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  • Summary: The next installment in the Need for Speed Underground series takes you to a free-roaming city comprised of five neighborhoods. As you explore the city, you'll encounter rival racers who will show you all the hot spots in underground racing. After each race, you can improve your car's performance with various upgrades, ranging from the gear ratio to the suspension. The game includes more than 30 tuner cars from a variety of manufacturers, such as Mitsubishi, Nissan, Toyota, and more. You can even challenge racers from around the world in the game's online mode. Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 35
  2. Negative: 2 out of 35
  1. 100
    Simply put, Underground 2 is an outstanding sequel in all aspects. It offers a lot of new and fun features, yet the game doesn't move away from the core gameplay that made the first Underground so popular, which is pure adrenaline street racing.
  2. Its immense thrills and spills through the open-ended city of Bayview is exhilarating, and the culture that is emerging is created in the game to great effect.
  3. I was positively crestfallen when I exited the menu to find that my car design didn't stay put.
  4. 80
    Naturally the pimping side of things have been expanded to a maddeningly complete degree.
  5. An open format, great driving physics and stylized graphics contribute to a rewarding playing experience. [Feb 2005, p.113]
  6. NFS:U2 is trying very hard to progress this franchise, but sadly the enhancements that EA seem most proud of (the free roaming map, refillable N2O and SUV racing) detract from, rather than enhance, the game play experience.
  7. 40
    The GameCube version, on the other hand, slows down horribly with too many cars on the screen (at the start of a four-car race, for instance) or in certain areas of town with a lot of background architecture. It's bad enough that the absence of online multiplayer is just a little extra salt in the wound.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 7
  2. Negative: 1 out of 7