Need for Speed 3 in UE5 is Awesome!

Need for Speed 3 in UE5 is Awesome!

I’m a big fan of the old Need for Speed games, and while I admit the modern ones are a bit weak, back in the PlayStation 1 days, Need for Speed was king. I’d love to see them remastered, but now, I no longer need to wonder what that may look like. Dávid Kerekes has taken Need for Speed III: Hot Pursuit and ported the assets into Unreal Engine 5.

Need for Speed 3 in UE5 is Awesome!

What’s amazing is that they chose to keep the original textures and 3D models from the game and then use the power of Unreal Engine 5 to layer on some kick-ass enhancements. So while you get the look of the original game, you get drastically improved lighting, shadows, ambient occlusion and sun rays, to name but a few. The performance is obviously silky smooth, but it’s stunning to see just how much a game can be improved with a revised lighting system and a resolution bump.

Need for Speed 3 in UE5 is Awesome!

Kerekes imported two levels, Hometown and Atlantica, as well as one vehicle. The driving physics look great, but I suspect are taken from another source or created just for this demo. Either way, the video looks bloody awesome, check it out below. I hope to see them continue down this route, as I’d love a bit of an indie remaster of this game!

“One of my recent projects porting the old NFS3 Hot Pursuit (1998) levels into UE5. For the 3D conversion I used various NFS modding tools and some Houdini and Python. I barely started working on it. The current “working” levels: Hometown Atlantica” – YouTube

If that’s not enough, someone is remaking Need for Speed Underground 2 in Unreal Engine 4 too, nice!

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