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Category Description User Score
Acting The quality of the actors' performances in the game (including voice acting). 3.1
AI How smart (or dumb) you perceive the game's artificial intelligence to be 3.3
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 3.9
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 4.0
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 3.7
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 3.7
Story / Presentation The main creative ideas in the game and how well they're executed 3.0
Overall User Score (47 votes) 3.5

Critic Reviews

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ActionTrip (Nov 15, 2004)
I wholeheartedly recommend NFSU 2 to arcade racing fans the world over. Ultimately, it all comes down to how much fun you've had with the game and if it was addictive enough to make you lose sleep over it. Need for Speed Underground 2 checks out in both these categories; it's simply a fantastic sequel to an already good game. I wonder what got into EA, I kind of like thinking about cows while I'm playing their games. Now I don't know if this is a good thing or a bad thing anymore. Well, I can always load up FIFA 2005 if I want images of milked cows to pop into my head.
IGN (Nov 12, 2004)
An arcade racer by nature, NFSU2 expands into many new territories with a deep, complex progression system. It builds out an impressive customization mode, lacking in last year's model, and furthers its reach into America's trendy import tuner culture with the appropriate dialog, music, and the addition, of all things, SUVs. The result is a startling 40-plus hour game that's well composed, packed with aggresive AI, and is perhaps a little too big for its own good.
90 (Nov 30, 2004)
Need for Speed Underground 2 ist zweifelsohne ein genialer Arcade-Racer, der deutlich mehr Flair bietet als der Vorgänger. Es ist unglaublich, wie motivierend die Jagd nach mehr Geld und Ansehen ist, nur um sein kleines Prunkstück noch einen Tick cooler zu tunen. Während ihr beim ersten Teil quasi ein Rennen nach dem anderen gefahren und zwischendurch die Karre tiefer gelegt habt, müsst ihr jetzt alles in der Stadt selber machen: Rennen aussuchen, Konkurrenten finden, Belohnungen abholen, zu den Tuning-Läden fahren - und nebenbei gibt`s noch jede Mange zu erkunden. Da diesmal die gesamte Stadt befahrbar ist, präsentiert sich die Welt wesentlich homogener und wirkt wie aus einem edlen Guss. Die Engine protzt mit tollen Lichteffekten, imposanten Spiegelungen und klasse Auto-Modellen. Wenn euch der erste Teil gefallen hat und ihr nicht unbedingt auf realistisch genaue Fahrmodelle steht, dann ist Need for Speed Underground 2 ein Pflichtkauf!
CNET (Oct 29, 2004)
The graphics are the most obvious improvement. We only can describe them as truly awesome, even on lower settings. Lights on the bridge sparkle in the night sky, and mannequins in store windows catch your eye as you blaze past. Little things, such as pumping your hydraulics and bouncing down the avenue, make the experience even more fun. Racing is arcade style (it's awfully hard to destroy your car) and easy to learn, yet power drifting is an acquired skill that keeps the learning curve gradual, but long. The only knocks on this top-notch driving game are the ubiquitous product placements (a Cingular messaging system?), high system requirements, and large download size. Considering the depth and quality of Need for Speed Underground 2, though, most gamers can forgive those details.
That and the ridiculous story and pathetic voice acting from a faux-street Brooke Burke notwithstanding. NFSU2 is the most fun racing game I’ve played in a while. It totally delivers the stuff that makes me a fan of arcade racers: a kick-ass environment and just enough deviation from reality to make me want to stick with it even when I don’t immediately win. In fact, NFSU2 ranks among tho most entertaining games I’ve played in a while—and I’d say that even it my last two reviews hadn’t been for Leisure Suit Larry and SpongeBob Square Pants.
GameSpy (Nov 17, 2004)
PC gamers haven't had anywhere near the same selection to choose from, which makes the release of Need for Speed Underground 2 that much more timely and important. EA's latest in the fledgeling spin-off series is another solid entry, even if it's not quite as polished as its predecessor. This may disappoint some fans of last year's best-selling title, initially. But gamers who give Need for Speed Underground 2 a solid chance will once again be entranced. As before, the game performs where it counts; yes, racing in Need for Speed Underground 2 feels excellent.
GameZone (Nov 23, 2004)
Need for Speed Underground 2 does everything that the first one did except bigger and better! This is one of the best racing games that I have had the chance to play in a long time, and you will be able to tell how great this game is from the minute that you load it. It will offer you hours upon hours of racing challenges that will keep you coming back for more. This is one game that should not be missed.
