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                          H   I   G   H      S   T   A   K   E   S

                 

                         Need for Speed: High Stakes Race/Prize Guide
                            Platforms: PlayStation and DOS/Windows
                                        Version: Final
                                   Brett "Nemesis" Franklin
                                 E-Mail: nemesis@flipmode.com




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                            1........................ Introduction
                            2......................... Legal Stuff
                            3............ Updates/Revision History
                            4................................ Cars
                            5..................... Race/Prize List
                            6..... FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)
                            7............................. Secrets
                            8............................. Credits
                            9........................ Contact Info


 


1. INTRODUCTION



Hi. I wrote this Guide to help fellow Need for Speed freaks like myself 
understand what cars are in the game, and which ones are the best. This Guide 
will also show you what prize money you will win for each Event, which tracks 
those Events are raced on, the difficulty of each, and a strategy for each 
Event. 

Need for Speed: High Stakes is a wonderful arcade racer with all the trimmings. 
It's one of the many Need for Speed games from Electronic Arts, and so far it's 
the best one, with Need for Speed 3: Hot Pursuit following close behind. :)


Game Info:
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Game: Need for Speed: High Stakes
Platforms: PlayStation and DOS/Windows
Players: 1-2
Price: $16.99-$39.99
Difficulty: HARD
Best Car: McLaren, or Porsche 911
Best Color for a car: Yellow!
Better than NFS 3?: Just a bit
Coolest feature: The helicopter!
Best Tip: Save your money!




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3. UPDATES/REVISION HISTORY




Version 0.5 (01/15/00)
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* First Version, still not complete. I need to finish some of the Special Event 
Races to see how much money you win for each, and to get everything else I need 
for those Events.



Version 1.0 (02/13/00)
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* Final, complete version. It took FOREVER to beat this game! Why is High Stakes 
so hard? Oh well. Got everything that I want in this Guide, so there shouldn't 
be anymore updates.






4. Cars



Terminology:
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///.............. Rankings for each aspect of a vehicle. 10 of these 
                  "///" means that that aspect of the car is the best,
                  while 1 of these "///" means that that aspect of the
                  car stinks. It's on a scale of 1-10.

Acceleration..... Determines how fast a car can gain speed, or 
                  "accelerate".

Top Speed........ The Top Speed of a car tells how fast the car is 
                  capable of going in MPH.

Brakes........... The Brakes are what causes the car to stop, and the
                  better the brakes, the easier and faster your car 
                  will stop or slow down.

Handling......... This aspect of a car tells you how well the car can 
                  handle while racing. The better a car handles, the 
                  easier it is to win races.

Overall.......... This ranking shows you how good the car is in all aspects,
                  and how well it performs against other cars. 


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MERCEDES: SLK-230
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Acceleration: /////
Top Speed:    //////
Brakes:       /////
Handling:     ////
Overall:      /////

Price: $20,000
Level 1: $3,000
Level 2: $5,250
Level 3: $6,750

A great car for beginners, since it's pretty easy to handle, and has a slower 
accelerator.

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BMW: Z3 ROADSTER
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Acceleration: //////
Top Speed:    /////
Brakes:       //////
Handling:     /////
Overall:      /////

Price: $20,000
Level 1: $3,000
Level 2: $5,250
Level 3: $6,750

Another great car for beginners, because of it's relatively lower top speed, and 
luxury car status.

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CHEVROLET: CAMERO Z28
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Acceleration: //////
Top Speed:    /////
Brakes:       ////
Handling:     /////
Overall:      /////

Price: $22,000
Level 1: $3,300
Level 2: $5,775
Level 3: $7,425

I never did like Cameros, so I don't much like this one either. Although it has 
a little bit of acceleration, it lacks in Braking, therfore bringing the Overall 
Score down.

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PONTIAC: FIREBIRD T/A
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Acceleration: //////
Top Speed:    //////
Brakes:       ////
Handling:     /////
Overall:      /////

Price: $22,000
Level 1: $3,300
Level 2: $5,775
Level 3: $7,425

The Firebird is an ok car to use. It lacks in almost all of the categories. I 
never did like it.


