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Let's face it, no matter how hokey some of those pimped-out cars look, you're still fascinated with the tuner culture. While the first Underground unquestionably appealed to that fascination, EA's nod to supped-up autos this year is a grand presentation of untamed horsepower, which successfully turns your fascination into an addiction.
Need for Speed: Underground, while very high on its ups, is not without its downs. The gameplay is utterly addictive, to put it short. I managed to pour 7 hours into the game, not realizing how much time I had actually spent. Right before I sat down to write this review, I spent another 3 hours playing the game, thinking I had played no more than 45 minutes tops -- it's almost magical when a game can do that to you. Even though the framerate can be funky here and there, and the game's visual style requires time to adjust, NFS: Underground is still a splendid looking title. If you're a racing fan, you absolutely must pick up Need for Speed: Underground. Oh, and if you happen to notice that a replay mode is missing from the game, you didn't get a defective copy. EA, stupidly, never implemented a replay mode into the game. Go figure.
The original Need for Speed Underground did a great job of conveying the glamorized street racing scene (as boosted in the movie The Fast and the Furious and the rest). It's a world that's as much about style as substance and the whole aesthetic screams on in Need for Speed Underground 2. The game rolls super-slick visuals, tricked-out cars, and a free-roaming California vibe into a solid street racing experience.
Overshadowed by the big three sequels this fall -- Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, Half-Life 2, and Halo 2 -- the world's best selling game in 2003 really isn't something that should be ignored. Electronic Arts' Need for Speed Underground 2 is a huge makeover, improving on every aspect of last year's version by building an impressive level of depth in every facet of play.
Next Level Gaming
Electronic Arts has returned with some high-speed street racing. The Need For Speed series has been around since the 3DO days. Taking one of last year’s best racing games, Need For Speed Underground has just received a new overhaul, with new features and such. And Need For Speed Underground 2 has just raced to retail stores everywhere. And EA has packed this new title with some great new features as well as a more polished look to the graphics. There are some new sexy additions. Brooke Burke, the former-host of E! Entertainment Television’s popular travel series, “Wild On.” Is also featured in Need For Speed Underground 2. She plays the streetwise organizer of an elite underground circuit as she guides players to become the top racers on the streets. It seems that sexy smoking-hot chicks is the new thing for racing titles. Hey, I wont complain! Bring them on baby!
Need for Speed Underground 2 ist der würdige Nachfolger des Rennspiel-Hits. Noch mehr Tuning-Möglichkeiten und ein deutlich größerer Fuhrpark, der nun auch hierzulande populäre Fahrzeuge wie den Opel Corsa, Golf GTI, Audi A3 und Audi TT umfasst, werten das Spiel deutlich auf. Hinzu kommt, dass die sich ständig wiederholende Streckengrafik des Vorgängers der Vergangenheit angehört - eine große virtuelle und abwechslungsreiche Stadt gewährt enorme Bewegungsfreiheit. Wer ein wenig Geduld mitbringt und die vielen Zwischenfahrten im Karrieremodus toleriert, bekommt ein erstklassiges Arcade Rennspiel geboten. Für Tuning Fans lohnt sich der Kauf schon allein aufgrund der nahezu unendlichen Möglichkeiten im Bereich der Fahrzeuggestaltung.
Need for Speed ist ein Mythos – bereits in den 90er Jahren fesselte dieses Arcade-Rennspiel die Fans, diese Begeisterung hat bis heute angehalten. Erst vor ungefähr einem Jahr überraschte Need for Speed Underground mit ungewöhnlicher Hintergrundstory und neuen Spielelementen im Genre der Rennspiele, hohe Verkaufszahlen waren die Folge. Den Erfolg des ersten Teils möchte man auch heuer fortsetzen und schickt Need for Speed Underground 2 ins illegale Straßenrennen. Ob sich der Titel gegen die Konkurrenz durchsetzen kann, erfährt ihr in unserem Review.
Need for Speed Underground 2 builds on its predecessor in more ways than it might have had to. After all, the first one arguably featured no more racing options than Need for Speed Hot Pursuit 2 (it had more race formats, but fewer choices when progressing through them), and it currently sits on the throne as EA's best-selling game of all time. A quickie sequel without much evolution in options and presentation could have been expected to still do pretty well.
"Need for Speed Underground 2" está longe de ser um jogo perfeito -, mas com uma boa seleção carros, infinidade de peças licenciadas e muito mais variedade nos eventos, é uma excelente pedida para os fãs de rachas e "tunadores" de carros.
Game Informer Magazine
Last year’s Underground was, for various reasons, my favorite racing game of 2003 Sure, it had some fairly standard racing (the one exception being the outstanding drag racing), but I couldn’t help but love all the customization options. In fact, I had such an addiction to modifying my car that I played through the game multiple times with a smile on my face, with little regard for the somewhat repetitive racing. So, as you may have guessed, I came into this year’s edition expecting a lot, and sadly I found myself to be fairly disappointed. The feature that was intended to be this game’s biggest innovation – a huge free-roaming city that lets the player explore over 125 load-free, streaming miles of road and pick and choose races – ended up detracting from the experience, not expanding it.
NFSU 2 est l’identique de son aîné avec bien plus de variété et une durée de vie prolongée. Il y a certes un peu de répétitivité derrière tout cela mais aucun autre jeu n’a ce que ce Need for Speed nous propose. Si vous aimez la vitesse et les jolis bolides customisés, il vous plaira, indéniablement.
Etonnant, immersif et parfois jouissif, NFSU 2 supprime la majeure partie des défauts de son grand-frère, et se pose comme l'un des titres de course arcade les plus intéressants. Malgré tout, on peut émettre des doutes quant à son degré de rénovation au gré même des parties. Le risque de redondance est bien présent, et il ne suffira que de peu pour faire surgir une lassitude conséquente. De plus, bien que très complet, il n'apporte pas vraiment suffisamment d'innovations pour contenter complètement, et se laisse parfois prendre par des défauts évitables. Mais au final, il emportera les fans aux anges, et il fera découvrir aux novices les bon côtés de l'arcade. Pas indispensable, mais aux atours enchanteurs.
The underground racing scene works in mysterious ways. One minute, you’re cruising around town as carefree as can be, and the next you’re screeching at a stop sign, slamming on the gas and careening around at twice the legal speed limit. It’s fast, it’s sudden and it serves up the adrenaline that many racers out there live for.
Last year, EA took its long-running Need for Speed series in an exciting new direction with the release of Need for Speed Underground, a racing game that focused on making the import tuner scene the star of its arcade-style racing show. The game worked really well, combining the right level of car customization with good track design, challenging opponents, and impressive graphical effects. Now, one year later, a sequel is on the streets, adding some new race types and a big, open city to cruise around. The actual racing in Need for Speed Underground 2 is still pretty good, but unfortunately most of the stuff you do in between races keeps you away from the game's best moments.
Need for Speed: Underground 2 isn't the sequel I dreamed of. The big game world doesn't make the game any better. Look at it like this: would you rather be looking at loading screens all the time instead of making your way through some menu's? The new race modes are also a bit disappointing and because of the fact that everything takes place at night, it will bore you pretty soon. The lasting appeal however is a lot longer than the previous installment and the tuning part of the game is even more fun. So if you're looking for the best tuning game out there, NFS:U2 is really your bag. If you, however, are looking for the best arcade racing game, you might want to check out Burnout 3 because it's because it's just better no matter how you look at it.
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