Many racing games have attempted to grab the teen market by jumping into the street racing subgenre that was made popular in the movie The Fast and the Furious. But up until Need for Speed Underground, no game had really been able to conquer that field. Well then came Need for Speed Underground came to light and brought the racing genre its first great street racing game. So now a year later EA is back at it again attempting to create a game that once again captures the street-racing realm. Does this game accomplish just that? Read our full review to find out!
This year racing games have been coming at us from every place and all of them, have been so darn good. I mean, just we look at EA’s very own Burnout 3, which was truly a brilliant game that not only has all the right elements of a great racing game, but also just plain fun. So even before going into the game, Need For Speed Underground 2 was going up against tough competitors.
Last year Need for Speed Underground showed us that the world of street racing could be tapped into and it could be done well. But many have wondered how you could possibly do such a thing and what the game did was allowed you to customize your vehicles to every extent in an easy and fun manor. They combined this with plenty of great racing and so you have Need for Speed Underground.
Now in its second iteration the developers have decided to go in the same direction as many other games and that is to a much more open-ended gameplay that gives you a city to explore in order to participate in races. This is where all the good and the bad from NFSU2 come into play. To get in a race you first must go to the location and then enter the race, and this at times can be sort of tedious. But you can see that the development team took some notes from the GTA series and made the environments vary in their look and feel.
The game is composed of seven different race types, which include Drift, Drag, Outrun, Street X, Circuit, Sprint, and URL (Underground Racing League). So as you can see there is a good variety in the games different race types, which is definitely a good thing. From my experiences with all of these different race types, I have found that all of them are a lot of fun. My favorite would have to be the drag races, which I think, are set up in a great manner, but also enables you to reach the highest speeds, which I found to be quite a bit of fun. All of these modes though have their own unique style to offer which gives the game plenty of diversity.
One thing you will love about this game is the customization options you have with your vehicles. I personally own a Hyundai Tiburon, but when I got one in this game and upgraded it fully I couldn’t even recognize it. There are just so many different options to choose from in the game that you will be able to do whatever you want to do with your cars to make them look as good as you want. This is what really drives the career mode, as you will want to continue to gain money so you can earn enough to upgrade your cars. One final thing on this topic, is that I must commend the developers for making you truly earn all the cars in the game, which comes as you get further and further in the game.
One thing that was truly missing from the original NFSU was Xbox Live support, which is now available in NFSU2. What is better then putting an extremely fun arcade style racer and putting it online? Not much! This game is a perfect example of one that works perfectly online and the implementation is solid. It is quite entertaining to race up against other players and let’s just say letting you take your car online is a great experience.
Although the ability to roam around is a nice feature, it isn’t perfect. With that being said EA has done enough improvements to once again create a great street racing game.
I must say that the first Need for Speed Underground was a great looking game, and that was mainly from the beautiful cars that the game provided. It would be one thing to have all these nice cars, but combine that with the beautiful car models and you had a beautiful game. So does NFSU2 once again make into a beautiful game?
Need for Speed Underground 2 is still a beautiful game and I think more then anything the environments of the game have been upgraded more then anything else in the game. Since they decided to go to a free roaming game they had to put more work into the environments and they did so in a very nice fashion. The car models are at about the same quality level as before with maybe some minor improvements.
Overall NFSU2 is a great game that offers plenty visual greatness to satisfy everyone with great environments and beautiful car models.
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. If you had fun with the first then you will have a lot of fun with this game as well.
Although some minor flaws follow NFSU2 the game makes up for it with all of its great courses and deep customization options. If you were a fan of the original you will once again be amazed by NFSU2, which hands down is a great game.
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