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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 Windows Speeding Ticket
The Need for Speed: Special Edition Windows Title Screen
The Need for Speed: Special Edition Windows Alpine #1
The Need for Speed: Special Edition Windows Burnt Sienna

Promo Images

The Need for Speed: Special Edition Magazine Advertisement

Alternate Titles

  • "极品飞车:特别版" -- Simplified Chinese spelling
  • "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

A buggy yet entertaining driving(?) game to kill time with. ShakirBB (28) 3.25 Stars3.25 Stars3.25 Stars3.25 Stars3.25 Stars
A good racing game for the time. Steve Hall (352) 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars

Critic Reviews

Gamezilla 1996 88 out of 100 88
PC Jeux Nov, 1997 86 out of 100 86 1996 85 out of 100 85
PC Action Aug, 1996 83 out of 100 83
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 (1991) added The Need for Speed: Special Edition (Windows) on Jan 02, 2000
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