Need for Speed II

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Need for Speed II
Need for Speed II cover
EA Canada
EA Seattle
Electronic Arts
Release dates
Windows April 30, 1997
Monetization One-time game purchase
Modes Singleplayer, Multiplayer
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives First-person, Third-person
Controls Direct control
Genres Racing
Vehicles Automobile, Street racing
Art styles Realistic
Themes Contemporary
Series Need for Speed
Need for Speed II on HowLongToBeat
Need for Speed II guide on StrategyWiki
Need for Speed II on MobyGames
Need for Speed II on Wikipedia
The Need for Speed 1994
Need for Speed II 1997
Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit (series)
Need for Speed: High Stakes 1999
Need for Speed: Porsche Unleashed 2000
Need for Speed: Underground (series)
Need for Speed: Most Wanted (series)
Need for Speed: Carbon 2006
Need for Speed: ProStreet 2007
Need for Speed: Undercover 2008
Need for Speed: Shift (series)
Need for Speed: World 2010
Need for Speed: The Run 2011
Need for Speed Rivals 2013
Need for Speed (2016) 2016
Need for Speed Payback 2017
Need for Speed: Edge 2017
Need for Speed Heat 2019
Need for Speed Unbound 2022

Key points

Re-released as Need for Speed II: Special Edition, featuring extra content and Glide support.
Installing on 64-bit systems requires a workaround. See Installing on 64-bit versions of Windows.


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
Simple CD check.
A demo is available.

Essential Improvement[edit]

Need For Speed II - Second Edition Patch[edit]

Adds support for external 3rash API renderers (DirectX, Glide and OpenGL), implements proper widescreen support with correct FOV and higher texture detail for cars, etc.


NFSIISE is a cross platform wrapper which utilizes SDL 2 and OpenGL 1/2/ES2 to run the game in Windows, Linux and Android. Bringing 3D acceleration and TCP protocol support, along with force feedback for controllers. For the non 3D acceleration version, NFSIISEN can be used instead.
Requires Need for Speed II: Special Edition

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\FEDATA\PC\CONFIG\config.dat[Note 1]

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\FEDATA\PC\CONFIG\config.dat[Note 1]


Graphics feature State WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
640x480 only; use Verok's NFSII Patch. Objects (cars, world) sometimes disappear at the left and right side of the screen.
Use Verok's NFSII Patch.
Use Verok's NFSII Patch.
4K Ultra HD
Use Verok's NFSII Patch.
Field of view (FOV)
Use Verok's NFSII Patch or dgVoodoo 2.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
In 3dfx wrapper.
60 FPS
120+ FPS
64 fps cap



Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Brazilian Portuguese


Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
Local play
2 Split-screen.
LAN play
Online play

Issues fixed[edit]

Game wrapper for modern Windows/Linux/MacOS operating systems[edit]

Modern NFSIISE wrapper[1]
  • Cross-platform wrapper for the Need For Speed II SE game with 3D acceleration and TCP protocol
  • Binary releases for Windows/Linux/MacOS, support for non-x86 CPUs, and build target for Android
  • Links: README, Releases.

Installing original game on 64-bit versions of Windows[edit]

Fan-made installer[citation needed]
  • Fan-made installer can be downloaded from It comes with required compatibility tweaks and nGlide wrapper.


Start Glide.exe shuts down explorer.exe for the time of running the game.
Manual installation of Need For Speed 2 SE[2]
  • Create a new folder named NFS2SE, somewhere on your hard disk.
  • From game's CD copy folders FEDATA and GAMEDATA to NFS2SE on your hard disk
  • From a root folder on CD copy files:

to NFS2SE folder on your hard disk.

  • Change the extension of INSTALL.NFS to WIN (INSTALL.WIN).

Fixing Glide compatibility on modern Windows systems[edit]

Fixing compatibility issues[citation needed]

To fix most of compatibility issues you're going to need a 3dfx wrapper (recommended nGlide) and a small system compatibility patch.

  • Download nGlide and install it (default settings should work fine).
  • Download compatibility patch, extract it and run PatchInstall.bat.
  • To run a game use NFS2SEA.EXE - this exe file uses 3dfx. NFS2SEN.EXE is for software renderer only.
Fixing sound issues[2]

If ALchemy is unable to run properly on your pc, then try the alternative method fix by copying the dsound.dll from a Windows XP installation.

  • Take dsound.dll from a Windows XP installation or download the dll version 5.3.3790.3959 of dsound from dllDownloader
  • Copy it and put it in the installation folder just where nfs2sea.exe is.
  • Run nfs2sea.exe and enjoy.

Running in software rendered mode on modern systems[edit]

Despite being able to run in 3dfx mode, the software mode of NFSIISE (NFS2SEN.EXE) is unique for being the only way to play with dashboard view camera and it is the version that preserves the original style of the game.

Fixing compatibility issues[citation needed]

To fix most of the compatibility issues, these fixes need to be installed using the Compatibility Administrator from the Microsoft Application Compatibility:

  • ForceDirectDrawEmulation
  • CorrectFilePaths
  • EmulateGetDiskFreeSpace
  • GlobalMemoryStatusLie
  • SingleProcAffinity

It can be used for both NFSIISE software mode (NFS2SEN.EXE) and NFSII (NFSW.EXE). To solve problems with audio that may appear, follow the "Fixing sound issues" guide.

Other information[edit]


Technical specs Supported Notes
Glide 2.4, 3.10
Software renderer
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes

System requirements[edit]

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 95
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium 90 MHz (133 MHz required for Multiplayer)
System memory (RAM) 16 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 10 MB
Video card (GPU) Hi Color (65,535) support
1 MB of VRAM
DirectX 5.0 compatible
Sound (audio device)
Other 4x CD-ROM drive
Multiplayer: 14400bps or Faster Modem (2 Player), Null Modem Cable (2 Player) and/or IPX-Compliant Network Card (2-8 Players). One CD Per Computer, unless using Remote Installation.


  1. 1.0 1.1 When running this game without elevated privileges (Run as administrator option), write operations against a location below %PROGRAMFILES%, %PROGRAMDATA%, or %WINDIR% might be redirected to %LOCALAPPDATA%\VirtualStore on Windows Vista and later (more details).


  1. Verified by User:grantek on January 2018
  2. 2.0 2.1 Verified by User:Suicide machine on August 11, 2016