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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 Almost every car has video preview included (just like in the original NFS only not as good).
Need for Speed II PlayStation On bridge
Need for Speed II Windows Inside the Jaguar, speeding towards some mediterranean town.
Need for Speed II Windows Lotus, but this time GT1, not Espirit.

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Alternate Titles

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

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Disappointing Windows Steve Hall (322)
Speed Haste Windows MAT (140907)

Critic Reviews

Adrenaline Vault, The (AVault) Windows May 11, 1997 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
NowGamer PlayStation May 01, 1997 8.7 out of 10 87
Absolute Playstation PlayStation Jun, 1997 8.25 out of 10 82 Windows 1997 80 out of 100 80
PC Player (Germany) Windows May, 1997 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Gameplay (Benelux) Windows Apr 30, 1997 79 out of 100 79
Mega Fun PlayStation May, 1997 79 out of 100 79
Game Players PlayStation Jun, 1997 6.9 out of 10 69
PC Games (Germany) Windows May, 1997 66 out of 100 66
IGN PlayStation Apr 03, 1997 6 out of 10 60


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