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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] Collapse
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  1. Positive: 29 out of 39
  2. Negative: 0 out of 39
  1. The sound effects are without any shadow of a doubt the most amazing I've ever heard in a videogame. The rasp of the engine is so unbelievably believable that you can actually feel the reverberation of the exhaust as the ower surges through it. It will change your expectations of what a game can sound like. [Dec 2004, p.120]
  2. NFS Underground 2 does one more thing exceptionally well; give the gamer plenty of bang for their buck. If 8 different game play modes wasn’t enough; Circuit, Drag, Drift, Sprint, Street X, Downhill Drift, Outrun, and Underground Racing League, you have a story mode that will give gamers over 40 hours of racing joy.
  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. 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.
  5. If you don't mind searching the city for action, Need for Speed Underground 2 gives you a chance to become the best street racer out there.
  6. Need for Speed's underground isn't a gritty, electrifying one, it's a relaxed and velvety one. But damn does your gearbox ever sound sexy.
  7. The handling hasn’t evolved and a year on, with the masking novelty of the game’s tuning aspects worn off, it’s disappointingly limited and remote. And despite the increased choice and plot introduction the whole exercise can often feel soulless. [Christmas 2004, p.60]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 40 out of 48
  2. Negative: 7 out of 48
  1. Jul 4, 2013
    10
    Riders on the Storm Remember?? Aaaaaah.. As this game is nostalgic, brings me many memories of my black Golf entering the garage to beRiders on the Storm Remember?? Aaaaaah.. As this game is nostalgic, brings me many memories of my black Golf entering the garage to be modified. How good you run with that little car beside those opponents that you just want to destroy it!! This game was great, I have to give my 10 here! CONGRATULATIONS EA GAMES!! Expand
  2. ThunderBlade
    Feb 11, 2005
    10
    This is the best game i have ever seen.
  3. AlbertoCostaRica
    Nov 16, 2004
    10
    Simplemente impresionante!!!! El Sonido, Video, la interaccion. Esta de Lujo!!!!
  4. Feb 12, 2015
    10
    I love this game. The customization, the graphics, the story, all of that are amazing. But now the recent Need For Speed games are boring. EAI love this game. The customization, the graphics, the story, all of that are amazing. But now the recent Need For Speed games are boring. EA should make Underground 3 Expand
  5. VarunB.
    Aug 11, 2005
    9
    A very decent follow-up to the original...with a vast career mode, more race types, more cars, more upgrades, more secrets, awesome A very decent follow-up to the original...with a vast career mode, more race types, more cars, more upgrades, more secrets, awesome soundtrack, and great sound effects, there are few noteworthy flaws. A great must-have racer for the PS2, secoond only to burnout 3. Expand
  6. BItBurn
    Jan 15, 2005
    8
    Pretty interesting menu options. It's great to be able to tweak the car in such details. Car handling though, iz another story. Still Pretty interesting menu options. It's great to be able to tweak the car in such details. Car handling though, iz another story. Still alright but Burnout 3 is king of the hill. Music soundtrack is pretty good. Overall, this game is a winner. Expand
  7. [Anonymous]
    Nov 19, 2004
    0
    Uninspiring 'burger king' nonsense - absolute rubbish.

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