Need for Speed III: Hot Pursuit

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Need for Speed III: Hot Pursuit
Need for Speed III: Hot Pursuit cover
Developers
EA Seattle
Publishers
Electronic Arts
Release dates
Windows September 30, 1998
Need for Speed III: Hot Pursuit guide at StrategyWiki
Need for Speed III: Hot Pursuit at Wikipedia
Need for Speed
The Need for Speed 1994
Need for Speed II 1997
Need for Speed III: Hot Pursuit 1998
Need for Speed: High Stakes 1999
Need for Speed: Porsche Unleashed 2000
Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit 2 2002
Need for Speed: Underground 2003
Need for Speed: Underground 2 2004
Need for Speed: Most Wanted 2005
Need for Speed: Carbon 2006
Need for Speed: ProStreet 2007
Need for Speed: Undercover 2008
Need for Speed: Shift 2009
Need for Speed: World 2010
Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit 2010
Shift 2 Unleashed 2011
Need for Speed: The Run 2011
Need for Speed: Most Wanted (2012) 2012
Need for Speed Rivals 2013
Need for Speed (2016) 2016
Need for Speed Payback 2017
Need for Speed: Edge TBA

For the sequel, see Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit 2. For the 2010 game, see Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit.

Key points

Use Need For Speed III Modern Patch to install and run the game on modern systems.

General information

Need for Speed Wiki

Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
Basic CD File Check
Windows

Downloadable content (DLC) and expansions

Name Notes
Ferrari 456M GT
Windows
Jaguar XKR
Windows
Lister Storm
Windows
Spectre R42
Windows
Ford Falcon GT By default only in Australian release
Windows
HSV VT GTS By default only in Australian release
Windows
Chevrolet Corvette C5 Indy 500 Pace Car By default only in Wal-Mart release
Windows
All official add-on cars (and their showcases) were released for free by EA.
All official add-ons come as *.exe files and can only be installed if game was installed with original installer and all registry entries are present.

Essential improvements[edit]

Need For Speed III Modern Patch[edit]

The patch contains support for widescreen resolutions as well as a lot of bugfixes.
Fan-made patch[citation needed]
  1. Download the Need For Speed III Modern Patch.
  2. Copy FEDATA and GAMEDATA directories from the NFS3 CD to a new empty folder.
  3. Extract contents of this archive into that folder with replacement of files.
  4. No need to install, just play the game!

Skip intro videos[edit]

Skip opening movie[citation needed]
  1. Install Need For Speed III Modern Patch.
  2. Edit nfs3.ini.
  3. Set NoMovies to 1.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\fedata\config\config.dat

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\fedata\config\config.dat

Video settings[edit]

Video settings.
Video settings.
Graphics option Option Notes
Widescreen resolution
See Need For Speed III Modern Patch.
Multi-monitor
Ultra-widescreen
4K Ultra HD
See Need For Speed III Modern Patch.
Field of view (FOV)
"Narrow" and "Wide" options available in the 'View Angle' setting in the Graphics menu.
Windowed
See Windowed.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Use Borderless Gaming.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
60 FPS
120+ FPS
Frame rate is capped at 64 FPS.

Windowed[edit]

Fan-made patch[citation needed]
  1. Install Need For Speed III Modern Patch (v1.6.2 currently in beta).
  2. Edit nfs3.ini.
  3. Set ThrashDriver to dx8.
  4. Set WindowedMode to 1.

Input settings[edit]

Audio settings[edit]

Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls
Menu Music, Race Music, Effects, Engine and Speech sliders available.
Surround sound
Stereo, Mono, Dolby Surround and DS3D/EAX.
Subtitles
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
EAX support
EAX 1[1]

Network[edit]

Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
Local play
2 Split-screen.
LAN play
8
Online play

Issues fixed[edit]

Installing on 64-bit versions of Windows[edit]

Original installer doesn't work on 64-bit systems.
Fan-made patch[citation needed]

Notes

Doesn't need an installer and works on any Windows OS.
Fan-made installer[citation needed]
  1. To install on 64-bit systems, use this fan-made installer. It supports multiple languages and it has necessary compatibility fixes already implemented. The fan-made installer will automatically set the language to German. After installation, follow these instructions to change the language.
  2. Go to the installation folder.
  3. Open install.win in a text editor such as Notepad.
  4. Change the language displayed in the first line to one of the five languages mentioned in the file (i.e. English, German, French, Spanish, or Italian). The language must be typed in all lowercase letters.
  5. Save the file and play the game. It should now be in your desired language.

Notes

Adds add-on vehicles and street vehicles to the game menu.

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Technical specs Supported Notes
64-bit executable

System requirements[edit]

Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 95 98
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium 166 MHz Intel Pentium 200 MHz
System memory (RAM) 16 MB 32 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 90 MB 110 MB
Video card (GPU) High Color capable IBM PCI 100% 3dfx Glide Compatible
12 MB of VRAM

References