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The Need for Speed: Special Edition

DOS - 1996

Alt names The Need For Speed SE, Road & Track presents: The Need For Speed: Special Edition.
Year 1996
Platform DOS
Released in United States
Genre Racing / Driving
Theme Arcade, Automobile, Street Racing, Vehicle Simulator
Publisher Electronic Arts, Inc.
Developer EA Seattle, Pioneer Productions
Perspectives 1st-Person, Behind view
Dosbox support Supported on current version
4.66 / 5 - 67 votes

Description of The Need for Speed: Special Edition

If you haven't played The Need for Speed: Special Edition or want to try this racing / driving video game, download it now for free! Published in 1996 by Electronic Arts, Inc., The Need for Speed: Special Edition (aka The Need For Speed SE, Road & Track presents: The Need For Speed: Special Edition.) is still a popular arcade title amongst retrogamers, with a whopping 4.7/5 rating.

Comments and reviews

JOHNNY 2019-04-10 0 point

Hi may I know if this game is working to windows 10 64bit amd ryzen

general waste 2019-01-14 0 point

for those complaining about dos box not working. get an old laptop from ebay. smtg like 100-200 mhz processor and 32mb ram. play dos games like a baus

Ali Amir 2018-11-28 0 point

How do you launch it on Mac? I downloaded the game from ISO version already but I can't launch the game!

cheese 2018-11-01 0 point

thanks so much flakka and thanks to the person who made that youtube video, now I can play NFS :-)

Flakka 2018-10-21 0 point

Man I remember playing this game when I was 5 on a DOS machine..good times.

For those having issues, I used this method to run and install it:

Download the ISO, get Daemon Tools, and DBGL (DosBox Game Launcher, trust me it works better than DosBox alone. It actually works for me whereas if I do DosBox with a different install it won't cooperate and not start at all) I haven't got the videos working, but the game overall works just fine.

Have fun!

Abe 2018-10-17 0 point

When using ISO in DosBox following commands might work.
imgmount d NFS.ISO -t cdrom

cheese 2018-10-06 0 point

None of these work for me. ISO and rip. Dos and Windows. Like another poster said, I installed the DOS version, and I go to run it but gives the dos4gw thingy. I didn't copy the ISO to a CD first, I just used winrar to extract it. Should I have put it on a CD/DVD first instead? Sorry if this is a stupid question.

Gibus Sniper 2018-09-05 0 point

@Giovanni mount your CD/ISO like this:
mount d e:\ -t cdrom
If that doesn't work make sure your NFS ISO is mounted or it will think your running a bootleg game!

Flemmong 2018-05-17 0 point

How many hours I have used back in the 90's on this one!
Soo great to play again!

Giovanni 2018-03-31 0 point

Hi! Great game, however I think there's a problem: I've downloaded the ISO, the I installed successfully the game. After the end of installation it says to use the command nfs in order to start the game and it works actually. However, as soon as I close DosBox and try to execute nfs it doesn't start, indeed it is stuck at "DOS/4GW Protected Mode Run-time Version 1.97" etc.
Is it a problem of the game or I made something wrong with the installation?

Android78 2018-02-07 1 point

I'm new to the dosbox thing. I've managed to download a few games and do the drag and drop thing. However, I'm desperate to play nfsse. Not sure how to get it to run as a message saying :
Using joystick USB Gamepad with 2 axes, 10 buttons and 0 hat(s)
MAPPER: Loading mapper settings from C:\Users\HPOwner\AppData\Local\DOSBox\
DOSBox switched to max cycles, because of the setting: cycles=auto. If the game runs too fast try a fixed cycles amount in DOSBox's options.
CPU speed: fixed 3300 cycles.
CPU speed: fixed 3630 cycles.

Similar message comes up even without a joybpad plugged in. Any advice would be much appreciated.

A.MANAN 2017-11-28 0 point

Its really a best game for pc ,with best graphics .I enjoyed it very much

ssr 2017-03-22 0 point

It works for me on Mac with boxer. The rip version of SE didn't work when the standard edition did. But with iso the import feature of boxer takes you through the instalation process, and after the installation is complete the game works flawlessly. So i suggest all of you who can't get it to work, try playing around with iso. Thank you! :)

curry 2016-11-10 0 point

Stephen curry the fastest player

Troels 2016-08-21 1 point

Can't get this one to work :(

Asad17 2016-08-05 -4 points

In case an old DOS game isn't working on your modern PC, see the "How To Play" section for instructions! Hope you are happy now! :)

gts250gamer101 2016-07-04 0 point

love this game... retro is great!!!
i wish i could run it on my windows 8.1 laptop, tho...

OZAN 2016-03-25 -1 point


santiago durez 2016-03-24 0 point

yo quiero un juego viejo para que tenga sentido

OZAN 2016-03-11 1 point


PLO 2016-03-11 0 point

i have this game in my old pc collection, I played it a fair amount back in the day and used to think the graphics were pretty good and enjoyed the feeling of driving really fast but now the graphics just seem yukki and dated(because i'am spoiled) it's funny how you can really enjoy a game during a certain time frame and then years later not really be able to get into it like you used to be able to.
also really loved NFS3 on the old PSX console but again I am just too spoiled
by games with better graphics and games that give you more freedom like the
grand theft auto series, but back in the day both games were really good games.

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