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Need for Speed: High Stakes (PlayStation)

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Title Screen

Need for Speed: High Stakes

Also known as: Need for Speed: Road Challenge (EU), Over Drivin' IV (JP)
Developer: EA Canada
Publisher: Electronic Arts
Platform: PlayStation
Released in JP: June 17, 1999
Released in US: March 1, 1999
Released in EU: March 30, 1999

GraphicsIcon.png This game has unused graphics.
TextIcon.png This game has unused text.
RegionIcon.png This game has regional differences.

PrereleaseIcon.png This game has a prerelease article

To do:
There are inaccessible (to player) upgraded versions of the CLK-GTR, F1 GTR, and police Caprice.

Need for Speed: High Stakes is the fourth entry in EA's premier street racing series, back when they had a very different opinion on tuned Honda Civics.


No remnants of this track exist except a few minor pieces of data in all versions. It is interesting to note that Millennia is named TR01 in the files, indicating that it was possibly the second track to be implemented into the game before it was removed.



While the Millennia strings also appear in different languages, it should be said that the track names themselves are not translated.


The hidden radar for Millennia.

Despite the assets being entirely removed, the minimap still remained inside ZHUD.PSH. It is named mp01, corresponding with its order number in the text strings.

Car Shadow & Horizon

/* TR01 */
192,192,192,    128,128,128,
192,192,192,    128,128,128,
128,128,128,    0,0,0,
128,128,128,    0,0,0,

Found in ZTRACK.DAT, the track had, evidently, seen enough development to have car shadow and horizon colour data defined for each state (from top to bottom; normal, weather, night, weather & night).

Unused Text

Hot Pursuit Restriction Message


Normally, the Ferrari and Mercedes-Benz cars are skipped over when selecting a car in the Hot Pursuit mode (owing to manufacturer-imposed restrictions), preventing this message from being used. However, if one attempts to forcibly select cars from those manufacturers (or in the Japanese version, the Nissan Skyline GT-R R34), this error message will be displayed.

If these cars are somehow forced to be used in a Hot Pursuit race, the police radio simply refers to the cars in question as a "sports car".

Debug Text

Elementary, my dear Cactus.
This needs some investigation.
Discuss ideas and findings on the talk page.
Specifically: Is the code to display this still in the data?

The first few strings in ZTEXT.ENG seem to refer to some sort of debug functionality:

view vram
view memory
dump frontend
Show me the money
Color Option
Menu Pieces
Gray Menu
Options Items
Black Text
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White Text
Ochre Text
Yellow Text
Blue Text
Bright Blue Text
Dark Grey Text
Red Text
Dark Red Text
Cyan Text
Dark Blue Text
Green Text
Orange Text
Pink Text
Light Blue Text
Options Blue
Options Bright Blue
Options Dark Blue
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Text Size
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Title Size
Left Justify
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Left Justify Drop
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FlyBy Help
Border Info
Framed Info
Screen Info
Screen Info Header
Framed Money
Pop Up Text
Pop Up Title
Track Records
Text Type
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Unused Vidwalls

A number of "vidwalls" – static images shown on a "screen" behind car models and track maps – are present in the game's data but are never seen during regular gameplay.


Apart from "Bonus Car 3" – which was cut during development, all vidwalls on this section were intended for alternate versions of cars in the game, but were rendered unused as the regular vidwalls are assigned to them instead.


Alternate vidwalls are used for tracks during tournaments and special events whenever the next race's time/weather options (Night Driving, Weather or Night Driving + Weather) are non-default. Many track-setting combos never happen at all, however, rendering their vidwalls unused.

Regional Differences

Title Screens

The game's title screen differs between regions. While the European and Australian versions just omit the "High Stakes" text, the Japanese version features completely different art to go with its regionalized title.

North America Europe/Australia Japan
Need for Speed-High Stakes (PlayStation)-title.png NFS4PSX-AUTitleScreen.png NFS4PSX-JPTitleScreen.png

Region-Exclusive Cars

In addition to the regularly available vehicles, the Australian and Japanese versions of Need for Speed: High Stakes offer extra, national cars.


The Australian version features four exclusive cars:

To accommodate these new vehicles, a couple of changes were made to the base game:

  • In order to feature Australian cars in Hot Pursuit mode from the start, Durham Road had its position swapped with Kindiak Park, with its location being changed from England to Australia.
  • The Regional Club Circuit's lineup is updated to include the HSV VT GTS and the Falcon XR8.
  • The Corvette Pro Cup is replaced by the HSV Pro Cup, where only fully-upgraded HSVs may participate. The prize has also been changed from the race-bred Corvette to the MHRT VT Commodore.

Note: most of the data for the Australia-only cars exists in the other versions of the game. The only exception is the model and texture files, which did not yet exist in the North American and European versions.

In addition, these cars are not referred by name in Hot Pursuit mode's police chatter; they are simply referred as "a saloon".


Similarly to the Australian version, the Japanese region has access to two cars not seen elsewhere:

The following changes were made to accommodate the new cars:

  • The Grand Touring Competition's lineup is updated to include the GT-R R34.
  • The Corvette Pro Cup is replaced by the Skyline Pro Cup, where only fully-upgraded R34s may participate. The prize has also been changed from the race-bred Corvette to the GT-R R34 Special.

Note: unlike the other non-Australian versions of the game, the model and texture files for the Ford Falcon XR8 and police Holden HSV VT GTS still exist on the Japanese disc, which would allow the player to obtain them via GameShark. The other Holdens are effectively replaced by the Skylines data-wise, however.