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      16.06.2011 20:30
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      A great solid example of an arcade pick up 'n' play race game

      The need for speed franchise was one of the pinacales of the racing genrein the 90`s and the early 2000`s. Ever since need for speed : Hotpursuit came out you knew this was going to be a good one. This games looks to replicate this winning formula. These games are not like gran turismo, in that its not just about racing. There are lots of game modes to play, you can free roam around the city which is enormous and just pick random races which appear on every corner, the latest and greatest mode is "outrun" mode where you have to challenge a fellow racer to a race battle and whoever gets a 300m lead wins, needless to say if you are evenly matched in terms of car power and agility and driving skills then these races can last for 10 minutes or just 1. But they are great fun. There are also the usual drag racing mode which depending on whether you are nifty on the shifting is pretty hard. You have to get the gear changes right or you`ll bail out bigtime. Street X is other new feature. I think they come up wtih this one on the back off Fast and Furious 3 where you can powerslide your way around. You can also do the standard races, lap knockout where the last racer in each lap is knocked out of the race until there are just two of you are left. You can aslo do a point A to B sprint and time trial. Car handling is prety much the same as the last underground game. You can obviously muck around with the technical and visual aspects to your car, like Gran Turismo when you change something you can realy fell it and you notice the difference. Entering a tight corner you have to slow right down or you can power slide your way around it. Sometimes the AI on the comp controlled cars is allittle too good if you know what I mean....it doesnt like to lose and as your car gets better so do the cars you race. You also get a great feel with the release of nitrous oxide into your engine as you roar through the traffic you get the sense of speed as everything becomes blurry and tunnel vision like. You get credits not only for winning races but for winning races with style, powerslides, spinning your wheels, 360 spins, taking shortcuts and drafting the comp AI cars. You also get them for smashing into cop cars and getting away from barricades or forcing cop or other comp cars to veer into hazards...which is also extremely funny to watch. EA have done a good job on the soundtrack a mixture of rock, dance, rap and R&B for the menu screens. To be expected but still nice. Engine sounds are startlingly good, you can hear the difference between stock basic cars and engines that have been 'worked on' A solid race game, you wont be dissapointed

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      06.09.2009 17:36

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      Superb street racer

      Need for Speed is a classic series that has considerably evolved through the years, from simple pursuit stories to a more comprehensive game that focuses on a street racer style aesthetic that's based loosely on the Fast and the Furious film series. It deals largely with illegal street racing, as you attempt to rise through the ranks with numerous different racing styles, from drag racing, to the new Drift mode. Like any NFS game, the gameplay is very strong - although you'd think there's not much to making a solid racing game, this has a lot of nuances that makes it better than most of the games on the market, and also an improvement on the previous game. Like before, there's the regular Circuit mode, where you simply race around a track, but there's also the Sprint mode, seemingly inspired by the Burnout series, where you have to try to get to a given destination before your opponents, using any shortcuts you wish. You can also do Drag racing and Drift point contests as mentioned above. Also, all of this can be done online, which is a lot of fun, and one of the first games to offer a mode such as this. There's also a very impressive Career mode, which sees you driving around the city and challenging other races to numerous different types of contests. What makes it more than simply a rudimentary racing game, though, is the ability to customise your own vehicle, from introducing Nitrous Oxide, to which spoilers you want on the back of the car and other little nuancs. The game has outstanding graphics - the cars glimmer wonderfully in the night time races, and the bloom lighting effects in general are very impressive. Also, the audio is a tight package, with enough screeching tires and brutal collisions noises to satisfy any racing fan. With stellar visuals, a comprehensive career mode, a fun new Drift mode, and a superb online offering, this is arguably the best game in the series yet, and a sure improvement upon the last game.

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      12.08.2009 13:24
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      Great racing game.

