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Need For Speed - Underground 2 (GBA)

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Discover the living, breathing world of Need for Speed Underground 2. Taking place in a massive, free-roaming city featuring five distinct interconnected neighborhoods, Need for Speed Underground 2 delivers an immersive game world where reputation is everything. As you explore the city, you'll encounter rival racers who will school you in ways of the underground and tip you off to the hottest racing spots in town. With the most comprehensive tuning options, all new game modes and the industry's most sought-after cars.

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      22.05.2009 00:33
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      "Need for Speed Underground 2" is a video game released for the Gameboy Advance console in 2004 by Electronic Arts. It is a racing game based on the "Need for Speed" series. In the United States, the game received a rating of "E" by the ESRB panel which deemed it suitable for all ages.

      The objective of this game remains identical to the original release. In it, the player's character is the member of an underground group and competes in organized street racing competitions with the sole intention of gaining cash prizes for vehicle upgrades and decals, and increasing higher in the ranks. The player will compete in an assortment of "events" which each contain set competitions. The drag racing event has been considerably improved in this sequel. The mode now features pedestrians and traffic which were absent from the first title and incorporates them into the goings-on. It can create a sense of difficulty when a large coach appears from the side of the screen and the player must use his or her hand brake to successfully navigate around it at a higher speed. Crashing into traffic does not penalize the player severely. It will briefly reduce the player's speed for two seconds which can easily be regained in a moment's time.

      The graphics were one of the main criticisms surrounding the first title. It is pleasing to note that they have been improved considerably in this release. An increase in framerate provided smoother animations in Underground 2 and many of the formerly pixelated areas were smoothed out in development. Yes, there is some obvious blotchy effects in the race courses but they are very minimal in comparison to the first. The soundtrack has also been improved and substituted the former popular chart releases for more generic dance and rock themes. The effects remain identical to the first game and was noted for their pleasing sound including the roar of engines and screeching of tyres.

      Overall, Underground 2 is an excellent racing game which I would recommend to prospective buyers. Fans of the original release would definitely find enjoyment in this title.

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