For the first time in seven years, Ferrari is returning to Need for Speed. Last seen in Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit 2 in 2002, licensing issues have prevented EA from using any Ferrari cars (that's karma for you for hogging Porsche so many years), but this year's Need for Speed: Rivals will include six fabulous Ferraris:
- FF 2012
- 458 Italia
- 458 Spider
- F12 Berlinetta
As if to reiterate Ferrari's return, the new F12 will grace the front cover art.
It's certainly a good representation of Ferrari's contemporary offerings, but it's a shame there aren't any classics from past Need for Speed games (what, no F40?).
Indeed, the famous prancing horse has frequently featured in the series over the years. It all started back in 1994 with the original Need for Speed which featured a 512TR:
Its sequel Need for Speed II in 1997 followed suit with a 355 F1 Coupe and the hideous F50, which also starred as the cover car:
Need for Speed III upped the ante with the 355 FI Spider, the 456M GT and the 550 Maranello:
For Need for Speed: High Stakes (or Road Challenge as it was called in Europe), there was the 550 Maranello and the F50:
Finally, Hot Pursuit 2 featured the Ferrari 360 Spider, Ferrari 550 Barchetta Pininfarina and the Ferrari F50 once again:
Image credits: the Internet Games Car Database.
Ferrari briefly returned in Need for Speed: Shift as a DLC package exclusively for the Xbox 360.
The inclusion of Ferrari in Need for Speed: Rivals only cements my perception of it being a greatest hits compilation before the series lost its way, with an emphasis on chases, open world driving and now a stellar line-up of exotic cars.
Notably, Need for Speed is now the only racing series currently on the market to feature the three major supercar manufacturers: Ferrari, Porsche and Lamborghini. Turn 10 matched them in Forza Motorsport 4 with the post-release Porsche DLC, but it's unclear if Porsche is set to reutrn in Forza Motorsport 5.