      Need for speed Underground 2 is the sequel to the popular Need for Speed Underground, developed by EA games for the Playstation 2. In this game the story mode has been expanded quite significantly, though thats not saying to much! You are a new racer to Bayview city and you must prove your reputation and become the best street racer, get all the girls and what not. Though the story line is far more engaging than the first games storyline it is hardly going to win any awards. The biggest difference between this and the last game is the way it is presented, instead of going to events through a menu selection screen Need For Speed Underground 2 offers you the entire city to free roam around, though some sections are initially locked until you complete enough races to be competitive. It is far more immersive and rewarding to find races yourself and discover the many tuner shops around the city. They also give you a phone and you will receive tips and messages from your friends and rival racers which adds to the atmosphere. The extensive racetypes from the first all return, from standard races, drift events, point to point challenges, drag racing. The new additions come in the form of circuit races, which take place on a proper racing circuit, photoshoots where you must take a picture of your car for a DVD or magazine cover and the outrun events where you can challenge any of the other racers who roam the city the aim is to get ahead of them by a set distance to win. Customization is still a strongpoint with the extensive selection of bits now including radios and speakers, and best of all hydraulics so you can bounce your car around! Graphics are even better this time around too, the city looks amazing and the car models are accurate. Sound track is sadly not as good though. Need for Speed Underground 2 is an excellent sequel bettering its predecessor in nearly every way.

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      01.07.2009 18:25

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      recoommend to car fans

      This is the second in the series of the nfs games I enjoyed the first one alot and found that there were very few racing games which came close to it based on how fun it was and variety in the game. I thought there was much to improved upon but the second game is deffinetly an improvement. I must of played that game for hours and hours completing the career mode time and time again developing each car with different looks and performances. This game is all about import cars and parts anyone who likes that sort of thing will love this game. There is a large city to explore and car part shops to find and unlock of which you can use to perfect your cars looks to your own taste. There is a big car collection to chose from and you can have up to about 4 at one time I think. you can customise your car in detail to make yours stand out from the rest. you can chose the paint colour, vinyl styles, body kits, spoilers, performance parts turbo's you name it you can have it. you can also customize the audio in the boot which you can use in show off mode for when magazines want your picture on the cover. overall fun game recommend to any import car fan.

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      06.06.2009 12:20
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      An excellent driving games that really has introduced a new style of driving!

      I bought Need For Speed underground 2 after having really liked the first version of the game. Need For Speed underground 2 is the sequel to the original and in my opinion is quite a lot better and as a result I would really recommend getting it. The game is of course a racing game but unlike many others racing games you can do all sorts of different driving styles. I really liked the game for this vareity because it kept me interested for much longer and I really liked training in a vareity of different driving styles. There is 8 available different types of game mode including 'Drifiting', 'Downhill' and 'Showcase'. I found the gameplay in general very good indeed and it is always so exciting when your playing. You can change the difficulty which I thought was great because that way the game always gave me a challange that was appropriate to my skill level. The graphics are improved on this game I felt and it really did for me enrich the gaming experience. The cars now look more colourful than before which really is great. I loved how you could either just drive around the city (which is very big indeed being 125 miles) or you can do races. There are so many brilliant unlockables for your car that there is a real incentive to keep on playing and get a bigger and better car! I thought it really was a great feature how at times you can come across unexpected challangers and give them a race! I also really admired the game for its realism and the customizations available are huge and it really did for me enrich the gaming experience. There is also an excellent multiplayer feature that was great fun to play on. I hope this was useful and thank you very much for reading this.

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      21.02.2009 22:34
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      Brilliant game

      Developed by the amazing gamers EA (Electronic Arts), this game has to be one of their best, and in the begining of the game, it seems like it is like all ordinary one's, but once you get into it, it realy is a brilliantn play. I didnt pay that much for this game, as I traded in a lot of my others one's, but when it first came out, it would have cost you about £30, but now that there are newer one's out, then you could expect to pay under a tener, at the very most. The thing that I like most about this game is the amount of choice that you have. There is a wide selection of cars for your selection, and once you have chosen, then you can modify it, including the colour, suspension, and style. Of course you need money for all of this, so by winning more races, your cars will become better. I still have this game, and although I dont play as much as my kids do, I still think it was a great game when it first came out, and was very popular in the early days. The graphics are great, and if you have a steering wheel for your console, then the game play is the best.

