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Need for Speed II

Platform : PlayStation
Rated: Everyone
15 customer reviews
Metascore: 71 / 100
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Are you ready to pit your driving savvy against six international courses? Pick one of eight mean machines and let's go! Need for Speed II is fast and realistic with detailed 3D graphics and full-circle view. And when you think you're ready try the two-player split-screen mode for teeth-grinding competition!

Review

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.

While it's trite to say, "If you've ever wanted to get behind the wheel of a (insert expensive car name here), then you'll be itching to play Need For Speed II," it's also true. The game does feature eight supercars: the Ferrari F50, Lotus GT1, Jaguar XJ220, Ford GT90, Lotus Esprit V8, McLarren F1, Italdesign Cala, and the Isdera Commendatore 112I. But while each resembles its real-life counterpart in appearance, the simplified play control doesn't come close to capturing the feel of driving the actual car. The tracks do provide a thrill however, and if you've ever wanted to barrel downhill through a small Greek village, your fantasies will be fulfilled. With five other tracks to race through (Canada, Norway, Australia, Northern Europe, and Nepal), the variety of exotic locales will keep you entertained long after you're sick of the supercars (no matter which of the fifteen available colors you paint them).

Like most driving games before it, Need For Speed II sticks to the basics: You select a manual or automatic transmission; your goal is to cross the finish line in the shortest amount of time possible; and there are buttons to accelerate and brake. The game also features power slides, burnouts, a rear view, replays, a two-player split-screen mode (accomplished with minimal slowdown), tournament mode, four varied camera angles, and the ability to drive in reverse - but most of these were available in the original Need For Speed or have been touched upon in other next generation driving games. A unique feature of note, but hardly a selling point, is the extensive information on the cars featured in the game. It's neat to look at but doesn't add much. There is also an undisclosed number of hidden cars and tracks, that is if you beat the game under a certain amount of time.

Once you're behind the wheel, Need For Speed II kicks into gear. The control, while loose at first, is quite accurate - expect to crash often, though, until you master it. Each level is challenging, taking an hour or so to familiarize yourself with and hours to master. But once you memorize the tight turns, there isn't much surprise left, aside from the hidden shortcuts in most levels. The most frustrating feature is the game's myriad crashes - pileups occur whenever you hit a car and you'll flip numerous times when you get too close to a wall at high speeds (no physical damage shows up on your car, but it takes you out of the race momentarily). Some courses will also try your patience; prepare to use your brakes often.

Need For Speed II looks really good. The 3-D texture-mapped graphics are on par with most N64 titles, although there is a significant amount of pop-up and the occasional backdrop looks flat or jagged. What is most impressive is that Electronic Arts has created a game on a 32-bit platform that, at least graphically, rivals the N64's Cruis'n USA. The sound is also quite good, featuring an electronic Euro-style soundtrack and realistic sound effects. In terms of presentation, the game scores big points.

Overall, Need For Speed II is the PlayStation's slickest racer yet, with its mix of realistic locales, superior graphics, and fast cars. It's more realistic than Ridge Racer and more of an arcade game than NASCAR Racing, and the combination should score with die-hard and casual genre fans alike. Simply put: Short of a Cannonball Run-esque plot, Need For Speed II has it all (although let's face it, who wouldn't like to see Dom DeLuise and Burt Reynolds in a driving game?). --Glenn Rubenstein
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  • ASIN: B00000K0DJ
  • Media: Video Game
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #29,991 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 17, 1999
Format: Video Game
If you like the exotic cars this game may be for you. Opportunites to drive a McLaren, GT90, F50, and Jaguar are exciting. The videos and information on the cars themselves is great as well. Much better than the newer High Stakes version. The game did not operate properly in the two player mode when either controller was set to work in the analog mode. The steering wheel controllers may alleviate that problem, but I do not have one. At this price, it is one of the better racing games out there. I have enjoyed it more than the others.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Andy Griffith on February 3, 2005
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As Need For Speed games go, I must say....this is the poorest installment.

I'm a racing game fanatic, and have always been a fan of the Need For Speed series, but this one is mightily flawed.

The graphics are average at best, but the videos and information on each of the cars was superb. The graphics and frame rate take a major hit when you go really fast, and actually, the cars at times don't even feel like they're on the ground when driving.

The cars control just okay....but on the more difficult tracks, it is really hard to keep up with the leaders of the pack because it isn't really that easy to take hard turns and hairpins all perfectly like the computer always does.

Being able to drive a Ford GT90 and my dream car, the Jaguar XJ220, is what made me buy this game, but then being able to use them in the game made me really wonder if they should even be dream cars.

Look to Gran Turismo 2 if you want a better selection of excotic cars that are actually controllable.

The sounds of the game are just so-so....all the cars seemingly sound alike when accelerating....and you'll get used to the grating metal sound of nailing walls at high speeds....

The best aspect of this game is the music, quite possibly the best of the NFS series, but when you buy a racing game for the music....that's pretty pathetic.

If you're a fan of the NFS series and HAVE to have every NFS out there, sure, pick this one up for a very cheap price. It's not worth more than 4 or 5 bucks nowadays, so don't pay any more than that.

Die-hard racing fans? Look elsewhere.

Overall, 5 out of 10.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Donna Hayden on May 25, 2013
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Need for Speed II is the second installment in the Need for Speed series, and currently my favorite. Its fast, has pretty good graphics for its time (1997) and the highly exotic cars are epic. I also have to compliment the music. Its reeeally good. I'm actually listening to one of the Proving Grounds music tracks as I write this review.

In conclusion, NFS II is a great game that I highly reccomend. The only true faults I find with it is the difficultly and the fact that you'll be bouncing off walls quite a lot. In any case, I love this game, and I hope you buy it.
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By JustMe on July 30, 2014
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For an older game, my five year old likes it just fine. He's amazed with the fancy speeding and racing cars. Keeps him entertained and keeps the PS3 games safely in the hands of the older kids. The graphics are nice for the age of the game (and system it plays with). He doesn't seem to notice very much. Owning a PS3 as well, you can certainly see a difference graphics-wise, but this was pretty much the best when I was growing up. The music seems sometimes repetitive and annoying at times. Keeping the volume down some helps here. He does like it, but he seems to wreck and be thrown around a lot when playing. Nudging a wall at high speeds is enough to send the car careening around or flying through the air.
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By Aztech25 on July 29, 2010
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Hello All,

I have to say that Road & Track has done a great job with the Need For Speed Series and I wish that EA could collaborate with them in the future. What I liked about Need For Speed I and II was not only was it a fun racing game, but the review of the car and company history. (Which is rare) I hope in the future Need For Speed will bring back those features because that is what make it unique from other racing games. Overall, Need For speed II was a good game at the time and it will always be one of my favorites.
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By Zack on May 4, 2015
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These old NFS games are great fun and NFS 2 was always one of my favorites. This game is for the original playstation so it's obviously not going to have the ultra realistic graphics and gameplay as the more modern games. But NFS2 makes up for it and then some with it's fun and nostalgia factor especially for those who played this one back in the day.
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By J. S. Harvey on October 9, 2013
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EA need to re-make this exciting game for ps3 or ps4 no doubt about it. they need to have hardcore NFS gamers back bring back what made NFS need for speed. not auto-log or alldrive crap 2 player racer with criterions Hotpursuit graphic is all we need.
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Dug out my Playstation 1 and didn't want discard it. Purchased this and a few other games and gave it to my nephews. Haven't seen them in the sunlight since. I go into the cave occasionally to teach the youngsters what pain is.
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