Greetings and welcome to an LGR thing other retro racing month. Join the OCAU Retro Driving Club in a different retro driving game each month and see who can lay down the fastest lap! Usually I like to mix up the era a bit for some variety between months. This one is pretty similar to Moto Racer from last month. But recently LGR did up an in depth retrospective on NFSII, so how could I resist but use this to my advantage? I very much like the idea of making a youtube for these each month. But I dont have the motivation to do it... so I'll just use someone else's for now The Game of the Month: Need for Speed II - 1997 The Game Description Like its predecessor, Need for Speed II allows players to race exotic cars in country-themed tracks from North America, Europe, Asia and Australia, either against computer-controlled opponents or human opponents via a LAN, modem, serial connection, or in split screen. There are three distinct gameplay modes: Single Race mode in which a player simply chooses a car and a course and completes a single race. In this mode, the player can customize both the number and type of opponents as well as the number of laps to be completed. Tournament Mode in which the player must complete a series of races successfully to unlock a bonus car. The Knockout Mode consists of a series of 2-lap races with 8 opponents; the last-place finisher at the end of each race is eliminated from the competition. The game features eight real life high-end sports cars and concept cars which the player can drive and race against. The "Special Edition" release of the game added four additional cars. In addition, the game features a "showcase" which provides photos, videos, and technical information about the cars as well as the history of each company and background of each car's development. The game also features several new elements compared to the previous game in the form of customizable car paint and components of their car including gear ratios, tires, and spoilers. The Memories I played the demo of this quite a bit on one of my friends computers. I was more into the original NFS though. The How To This one is not super simple to get going. But thanks to the fine work of the dudes from the thread, here are some tips: The quick painless way to get right into the action on a modern PC is to emulate the PSX version. elvis did up a sweet youtube guide last month to getting MOTO RACER running nicely in DuckStation with all the graphical improvements. Same applies to NFSII You can borrow the ISO from a public library here. PC version is a bit more finicky, but well worth the effort because it looks heaps better (and Boneman reports perhaps is faster). I did have this running temporarily on original hardware... but then it broke... So, the alternatives are thus: Windows Users can go to PCGaimingWIKI and follow the instructions to install the game here (thanks Grant) Linux Users can faff around with compiling a port that works with 3D acceleration on GitHub here. Or, thanks again to Grant, use his Debian compile available in this post. Note that you will have to either manually re-name all the folders from the ISO from CAPITALS to lower case. Or use the included script. And you might need some 32 bit library stuff as explained here. Both will require the original ISO to copy the main game files over. Have a look on the interweb for a site called My Abandonware who may or may not have the file you need, alongside a rip that works straight up on Win98 if you happen to have such a machine. The Car Following our friend Clint's recommendation lets use the Ford GT 90 Leave the settings as stock please. Or at least, if you post a super good time, let us know the settings so everyone can play on the same field. The general consensus is that the Arcade physics is the best option. But just let everyone know otherwise. The Track Hmmmm.... oh I wonder... ummm. Australia der Traffic and Opponents can be left off for obvious reasons. But, you get extra points for quick laps when you leave em both on Go for 4 laps, we're keeping score for the best single lap and the full 4 lap race. The Entry Fee A $5 Donation to a legitimate charity of your choice. This is not mandatory. If you cant afford it don't worry. I just figure we may as well have some “greater good” come out of this! The Rules • Post your best lap time in the thread for the nominated car & track. Please copy the existing leader board and insert your time to make for easy updates. • Its basically the honour system and just for good fun. • Dont forget a photo of your retro setup so that we can all drool over the fact that you got it running. • An uploaded video will get you bonus points. • Stating your donations will secure you a spot on the leader board with a gold star and many likes. The Prize: The glory of telling your family and friends that you beat some strangers on the internet in some random old racing game you played as a kid. The Leader Board Fastest Single Lap Boneman 1:21.03 Grant 1:21.96 jimbogimp 1:24.81 Pierre32 1:28.50 Mut 1:34.65 -------------- -------------- Fastest 4 Lap Race Boneman 5:36.12 Grant 5:40.28 jimbogimp 5:48.46 Pierre32 6:16.21 Mut 6:45.31 Do you have the Tom? The Tom for Cruise?