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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 race tracks 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 - Knockouts are available once the player has completed a tournament. In this mode, the player that finishes a race in last position will be eliminated. This is repeated until one is left.
  • Single Race - Standard circuit races with a specific number of laps.
  • Tournament - A series of races that involve every track of the game, in which the player with the highest number of points wins the whole tournament. The better the finishing position, the more points one will gain.

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 (up to seven)). In each race track, 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.

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

Class A

Class B

Class C


All race tracks are closed circuits 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 track set on the Greek coast.
  • Mystic Peaks - A highland track covered in snow set in Nepal that passes through high mountains and tunnels.
  • Monolithic Studios - Hollywood film studios (Bonus Course unlocked by beating both the Knockout and Tournament modes)

Special Edition

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

Box Art

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