Need for Speed II

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WindowsAdrenaline Vault, The (AVault)
When it comes to racing simulations there really are only a few players out there. Need For Speed II continues an excellent line of racing simulations. The graphics and speed of the game combined with the ability to race against other people give Need For Speed II a good edge over any competition. What really allows Need For Speed II to stand out are the different cars that you can race. Not only are there a number of cars that most people dream about driving, but there is the ability to tweak them to your liking by changing their setups. If you enjoyed Need For Speed SE and the original Need For Speed then this version is one you will not want to pass on.
There seems to be two discernible sets of people when it comes to The Need For Speed. Those who love every aspect of it, and those who are viciously opposed to it. This game will still not appeal to the crowd who hated the first game, even with the addition of the more user friendly Arcade Mode which makes powersliding and handling easier. But faithful fans will have a good solid game in their collections with six new tracks and an unthinkable amount of extra horsepower to play with.
PlayStationAbsolute Playstation
The original still holds a special place in the hearts of many PSX gamers. This game improves on that format and provides many vehicles to try out.
The crisp graphics and excellent sound make Need for Speed 2 a solid game by anybody's standards. Nevertheless, prepare to be a little disappointed with the gameplay if you're a big fan of the original Need for Speed. If you've never played the original and are looking for a fun head-to-head arcade racer, you may want to start with Need for Speed and wait a while on the sequel.
In den Rausch der Geschwindigkeit versetzt Euch Need For Speed 2 nicht gerade. Atmosphäre kommt auf den Pisten nicht auf, dazu wirken die Gebäude zu steril. Daran ändern auch nichts die sporadisch auftauchenden Blickfänge wie landende Flugzeuge. Schade auch, daß Electronic Arts nur noch auf Rundpisten setzt. Dafür wurde aber die Gegnerintelligenz verbessert. Jetzt entsteht wenigstens nicht mehr der Eindruck, daß vorsichtige Rentner hinter den Lenkrädern säßen. Spaß macht es dennoch - nicht zuletzt wegen der exquisiten Präsentation und dem hinzugekommenen Simulations-Modus.
WindowsPC För Alla
Jag har sagt det förut och jag säger det igen: Electronic Arts kan sina grejer. I tider där du och jag kan frossa i fartfyllda bilspel som Screamer 2, Sega Rally och Nascar Racing 2 lyckas EA producera ett bilspel som på många punkter får de övriga att blekna i jämförelse. Sånt gillar vi på redaktionen!
PlayStationAbsolute Playstation
If you can get past the initial graphics shock and strange control issues that I have described above, this game should provide hours of challenging races. I would highly recommend the purchase of an analog control device for this game, whether it be the NeGcon or Mad Catz...the game is a beast in digital mode. The game also supports the new Sony Dual Analog pad, so if you have the spare cash grab one on the import market...the improved control factor is worth it. You are given tons of options and a very good car selection. The game also rocks in the two player split screen mode. All of that along with the diverse track selection, in my opinion make this game a winner. It may not appeal to the hard core arcade racing fans out there, but for the more simulation minded gamers out there that appreciate a touch of arcade action, this title is sure to please.
WindowsPC Player (Germany)
Allerdings wendet sich Need for Speed 2 eher an den Simulations-Fan, denn an den Actionraser. Vor allem die anspruchsvolle Streckenführung erfordert einige Übung und genaue Kenntnisse der speziellen Eigenschaften unterschiedlicher Wagen. Zum Glück haben die Entwickler auf ein nerviges Zeitlimit mit Checkpunkten verzichtet, so daß man sich voll und ganz auf die Kontrahenten konzentrieren kann. Kurz und gut: Need for Speed 2 macht Spaß und sieht gut aus; wer es nicht spielt, ist selber schuld.
WindowsGameplay (Benelux)
De computerwagens maken van NFS2 een stockcarrace en hebben waarschijnlijk op de kermis in de botsautootjes leren rijden. Ze zigzaggen maar wat over de baan. Van de ideale lijn hebben zij nog nooit gehoord en als je voorbijglipt, proberen ze je steevast een tikje te geven om je van de baan te kegelen. Bij NFS1 was het traject een uitdaging, een opdracht om je rijvaardigheid te tonen. Hier in NFS2 hebben ze, denk ik, een aantal stukjes weg achter elkaar gezet. De trajecten zijn hierdoor niet meer zo gebalanceerd als bij NFS1. Het is hectisch, van de hak op de tak.
WindowsPower Play
Absolut gesehen ist „The Need for Speed“ ein halbwegs gelungenes Rennspiel, von einer würdigen Fortsetzung kann jedoch keine Rede sein. Am ehesten fällt da noch die sattere Straßenlagen der rollenden Wertanlagen positiv auf. Dagegen will es mir nicht in den Kopf, warum die einstmals schon auf einem P120 superflüssige Grafik noch auf einem 166er vernehmlich ruckelt, ohne daß die Qualität sichtbare Fortschritte gemacht hätte. Die Ausstattung ist ähnlich mager wie die der simulierten Supersportler. Sieben zwar lange, aber an Höhepunkten arme Strecken sind ebensowenig Spitze wie die wenigen Spielmodi. Ein Extralob geht zum Abschluß an die Musikabteilung von Pioneer Productions: Wie schon bei NHL 97 hat sie eine klasse Soundkulisse hingelegt, bei der wahrscheinlich selbst etliche Profibands vor Neid erblassen.
