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The Ultimate 'Need for Speed' Franchise Quiz
by Staff
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"
  • "Running on Empty"
  • "Smokey and the Bandit Part 3"

For which platform was the original game NOT released?

  • Nintendo
  • DOS
  • PlayStation

In which year was the first edition of "Need for Speed" released?

  • 1994
  • 2000
  • 2002

The "Underground" version introduced the game's fans to what?

  • urban warfare
  • train hopping
  • street racing

What happened in knockout mode?

  • At the end of each lap, the player in last is 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.

In "Need for Speed: The Run," racers zoom across America in hopes of winning how much cash?

  • $10 million
  • $25 million
  • $50 million

On which console did the franchise first appear?

  • PlayStation
  • 3DO
  • Atari

As a police officer, how did you "arrest" racers in "Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit 2"?

  • You shot them.
  • You bumped them.
  • You deployed stop sticks.

Which game began the trend of trading simulation for an arcade-style gaming experience?

  • "Need for Speed: World"
  • "Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit 2"
  • "Need for Speed: Nitro"

Roughly how many copies of the "Need for Speed" games have been sold worldwide?

  • 90 million
  • 120 million
  • 150 million

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"

"Need for Speed: High Stakes/Road Challenge" introduced which feature?

  • car damage
  • off-road driving
  • shortcuts

The Jaguar XKR is featured in multiple "Need for Speed" games. When was it last manufactured?

  • 2006
  • 1998
  • 1983

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"
  • "Need for Speed: Underground"

Drifting and dragging didn't appear until which edition of the game?

  • "Need for Speed: Underground"
  • "Need for Speed: High Stakes"
  • "Need for Speed: Most Wanted"

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"

For the second "Need for Speed," game designers tapped which resource to maximize car realism?

  • manufacturers
  • physicists
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology engineers

Which edition was the first to be released for PlayStation 3?

  • "Need for Speed: Carbon"
  • "Need for Speed: ProStreet"
  • "Need for Speed: Undercover"

In "Need for Speed: Most Wanted," the Dodge Challenger SRT8 392 suffers from what?

  • poor acceleration
  • lack of options
  • low durability

From how many vehicles can you choose in "Shift 2: Unleashed"?

  • about 140
  • about 80
  • about 50

What concept did "Need for Speed: Underground 2" introduce to the franchise?

  • nitrous
  • free roaming
  • autonomous cars

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.
  • You receive $100,000 extra cash.

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"

"Need for Speed: Most Wanted" has how many computer players on the blacklist?

  • 15
  • 20
  • 10

What version was released only for mobile devices?

  • "Need for Speed: The Run"
  • "Need for Speed: No Limits"
  • "Need for Speed Rivals"

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)
  • 135 miles per hour
  • 129 miles per hour

The version that was released in 2000 featured which brand of automobile?

  • Porsche
  • Ferrari
  • Lamborghini

Which actor plays the lead role in the 2014 film adaptation of "Need for Speed"?

  • Jeremy Renner
  • Aaron Paul
  • Gerard Butler

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"

As the game has evolved, courses have moved from various, real-world continents to what?

  • nameless cities
  • random country highways
  • the autobahn