Reviews and Problems with Need for Speed Underground 2
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Worms 3D: Special Edition Review
11 March 2010
Conclusion: In theory, Worms 3D: Special Edition makes total sense and is refreshing in most every way. In practice, the basics haven’t been totally nailed down, but Worms 3D does forge ahead to deliver a refreshing gameplay experience. The suspect cameras and lack of solid or customizable controls will undoubtedly make some gamers mad they picked this one up.
Conclusion: While all of this sounds exceedingly negative, it's not. The game is a quality title with a lot to offer those interested in modifying a vehicle to their hearts desire and taking that very personal ride out into the night for some no-holds-barred racing. But, from my perspective, there isn't anything particularly interesting or inspiring about the approach, while a game like Burnout 3 adds something to the Arcade Racing genre with lush visuals and awesome crashes, NFSU:2...
Excerpt: Ooh, how excited were we when we heard this game was on its way, dear reader... Loud, shiny cars to be driven about an urban environment with a devil-may-care attitude and deafening music to boot. Erm, just another normal day in Anytown, UK then, surely... Ah, but for less than the price of a customised tax disc holder, you can own and keep the streets with Need For Speed Underground 2.
Excerpt: Need for Speed Underground 2 (NFSU2) takes street racing, well, to the streets. While its predecessor featured plenty of street racing action, NFSU2 removed the between race menus and instead sets you free to drive the streets of the city. Events and special locations are marked by color-coded icons on the game’s map and to activate them you simply need to drive to them.
Excerpt: "Need for Speed" has survived the times. Just like Madonna (in a lasting way), the "Need for Speed" series has been able to evolve and continue its existence as a fun racing product. The latest evolution to the game is the incorporation of the “underground” street racing scene, and borrow liberally from the success of the movie "The Fast and The Furious". Last year’s incarnation was a success.
Excerpt: Apart from the initial intro movie in the first NFS title, there really wasn’t much of a story in the game. Underground 2 attempts to change that within the career mode, trying to provide you with a backstory and a reason to take to the streets in your car. The premise of the game, told in graphical novel format, is relatively simple to follow: The player, a successful racer in one town, is suddenly ambushed and almost killed by rivals.
Excerpt: The import tuner scene has literally exploded into mainstream culture, thanks to the success of movies like The Fast and The Furious. Needless to say, it was only a matter of time before the gaming industry followed suit, producing nitro-infused racing titles that celebrated the modified car lifestyle. EA managed to meld the illegal world of street racing with the car enthusiast spirit in last year’s popular Need For Speed Underground.
Conclusion: The one thing that impresses me most about NFSU2 is how addictive it is. Whether playing online or offline, you will be in for some great experiences. I must say that through this game I have found that arcade racing is back to its full potential with this game. There is just so much customization options that you can do with all the cars that it will keep you coming back time and time again.
Conclusion: 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.
Conclusion: NFSU2 manages to be highly addictive and surprisingly deep without really doing anything ground breaking. The cars look well-modelled and shiny but are far from the most detailed this generation. The way the body kits and decals are integrated and allow you to mix and match them is superb - when racing online there is absolutely NO reason why your car should look like anyone else's. The tuning options really do make a difference and the cityscape is huge.
Pros: Amazing amount of possible modifications., The cars look great., Excellent feeling of speed., Strangely addictive – you get a nice mixture of races., The cars’ engines sound great.
Cons: The game structure is a bit daft., It’s always dark, or dark and raining., Like all racing games, it can feel repetitive., Sometimes difficult to pick out dingy corners., Badly flawed online mode should have been much,, better., No custom soundtracks., Is this what the NFS series is really about?