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September 17, 2004
Need for Speed Underground 2 - Preview
Release Date Publisher Developer Anticipation Players Price
19/11/2004EA GamesEA Games1-4 Online$99.95

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Nice, nice graphics.
There is no denying that the original Need For Speed Underground set new benchmarks for racing games, mainly due to the stunning visuals on offer. Put simply it was possibly the best looking racing game ever. Discover the living, breathing world of tuner culture in Need for Speed Underground 2, the sequel to the best-selling racing game of 2003, and the latest blockbuster installment in the legendary Need for Speed franchise. Taking place in a massive, free-roaming city featuring five distinct interconnected neighborhoods, Need for Speed Underground 2 delivers an immersive game world where the streets are your menus. As players explore the city, they’ll encounter rival racers who will school them in the ways of the underground and tip them off to the hottest racing spots in town.

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Upgrading the car parts.
All-new game modes join Circuit, Drift, and Drag events to add depth and variety, pushing car and driver to the limit, while more than a dozen new cars and hundreds of aftermarket parts from the biggest names in the business make Need for Speed Underground 2 the deepest, most authentic tuner experience ever. Much like EA's SSX3 to get from one shop to the next, or one event to another you simply drive there (well in their snowboarding game you didn't exactly drive though). This is one massive free roaming city which is divided into five distinct, interconnected neighborhoods, ranging from serpentine suburban hills to an intense downtown grid. A complex series of drivable freeways connect the neighborhoods together. Once again the online racing will return for the Playstation 2, let's hope more gamers sign up this time as the original could be pretty sparse at times.

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Check out the background detail.
More than thirty of the most sought-after tuner cars are available from the hottest manufacturers—from Nissan Motor Co., Toyota, and Mitsubishi Motors (hopefully they will still be making cars!!) and more.

One of the biggest modifications to this game is the level of performance tuning you can make to the cars. This will allow gamers to fine-tune every aspect of the ride with licensed aftermarket performance upgrades and then fine-tune everything from the gear ratio to the suspension for the ultimate ride. Hundreds of new visual customizations guarantee players can create their own personalized, totally unique car. With more than twice the visual customizations of last year’s game, there are literally billions of car combinations available to gamers. Featuring audio upgrades, scissor doors, spoilers, headlights, side skirts, roof scoops, hoods, rims, wide body kits, neon and more, if you can trick it out in real life, you can trick it out in Need for Speed Underground 2.

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Check out the paint jobs.
Visually the first game was very impressive, this game looks even better - although after playing EA's Burnout 3 it feel a lots slower - hell, everything does really! As well as the car customisations mentioned above the game includes plenty of environmental variety. Each of the five distinct neighborhoods in Need for Speed Underground 2 features a unique look and feel, including varied driving conditions and track types. Road surfaces, real-time weather effects, and environmental hazards will keep gamers on their toes as they race from dusk till dawn. Sadly, with that statement it seems that all the races will take place at night time again. I would love to see some daytime racing. The lighting also looks spectacular, the roads reflect the lights from the surroundings and the game looks highly polished.

Prepare for this stunning sequel. If you missed the original then you missed something special. This game looks even better. Expect a release in mid-November 2004.