Need for Speed II

8 Overall Score
Graphics: 8/10
Gameplay: 8/10
Audio: 9/10

Excellent soundtrack | Tight controls

Lacking content | Poor physics

What is Need for Speed II?

Need for Speed II is the second game in the Need for Speed series. Unlike The Need for Speed, the game is featured with simpler driving physics and utilises race tracks with an exotic setting and high jumps. The car selection includes sports cars again, but several concept cars as well.

Game Info

GAME NAME: Need for Speed II

DEVELOPER(S): EA Seattle (PC), EA Canada (PS1)

PUBLISHER(S): Electronic Arts

PLATFORM(S): PC, PS1

GENRE(S): Racing

RELEASE DATE(S): 30 Apr 1997 (PC), 31 Mar 1997 (PS1)


Need for Speed II is the second game in the Need for Speed series. It is known as Over Drivin’ II in Japan and is the first game in the series not to feature the police.

Unlike The Need for Speed, the game is featured with simpler driving physics and utilises race tracks with an exotic setting and high jumps. The car selection includes sports cars again, but several concept cars as well.

The game was released for the PC on April 30, 1997 and on the PlayStation One on November 17th, 1997. – Quoted from the Wikipedia page for the game

My Thoughts

Need for Speed II is probably my favourite game in the franchise as it’s unlike any other game within the series, being the second game in the Need for Speed series and coming after the Road & Track sponsored driving simulation of the first game, once Road & Track were no longer a part of the game Electronic Arts hadn’t yet decided on a formula for the franchise and so Need for Speed II is more of an arcade racer than it’s predecessor and that’s a good thing.

Need for Speed II showcases some of the most exotic and some of the most stunning concept cars of the time and allows players to lay down their raw power on some of the most unique tracks to ever grace a video game, whether it’s racing through city streets or power-sliding your way around the corners of a lush forest, Need for Speed II gives gamers the thrill and speed that other Need for Speed games fail to deliver.

Now what’s a classic game without cheats? It’s a poor effort, that’s what it is! Need for Speed II has a few fantastic and crazy cheats among it’s repertoire, including such corkers as: The Monolith Studios track which is a colourful ride through a fictional movie set which includes scenes from various different movies, the “pioneer” cheat which allows your cars to reach mind-blowing speeds and the bonus vehicles which range from a simple wooden crate to a T-Rex!

Need for Speed II is in my opinion is the greatest game in the entire franchise, it throws away all of the seriousness that made the original a great driving simulator and gives gamers a fun arcade racer with a real sense of speed and one of the best soundtracks in all of gaming. A must own for any racing fan.

The Good


– Great sense of speed
– Excellent soundtrack
– Fun gameplay
– Tight controls

The Bad


– Wonky physics at times
– Lacking content by today’s standards

Gameplay



Thanks for reading and good gaming.

~Razor.