Need for Speed Road Challenge is the European and Brazilian title equivalent to Need for Speed High Stakes, which was launched in North America. This fourth release of the popular racing game introduces various new classes of gameplay: High Stakes, Getaway and Career. High Stakes is a racing mode in which the reward is the defeated player's car. Getaway requires the player to outrun a pursuing police vehicle for a given time period. Career mode incorporates a monetary reward system that allows a player to purchase vehicles and performance upgrades while earning cash by racing in a chronological set of tournaments. It is also the last game in the Need for Speed series for PC to feature a split-screen two player mode.
Moroever, this version presents damage models. These are vehicles which have been involved in accidents featured visibly crushed car bodies and suffered from performance penalties. After a race in Career mode, the player can purchase repairs. The mode also allows players, for the first time, to upgrade cars.
- Good options
- Varied gameplay
- Regarding racing, it presents nothing really new