Metascore
77

Generally favorable reviews - based on 35 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 35
  2. Negative: 2 out of 35
  1. The original Need for Speed Underground is still better than its sequel, which speaks for the great quality of the first game or the lack of it in the sequel.
  2. The actual racing in Need for Speed Underground 2 is still pretty good, but unfortunately most of the stuff you do in between races keeps you away from the game's best moments.
  3. For all its good intentions and car modifying appeal, there's a real lack of exhilaration under the bonnet that cripples the game the moment it leaves the starting line.
  4. 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.
  5. The music selection could've used more work, and some parts of the game drag when they shouldn't. Still, this is a great sequel.
  6. Does a pretty good job capturing the tuner scene with fast races and flashy cars. However, some lingering A.I. issues and the excessive time it takes just to get where you need to go keeps this ride from shifting to fifth.
  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]
  8. Unfortunately, the extras and vehicle customisation can't change the fact that the actual racing feels very average. The tracks seem to be more winding than the last game, which detracts from the feeling of speed, and the handling feels very sloppy when compared to other recent games in the genre. [Christmas 2004, p.117]
  9. 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.
  10. 60
    There's something almost absurd about paying for a game that inundates you with a constant stream of ads.
  11. This title has the dubious honour of being the most cynical, poorly produced mess that I have clapped eyes on for at least five years.
User Score
8.7

Generally favorable reviews- based on 23 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 8
  2. Negative: 1 out of 8
  1. Nov 8, 2014
    9
    This is a game i have enjoyed so much. The best part on this game are performing og styling your car. There are so many fun ways to style andThis is a game i have enjoyed so much. The best part on this game are performing og styling your car. There are so many fun ways to style and paint your car! Another big plus is that you can choose many cars.

    I like the racing system on this game. There is sprint courses, circuit, SUV races and my two personal favourites: dragging and drifting!

    I like racing simulation games better than street/arcade racing, but NFSU2 is my favourite street racing game.
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  2. KarlN.
    Sep 21, 2007
    6
    I did play this through because it was the first racing game I had for the Cube. It's decent but not great. The most annoying thing I did play this through because it was the first racing game I had for the Cube. It's decent but not great. The most annoying thing about the game is that crashing into the side makes a crash sound but there is no damage, either visibly or in performance. I felt that this game would have been a lot better if there were consequences for my crashes. Full Review »
  3. JoseD.
    Jan 8, 2007
    10
    This game is awesome, one of the best customizations, good graphics for Gamecube and etc.