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        02.09.2008 00:54
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        a brilliant game for all ages

        Need for speed underground is a car racing game which gives an opportunity for all the nut heads out there obssessed with street racing, or people with dreams which will never come true, to full fill a few good hours of happiness. If you have played underground one, then underground 2 will be a lot different. In this game there is a a free roam mode available so you can just drive around and practice. The modes are the same such as, drift, drag and circuit. As for cars, they are much better with the more later series out. The storyline is also better but you still cannot see your own face! I think you should be able to input your own via a camera. As for the graphics, i would say they are great but as for car handling, it does get tricky at times which is a downfall.

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          14.05.2008 08:42
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          a great racing game

          Need For Speed Underground 2 is one of the hottest racing games to date, which takes place in the huge city of Bayview, which is a cross between Los Angeles and New York. The city has 5 different zones, in which you are able to compete in drag races, drift races, circuit races, sprint races and 2 new types of race which are called Street X races and Outrun races. Essentially, NFSU has always been a car racing game in which you tune normal, average-looking cars into hot, exotic and shiny racers. This time the tuning aspects have been "tuned up" a notch so you can add more details to the car. E.g. vinyl layers, decals, front and side bumpers, everything possible to tune your car up to the extreme. Of course, if you were ONLY able to tune up the car, the car wouldn't gain extra power in order to beat your opponents or later on, rule the streets. As you progress through the game, you can naturally purchase performance upgrades so you can beat stronger, and tougher to beat, opponents. Such possible upgradeable functions include the engine, transmission, tyres, brakes and most importantly nitrous oxide. For me, to have Level 3 nitrous oxide is the best utility as you go through the game because there are times when you need that extra boost to beat an opponent in a straight line to the finish. THAT is the best time to use nitrous oxide. As well as tuning up cars, you are now able to drive at top speed (without any danger of getting a fine!) and participate with one other racer and challenge them to an Outrun Race where you have to drive through the city in order to put the largest distance in between you and your opponent. As you progress through the game, these races get much harder and it is essential that you obtain a good performance level. This game can be played on nearly every type of gaming system like Playstation 2 or Xbox, Gamecube, DS. It can even be accessed via your mobile phone. How sweet is that! Unfortunately the graphics aren't even as half as good as on the PS2 or on the Xbox! Back to serious business now, after every 10 or 15 races, you are given the chance to participate in the Underground Racing League (URL) where you race on a proper racing track designed for tuned-up cars, as opposed to driving in the city. The competition here is quite furious especially if you play it on "Hard" difficulty, therefore it makes it harder to win seeing as they're always less than 1 second behind you, and if they get in front, they'll always be 2 seconds faster than you. Why am I suggesting you will lose? Whoever plays this game is bound to get extremely far, even achieving 100% is possible but only if you spend a ridiculous amount of time playing on it! In my opinion, Need For Speed Underground 2 is one of the best racing games of all time. Played on almost every type of gaming console, I reckon that it's a driving force to be challenged to but an enjoyable one!

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          19.02.2008 17:36
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          An excellent racing game.

