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Our Users Say

Category Description User Score
Acting The quality of the voice or video acting. 2.8
AI The quality of the game's intelligence, usually for the behavior of opponents. 3.1
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work and the game plays. 3.1
Graphics The visual quality of the game 3.4
Personal Slant A personal rating of the game, regardless of other attributes 2.9
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 2.9
Story / Presentation The main creative ideas in the game and how well they are executed. This rating is used for every game except compilations and special editions which don't have unique game content not available in a standalone game or DLC. 3.0
Overall User Score (8 votes) 3.0


Critic Reviews

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100
GamePro (US) (Nov 15, 2004)
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.
91
IGN (Nov 12, 2004)
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.
90
4Players.de (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!
90
Overall, this game is great. Everything from the first game has been improved and more importantly everything is more fun to play. The city may be a little too large for its own good, but using the "World Map" feature can solve even that problem. Improved AI makes almost every race exciting and there's enough modifications available to keep you busy for months. If you're into cars at all, this is a must buy.
90
GameSpy (Nov 17, 2004)
Need for Speed Underground 2 is by no means a perfect game. Players will most likely encounter annoyances while playing. That said, it is an excellent racer, with more to offer than its predecessor. The additional game modes, upgraded customization, and most-importantly the game's open world environment make it stand a clear step above its predecessor which was already a fantastic racer to begin with. While the previous game may be more polished, this edition aims higher and achieves more regardless of a few missteps.
88
Gamesmania.de (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.
87
XBox Front (Jan 24, 2005)
Es ist wieder einmal soweit, EA hat einen neuen Teil der Need for Speed Serie veröffentlicht! Auch dieses mal wieder seit ihr im 'Untergrund' unterwegs- Nur dieses Mal mit mehr Action, Story, Autos und Tuning! Also, lest den Test!
86
Gamers.at (Dec 01, 2004)
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.
85
1UP (Nov 15, 2004)
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.
84
TeamXbox (Nov 15, 2004)
The underground has gotten a lot larger and better in many ways, which definitely makes it a player in the competitive market of tuner-style racers. NFSU2 basically comes down to a matter of taste - if you like an arcade/sim mix, and dig the nouveaux style of free-roaming and emergent gameplay, then this game is all you. If you tend to like very arcadey racers (like the first NFSU), or more sim-type racers, then NFSU2 is probably not going to be your thing. Gamers that just plain getting their money’s worth should snatch up NFSU2 just for the sheer number of mod combos and the huge number of gameplay hours needed to fully complete this title.
83
The Video Game Critic (Mar 22, 2005)
What's with all of this head-banging bull[expletive]? I turned the music all the way down. Why can't EA allow you to change stations on the fly like the Grand Theft Auto games? Also, an auto-save feature is badly needed. You can only save after a win, and there are too many annoying prompts. Finally, it took me a while to realize that the steering controls in the drag races are completely different from the rest of the game - be aware of that. Despite these relatively minor flaws, Underground 2 provides the best night driving action I've ever experienced in a video game, and it's a game I enjoy playing almost every weekend. Check it out.
80
contactmusic.com (Nov 26, 2004)
Overall is Need for Speed Underground 2 up to scratch? The answer is yes – the game isn't breaking any barriers, Underground 2 is more of a development on 1 than a totally new driving experience, which is the case with all Need for Speed titles. The Need for Speed engine has always been known for being a tad skatey and still is, there are more realistic titles out there but if its cool creative and captivating street racing you are looking for and you have a passion for crazy car customisation then you could do much worse than get yourself Need for Speed Underground 2.
80
X-Power (Nov 26, 2004)
Need For Speed Underground 2 is een logische voortzetting van z'n succesvolle voorganger. Het gejatte GTA jasje zit NFSU als gegoten en blijft samen met Xbox Live! de meest in het oog springende vernieuwingen. De andere (race en tune) mogelijkheden zijn zowaar nog uitgebreider geworden. De game zal je uren aan de buis kluisteren en qua levensduur is er zeker geen reden tot klagen. Grafisch geen noemenswaardige verbeteringen, maar het blijft van uitstekende kwaliteit. Gameplay & geluid zijn van prima makelij. Wat mij betreft veruit de beste racegame van 2004.
80
DreamStation.cc (Dec 22, 2004)
All in all, I enjoyed Need for Speed Unerground 2. Excellent customization options, solid racing controls, and the first two hours of exploration mode were the high points. It had some problems too in product placement, lack of car damage, and contrived dialog. Overall, the good far outweighed the bad. For me, it hasn’t dethroned Gran Turismo 3 A Spec, but it’s the best street racing game I’ve played. If you are a fan of NFSU, or street racing games in general I implore you to pick this title up.
80
Extreme Gamer (Dec 06, 2004)
Driving games have changed over the years and it's not just about your skill behind the wheel anymore, it's about the whole package. You need to look the part as well as drive it. Need for Speed Underground 2 boasts more cosmetic upgrades, more challenges and more driving. this is a good thing. There is a wide selection of cars and newly added SUV's to choose from along with a hefty amount of tracks and race types. Need for Speed Underground 2 won't disappoint any driving enthusiast with its nitro fueled racing action.
75
Jeuxvideo.com (Nov 18, 2004)
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.
75
Game Revolution (Nov, 2004)
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.
74
GameSpot (Nov 16, 2004)
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.
60
Eurogamer.net (UK) (Nov 22, 2004)
But yet for all the camp pastel slipperiness, we still kept playing. If we weren't tasked with reviewing such a commercially gigantic game, we'd probably never tell a soul that it was possible to enjoy a Need For Speed Underground game, never mind its bastard offspring. And that's the maddening, messed up thing about all this. Despite all evidence to the contrary, we really did somehow glean an unlikely amount of enjoyment out of this hysterically warped piece of racing game design. Maybe the trick is that EA knows it doesn't make any sense either. It just knows there's a demand for this stuff. Like terrifyingly addictive bad things like cigarettes, fast food and trash TV, you can't help but get sucked in by it all. Weird creatures, human beings. Always enjoying the wrong things, despite themselves.


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