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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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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 29 out of 39
  2. Negative: 0 out of 39
  1. Official U.S. Playstation Magazine
    100
    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. 90
    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. Edge Magazine
    60
    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: 46 out of 56
  2. Negative: 7 out of 56
  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. Fhuu-QuannHill
    May 16, 2004
    10
    It is very fun to play. Every time I have a bad day I pop in Need For Speed Underground. Next thing I know I start filling better and owe itIt is very fun to play. Every time I have a bad day I pop in Need For Speed Underground. Next thing I know I start filling better and owe it all to the Need For Speed Underground creaters and the game. I think it is the best racing game so far. Expand
  4. Mar 28, 2018
    10
    Um dos melhores jogos da historia de corrida, muitas possibilidades de tunagem, aguardando remaster
  5. DanielH.
    Jun 27, 2006
    9
    Brilliant game with exceptionally deep customization options and a great career mode. Handling is a bit slippery though. Probably the second Brilliant game with exceptionally deep customization options and a great career mode. Handling is a bit slippery though. Probably the second best game of its kind after Midnight Club 3. Expand
  6. Apr 9, 2016
    8
    Worst version of this game. But is excellent nonetheless. This game is one of the best, when it comes to variety, customization, and the FastWorst version of this game. But is excellent nonetheless. This game is one of the best, when it comes to variety, customization, and the Fast and Furious type of feeling. The open world concept introduced in this game was one of a kind at time of release, made it an instant classic for me. Expand
  7. [Anonymous]
    Nov 19, 2004
    0
    Uninspiring 'burger king' nonsense - absolute rubbish.

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