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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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  • Developer: EA Canada
  • Genre(s): Driving, Racing, Simulation, GT / Street, GT / Street, Automobile
  • # of players: No Online Multiplayer
  • Cheats: On GameFAQs
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 31
  2. Negative: 0 out of 31
  1. A fantastic driving game. It has style, variety and a solid ride with hours of action driving like a freaking maniac on the streets of Bay View.
  2. 91
    An impressive, and more importantly, fun game that overcomes its faults with depth, breadth, and variety.
  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. For an arcade game, it's even surprisingly playable with a steering wheel, with near misses causing no small amount of amateurish flinching. If you can't afford to attach largely pointless gadgets to your otherwise moribund vehicle, this is the next best thing. [PC Zone]
  5. 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.
  6. 80
    Naturally the pimping side of things have been expanded to a maddeningly complete degree.
  7. 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.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 35 out of 50
  2. Negative: 4 out of 50
  1. Feb 12, 2018
    10
    One of the BEST Need for Speed game, if not the best. Tons of heavy customization options, amazingly realistic controls, never before seen inOne of the BEST Need for Speed game, if not the best. Tons of heavy customization options, amazingly realistic controls, never before seen in a racing game. Visually the game was all right, considering it's age. Also the story was lacking some content here and there but it recover with it's awesome 90's 2000's style. Overall if you don't like police chases in a racing game, this is the real deal. Expand
  2. Nov 30, 2015
    10
    I had this game as a child for the ps2 and guess what... I still have the game today. I still play it every once in a while and I still enjoyI had this game as a child for the ps2 and guess what... I still have the game today. I still play it every once in a while and I still enjoy having this game in my ps2 collection of games. Anyways the graphics are spectacular for 2004 and the customization are a lot better. Expand
  3. DionisB
    Mar 30, 2008
    10
    Seriously, I don't understand how some people think. How can you compare NFSU2 with any other so called ''racing Seriously, I don't understand how some people think. How can you compare NFSU2 with any other so called ''racing game''. First I dont't even think Burnout should be called a racing game, cause all the game is about is crash you car to the fullest. This game otherwise is terribly good game, just the feel of driving illegal street racing makes you play it more. Good music, damn good graphics for a game made 2004 and the best underground racing game to this day. Prostreet and Carbon was a disapointment but this classic brings you hope back that EA will ''probably'' make an new and better NFS than ever. Expand
  4. KevinC.
    Nov 19, 2004
    9
    Overall an incredibly solid title. The combination of the number and types of races, mixed with the number and types of cars makes for one Overall an incredibly solid title. The combination of the number and types of races, mixed with the number and types of cars makes for one very replayable game. The races are challenging, the rewards aer generally good, and there's no feeling like unlocking your favorite car, then driving it out onto the track. Expand
  5. May 24, 2015
    8
    Need for Speed: Underground 2 is one solid game. While it's not an amazing racer, it has a ton of race modes, customizable parts and itNeed for Speed: Underground 2 is one solid game. While it's not an amazing racer, it has a ton of race modes, customizable parts and it captures the tuning scene really well. First of all, lets count down talk about the race modes. First, there are the classic Circuit and Sprint modes, which need no explanation, then there is the Drag mode, where you basically go in a straight line and have to switch lanes and avoid pushing your car to it's limits and blowing it's engine, as well as avoiding crashing into walls. While the drag mode doesn't have as exciting tracks as the first Underground did, it still works pretty well. Then there is the Drift mode, which is pretty much the same like in UG1. There are also 4 new race modes. One of them is Street X, which is a really big flop by the way. It is basically a circuit, only on small and narrow dirt tracks, then there is the Underground Racing League (shortened U.R.L.) which is, again, circuit, only it takes place on speedways and airport runways, it adds 2 more opponents (making it a total of 5.) and there is no traffic. Boring. There is an Outrun mode (which is only accessible by entering free ride.) and lastly, we have the Free Ride mode, where you can explore Bayview at your own will. That is cool, but there is nothing much to do in the city, apart from finding cool areas and challenging opponents to an outrun race. Now seems like a good time to introduce you to the city. It is called, like mentioned earlier, Bayview. It consists of 5 districts. City Core, Beacon Hills, Capilano Heights, Coal Harbor and Airport. Okay, now let's see what cars we have. So every car from the first Underground, except Dodge Neon, Honda S2000, Acura Integra Type-R, Mitsubishi Lancer and Subaru Impreza, makes a return in Underground 2. We also have new cars, like the Mitsubishi 3000GT and Audi TT. We also have three SUV's, but it is a torture to drive them, so i recommend not to touch them. Now that we have got all that out of the way, let's talk about the customisation. It was awesome in the first Underground, but here it is taken even further. You can now add hydraulics, spinners, change how doors open and much, much more. A bad thing is that the game forces you to "rice" your car, so the visual rating bar would increase and you would gain access to make your DVD covers, which are requirements by the way. So, that is pretty much it. A huge racing game, with little flaws. Overall a good experience can be had, if you close your eyes for the advertising. Yes, i would definitely recommend the game. If the racing mechanics isn't the best, teh customisation will surely keep you entertained for a while. Expand
  6. SpankMonkey
    Nov 27, 2004
    7
    Very fast action, nice graphics, solid gameplay. Confusing Multiplayer interface (LAN filter is stupid), a greater selection of cars like Very fast action, nice graphics, solid gameplay. Confusing Multiplayer interface (LAN filter is stupid), a greater selection of cars like S2000 and other ricer cars, and it is missing the fine detail like each exhaust type has a unique sound & suspension types have minor differences. Brandnames have no impact unlike real life. otherwise good game. Expand
  7. Henry
    Feb 4, 2005
    0
    Of course this game should get a better rank than the worst 0, BUT compared to for example flatout I cant see what this has to offer. A costlyOf course this game should get a better rank than the worst 0, BUT compared to for example flatout I cant see what this has to offer. A costly and nice pakage and surface do not create playability. This game dont add anything. Expand

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