Road & Track Presents: The Need for Speed is a racing video game developed by Pioneer Productions, a team within EA Canada, and published by Electronic Arts.
It was the first official game in the long-running Need for Speed series.
It was released in 1994 for the Panasonic 3DO, in 1995 for Microsoft DOS, and finally in 1996 for the Sony PlayStation and Sega Saturn.
The gameplay of Road & Track Presents: The Need for Speed follows a realistic premise. Road & Track magazine has provided EA with real data about the cars featured in the final game.
Each car has a different style of handling, performance, sounds, and braking. The realistic gameplay is found to be simple for new players to pick up and play without much frustration at the start of play. Plus, each car can be driven in cockpit view.
The 3DO release features full motion video sequences with a driver named Mr. X, played by the late Brenan Baird, where he will judge the player's driving depending on their performance during an event.