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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'sThe 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
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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. Nintendo Power
    76
    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: 8 out of 11
  2. Negative: 1 out of 11
  1. Dec 13, 2019
    10
    This game was easily part of a 3 to 4 year peak for the Need For Speed franchise. The game features a pretty sizeable car list with plenty ofThis game was easily part of a 3 to 4 year peak for the Need For Speed franchise. The game features a pretty sizeable car list with plenty of customization options that are classic underground street racing styles, similar to The Fast and Furious movies.

    Being able to race SUVs was a nice novelty, even though only a few races allowed it. The variety of race types (circuit, sprint, drag, drifting etc) kept game play interesting and introduced their own different mechanics.

    The open world driving aspect was unmatched for it's time and doing all of these things under the veil of night time made it all the more awesome.
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  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. Apr 9, 2016
    9
    This game is one of the best, when it comes to variety, customization, and the Fast and Furious type of feeling. The open world conceptThis game is one of the best, when it comes to variety, customization, and the Fast and Furious type of feeling. The open world concept introduced in this game was one of a kind at time of release, made it an instant classic for me. Expand
  6. 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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  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 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. Expand

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#42 Most Discussed Xbox Game of 2004
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#21 Most Shared Xbox Game of 2004