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Play Need For Speed II on Linux Mint natively

This week YouTube video theme is a little bit different. Nothing related to privacy or coding. It’s pure gaming though. In this video, you learn how to play Need For Speed II SE on Linux Mint natively.

The NFS2 released in 1997. The SE has some added goodies including six new cars and a new map. I used to play Need For Speed II SE as a kid exclusively, especially during summertime. I have so many good memories with this game.

To refresh my childhood memories I decided to play the game again after over 15. Turns out that I can run it natively in Linux without using Wine or PlayOnLinux.

The process is fairly easy. First clone this repository,

$ git clone && cd NFSIISE && git submodule init && git submodule update

And then add 32-bit library support to your Linux (Debian based),

$ sudo dpkg --add-architecture i386 && sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install libsdl2-dev:i386 gcc-multilib yasm

Then compile the game,

$ ./compile_nfs

After that download the ISO of the game from this link. Once you downloaded the game, open the ISO file and copy fedata and gamedata to the Need For Speed II SE directory. Then run the nfs2se file.

That’s all.

Happy playing Need For Speed II on Linux Mint natively!

Special shout out to Błażej Szczygieł (zaps166) for creating such a great wrapper for this game.

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