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ASTON MARTIN: DB7
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Acceleration: /////// 
Top Speed:    /////// 
Brakes:       ///// 
Handling:     ///// 
Overall:      //////

Price: $40,000
Level 1: $6,000
Level 2: $10,500
Level 3: $13,500

The DB7 is a pretty awesome car. It has great Top Speed and Acceleration, with 
good handling. Reccommended.


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JAGUAR: XKR
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Acceleration: //////
Top Speed:    ////// 
Brakes:       ////
Handling:     /////
Overall:      //////

Price: $40,000
Level 1: $6,000
Level 2: $10,500
Level 3: $13,500

The Jaguar is also a great car, although it's though to manuver at times.


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BMW: M5
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Acceleration: //////
Top Speed:    //////
Brakes:       /////
Handling:     //////
Overall:      //////

Price: $40,000
Level 1: $6,750
Level 2: $11,813
Level 3: $15,188

I like this car a lot. It's the best sedan in the game, and has great 
acceleration and Top Speed. Once you soup it up, it'll be awesome.


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CHEVROLET: CORVETTE
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Acceleration: ////////
Top Speed:    ////////
Brakes:       ////////
Handling:     ////////
Overall:      ///////

Price: $60,000
Level 1: $9,000
Level 2: $15,750
Level 3: $20,250

Although the Corvette is a great car all-around, it's quite expensive. You'll 
only want to purchase the Corvette if you have a lot of cash. Otherwise, just 
save up for a Ferrari or Porsche.


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FERRARI: 550 MARANELLO
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Acceleration: /////////
Top Speed:    /////////
Brakes:       ////////
Handling:     //////
Overall:      ////////

Price: $75,000
Level 1: $11,250
Level 2: $19,688
Level 3: $25,313

Personally, I love all types of Ferrari's. They are awesome machines to behold. 
The Maranello is a great car all-around, and is well worth the 75 Grand is 
costs.


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PORSHE: 911 TURBO
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Acceleration: /////////
Top Speed:    /////////
Brakes:       ///////
Handling:     //////////
Overall:      //////////

Price: $175,000
Level 1: $17,500
Level 2: $30,625
Level 3: $39,375

I'll admit it. I LOVE Porsches. I just adore them. So it's not a mystery when I 
tell you that I love the 911, and how well it handles, how fast it goes, and how 
good it is overall. It's worth the steep price tag. :)


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FERRARI: F50
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Acceleration: //////////
Top Speed:    /////////
Brakes:       ////////
Handling:     /////////
Overall:      /////////

Price: $225,000
Level 1: $22,500
Level 2: $39,375
Level 3: $50,625

Like I said earlier, I like Ferraris a lot. I'm not really sure if the F50 is 
worth the $225,000, but if you have the money, buy it.


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LAMBORGHINI: DIABLO SV
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Acceleration: ////////
Top Speed:    //////////
Brakes:       ///////
Handling:     ///////
Overall:      ////////

Price: $200,000
Level 1: $20,000
Level 2: $35,000
Level 3: $45,000

The Lamborghini Diablo is an awesome car, and a very powerful one too. Although 
the only drawback to the power is that the handling suffers a bit. Still a good 
choice.


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MERCEDES: CLK-GTR
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Acceleration: //////////
Top Speed:    /////////
Brakes:       //////////
Handling:     //////////
Overall:      //////////

Price: $500,000
Level 1: N/A
Level 2: N/A
Level 3: N/A

This is one of the best cars in the game. The GTR is the number TWO car in the 
game, right behind the McLaren. If you have the money, definatly buy this baby.


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MCLAREN: F1-GTR
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Acceleration: //////////
Top Speed:    //////////
Brakes:       //////////
Handling:     //////////
Overall:      //////////

Price: $500,000
Level 1: N/A
Level 2: N/A
Level 3: N/A

The McLaren is the best car in the game. It has perfect EVERYTHING, and then 
some. It also looks cool, too. :) Buy it immediatly, once you have the money.







