The Need for Speed 2 by Electronic Arts. NFS 2 Download and Review

Download Need for Speed 2

This game is not abandonware but I've managed to find some rapidshare links where you can get NFS2 for free:

http://rapidshare.com/files/233674364/NeedForSpeed2.zip.001

http://rapidshare.com/files/233698496/NeedForSpeed2.zip.002


http://rapidshare.com/files/233722002/NeedForSpeed2.zip.003


http://rapidshare.com/files/233742064/NeedForSpeed2.zip.004


http://rapidshare.com/files/233762025/NeedForSpeed2.zip.005

If this doesn’t work you can also try the download mirror below.

Mirror 1 – (41.96 Mb)

The Need For Speed 2 Intro Video

Overview

The Need for Speed 2 is the follow-up to perhaps the best arcade racing game to come along in several years. In order to fully understand this review, you must separate in your mind arcade racers like this one from racing simulations. Racing sims are aiming to provide the most realistic driving experience imaginable. Some — like Papyrus' NASCAR 2 — are so detailed that you may spend as much time configuring your car as racing. Not so with the Need for Speed games. The main point here is to drive … and win. The true test of this sequel, then, will be a direct comparison to its predecessor. And trying to improve upon great old games is a daunting task indeed.

Gameplay

Need For Speed review Screen Shot

The best thing about the original Need for Speed is its wildness. How exhilarating it is to whip around a corner and smash into an RV head-on, flipping bumper-over-bumper ten times before you come to a rest (then having the option to watch the whole thing on your replay video). Of course, it's better when your friend passes you first — then you watch him get thrashed and flip over your head as you continue on to win the race. But either way you end up laughing your guts out at the sheer craziness and excitement of the whole experience.

Unfortunately, Need for Speed 2 tones down the fun recklessness. It's harder to flip your car in NFS 2, and when you do manage it, you'll maybe flip once or twice and then start over with a fresh set of wheels. Remember in Need for Speed when you crashed head-on and you got a great side view camera shot of your car flipping and flipping off into the sunset? You'll miss it here, no doubt about that. It seems like the designers of Need for Speed 2 went for a little more realism, but the result is a little less fun.

NFS 2 downloadThe feel of driving the cars is fairly similar to that in the original, with a few notable exceptions. The handling of the cars in general is more touchy, and it's frustratingly easy to spin out (and then spin out again trying to correct yourself). I don't like to spin out, especially in a close race. Not to say this wasn't an issue with NFS, but there it was more a matter of getting back on the road and out of the rough, not figuring out which way you should be going. Granted, NFS 2 includes a warning light that blinks if you head the wrong way, but why should you need it?

Yet perhaps my biggest disappointment with NFS 2 was its complete lack of road courses. In the original, you had a few tracks, and then you had the roads (Alpine, City, Coast). I had a lot more fun driving the roads, especially in a head-to-head match with oncoming traffic. You can choose to have oncoming traffic in the NFS 2 tracks, but it's not the same. Another great thing about the roads was that the race developed over three stages, giving you a chance to take a breather and/or plot a strategy or means of revenge in between stages. You can't do that in a track race.

Graphics

Enhanced, no doubt about it. This is really the only major revision that stood out enough to get my attention. Of course, the graphics in the original NFS were outstanding for its day (two years ago!), but NFS 2 benefits from technological advances since that time. The overall look is crisper, the animation smoother, the colors richer, and the details more noticeable, even on my lowly Diamond Stealth 64. The only bad part is that there are no pixelated deer standing by the side of the road for you to try to turn into roadkill (didn't anyone ever make a patch that would allow you to hit those deer in the NFS Alpine track?!).

Alpine track screen shotAudio

This is EA we're talking about, so as you can guess, the sound is outstanding. Great quality, rocking music, and I swear that when I was driving the Isedra, the squeals from my tires were eerily in harmony with the ethereal background music…

Documentation

Nice illustrations, a fairly thorough description of game options, but nothing else worth mentioning.

