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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 any police.

Unlike Road & Track Presents: The Need for Speed, Need for Speed II has a simpler driving style, and courses with an exotic setting as well as high jumps.

Game Modes

Need for Speed II features single player and multiplayer modes, which can be played via a modem, network serial link, or split screen.

  • Knockout - A series of two-lap races involving every course of the game, in which racers that finishes in last will be eliminated. The last race with the two remaining racers takes place in the bonus course, that can be unlocked by winning the event.
  • Single Race - Standard circuit races with a specific number of laps.
  • Tournament - A series of four-lap races involving only the regular courses, which can be raced in any sequence. Winning this event unlocks a bonus car.

Each of these race types can be customised with different driving styles (Arcade and Simulation), catch-up mode, driving direction, and opponents (class, skill level, number). In each race course, an interactive soundtrack will be played, which is directly adapted to the gaming situation.


The car list mainly consists of European sports cars and concept cars from the 1990s. Every car's brake bias, downforce, and gear ratios may be fine-tuned, and can have their body colour changed.

Players can also enter a vehicle's Showcase to view a short video presentation of each car's performance stats and history.


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All courses follow circuit configuration, and are set in various different environments around the world.

  • Proving Grounds - An oval test track based in Norway.
  • Outback - Australian inspired route featuring landmarks based in Sydney such as the Opera House and the Harbour Bridge.
  • North Country - Northern Europe based on Germany and the Netherlands.
  • Pacific Spirit - Running across a city, a national park, the Lions' Gate Bridge, the SkyTrain and BC Place from Vancouver.
  • Mediterraneo - Coastal and cliff-side route set on the Greek coast.
  • Mystic Peaks - A highland route covered in snow set in Nepal that passes through high mountains and tunnels.
  • Monolithic Studios - The unlockable bonus course, based upon a Hollywood studio and themed after various famous films.


Need for Speed II has interactive soundtrack, in which race music adapts to in game situations. Each course features two unique themes, with songs featuring elements based on the different locations's aesthetics.

Special Edition

A Special Edition of Need for Speed II was released in 1997 which includes additional cars, a new course, a new driving style, and 3dfx Glide support.

Box Art

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