Gameguru Mania (Dec 01, 2004)
One of the best features of this game is the ability to upgrade your vehicles and customize them before racing. There is a ton of ways to customize your ride with parts to have better performance. There's over 50 individual performance parts for your car which fall into many different categories, like Engines, ECUs, brakes, tires, suspension, transmission, Nintro, weight reduction etc. Unlike the original game, NFSU2's nitrous system is much more dynamic, allowing you to fill it up by performing all manner of racing feats. Of course, there is also a ton of available paint jobs, decals spoilers, bumpers and more for decorative and practical purposes, so you can truly create your own unique racing car.
90 (Sep 20, 2005)
With 125 miles of road to race and 13 different vehicles the game has a decent replay value. I think the cars are great. Again I don’t approve of the music but that’s why you can turn it off. I wasn’t able to set up an account to play online so I can’t talk about it. The story behind the game is pretty decent. I think they could have added some motion or video to the Rachel sessions since there are so many, all you see is a still picture while she talks. I don’t know why the SUV’s are in the game as they don’t race well, you can trick them out good though. I think Need for Speed Underground 2 is very good, but music, crash damage, and improved Rachel sessions would have made it better.
Gameplay (Benelux) (Dec, 2004)
NFS U2 overtreft zijn voorganger op alle fronten. Ladies and Gentlemen, start your engines!
PC Games (Germany) (Dec 26, 2004)
Schon beim ersten Teil hing ich wochenlang an der Tacho-Nadel – Need for Speed Underground 2 wird dieses Suchterlebnis garantiert toppen. Die Möglichkeit, wie in GTA Vice City nach Lust und Laune mit dem Auto durch die frei befahrbare und herrlich abwechslungsreiche Metropole Bayview zu cruisen, ist einfach genial. Die Tuning-Optionen sind genauso peinlich wie umfangreich und der satte Motorensound ist einfach nur fett. Schade: Wilde Verfolgungsjagden mit der Polizei waren einst Aushängeschild der Rennspielserie – in den Straßen von Bayview sucht man die Ordnungshüter leider vergebens.
88 (Nov 24, 2004)
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.
88 (Dec 25, 2004)
Personally, I think we're dealing with one of the best arcade racing games ever. The quantity and quality of the options available to you, the level design and the freedom of movement, the cars and their handling through traffic, the details, all these make NFS: U2 a winner and you really have to play it to believe me. I know the story sucks - Brooke sucks even more - and that URL races are boring as they are now, but perhaps they will fix all these in the next title. I'm sorry! Please forgive me, my readers. You can't fix Brooke, just replace her. Until then, I wish you good luck with your cars and, who knows, maybe you'll win the WCG tournament. Yes, it seems NFS: U2 is included on their list. Watch it out there, ok? I might just take your lead. See ya!
PC Powerplay (Nov, 2004)
Underground 2 ist weniger Rennspiel als Geschicklichkeitstest mit aufgemotzten Autos und toller Musik. Für ein langes Rennwochenende klemme ich mich daher bei GTR und Richard Burns Rally hinters Lenkrad. Doch für den hochoktanigen Quickie ist Underground 2 perfekt: Angestachelt vom hohen Suchtfaktor (nur noch ein Sieg bis zum dickeren Auspuff) starte ich immer wieder ein Rennen. Und merke erst nach zwei Stunden, wie schnell die Zeit vergangen ist.
Gamigo (Nov 23, 2004)
Was hatte ich mich auf Need for Speed Underground 2 gefreut. Endlich wieder losrasen und den Rausch der Geschwindigkeit erleben. Aber irgendwie hat es NfS Underground 2 nicht geschafft mich derartig zu fesseln wie der Vorgänger. Die anfängliche Suche in der Stadt nach den verschiedenen Läden und Rennen, die Untergrund Renn Liga auf den Rennbahnen und der chaotische Soundtrack dämpften meine Freude ein wenig.
1UP (Nov 15, 2004)
Creating the free-roaming city for Underground 2 was worth the effort, though, even if it's not a completely successful experiment. Once you've unlocked the entire area and learned how to get around on the surface streets and freeways, it creates a remarkable sense of immersion in the environment. It doesn't just feel like a collection of scattered race tracks, it feels like a real world, with the player a unique little speck in the middle of it. It means something now, being the "king of the street," when all of those streets are laid out in front of you.
85 (Nov 20, 2004)
Voici le 8ème volet de la série Need For Speed (oui déjà 8) tant attendu par tous les fanas de tuning. Tient-il ses promesses ?
