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In Need For Speed II the player takes control of eight Super Cars and races his or her way through six different tracks from Australia to Nepal. Much like the first in the series, the sequel has plenty of high performance cars to choose from, including the McLaren F1, Ferrari F50, Lotus GT1, Jaguar XJ220, Ford GT90, Isdera Commendatore 112i, Italdesign Cala and Lotus Esprit V8, each handling differently.

Once the player has beaten the six tracks, a new track is made available. It's a fast paced racing game which is intended to play more like an arcade racer than a true simulation, though the player can select which driving style suits him or her best: arcade or simulation.

There are three game modes: single race, tournament (in which the player must get the highest score in order to win) and knock out (in which the player has to outrun at least one car at the end of each track to avoid elimination). Car settings such as gear ratio, downforce, break bias and color can be customized. The opponents' skill can also be chosen, as well as the presence of civilian traffic in the tracks. The game offers four options of camera views: heli-cam, tail-cam, in-car and road cam. A replay mode with eight cinematic cameras is also available.

The main difference between this and the previous Need for Speed game is in the tracks, with less open road tracks in this sequel. Also, there are no cops to chase the player. However, the tracks available are have a range of detail, and some have changing weather conditions while the player races.


Need for Speed II Windows First person through the town.
Need for Speed II Windows At the start of race, you can see the smoke in the mirror your burning tires make.
Need for Speed II Windows When your car spins around, so do the textures, hehe.
Need for Speed II Windows Ferrari F50 following by the outer curve.

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Alternate Titles

  • "Over Drivin' II" -- Japanese title
  • "NFS 2" -- Common abbreviation

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Disappointing Windows Steve Hall (355)
Speed Haste Windows MAT (160484)

Critic Reviews

Adrenaline Vault, The (AVault) Windows May 11, 1997 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
Absolute Playstation PlayStation Jun, 1997 8.25 out of 10 82
PC Player (Germany) Windows May, 1997 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Power Play Windows May, 1997 75 out of 100 75
Privat Computer PC Windows 1997 75 out of 100 75
GameSpot PlayStation Apr 17, 1997 7.3 out of 10 73
GameSpot Windows May 14, 1997 7 out of 10 70
Game Players PlayStation Jun, 1997 6.9 out of 10 69
PC Games (Germany) Windows May, 1997 66 out of 100 66
Computer Games Magazine Windows 1997 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars 40


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