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Generally favorable reviews- based on 48 Ratings

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  • Summary: Enter the world of urban street racing with the latest title in the hit Need for Speed series: Need for Speed Underground. Take on today's most popular tuner cars from Mitsubishi Motors, Subaru, Toyota and many more, earning cash for car mods. Test your skills against the computer orEnter the world of urban street racing with the latest title in the hit Need for Speed series: Need for Speed Underground. Take on today's most popular tuner cars from Mitsubishi Motors, Subaru, Toyota and many more, earning cash for car mods. Test your skills against the computer or online against up to 4 players. But creating a custom street racing machine will not get you to the top; it takes a certain amount of attitude and razor sharp driving skills to compete in the tough world of urban racing. Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 25
  2. Negative: 0 out of 25
  1. 95
    It's up there on the podium with "Ridge Racer Type 4" and "Daytona USA 2," contending for the title of very best ever.
  2. Play Magazine
    91
    Pulling it all together is razor-sharp presentation, incredible city construction and track design, and a use of sound and mixed tunes that is unrivaled in the genre; praise to EA for bypassing the numbing of ill-placed techno. [Dec 2003, p.62]
  3. 90
    One main feature that clearly separates Underground from other street racers is its visual presentation. The nighttime glow in the metropolis does take some time to get used to, but the evening air quickly adds to the stunning scenery and detailed avenues as you travel at high RPMs.
  4. 85
    The Xbox is blessed with being the most technically advanced version, but the PS2 takes the edge with its online gameplay and visual trickery.
  5. 82
    Cars that scream masculinity and machismo; mental drivers haring around city roads that form impromptu tracks when the lights go off and nobody is around – welcome to the world of illegal street racing.
  6. Packed with customization options from heaven and an incredibly well handling ride to boot, the game is a must for those looking for big time thrills and the ability of creating their dream machines.
  7. games(TM)
    50
    Boy racers will love Underground's edgy urban chic, otherwise you should stick with the less fashionable but ultimately more enjoyable "Burnout 2." [Christmas 2003, p.125]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 29
  2. Negative: 6 out of 29
  1. DaneD.
    Nov 17, 2003
    10
    Too easy.
  2. Dec 1, 2021
    10
    DarinM, Richard and Devils Advocate are idiots and don't know what they're talking about, this game is still the best and the soundtracks as well.
  3. Nimaim
    Nov 17, 2003
    10
    GREAT GAME ... played it just today, got SO into it ... makes me beleive that I'm actually IN fast and the furious ... amazing .. ! now GREAT GAME ... played it just today, got SO into it ... makes me beleive that I'm actually IN fast and the furious ... amazing .. ! now excuse me while I go play some more NFSU. Expand
  4. PIRANHAG.
    Dec 3, 2003
    10
    Surely rocked up game.
  5. Burrger
    Mar 7, 2004
    10
    Take a typical PUG 206 and beef it up the way you want it to look. From 20" rims to wide arch body kits.... What more do you want!!!!
  6. Prophecy
    Aug 13, 2004
    8
    Devil's Advocate i dont know why u are voting so low, Yes the graphics aren't as good as they could be but ps 1 does not have Devil's Advocate i dont know why u are voting so low, Yes the graphics aren't as good as they could be but ps 1 does not have better textures then this game. The only down side of this game is its difficulty at some parts of the game it becomes frustrating and also the tracks do tend to become repetitive but over all it is an amusing game to play. Expand
  7. GlennL.
    Nov 20, 2003
    0
    N00B game! PGRII is far the best street racers on xbox.

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Awards & Rankings

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#13 Most Discussed Xbox Game of 2003
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#43 Most Shared Xbox Game of 2003