Game Review (written by SocialOutcast) Added on: 1 Aug 2012
Need for Speed: Underground 2 is a racing game developed by EA games, or Electronic Arts and was released in 2004.
With this release, they have made the racing area to be one big city. However, you must complete a "stage" in order to unlock the other parts of the city. The city is quite large and takes a while to memorize but there are many "landmarks" that makes remembering your way easy. If you don't like to get lost. Don't worry, there is a nice GPS feature, which shows you the way with blue arrow pointing you into the direction of your target.
Races can be found in the streets or even an alley. You can use the GPS to guide you to them. However, there are a few hidden races, which offer a hefty amount of bounty compared to the others on the map.
The free-roam style wasn't left out completely blank. You can refill your NOS meter by drifting around and making 360 turns or near missing other cars. Why would you want to refill your NOS in free-roam? To get those opponents win the streets. You challenge them by driving up behind them and initiating an "outrun duel". After victory, you will gain bounty (in game credit). Lose however and you'll lose money. Achieving a certain number of outruns each round will give you a special part upgrade for your ride. It could be either performance or visual.
The SUV races however seem to be redundant in the game. You could do the SUV only races for more bounty in later stages.
A nice addition to the game, which the game is obviously focused on, is the customization of vehicles. You can change the entire look of your car. From bumpers, side skirts, mirrors, rims, spoilers, roof scoops, vinyls, base paint and much much more.
There is also a star meter that is affected by your cars looks. Having a higher star rate will unlock magazine cover opportunities, which will give you bounty based on your star meter progress. A maximum of 10 stars can be achieved and rewards the highest amount of bounty during magazine shots.
In the end, Need for Speed: Underground 2 is a very fun game to play, although it can sometimes "cheat" to make the game harder for you. Typical EA games programming. However, it is still enjoyable when the AI doesn't receive sudden speed boosts to catch up to you.
Game Review (written by SocialOutcast) Added on: 12 Jul 2012
Ah, Need For Speed: Underground 2. Back before EA started to turn their franchises into cash cows, EA used to make excellent games like this one here. I remember the days with my Xbox when I used to log countless hours of gaming into this one game, mainly due to the fact it was so fun.
The game starts out with you arriving in the town of Bayview, where you start from humble beginnings as a racer with a subpar car with little money to a racer with a souped-up car with lots of money.
The graphics are great for the Xbox, and while driving they will do a motion-blur type thing while you cruise at 85 miles an hour.
The music is also superb, with tunes that easily fit the game and get your adrenaline pumping. But the best thing about NFS:U2, besides the great music and graphics, is the fact you can free-roam the city and take on races whenever you want. It reminds me of GTA in some ways, minus all the violence and cursing.
If you still own an Xbox or any other systems that this game was released for, get this. You won't regret it.