5. Race/Prize List



TOURNAMENT 1: Worldwide Roadster Classic
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Tracks: 1) Landstrasse
        2) Route Adnof
        3) Kindiak Park

Difficulty: Easy

1st Place: $10,000
2nd Place: $8,500
3rd Place: $7,000

Strategy: If you get a Gold on this Event, you'll unlock "Twilight Open Series".


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TOURNAMENT 2: Regional Club Circuit
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Tracks: 1) Route Adnof  
        2) Landstrass 
        3) Kindiak Park
        4) Durham Road

Difficulty: Medium

1st Place: $20,000
2nd Place: $17,500
3rd Place: $15,000

Strategy: A Silver opens the "Durham" track, and a Gold opens the "International 
Road Race."


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TOURNAMENT 3: Super Sedan Challenge
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Tracks: 1) Route Adnof
        2) Landstrasse
        3) Kindiak Park
        4) Durham Road

Difficulty: Medium

1st Place: $30,000
2nd Place: $27,500
3rd Place: $26,000

Strategy: A Gold unlocks the "Knockout Challenge", and Celtic Ruins Track.



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TOURNAMENT 4: Grand Touring Competition
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Tracks: 1) Landstrasse
        2) Celtic Ruins
        3) Kindiak Park
        4) Route Adnof
        5) Dolphin Cove

Difficulty: Hard

1st Place: $110,000
2nd Place: $105,000
3rd Place: $100,000

Strategy: A Gold unlocks the "Corvette Pro Cup", and Dolphin Cove track.



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TOURNAMENT 5: International Supercar
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Tracks: 1) Celtic Ruins
        2) Kindiak Park
        3) Landstrasse
        4) Route Adnof
        5) Durham Road
        6) Dolphin Cove

Difficulty: Hard

1st Place: $175,000
2nd Place: $150,000
3rd Place: $125,000

Strategy: A Gold opens up the "Porsche Pro Cup", and the Snowy Ridge track.


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TOURNAMENT 6: GT Racing Competition
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Tracks: 1) Raceway 2
        2) Raceway
        3) Raceway 3

Difficulty: Hard

1st Place: $250,000
2nd Place: $225,000
3rd Place: $200,000

Strategy: A Gold unlocks the "Endurance Racing Competition", and all three 
Raceways.


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SPECIAL EVENT 1: Weekend Road Racing Classic
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Tracks: 1) Route Adnof
        2) Landstrasse
        

Difficulty: Medium

Entrance Fee: $5,000
1st Place: $10,000
2nd Place: $7,500
3rd Place: $5,000

Strategy: None.


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SPECIAL EVENT 2: Twilight Open Series
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Tracks: 1) Kindiak Park
        2) Route Adnof
        3) Landstrasse

Difficulty: Hard

1st Place: $12,000
2nd Place: $10,000
3rd Place: $7,500

Strategy: None.



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SPECIAL EVENT 3: International Open Road Tour
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Tracks: 1) Landstrasse
        2) Kindiak Park
        3) Route Adnof
        4) Durham Road

Difficulty: Hard

Entrance Fee: $5,000
1st Place: $15,000
2nd Place: $10,000
3rd Place: $7,500

Strategy: None.



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SPECIAL EVENT 4: Knockout Challenge
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Tracks: 1) Route Adnof
        2) Landstrasse
        3) Kindiak Park
        4) Durham Road

Difficulty: Hard

Entrance Fee: $10,000
1st Place: $45,000
2nd Place: $0
3rd Place: $0

Strategy: None.



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SPECIAL EVENT 5: Corvette Pro Cup
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Tracks: 1) Landstrasse
        2) Durham Road
        3) Kindiak Park
        4) Dolphin Cove 

Difficulty: Hard

Entrance Fee: $20,000
1st Place: $20,000
2nd Place: $15,000
3rd Place: $10,000

Strategy: A Gold unlocks the Pro Cup Corvette car.



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SPECIAL EVENT 6: Open Knockout Challenge
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Tracks: 1) Celtic Ruins
        2) Durham Road
        3) Kindiak Park

Difficulty: VERY Hard

Entrance Fee: $20,000
1st Place: $75,000
2nd Place: $0
3rd Place: $0

Strategy: None.







6. FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)



1) Q: How many cars are there in NFS: High Stakes?
 
