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The Need for Speed: Special Edition (DOS)

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Need for Speed: Special Edition adds two new race tracks (Burnt Sienna and Transtropolis), changeable time of day settings, 8-player network/modem support, in-game music, and Windows 95 support to Need for Speed.

The game lets you drive 8 speed devils including Lamborghini Diablo VT, Ferrari 512TR, and Porsche 911 Carrera. The race tracks are highly detailed with the help of texture mapped vector graphics The soundtrack is digitally recorded, and of professional quality.

Need for Speed SE has indepth coverage of the cars and race tracks. Video clips of the cars are also included.


The Need for Speed: Special Edition DOS Loading screen (Acura NSX)
The Need for Speed: Special Edition DOS Madza RX-7 from behind
The Need for Speed: Special Edition DOS Inside the Chevrolet Corvette ZR-1 on the Vertigo Ridge track.
The Need for Speed: Special Edition DOS Cargo containers

Alternate Titles

  • "The Need For Speed SE" -- Alternative spelling
  • "Road & Track presents: The Need For Speed: Special Edition." -- Full formal title

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User Reviews

Good product, but a rip-off at its time Daniel Saner (2596) 3.75 Stars3.75 Stars3.75 Stars3.75 Stars3.75 Stars

Critic Reviews

PC Games (Germany) Aug, 1996 88 out of 100 88
PC Jeux Nov, 1997 86 out of 100 86
Gamesmania.de 1996 85 out of 100 85
High Score Oct, 1996 4 out of 5 80
PC Player (Germany) Aug, 1996 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Power Play Aug, 1996 76 out of 100 76


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Need for Speed was voted #34 overall in PC Gamer Magazine's Readers All-Time Top 50 Games Poll (April 2000 issue).

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IJan (1910) added The Need for Speed: Special Edition (DOS) on Jan 02, 2000
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