GameStar (Germany) (Nov, 2004)
Neue Autos, zusätzliche Rennmodi, eine frei befahrbare Stadt – das hört sich ja nach einem richtig neuen Need for Speed an. Falsch! Eine Hand voll neuer Karossen neben denen aus dem Vorgänger sind zu wenig. Die neuen Rennmodi passen gut ins Szenario, bekommen aber keinen Innovationspreis. Und das offene Bayview täuscht nicht lange über die eigentlich lineare Kampagne hinweg. Mir ist das aber alles egal: Denn Need for Speed Underground 2 ist eine spitzen Action-Raserei in coolem Ambiente. Arcade-Fahrphysik, unzählige Strecken und nicht zuletzt die grandiose Grafik sorgen für langfristigen Spaß – endlich auch im Netzwerk. Wer Teil 1 mochte, wird die Fortsetzung lieben
82 (Nov 15, 2004)
In a gaming season plagued by same-old-same-old sequels, Need for Speed Underground 2 is a rare title that changes up the formula and still manages to stay fun. When you combine its lasting pick up appeal with a surprisingly well thought out campaign mode, you have a racing game that provides depth without sacrificing the over the top action of an arcade game. All in all, you could do far worse this holiday than picking up a copy for a little yuletide diversion.
Factornews (Jan 07, 2005)
Ce Need for Speed Underground 2 s'avère bien moins brouillon, et donc bien plus convaincant que son prédécesseur. De grosses lacunes ont été comblées, quelques petites nouveautés sympathiques ont fait leur apparition, et le tout s'avère au final très agréable à jouer, pour peu que l'on aime la conduite orientée arcade et les caisses vulgaires. Néanmoins, quelques défauts subsistent (les murs invisibles et l'ordinateur qui triche étant les plus rédhibitoires), et pourraient à terme finir par lasser. Mais sinon, c'est du tout bon.
Joystick (French) (Dec, 2004)
Une suite globalement très similaire au premier volet, mais dont la réalisation exceptionnelle donne envie d'aller toujours plus loin. Une fois au volant, on a du mal à s'arrêter de conduire. L'enchaînement des épreuves se fait naturellement et avec autant de plaisir afin de débloquer l'élément qui rendra son bolide unique.
UOL Jogos (Nov 12, 2004)
"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.
Jolt (UK) (Jan 01, 2005)
On the whole we admire what NFSU2 has brought to the table in terms of customisations and we’re even swayed by the glitzy graphics and excellent audio. It’s just a shame that the racing isn’t quite as exciting. With the exception of a few modes, NFSU2 plays it very safe – a little too safely for our tastes – and we have to say we preferred the traffic swerving, pedestrian dodging, cop evading style of racing offered by Midnight Club 2. With the third Midnight Club game arriving in March, it’ll be interesting to see how things pan out.
Game Watcher (Apr 03, 2005)
Bottom line is that if you love the driving games, you may want to buy this game. I will let you now to enjoy the screenshots we have here and until our next meeting have fun driving (in the game) and a safety on (in real life).
Game Revolution (Nov 29, 2004)
Cheap money-making schemes notwithstanding, Need for Speed Underground 2 does a pretty good job capturing the tuner scene with fast races and flashy cars. However, some lingering A.I. issues and the excessive time it takes just to get where you need to go keeps this ride from shifting to fifth.

75 (Nov 18, 2004)
Need For Speed Underground 2 ne met pas un grand coup de pied dans la fourmilière mais gomme certains des défauts du premier épisode tout en y injectant de petites nouveautés et un mode Carrière tout aussi long que celui de son grand-frère. On pourra trouver certains défis toujours aussi peu passionnants ou redondants mais même ces derniers ont profité d'une petite refonte afin de les rendre plus ludiques. Underground 2 fait donc figure d'évolution minime qui poussera, nous l'espérons, la série vers sa prochaine étape la faisant ainsi passer de son stade larvaire à celui de la chrysalide.
GameSpot (Nov 16, 2004)
Need for Speed Underground 2 starts with last year's game as a template and builds from there. Unfortunately, almost everything that has been added to this year's game detracts from the overall experience. Once you're in and racing and customizing your cars, it's a lot of fun, but there are too many obstacles standing between you and the best parts of the game.
This sequel to EA's best-selling racing franchise emphasizes flashy visuals, corporate sponsorships and ease-of-use over the seedy aspects of illegal street racing. Bayview provides a neon-tinged urban environment to cruise around in; wild races and sick upgrades are found around every corner. The game has its flaws, but gear-heads will love the customization choices and the racing is still fun, if not very challenging. We'd strongly suggest players rent Need for Speed Underground 2 to take a test drive within the virtual city's limits.
G4 TV: X-Play (Dec 20, 2004)
In direct comparison to a game like Burnout 3, NFSU2 is almost a driving simulation. The handling is far more realistic, the physics more appropriate to the real world and the overall feel of the game is more serious and less arcade like. That isn’t to suggest that this is a hardcore racing simulation -- it’s still more arcade than reality -- but despite all the over-the-top use of shiny graphic effects and almost offensively in-your-face product tie-ins, the game still plays excellently. The inclusion of an open city to cruise through is really the big plug though, and almost makes all the rest of the fluff tolerable.