features the first story mode in an NFS game
  • I liked the different game modes

Cons:

  • They got rid of the hot pursuit mode!
  • Not ideal if you are not into Porsches

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System Requirements

Processor: PC compatible,

OS: Win9xWindows 9x, Windows 2000 WinXPWindows XP, Vista, Win 7, Win 8, Win 10.

Game Features:Need for Speed: Porsche 2000 supports single modeSingle game mode

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