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  • Summary: Need for Speed Underground 2 challenges gamers to immerse themselves in the tuner culture, exploring an expansive, free-roaming city divided into five distinct neighborhoods. Gamers encounter rival racers who initiate events, tip players off to the hottest racing spots, and show them whereNeed for Speed Underground 2 challenges gamers to immerse themselves in the tuner culture, exploring an expansive, free-roaming city divided into five distinct neighborhoods. Gamers encounter rival racers who initiate events, tip players off to the hottest racing spots, and show them where to buy the most sought-after licensed aftermarket upgrades. The game features new game modes, deep new performance customization and tuning, and more than 30 licensed cars. The game also delivers twice the visual customization upgrades as the original game, providing a staggering 70 billion possible car combinations for total automotive self-expression. [Electronic Arts] Expand
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  1. Positive: 24 out of 31
  2. Negative: 0 out of 31
  1. A fantastic driving game. It has style, variety and a solid ride with hours of action driving like a freaking maniac on the streets of Bay View.
  2. 91
    An impressive, and more importantly, fun game that overcomes its faults with depth, breadth, and variety.
  3. The world is elaborate, the sense of speed is dizzying, and the customization could cost you a job or a girlfriend. But you'll still have Brooke to keep you company.
  4. For an arcade game, it's even surprisingly playable with a steering wheel, with near misses causing no small amount of amateurish flinching. If you can't afford to attach largely pointless gadgets to your otherwise moribund vehicle, this is the next best thing. [PC Zone]
  5. The courses in this game are just as much the stars as the cars. The dazzling downtown locations are massive, dominated by skyscrapers whose light bathes the streets in a radiant glow.
  6. 80
    Naturally the pimping side of things have been expanded to a maddeningly complete degree.
  7. Not as much much fun as EA's other recent speed merchant "Burnout 3," but if getting under the hood to tinker with motors is your thing, this could be the one for you.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 27 out of 37
  2. Negative: 4 out of 37
  1. gametesterfozzy
    Aug 31, 2004
    10
    i have played this game and so far its a very good game
    i liked the first one and it think that this one is better
    if you liked the first
    i have played this game and so far its a very good game
    i liked the first one and it think that this one is better

    if you liked the first one than youll love this game

    get the demo play it then when it comes out full vesion get it

    youll love it
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  2. DionisB
    Mar 30, 2008
    10
    Seriously, I don't understand how some people think. How can you compare NFSU2 with any other so called ''racing Seriously, I don't understand how some people think. How can you compare NFSU2 with any other so called ''racing game''. First I dont't even think Burnout should be called a racing game, cause all the game is about is crash you car to the fullest. This game otherwise is terribly good game, just the feel of driving illegal street racing makes you play it more. Good music, damn good graphics for a game made 2004 and the best underground racing game to this day. Prostreet and Carbon was a disapointment but this classic brings you hope back that EA will ''probably'' make an new and better NFS than ever. Expand
  3. Jan 23, 2013
    9
    To get through massive real estate of Bay-view and fulfill your destiny as an import tuning master, you'll need to do several things. First ofTo get through massive real estate of Bay-view and fulfill your destiny as an import tuning master, you'll need to do several things. First of them is racing: which is to win races and you'll progress. But its not just racing, it's the way you progress. The game encourages you to explore many nuances, to become a part of the "lifestyle", and its in many ways it reward you for doing it so. There are strategically placed stack of cashed waiting to be collected, there are few shortcuts, glowing rings of color presenting races, opportunities and garages. sometimes you could get bored playing this game as there is not enough hidden stuff to keep your interest high, you can drop out of the career mode's explore mode and enter world map. The difference is that explore mode enables you to drive freely around the city looking for races, getting lost in Run Out races and being distracted by shops and garages. Expand
  4. Feb 15, 2013
    9
    Im gonna review some old games starting with everyone's favourite. NFS U2 is the second Underground game in NFS and some people its betterIm gonna review some old games starting with everyone's favourite. NFS U2 is the second Underground game in NFS and some people its better than Underground 1, to me I think yeah it is better, this game is one of the best games ever made its so, it brings back a lot of memories thats what I was trying to say, the graphics are good 2004 and the funny thing once my friend played GTA SA and I thought he was playing U2 (NOT THE BAND U2 THE GAME UNDERGROUND The career mode is a huge challenge or just drive and explore the city and find some cool Easter eggs. The multiplayer is also challenging but most of all the songs in U2 are so catchy that you won't be able to stop thinking about U2 or the song. So in the end, I more than happy give Need For Speed: Underground 2, 9/10. Collapse
  5. BryanN.
    Mar 16, 2005
    8
    Right...The Graphics are superb, as long as you have a decent graphic card. There are more graphic options depending on your graphic card. Right...The Graphics are superb, as long as you have a decent graphic card. There are more graphic options depending on your graphic card. For example with a Radeon 9550, there's the extra 'enhanced contrast" effect and many other options compared to GeForce 4...Lots of modification which make the car look rediculous, or rather cartoonish, unless you have good taste~. tracks are more complicated, which restrict speed. So, whats the point of a racing game?, you should just call it a driving game...However, its a sad thing that there no 'jumping bridges' in NFSU2. Expand
  6. Nov 18, 2014
    7
    Its fun. I'm sure a lot of people would totally agree. Its got a nice, though often quite barren due to the games age and technicalIts fun. I'm sure a lot of people would totally agree. Its got a nice, though often quite barren due to the games age and technical limitations, city to race in. However, it lacks all the polish that came later, it lacks the focus that its spiritual successor, "Most Wanted" had in spades. Most Wanted brought a good blend of old and new, while dropping a good portion of the old that didn't quite work out. Whereas games like "Burnout 3" had players picking from events, cars, races and competing for how well they could do on each, Underground Dos just kind of hands you a crappy old car, a map, and tells you to start making money. The game progression can come to a crawl without any real tension, or reason to do events other than to "pimp yo phat ride" and of course upgrade your vehicle to make it more effective at doing the same thing again as you went on. Most Wanted introduced the infamous "black list" where adversaries (oftentimes sporting a similar vehicle as you) wouldn't even show you where to race them on the map or WHEN without the player completing some particular things around the so called (this is my word here for it at least) "drive-scape" a.k.a. the map that slowly unlocks and gets bigger, but isn't "grand theft auto" huge. Underground 2 has a similar progression, but it ultimately just doesn't stand out as well as Most Wanted did. Its more of a study of "what could have been" when you think of what (from a developers standpoint at least) was going through people's heads as they were working on the game. Its got just as much content as Most Wanted (read: oodles of content), but isn't quite as sharp or as fun with its gameplay and presentation. Expand
  7. Henry
    Feb 4, 2005
    0
    Of course this game should get a better rank than the worst 0, BUT compared to for example flatout I cant see what this has to offer. A costlyOf course this game should get a better rank than the worst 0, BUT compared to for example flatout I cant see what this has to offer. A costly and nice pakage and surface do not create playability. This game dont add anything. Expand

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