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How Need For Speed Hit the Hammer Home

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Warner Williams

Staff member
In 2003, Need For Speed Underground rolled onto the streets and dark allies of players' lives. It challenged us to drive in a different way. A concept that tore at the heart of rebellion and youth. Running from the law.

At first, it was just the speed but as the reality of the game locked onto our seemingly growing police patrol and their injustice, it became intrinsic. The law was no longer the enemy. It became a tolerable necessity that fueled our moments of pleasure.


While it is not the only racing game that seems to link to youth culture, Adam Ismail from The Dive shares the same line of thought. In a recent article, he wrote:

"NFSU was the right game at the right time, and that was reflected in the title's market performance. Estimates for stuff like this can get a little murky, but rebooting NFS in full street-racing fashion increased the franchise's sales at least by double or as much as ten-fold, depending on where you source your numbers. It also cemented developer EA BlackBox's stewardship of the series for many more years, following the Canadian studio's impressive debut with the PlayStation 2 port of Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit 2."

Even if you do not recall your first game on the platform, you may be nodding your head, so far. The game sort of gobbled up a fake boundary between freedom and the law. At the same time, moving more youngsters from the literal streets to the neighborhoods of NFSU.

There was a group of youth, about 15 or more, that chattered about it daily. the group kept growing and soon, the community knew what was happening. The cops were suddenly finding more respect and fewer law offenders on the street. They even found active partners against crimes.

Need For Speed Underground showed us how to mesh with the police force. we needed them in the game so it became natural to appreciate them a bit more in real life.