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Need for Speed III: Hot Pursuit (PlayStation)

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Need for Speed III: Hot Pursuit

Also known as: Over Drivin' III: Hot Pursuit (JP)
Developer: EA Canada
Publishers: Electronic Arts (US/EU), EA Square (JP)
Platform: PlayStation
Released in JP: September 23, 1998
Released in US: March 25, 1998
Released in EU: April 1998

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Regional differences. (Police chatter voices are in different languages.

Need for Speed III: Hot Pursuit brought back the police after their absence in the second game and allowed players to play as the cops for the first time. Considered to be arguably the best NFS game of the classic pre-Underground era, it began one of the franchise's most celebrated sub-series.

Unused Textures

ZHUD.PSH contains a texture practically named "shit". It's simply a black 3x3 image.

Unused Text

The language files have multiple leftovers. Races with 20 laps were planned to be implemented (or maybe it was a track name placeholder, as lap numbers come right after tracks' names).


Leftover time and weather settings also exist; in the final game, only locale specific weather and night-time were toggleable.


Pink, black and gray car colors existed as well.

light blue

Early AI names also exist. Only Tad made it to the final list unaltered; Blazin' Brooke and Iceman were shortened to Blazin and Ice respectively. There could be up to 11 AI opponents in a race; the leftover AI names are proof of that. (10 if you don't count "Cop" as an AI name).

Krazy Ivan
Blazin' Brooke
Juan Valdez

And some totally weird strings, somewhat related to cheats.

fancy schmancy
funky monkey
no cheats achieved yet

Unused Tracks


Empire City is the only non-hidden track that lacks a second variation; though it was supposed to have one. It is only present on the PlayStation release of the game and is only accessible by replacing the files of another track. Its actual name is unknown, as it's not present in the text files.

The track itself is largely unfinished, with several bugs such as incorrect texture placement and broken AI paths towards the end of the route.

The route detaches from the regular Empire City layout at the first tunnel, right after the looped highway leading from the docks, and then goes down a long curvy tunnel towards a forest area with a variety of elevation changes, twists, and turns. It then connects to the regular Empire City layout at an intersection near the cathedral.

TR02B uses an early loading screen for Redrock Ridge; it has an completely black start point in a different place and the background picture is different, though the road layout matches the final version perfectly.


Interestingly, each track has its own set of colors for cars. TR02B uses an older set! While it's not too different from the final set, there are some minor differences. Of note, Countach and 355 F1 had an yellow color, wheras the Diablo had no yellow color, but instead it had a gray/charcoal with white/silver lettering scheme.

Unused 355 F1 color variant Unused Countach color variant Unused Diablo color variant
NFS3 f355 yellow.png NFS3 countach yellow.png NFS3 diablo grey.png

The unfinished state of the track along with the early Redrock Ridge placeholder screen suggests that the track was cut early in development. It is interesting to note that remnants of this track can still be seen in Empire City; namely, the tunnel and the cathedral has some impassable barriers with geometry beyond it (note the design changes on the tunnel and the areas around the cathedral).

Empire City TR02B
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Empire City TR02B
NFS3-EmpireCityCathedral.png NFS3-TR02BCathedral.png

To access the level, enable the GameShark code below on an NTSC version of the game and select Empire City.

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