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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 Showcase Lotus Espirit V8
Need for Speed II Windows Ferrari F50 following by the outer curve.
Need for Speed II PlayStation Village themes
Need for Speed II Windows Showcase Jaguar XJ220

Promo Images

Need for Speed II Screenshot PCCD screenshot
Need for Speed II Screenshot PCCD screenshot
Need for Speed II Magazine Advertisement
Need for Speed II Screenshot PCCD screenshot


Alternate Titles

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

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User Reviews

Speed Haste Windows MAT (229787)
Disappointing Windows Steve Hall (352)

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
Privat Computer PC Windows 1997 75 out of 100 75
Video Games PlayStation May, 1997 74 out of 100 74
GameSpot PlayStation Apr 17, 1997 7.3 out of 10 73
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Windows Aug, 1997 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
Game Players PlayStation Jun, 1997 6.9 out of 10 69
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) PlayStation Jul, 1997 12.5 out of 20 62
The Video Game Critic PlayStation Apr 12, 2005 D 25


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