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Need for Speed Underground 2 (Nintendo DS)

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MobyRank
100 point score based on reviews from various critics.
2.9
MobyScore
5 point score based on user ratings.

User Reviews

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Our Users Say

Category Description MobyScore
Acting The quality of the actors' performances in the game (including voice acting). 2.2
AI How smart (or dumb) you perceive the game's artificial intelligence to be 2.8
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 3.2
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 3.5
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 3.2
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 3.0
Story / Presentation The main creative ideas in the game and how well they're executed 2.5
Overall MobyScore (4 votes) 2.9


The Press Says

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80
Worth Playing
Overall, the game turned out to be a fantastic and deep experience on the Nintendo DS. The only major downsides of the game are the difficulty, the average sound, and the fact that there's some graphical pop in while racing. Everything else comes together to turn this title into a solid racing experience. After playing for a while, you'll really come to enjoy and appreciate the details and speed of Need for Speed Underground 2.
77
GameZone
Need for Speed Underground 2 is a great game on the PC and various consoles. While the transition to the Nintendo DS could have been better, this game will still keep you occupied for some time.
76
Game Chronicles
I had a bit of deja vu with this game. The tracks were very similar, perhaps outright copies, of many of the ones I had raced a few months ago on the PSP. The framerate is amazing for a handheld racer and if you don’t mind the low detail and dark color pallet you will find a lot of challenging racing in Need for Speed Underground 2.
75
4Players.de
Gar kein schlechter Schnitt für den DS: Kaum ein paar Monate auf dem Markt und schon drei Untergrund-Racer auf der Haben-Seite. Die Entscheidung zwischen Asphalt Urban GT, Ridge Racer und NFSU2 ist eher geschmackstechnischer Natur, kein Rennspiel hat wirklich erdrückende Vor- oder Nachteile. Für NFS spricht die schöne Personalisierung sowie die wirklich rasante Grafik – die aber auf Kosten der Details geht. Gut, das Game spielt sowieso nachts, aber auch da kann man etwas mehr als ein paar grau-braune Klötze erwarten. Außerdem frage ich mich, wieso ausgerechnet bei diesem Spiel das Replay weggelassen wurde und wer den Auftrag bekommen hat, die Soundkulisse so nervig zu gestalten. Wie auch immer: ein mangels wirklich viel besserer Alternativen gerade noch gutes Rennspiel, auf das Rennspielfreunde den einen oder anderen besser nicht zu verwöhnten Blick werfen können.
74
N-Zone
Das Warten auf den ersten Rennspielhammer für den DS geht weiter. EA hat es leider versäumt, das Spiel durch weiteres Tuning der Spiel­elemente und zusätzliche Strecken so zu verbessern. Dabei ist das Geschwindigkeitsgefühl famos, Umfang und Tuningpart können ebenfalls überzeugen. Auch handheldtauglichere Runden, sprich kürzere Pisten, wären angebracht gewesen.
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Game Freaks 365
So do I suggest picking Need for Speed Underground 2 for the Nintendo DS? If you’re a DS owner looking for a decent racer, and can’t find that in Asphalt or Ridge Racer, EA might have answered your wishes. For fans of the franchise, especially the Game Boy Advance games, Pocketeers delivers a solid effort. With hopefully more modes and the possibility for online play, Need for Speed: Most Wanted should be the DS racing game to get. Until then, Underground 2 is enough to keep you content.
72
GameSpot
Overall, Need for Speed Underground 2 gets the job done. There's enough variety here to keep you busy; it delivers a strong sense of speed; and the control, while not perfect, is good enough to keep you coming back. If you're a DS owner in need of a good driving game, NFS Underground 2 most definitely fits the bill.
70
Deaf Gamers
Finally there's a driving game on the Nintendo DS that most people will enjoy. NFS Underground 2 is a solid driving game that most will appreciate but it's not without its problems. The handling takes some getting used to and whilst a lot will persevere and get used to it, some will take an instant dislike to its twitchiness. It would have also been great if the game could have allowed you to have multiplayer races with just one game card. Nintendo made a lot of the console's ability to play multiplayer games with just one game card. Sadly though few developers are taking up this option and are insisting that every one of the 4 players must have their own game which means precious few gamers will experience the multiplayer game.
70
Jeuxvideo.com
Bien plus convaincante que l'édition GBA, cette version DS de Need For Speed Underground 2 nous offre un bon jeu de course. La partie tuning est bien présente, mais elle n'est pas aussi envahissante que sur PS2, par exemple. De quoi permettre à tout un chacun de profiter du jeu, même ceux qui ne se passionnent pas particulièrement pour les bidouilles de moteurs et de carrosseries.
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MAN!AC
Eins ist am DS-"Underground 2" bemerkenswert: So flüssig laufen die Rennen sonst nirgends - allerdings wird dieser Vorteil durch kräftige Pop-Ups, schlichte Texturen und andere faule Kompromisse erkauft. Gerade der Gegenverkehr ist oft erst spät zu erkennen: Unerwartete Crashes gehören zur Tagesordnung, zumal die CPU-Gegner selten mit diesem Problem kämpfen und das Streckendesign scheinbar absichtlich tückische Passagen aufweist. Wer sich davon nicht abschrecken lässt und die latent schwammige Lenkung verkraftet, wundert sich über andere Dinge: Gerade die bizarren und optisch extrem schlichten Minispiele passen so gar nicht zum stylischen Rest. Eigentlich schade, denn ohne diese Macken hätte "Underground 2" die Konkurrenz überholt.
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Sliced Gaming (GameBiz)
There are two reasons to buy this game and two reasons alone. One is if you are a manic Need for Speed fan and must own everything Need for Speed. The other is if you must own a racing game for your Nintendo DS and cannot live if you do not. For those that don't fall into these categories, Need for Speed Underground 2 DS is indefinitely a miss, maybe just a hire if you're interested in seeing what racing games are like on the DS. A nice attempt, but an overall feeling of unfulfilling incompleteness.
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G4 TV: X-Play
Need for Speed: Underground 2 is by no means a bad game, but the sad truth is that it's about the best the DS will have in the way of semi-realistic racers. The hardware just isn't conducive to them. At least Mario Kart DS is coming up later this year, which is more the DS's speed.
60
GameSpy
Although Need for Speed Underground 2 on the DS has more than its fair share of flaws, it still manages to pull together a decent racing experience. If you're itching for a race and own a DS, this will keep you satisfied. Although the game isn't on the same level as its console counterparts, the DS version holds its own.
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Digital Press - Classic Video Games
There's nothing particularly wrong with Need for Speed Underground 2, and it's an adequate title if you like racing and know your way around cars. It makes some rather odd design choices (the same ones made on the home consoles) and the controls along with the AI issues can be frustrating. It will likely be enjoyable until you try the first touch screen based mini-game. After that, you'll realize you're not having much fun.