developer: Electronic Arts Inc.
publisher: Electronic Arts Inc.
Game mode: single / multiplayer
Multiplayer mode: local network / Internet, players: 1-4
Need for Speed: Underground 2 for PC, PS2 and etc. is a sequel to the feisty racing game that sold in over five million legal copies within six months of its official market release (November 2003) worldwide. The game refers to the widely known phenomenon of car customization and films such as The Fast and the Furious and 2 Fast 2 Furious.
The gameplay has been efficiently modified, turning it more towards the Grand Theft Auto and Driver series. The players can now freely explore the metropolis that consists of five large, distinctive districts. The entire gameplay takes place after dark. During the exploration, the players may encounter other drivers, who serve as a source of information about the events concerning the enthusiasts of high speed races. However, the players may also challenge those drivers for races starting at a nearest intersection. Virtual conversations overheard by the player will also deliver information about the locations of different shops that specialize in car customization. Thirty licensed cars, mainly from brands such as Mitsubishi, Nissan, Honda and Subaru, and a massive number of parts such as rims, neon lights, and spoilers provide the players with a combined number of seventy billion unique combinations.
The graphics in Need for Speed: Underground 2 are still stunning, depicting realistically shining car exteriors, water reflections on the streets, and characteristic blur effects when reaching extreme speed thanks to the Nitrous Oxide implementation. The magnificent and dynamic soundtrack, synchronized with atmospheric three-dimensional visuals, offers suggestive acoustics.
PC / Windows
- Recommended: Pentium III 933MHz, 256MB RAM, graphic card 32MB (GeForce 2 or better), 2 GB HDD
Sony PlayStation 2
- Uses: Network Adaptor; steering wheel
- Uses: Xbox Live!; steering wheel
- Uses: steering wheel
Game Boy Advance
- Uses: link-cable