Reviews and Problems with Need for Speed Underground 2
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Eternal Gaming Network
25 September 2006
Excerpt: The story opens up(Career Mode) with the racer you control ruling the streets with a Skyline in the city you left in the first Underground. Instead of jaw dropping, lick your lips delicious graphics, the game adds a comic book type feel that I have never seen in a racing title. Within seconds of starting the career mode your ride gets totaled and the racer gets sent to a new city with a new slate.
Pros: Need for Speed Underground 2 holds its reputation it gained last year as one of the best racing titles on the selves. The new free roaming city is a great addition but it does get confusing and boring at times. The tight controls are about the same as the first game, save the nice addition of taking your own picture of your ride. The music went downhill, with only a few enjoyable titles, but the sound effects give back to the game overall. The story is put in the game...
Cons: Need for Speed Underground 2 holds its reputation it gained last year as one of the best racing titles on the selves. The new free roaming city is a great addition but it does get confusing and boring at times. The tight controls are about the same as the first game, save the nice addition of taking your own picture of your ride. The music went downhill, with only a few enjoyable titles, but the sound effects give back to the game overall. The story is put in the game...
Excerpt: Spongy handling, pop-up galore and strange AI are three phrases that most developers would not want to see in a review of their latest driving game. Especially when it’s a handheld port of an existing title that has, rightly or wrongly, pulled in some rave reviews. Unfortunately, all three phrases should be in use when describing the DS edition of Need For Speed Underground 2 .
Excerpt: Every town and city has a ready-made audience for Need For Speed Underground 2 (NFSU2). You know, the kind of Jordan-fancying, Saxo-driving post-adolescent with a Burberry sub-woofer and 10 Lamberts in the glove compartment. Youth, here is your holy grail! Competing in the Underground requires an eye-catching combination of speed and style.
Excerpt: In my review of Need for Speed: Underground I had recommended this game to anyone that thought going out to Chino, CA to watch races was a good time. Well, EA took those races and moved them into Los Angeles and itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s immediate suburbs. Need for Speed Underground 2 takes place in Ã¢â‚¬Å“BayviewÃ¢â‚¬? City and changes almost everything about its predecessor in some ways.
Conclusion: Everything from the first game has been done better, cleaner and with more emphasis, but the free-roaming city is a double-edged sword, offering a sprawling metropolis to navigate, but a bit too much travelling in some spots.
Excerpt: 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.
Pros: The actual races are fun., Strong online stat tracking.
Cons: Too much meaningless driving to get between events., Heavy product placement makes the game feel like you're playing a big ad., Cross-genre soundtrack is too varied to give the game a cohesive sound.
Excerpt: You know, sometimes I like to think of myself as one of the most hardcore and well-versed Need for Speed aficionados around. I've been with the series ever since it made its debut on Panasonic's, thankfully, deceased 3DO. While I never owned a 3DO myself, I do remember actually playing the original Need for Speed briefly when it first arrived. I thought it was a pretty kick ass game, really solid, and utterly gorgeous for its time.
Conclusion: Need For Speed Underground 2 is a typical EA upgrade – add a couple of cool new features, fix glaring omissions from the last game, and exponentially increase the amount of options and depth. But the ‘tude foisted on you comes across a little stale, and the posturing of the characters in the storyline is bound to make real tuner and mod fans cringe more than a little. For this reason alone, buy it.
Pros: This is a seriously long game – plenty of playing time involved, and heaps of upgrades, Great visual elements, EA addressed the big omissions from the first game.
Cons: Annoying voice acting, Graphic novel approach not very graphic, and not very novel
Summary: Need For Speed Underground was one of our all time favorite games, it bought a whole new dimension to driving games, being able to do almost everything to some reasonably priced cars. However, we did find it rather short and it left us crying out for more, well, its here! Need For Speed Underground 2!