Need For Speed Tradition Continues on iPhone

The Need For Speed series has been one of the most successful gaming franchises since 1994, when the original game was released. For the well respected developer Electronic Arts, known for several hit titles over the years, this accomplishment is nothing short of standard. What EA had yet to do with their long running racing franchise, however, was to take a shot at the mobile gaming industry. Need for Speed: Undercover is the first in a long list of predecessors to take this route, and the move has paid huge dividends as the reviews flood in with overwhelmingly positive feedback. Indeed, NFS’s first mobile version has been a smashing success as an app on the ever popular iPhone, a device viewed by many as lacking the quality of games that can be played on other handheld devices, such as the Sony PSP or the Nintendo DS.

Although NFS: Undercover originally launched back in November of 2008, there was a brief delay in porting the version over to the iPhone, and the app has now been active since May 5, 2009. The transition has been seamless, as the game showed no ill effects in handheld form and was quickly considered one of the best racing games available for download. With 3D graphics that are consistently regarded as top notch when compared to similar titles available from Apple and revolutionary gameplay reviewers feel gets everything out of the advanced touch controls the phone offers, NFS rushed to the top of the gaming list and should continue to stay there in the near future.

Electronic Arts is a giant in the gaming industry, having opened shop in 1982 and converted to console gaming in the early nineties. Their current most successful branch, EA Sports, has been developing the Need for Speed series for over 15 years at a pace of about one new release every year. NFS: Undercover is the 12th installment in the series, and has already been succeeded by Need for Speed: Shift in September. With the success of Undercover, it’s very likely EA will be releasing a mobile version of all future releases in the popular series as well.