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Need for Speed Underground (PlayStation 2)

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Description

Need For Speed: Underground is the seventh game in the long running Need For Speed racing series.

The game revolves around illegal night time street racing with heavily modified import cars and has been greatly influenced by the movie the Fast And The Furious and its sequel. Players get the chance to build their own racing machine almost from the ground up, with hundreds or real licensed parts and lots of licensed cars, including the Mazda RX-7 and the Nissan Skyline GT-R. The game also features over 100 single player races and a hip hop/hard rock soundtrack including artists such as Mystikal, Rob Zombie, and the Crystal Method.

Screenshots

Need for Speed Underground PlayStation 2 Demo version
The car selection screen. When the player presses 'X to customise' what they see are screens saying this feature will be awesome in the retail game
Need for Speed Underground PlayStation 2 Demo version.
The start of a Circuit race. That's the player's car in the centre
Need for Speed Underground PlayStation 2 Demo version.
The race has just started and the speed-blur of the background has kicked in.
Need for Speed Underground PlayStation 2 Demo version.
The game's start screen

Alternate Titles

  • "极品飞车:地下车会" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)
  • "NFSU1" -- Common abbreviation
  • "Jipin Feiche: Dixia Chehui" -- Chinese title

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User Reviews

Beautiful cars and beautiful women. Horny-Bullant (56) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars

The Press Says

Worth Playing Nov 27, 2004 9.2 out of 10 92
Fragland.net Feb 18, 2004 89.5 out of 100 90
GameSpy Nov 20, 2003 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
Yahoo! Games Dec 03, 2003 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
Next Level Gaming Dec 04, 2004 89 out of 100 89
GameZone Dec 01, 2003 8.5 out of 10 85
Gamers.at Nov 23, 2003 84 out of 100 84
Gamesmania Nov 08, 2003 84 out of 100 84
Gaming Target Jan 22, 2004 8.1 out of 10 81
G4 TV: X-Play Mar 28, 2006 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80

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Trivia

Multiplayer

EA astonished the entire gaming world by supporting online gameplay in the Windows version of Need for Speed UndergroundNFSU, but leaving out LAN play. Often, games only get LAN play because developers don't want to deal with latency issues and different networks. EA on the other hand, developed a "Cross Platform Online Gaming" feature, which allows gamers to compete online on different platforms (e.g. PS2 vs PC), but there's a catch: no LAN play on PC. This means that players have go through an external network connection just to join a server sitting right next to them.

Soon after the game's release,a tool making LAN play possible appeared on various fansites. It also features an option to play over the Internet without using EA's server.

Server shutdown

As of 13th January 2006, The EA servers for the game are no longer in service. Of course this does not effect peer-to-peer games. The PS2 servers were closed on 1st November 2007.

Awards

  • Computer Gaming World
    • March 2004 (Issue #236) – Racing Game of the Year
  • GameStar (Germany)
    • February 13, 2004 - Best PC Sports Game in 2003 (Readers' Vote)
  • PC Games (Germany)
    • Issue 02/2004– Best Sports/Racing Game in 2003 (Readers' Vote)
  • Shacknews
    • 2003 - WTF!? Award (more details in "Multiplayer" section)
Information also contributed by Mr._Sefe.

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Corn Popper (69521) added Need for Speed Underground (PlayStation 2) on Dec 03, 2003
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