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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
  1. DarrellS.
    Oct 19, 2004
    10
    Good graphics great setup.
  2. ChadA.
    Dec 6, 2004
    10
    Sweet!!
  3. JoseD.
    Jan 8, 2007
    10
    This game is awesome, one of the best customizations, good graphics for Gamecube and etc.
  4. DavidD.
    Jun 9, 2005
    9
    The game is best on Gamecube or XBox, but it's a great game anywhere. Having tons of ads is annoying, though. Go out and burn rubber in Bayview.
  5. MatthewV.
    Mar 2, 2005
    7
    I enjoyed playing Need for Speed Underground 2. The car customization was excellent with hundreds of car combinations. Driving to the races was a great improvement from NFSU. The graphics are excellent. Although the URL races are too long and it doesn't have much replay value. Expand
  6. 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 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. Expand
  7. I.Lynch
    Mar 25, 2006
    3
    Message to EA: please stop making games tht take 2 months too finish and slap a chav-known name so chavs will buy it. it's wrong. make more good games like timesplitters and SSX. Collapse