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The Need for Speed franchise is one of the biggest names in driving games in history, standing alongside Test Drive and the legendary Outrun as an industry legend. This Special Edition of the second game in the series is actually a pretty solid effort and still stands up well today, nearly twenty years after its original release, so if you want to jump back in time for a bit of racing action, this makes for a good bet. The game sees you taking control of one of eight super cars and taking part in an epic series of races from Australia to Nepal. You have some pretty exotic beasts to try out, including the Mclaren F1, Ferrari F50 and Ford GT90, each of which will really test your driving skills. There are six main tracks to race on, although completing them all does open a new one, but this last track is more like an arcade racer. There are several modes to try out, including single race, tournament, and knock out, while you can also customize quite a few options for your car and opponents. There are several additions with this Special Edition, including improved graphics, several new cars, a new track and the option to race in reverse and on mirrored tracks. Even without these additions, this is a top notch racer, and with them, it's a cracker. There might not be too many tracks, but what's here are fast, furious and challenging, while the range of cars to try is pretty extensive. The visuals still hold up well today, and the range of modes adds in even more longevity. Definitely worth picking up if you're a petrolhead.
Best fun, physics racing game!
I personally think NFS 2 was the best racing game of the NFS franchise because of its hilarious physics. I don't know how many times I would accidentally clip an opponent and both me and him would go rolling down the hill. It added more of a challenge and a greater awareness of not haphazardly bumping into opponents. The levels were creative and the blinding speed got my adrenaline pumping. The new iterations are just boring for me.
Jungles, deserts, cities.. You'll drive them all!
The Need For Speed series is one of the best series of racing games that are out there, and all the games are perfect, or near perfect. This game is no exception to the rule. Need For Speed 2 is my all time favorite game from the series, since it includes a huge array of cars and locations. The game has a fantastic graphical portfolio as it is, great track design and fantastic animation, followed by even better sound effects (i.e. when you scratch your car and bump into others) and a mind blowing soundtrack that is almost worth getting the game alone. As in the original Need for Speed, the game features detailed specifications, history, and audio commentaries on each vehicle, so you can get to know your car as if it were your baby. The gameplay is insanely exciting and dynamic, it truly makes your heart beat a lot faster than usual in your tries to get to the finish line in first place. While the original NFS2 will be enough for casual players, this special edition is a great treat for hard core fans of the game.
NFS2, the best racing car game
This is one of the best racing games ever made. It actually set NFS as a brand for the best racing car game. Good locations, variety of cars, quality showcase pictures along with the cheats of the special FZR car makes it a great classic racing game. Not really sure if you could add soundtracks during the race, but the FX are pretty cool for its time.
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