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Need for Speed III: Hot Pursuit (Windows)

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Need for Speed III: Hot Pursuit

Developer: EA Seattle
Publisher: Electronic Arts
Platform: Windows
Released in US: September 23, 1998
Released in EU: October 12, 1998

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MusicIcon.png This game has unused music.

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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.


Named eegg, it's from MMNU.QFS and it's placed among tracks' vidwalls. It's likely it was supposed to be used as the vidwall of hidden tracks like in the PlayStation version. However, this version didn't have hidden tracks, so this picture is left unused.


Hidden Cursor

Apparently, one of the cursors is... an offensive gesture. It's unknown what triggers it, so it's probably a leftover of a developer's insider joke of some sorts.

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Unseen Car Pictures

COMPARE.FSH contains pictures of all the game's official playable cars, including the Australian version's exclusive cars, the Wal-Mart special version's Corvette pace car and even the DLC cars.

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Cut Track Remains

Inside the language files, there are text strings for the hidden tracks in the PlayStation version, as well as Drag Strip and Oval - these will later appear in Motor City Online.

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Leftover Loading Screens

The European release contains many garbage files, such as leftover loading screens. Seems like the Windows port was supposed to be closer to the PlayStation release.

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Unused Track Info

These images can be early versions of the circuit information.


Early Final
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Early Final
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Rocky Pass

Early Final
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Country Woods

Early Final
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Lost Canyons

Early Final
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Unused Music


Gear Grinder by Matt Ragan. Longer version later appeared in Motor City Online.


A short generic rock song not used anywhere. It was programmed to play on TRK009 (the one that would go after Empire City).


Cerebral Plumbing by Crispin Hands, a leftover from NFS2.