WindowsPrivat Computer PC
Med de høje systemkrav er Need for Speed 2 virkelig svært at anbefale, med mindre man da har en Pentium 166 eller højere, og ikke har et 3D-kort. Need for Speed 2 vækker blandede følelser.
WindowsPC Joker
Ganz persönlich bin ich vom doch ziemlich lieblos runterprogrammierten Nachfolger schon enttäuscht: Kein Vergleich mit dem begeisternden 3DO-Original, vor dem ich einst Tage und Wochen verbrachte! An allen Ecken und Enden macht sich hier der Zeitdruck bemerkbar, unter dem die Entwickler wohl gestanden haben. Oder wollten sie vielleicht lieber auf Firmenkosten ein paar heiße Schlitten probefahren und sich spaßige Drehs zum Intro-Video gönnen, anstatt trockene Knochenarbeit in das Feintuning zu investieren?
This game is one of those instances where the original is better than the sequel. The difficult cornering really made the game frustrating to play and left me wanting more. The tracks were all so well-designed that if the control was better, it would have overshadowed the poor graphics and the pitiful-looking cars. This game will disappoint even hardcore Need for Speed fans.
Need For Speed II is the first realistic street racing game on the PlayStation since the original Need For Speed. Unlike Test Drive: Off-Road and Tokyo Highway Battle (which were exaggerated), or NASCAR and Mario Andretti (which were true to life, yet never left the track), Need For Speed II focuses on realistic racing in populated settings…and the chaos that ensues.
WindowsComputer Gaming World (CGW)
Although it may seem like I'm spending most of this review complaining, NFS II is not a bad game. The problem is that with just a little more attention to the visual elements and track selection, this could easily have been a five-star product. NFS II is a good arcade racer for the action racing fans, but I'm disappointed that EA didn't make it better.
Electronic Arts pose ici l'une des pierres fondatrices d'une série dont on connaît aujourd'hui le succès. Malgré un nombre de défis très restreint, Need for Speed II se révèle être un bon jeu qui parvient à séduire grâce à sa convivialité et son esprit fun et parfois décalé.
What makes it push towards the sim side of the spectrum is the varied performance of the different cars and their engine (and horn) sounds. Lacking a true-to-life physics model, however, makes it very arcade. NFS II is plagued by some of the same problems that make it difficult to call this series a driving "simulation." It sort of fits snugly between, say, Virgin's Screamer 2 and any of the true racing sims on the market.
PlayStationGame Players
The game boasts a respectable frame-rate now (at least in one-player mode), but the graphics are grainy, unattractive and still suffer from considerable draw-in problems. Gameplay is marred by control that gives little indication of how the car should interact with the track. A variety of exotic rides, six huge tracks and some nice hidden extras make NFS II worth checking out - but just barely.
WindowsPC Games (Germany)
Need for Speed 2 ist die erste Wahl, wenn Sie mit Luxussportwagen schnelle Runden ziehen wollen. Wenn Sie dagegen Wert auf eine exakte Steuerung legen und Freude am Fahren wollen, gibt es mittlerweile bessere Rennspiele. EA hat zu wenig Neues eingebaut, um Need for Speed 2 erneut einen Spitzenplatz zu sichern. Außerdem haben Wagen wie der GT90 nicht den Kultstatus eines Lamborghini Diablo oder der Dodge Viper, was viel Atmospähre kostet.
Need For Speed II could have been a decent racing game. All the right elements are there - cool cars, inventive tracks, decent control - but the execution has been seriously flawed by poor graphics and frame rate.
After the excellent 3DO original, Need for Speed 2 is something of a let down. Where 3DO NFS had complex models, great tracks and beautiful scenery, NFS2 can barely muster the energy for some half-decent models, a couple of stunt sections and a poor frame rate in its PC incarnation (with no 3D card support to boost performance). On the PlayStation, where titles like Rage Racer prove that solid-looking scenery, well-designed tracks and subtle handling are perfectly possible, this sequel looks particularly weak.
WindowsComputer Games Magazine
Considering more people worked on the video segments than the actual game, it's not surprising that Need for Speed II is all image and style and little substance. The original game, with its greater variety of gameplay (where are the cops and oncoming traffic?), was much better.
PlayStationThe Video Game Critic
Adding insult to injury, NFS2 tried to overcompensate for its stiff controls with an "arcade mode" which has the cars sliding all over the road! At least the car showcases still kick ass, featuring cool videos of the cars cruising around town to pulse-pounding beats. NFS2 was apparently trying to appeal to both the car purists and arcade crowd, but fell short on both counts.