The best Need for Speed games, ranked

When you've got the need for speed, these top titles have got you covered

Feeling the urge for blistering momentum? Here are our favorite Need for Speed games...

7. Need for Speed

A series reboot developed by Ghost Games that came close to achieving the atmosphere we all know and love from Need for Speed: Underground 2.

Release date: 2015
Platform(s): PC, PS4, Xbox One

6. Need for Speed: Shift

Whilst not quite a full simulation racing game, Shift features the most realistic driving model the iconic series has ever seen. At the time, it felt like a huge breath of fresh air.

Release date: 2009
Platform(s): PC, PS3, Xbox 360

5. Shift 2: Unleashed

A fantastic sequel to Shift where the real standout feature was the ability to drive in first-person; something that made every event on a track feel more impactful. 

Release date: 2011
Platform(s): PC, PS3, Xbox 360

4. Need for Speed Rivals

This was an intricate entry in the series that aimed to erase the line between single and multiplayer by creating a seamless online world. It mostly worked a treat. 

Release date: 2013
Platform(s): PC, PS4, Xbox One

3. Need for Speed Heat

The most recent entry in the franchise respects the series' roots, with the biggest highlights being its dangerous night races, where all your winnings can be lost if the cops catch you. 

Release date: 2019
Platform(s): PC, PS4, Xbox One

2. Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit

Criterion Games made NFS revelant for the first time in years with this ace open world racer that focused on cars vs cops races and an innovative online, friends-focused Autolog. 

Release date: 2010
Platform(s): PC, PS4, Xbox One, Switch

1. Need for Speed: Wost Wanted

The best Need for Speed game is one that races to embrace the mayhem of the Burnout titles. Dropping menus and lobbies, this seamless sandbox speedster is an absolute gem. 

Release date: 2012
Platform(s): PC, PS3, Xbox 360
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