System Requirements

90 MHz Pentium™ class processor (Intel, Cyrix 6×86), 16 MB RAM, Windows? 95, Direct X 3.0 (included on game CD), 4X CD-ROM drive (600KB/second transfer rate), Hi Color (65,535 color) capable 1 MB PCI video card with DirectDraw 3.0 compatible driver, hard disk — 10 MB plus space for save games (additional space required for DirectX 3.0 installation), keyboard.
Reviewed on: P-120, 32 MB RAM, 16X CD-ROM drive, Diamond Stealth 64 video

Bottom Line

The crisp graphics and excellent sound make Need for Speed 2 a solid game by anybody's standards. Nevertheless, prepare to be a little disappointed with the gameplay if you're a big fan of the original Need for Speed. If you've never played the original and are looking for a fun head-to-head arcade racer, you may want to start with Need for Speed and wait a while on the sequel.

Need For Speed 2 Screen Shot

What are you waiting for? Download and play this old game. It's superb.

This entry was posted in Racing

95 Comments

  1. Pruthviraj
    Posted November 2, 2008 at 9:19 am | Permalink

    Thanks buddy

  2. Lolla
    Posted November 5, 2008 at 2:12 pm | Permalink

    Its very good time pass,
    I will get very refreshment, when i will play this gme

  3. Bhodakatti
    Posted November 7, 2008 at 4:18 am | Permalink

    Obisshasso. Oshadharon.
    It is very joyful time passing for me.
    You should try.

  4. Posted November 11, 2008 at 5:31 pm | Permalink

    Hey Thank You i was looking for this game its my fav game ever….. thankzzz

  5. palestin
    Posted November 18, 2008 at 5:29 am | Permalink

    im palestenian
    i love thes game
    شكرا لكم
    thank you oll

  6. Rahul
    Posted November 21, 2008 at 2:13 am | Permalink

    Pc games are totally CRAP!!!!!!!!,Play them on PS2 …..and then ull get the feeeling of NFS.
    take my advice

  7. Rahul
    Posted November 21, 2008 at 2:15 am | Permalink

    the nfs 2 game is very good, becoz its graphics is most beutifull.

  8. Karan
    Posted November 21, 2008 at 11:08 am | Permalink

    Hey Thank You i was looking for this game its my fav game ever….. thankzzz
    i was searcing for it for a long time…. fianlly got it.thanx man

  9. Posted November 22, 2008 at 4:16 am | Permalink

    Pc games are totally CRAP!!!!!!!!,Play them on PS2 …..and then ull get the feeeling of NFS.
    take my advice

  10. hentzky
    Posted November 30, 2008 at 8:34 pm | Permalink

    hello i have a problem ” sorry , the file gilde2x.dll must be installed for Need For Speed II SE for 3Dfx to run. Please refer to the manual or reference card”

  11. Anant
    Posted December 4, 2008 at 1:52 am | Permalink

    Thanks for putting this game. I have loved only this game and never wanted to play the further versions. I have played it for hours. Now is the time to go back (after about 6yrs) and play some more. I have downloaded the file. I am sorry but I do not know what to do next. Can you help me out? Thanks.

  12. segs
    Posted December 4, 2008 at 4:28 am | Permalink

    i love this game but this site is fucker site i want download this games full version….

  13. sravan kumar
    Posted December 7, 2008 at 2:44 am | Permalink

    we cannot forget nfs 2 because if we play any game once (or)twice get bored but nfs 2 not get bored. this is one of the best car race

  14. karthi
    Posted December 11, 2008 at 2:19 am | Permalink

    what a wounderful game is this . it is the only mind relaxed game

  15. Anonim
    Posted December 17, 2008 at 6:14 am | Permalink

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  16. Khaleel
    Posted December 27, 2008 at 9:58 am | Permalink

    Such a wonderful Game Which i never Saw in my life more beauty then this. Please Get this game in Online . Best Wishes.

  17. Posted January 3, 2009 at 1:15 pm | Permalink

    imi place nfs2

  18. Posted January 3, 2009 at 1:16 pm | Permalink

    vreau sa joc

  19. devyansh
    Posted January 7, 2009 at 9:38 am | Permalink

    it is the best but they dont allow to play

  20. Slava from israel
    Posted January 16, 2009 at 11:21 am | Permalink

    http://www.cda.pl/gry/needforspeed2.php
    A working downloading link!

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