Need for Speed III: Hot Pursuit hits 22nd anniversary

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In the midst of everything that's going on, we have something that'll bring a smile to your face. 

Today is the 22nd anniversary of the iconic game that is 'Need for Speed III: Hot Pursuit'.

Back then, life was much simpler. You came in from work, school or university and loaded up the game that brought joy to millions across the country. 

Obviously, nowadays, the Need for Speed's have become far more visually pleasing, but looking at the questionable graphics of this historic game, it provides an element of nostalgia as the original game helped pave a way for other exciting car-chase themed games. 

On GAMINGBible's post about the game, one reminiscing fan said: "When I played that game I was like 'omg look the graphics and the details' and now I am watching it and I can't believe it how bad it looks."

Despite the graphics, Need for Speed fan Salman Haider Shah reflected on the game which once brought him joy. 

"One of the most underrated NFS games. High Stakes was fun, too. The cars would catch fire and the Hot Pursuit mode was even better."

Since the original release, we've had the pleasure of seeing over 20 Need for Speed editions sit on the shelves of gaming stores across the country. Need for Speed has since become one of the most successful gaming franchises in history, with Criterion Games managing to sell upwards of 150 million copies. 

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The most recent release is 'Need for Speed: Heat' which dropped in 2019, however, we feel as if the nostalgia of 22nd-anniversary game simply cannot be replicated within its newest edition.

Nevertheless, with the release of the PS5 and Xbox Series X just around the corner, could we be expecting a new dawn for the Need for Speed franchise?

Only time will tell. 

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