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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. TotalGames.net
    76
    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: 55 out of 68
  2. Negative: 8 out of 68
  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. Apr 22, 2020
    10
    Шедевр классики, не знаю сколько раз ее проходил на PC и PS2. Проверку временем она точно прошла!Шедевр классики, не знаю сколько раз ее проходил на PC и PS2. Проверку временем она точно прошла!
  4. VarunB.
    Aug 11, 2005
    9
    A very decent follow-up to the original...with a vast career mode, more race types, more cars, more upgrades, more secrets, awesome A very decent follow-up to the original...with a vast career mode, more race types, more cars, more upgrades, more secrets, awesome soundtrack, and great sound effects, there are few noteworthy flaws. A great must-have racer for the PS2, secoond only to burnout 3. Expand
  5. Aug 11, 2020
    9
    This entire generation on the PS4 two things have been nonexistent out of all the great exclusives we’re lacking a really great Fighting gameThis entire generation on the PS4 two things have been nonexistent out of all the great exclusives we’re lacking a really great Fighting game both online and offline. We are also lacking a really great racing game on this console i thought need for speed 2015 would be a modern version of this game but it turned out to have less content than a phone game and just all graphics which might i add were worst than this game which is over a decade old. I believe we need this game ported over to the ps4 for $20 asap make it happen EA exactly the same dont change a thing because this generation needs to know how fun racing can be Gran turismo Sport Asetto corsa project cars and drive club aint it chief we need Need for Speed UnderGround 2 back on consoles 9/10 Expand
  6. Nov 14, 2016
    8
    In my opinion the PS2 version of Underground 2 is the one to get if you have the choice between the PC or PS2. Optimazation on PC isnt as goodIn my opinion the PS2 version of Underground 2 is the one to get if you have the choice between the PC or PS2. Optimazation on PC isnt as good and game doesnt look that good on a modern monitor as on a CRT TV where game has more vibrant black tones making the game more immersive, where as on PC it can look quite washed out if played on a modern system, also PC version crashes A LOT on modern Windows versions. Expand
  7. [Anonymous]
    Nov 19, 2004
    0
    Uninspiring 'burger king' nonsense - absolute rubbish.

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#10 Most Discussed PS2 Game of 2004
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#19 Most Shared PS2 Game of 2004