   A: There are about 14 cars, NOT including hidden ones?


2) Q: Ok then, how many hidden ones are there?

   A: There are three hidden cars to race with, and one helicopter. :)


3) Q: How many tracks are there in NFS: High Stakes?

   A: There are around 10 tracks in the game.


4) Q: What is the best car in the game?

   A: Either the McLaren or the Mercedes CLK-GTR. Those are the best.


5) Q: Why is this game so HARD?

   A: I dunno. Maybe EA wanted to make it more...um...challenging.


6) Q: Why can't I use <insert car name here> in 
      <insert race name here>?
   
   A: Because there are rules that apply for almost every race where only 
      certain cars can enter. Sorry.    





7. Secrets



-Activate Horn 
To toggle the horn, hold R1 and press Up while driving. 
-Activate Lights 
To toggle lights, press the corresponding buttons while driving. 
   -Hazard lights -- hold L1 and press Down 
   -Head lights -- hold L1 and press Up 
   -Left turn signal -- hold L1 and press Left 
   -Right turn signal -- hold L1 and press Right 
-Siren * -- hold L1 and press Up 
       * Pursuit vehicles only. 
          Submitted by Cavel Antoine and CSlater8 
-Bonus Music Tracks 
First, go to the audio options from the main menu. Then go to the cd player and 
select it. Go all the way to the bottom, and there are two music tracks that are 
turned off. Just turn them on, and you can listen to them while your driving. 
            Submitted by Dave97521 
-Cheat Codes  Load Screen 
After selecting "Start Race", hold indicated buttons until race starts to 
activate its corresponding cheat. 
-Blurred vision -- Up + L2 + R1 
-Dashboard view -- Up + Triangle + X 
-Heavy car * -- Left + Square + Circle 
-Slow CPU cars ** -- Left + Square + Circle 
           * Test Drive and Hot Pursuit mode only.
          ** Tournament and Special Events mode only. 
-Cheat Codes  User Name 
To activate a cheat, enter its corresponding code (without spaces) as a player 
name. (Note: When cheats are enabled, the Save Game function is disabled!) 
      -All police cars -- NFS_PD 
      -English-speaking police on all tracks -- BIG OVEN 
      -Phantom concept car -- FLASH 
      -Police helicopter * -- WHIRLY 
      -Tian hotrod -- HOT ROD 
            * Test Drive mode only. 
-Drive Phantom Concept Car 
To unlock the Phantom racer, you must win all six events in Tournament mode. 
Submitted by Michael Langford 
-Drive Pursuit Vehicles 
To unlock a patrol car, you must arrest 10 speeders in Hot Pursuit mode. 
* Pursuit Vehicles
* BMW M5
* Chevrolet Caprice
* Chevrolet Corvet
* Helicopter #
* Lamborghini Diablo SV
* Porsche 911
       # Test Drive mode only. 
            Submitted by Charles Miller 
-Drive Special Edition Corvette 
To unlock the race-bread Corvette, you must place first in the Corvette Pro Cup. 
Submitted by Michael Langford 
-Drive Special Edition Porsche 911 
To unlock the race-bread Porsche, you must place first in the Porsche Pro Cup. 
Submitted by LIL B 
-Drive Titan Hotrod 
To unlock the Titan, you must win all 8 Special Events. 
Submitted by Michael Langford 
-Drunken Mode 
At the Loading screen, press and hold Up + L2 + R1 
Submitted by DJ M 
-Easier Tickets 
Enter Pursuit Mode and choose a cop car. When the game starts, hold L1 and press 
UP to turn off your sirens. The person running will slow down. When you've 
caught up to him, press L1 + UP to turn your sirens back on, then pull him over. 
Submitted by Brandon 
-Fly Police Helicopter 
To unlock the helicopter, you must arrest 10 speeders using every police vehicle 
in Hot Pursuit mode. 
Submitted by Michael Langford 
-Turbo Boost 
To activate turbo boost, enable Dashboard cheat and press d-pad Up while 
driving. 
Submitted by Tom Porter 






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CJayC- For accepting all of my FAQS, and for creating the best web site on the 
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