          The Need For Speed franchise has been going for an awful long time, with the likes of Need For Speed: Porsche Challenge all remaining relatively unsuccessful with Gran Turismo wiping it out. The unsung name is now back with a whole new game a car tuning simulator with thousands of parts to get your oily hands on. The Need is definitely for the speed. The game is totally different to its predecessor Need For Speed Underground, it has a whole glorious city for you to race around in, Bayview city. For the most the city is great with you driving around then suddenly locating an Underground tune-up shop its fantastic. As well as the Underground tune-up shops, which by the way are the hidden shops which provide the best tuner parts. You can find body-shops to change the paint-job, add spoilers, exhausts, lights pretty much anything you can think of they've got it. Car Lots, where you can buy the new cars and Performance shops where you upgrade your motor with Nitrous Oxides, Turbos once again pretty much anything. To top it all of the city is huuuuuge, according to EA it's more than five times the size of all the tracks in Need For Speed Underground put together and yes it is big. There are tons of fantastic game modes to play in with you picking what you want to do as you free roam the enormous city with races virtually on every corner, the latest and greatest mode is the outrun mode which enables you to challenge a fellow racer who is also roaming the city to a battle whoever gets 300m in the lead wins these races can last for 10 minutes or just 1 making them enormous fun with 2 outruns never being the same. The drag racing mode is pretty hard, you really have to concentrate and time the gear changes perfectly or you will get left behind. Street X is another new addition giving you a track with tons of tight corners for you to powerslide your way around. Or if all that sounds a little on the tough side try a standard race of course shortcuts are included! The car handling is arcadey with a touch of Gran Turismo which may sound good but in reality it just doesn't quite do it. Entering a tight corner you have to slow right down or power slide your way around it or you'll end up kissing the solid wall which again loses you time, a lose lose situation which can irritate you to no end as the AI somehow get around the tight bends fine. When you exit the corners and get on to a long straight then it's time to make the AI pay with a swift tap of a button you release nitrous oxide into your engine and roar through the traffic the sense of speed being truly amazing. To gain Nitrous you have to show how stylish you are by performing tricks like jumps, powerslides, spinning your wheels, 360 spins or just taking shortcuts and overtaking the opposition you'll never find yourself short on the NOX. The music is the typical EA polish with all licensed tracks to which adds to the game, and if you don't like it you can turn it off!! The cars sound truly amazing sounding big and lifelike with those roaring engines and whining turbos with a screech of burning rubber really sounding good if you don't think they sound good enough you can buy upgrades to make them sound even better. The graphics have been through the car wash a few hundred times, with the games playable cars really looking good with ultra-shiny paintwork and the likenesses of many licensed cars recreated down to the last body panel, remarkable. However there is a lack of any vehicle damage. The standard game traffic is really nothing special at all looking bland, really just boxes on wheels. The scenery is mind-blowing! Everything looks so good; the roads impeccable with water glistening on the surface, buildings looking better made than the real ones and of course everyone's favourite fast food chain, Burger King to top it off!! Unfortunately you can't visit BK (actually this may be a blessing in disguise). With multiplayer included you can take on a friend in the tuner sim and show them a really good time Need For Speed Underground 2 style playing with all the game modes, race, Street X, drag and outrun which provides an unforgettable experience provided your friend isn't just drooling at the spectacular graphics of the cars. If you are lucky enough to be graced with a 500k broadband connection and a network adaptor for your PS2 (or a slick slim PStwo) you can take the city of Bayview online in what is quite possibly the best online racer on the console. For a great light hearted racing experience that will last for ages pick up Need For Speed Underground 2. It satisfies in nearly every way, but yes it clearly is a boy racer type game but you don't need to be one to enjoy it. I recommend this game to all. As this game is now older you will be able to find it for a bargain price so definitely keep an eye out for it. 5/5 Publisher : EA Developer: EA Vancouver Price: £10-20

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            04.02.2007 10:43
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            this game is good to learn the basics of drifting

            this game is fun till you clock it once you finish it and have no cars to get it sort of loses it's fun in single player mode in two player mode i would give it 2 thumbs up because it's fun twin drifting and stuff lyk that doin up cars tuning them up and racing my mates with them it's really enjoyable and when you get realy good you can join comps and win cash prices and stuff it's really good

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              04.10.2006 19:52
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              great

              love my cars so this game is perfect for me. you pick your first basic car then have to race to gain money to improve your cars performance and look. money is gained either by driving down a street and finding another car oe entering into a driving competition! you can drive around the city looking for different races to enter unlocking new places to go as ou go along. variousshops will pop up along the way as you go too, these are available to get your car sprused up because to win competitions not only does the interior need to look good but the exterior needs to be top peak too. if your into cars this is a top game

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                19.02.2006 15:55
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                An good street racing game with some nice cars and kits but no damage effect to cars.

                Game Info Genre = Street Racing Developer = E.A Games Publisher = Electronic Arts Players = 1-2 players Age = 3+ Online = Yes --------------------------------------------------------------- Story: It continues from from the first underground where being the champion, you get a call to play with the big boys over in Bayview. But gets sent to hospital after a rival takes you out and finishes you car off, 6 mouths later you get there but must start over again with some help of a friend. GRAPHICS:The graphics are pretty stunning, there's a lot of shinny reflections of street lights of the cars and on wet road. When high up on the hills, looking down over the city does look totally amazing which lets you see very far with its draw distance. The cars you drive are details nicely but the traffic though out the city is very plane and a bit blocky. What lets down the graphics and also the gameplay is there 's not damage effect on your car or any others. As a very big, top player company like E.A, you would think they put it in as others like Rockstar(Midnight Club3) and THQ(Juiced) both has this in. SOUND/MUSIC:The music has always great on EA games but i find on NFS2 they are not so great and that the songs on juiced and midnight club 3 both have better music. Although saying that there are some good ones there. The sound is worst for those that use inside view anyway, as when using the outer view the sound of the car is sweet, but switch to the inside and there no sound like its being drowned out. The voice acting is good but has no face to put the names too apart from a few main players but this is done by a poor comic strip. CONTROLS:The controls has been improved a bit over the last underground, the car handling is still the arcady feel, the d-pad is now used to enter shops, read messages and challenge other tuners. GAMEPLAY: This time around it now changed to a free-form city(like in Midnight Club) where you can drive anywhere you like, on the map is shows Body, graphic, performance shops as well as the races. All these you must drive to your self and on your way you can enter outruns with out tuners which is were you must take the lead and get 1000km ahead by taking a roads you like, in return for a little cash. Races included in the game are circuit(a few laps with up to 6 cars), sprint (a race from point A-2- B), drift (earn points for big powerslides), downhill drift(same as drift but has traffic), Street X(a special track with short straights and sharp corners) and a few others. There are quite a lot of kits to put on but they are all the same for each car(no real parts like veilside), there a lot you can do to the car but takes a very long time to unlock them. Some of the unlockables are head/back lights and covers, spoilers, lambo doors, alloys/spinners, different type of colors(altho you can't mix your own)hoods, roof grills, decals, widebody kits and much more. You can have some parts in Carbon fiber too. It can be very slow at time upgrading you car because you done earn much money, drive around back and fort does sometimes get annoying and it don't help when you only earn money for first place. Cars also take long time to unlock, ones you want a new car us most ether trade in you own car(which you loss including any kit)you unlock extra space in your garage, which only hold 5 at max. REPLAY VALUE:First time though takes along time,(taken 1 or 2 weeks) all shops are hidden and must be found, including hidden cash. There are loads of tracks to go on, though can get boring. There's 30 cars in all from company like Peugeot, Toyota, Audi, VW and more that's includes cars like, 206, 106, Supra, Celica, A3, TT, 3000GT, Mustang and even some SUVs like a hummer. There also a quick race mode, 2-player and for though that can online play. There are quite few play online but its very hard find a race as you must search each type separate and can not show you all games that's being played at ones. Buy this only if you play many other the other top racing games. For arcady handling go for Midnight Club 3(excellent online) or Juiced for a mix of arcady and simulation handling(also good online but not many player) --------------------------------------------------------------- SCORE Graphics - 9/10 Sound/Music - 7/10 Controls - 9/10 Gameplay - 7/10 Replay Value - 7/10 FINAL RATING - 7.8/10 --------------------------------------------------------------- Thanks for Reading.

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                  15.02.2006 11:05

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                  An overall good game for all ages :)

                  I enjoyed this game a lot, im the first to admit that...i played it for about 5 days straight (day and night) and couldnt believe it when i completed it...i wanted more! It follows the new age of games, where as you can choose to play missions etc. or if you just want to mess around and do your own thing without objectives, then you also have the option to do that. If anyone has played GTA, then think of this as the car version of that. Plenty of missions and things to do, rivalries and making money are two big aspects of this game....next to building your dream car and gaining the respect of people who cant make it! An overall good game for all ages :)

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                  01.02.2006 22:17
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                  a brilliant value game for all the family

                  When i first bought this game I thought I would play it a couple of times and easily complete it, but I was wrong. This is a game that you could play on for 4 days solid and never get bored off. All of the different scenarious keep you interested, compared to other games where you can become easily distracted. Parents ---- if you want to make your children happy buy this game as I can garuntee that it will. Also adults this game is not like the ones you play once and put in the back of your cupboard. Gameplay graphics are immense, where you can tune up your car to your likes and dislikes. You can choose from a lot of top cars including the popular peaguet 206 and renault clio. You race from street to street either tuning your car or racing the other drivers. Basically the aim of the game is to complete all the races and have the best tuned version of your car that is possible. You get a visual rating scored out of ten on how cool your car looks and how visable you will be to the police, as you tune your car your rating improves

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                    A driving game for those that don't want Gran Turismo

                    A long long time ago - there was an evil landlord who demanded that he get his rent by 5pm on the same day he'd demanded it. This led to your intrepid writer having to sell his beloved Sony Playstation 2 just so that he had a roof over his head, he had planned on living in the box it came in, but it was too small and also had no power-sockets to plug his computer into so....... with much regret the Playstation 2 had to go. But fear not faithful reader for every tale has a silver lining and in this case it came in the form of the second greatest thing you can get at work (after pay-day)........ a promotion! So naturally the first thing on my shopping list with my big fat pay-rise was a replacement Playstation 2, and then a decent 'non-realistic' driving game, its all good and well playing Gran Turismo but at times you just need the outlandish a bit more and that's where after a lot of deliberating my hard-earned £30 was spent on a copy of Need for Speed Underground 2, and lades and gentlewomen, let the crazy racing begin. The premise of the game is simple - in some ongoing story from Need for Speed Underground 1 you've run away from your home-town and all the underground street racing you was doing there, but ended up in a different city to do some more underground street racing and this city handily happens to be slightly locked up a bit (until you win a certain amount of races), has stores that don't get stock in till a different store gets it first, and has lots of opportunity for boy-racing fun. You start out getting off the plane and being loaned a friend of a friend's 'ride' (for us normal people - thats their car) until you find one of your own - now this car is souped up to the ying-yang and drives extremely quickly but don't get yourself excited too quickly as this car isn't yours for long, in fact you're getting messages almost instantly demanding that you give it back, which leads you to your first car which as in most racing games - it ain't the greatest (hint time for you all - get a Peugeot 106) and that'll be your home for a long time to come, after this - here comes the real gaming. To start with you have to drive round the city aimlessly trying to find somewhere that a race is going down - doing this AND winning will build up your reputation, which eventually in turn will lead to a sponsor noticing you and offering you big cash to sign up with them and win races under their name, but this also comes at a price - you'll have to participate in certain 'types' of races, all at the sponsors behest, so the one type of race you're really bad at - you may be forced to win at least 3 of those whether you like it or not, but what are those types I don't hear you cry (well I wouldn't - I'm sat here typing on my computer, not sat next to you), well they are: Street-X: Simply a 'who can drive better on this really tight course' kind of race - expect really tight corners, tough to navigate hairpin bends and general close-touch driving with your computerized opponents, this happens to be my least favourite type of racing as the AI seems to be extremely cranked up and you can bet every last penny that your opponents will always be on your tail no matter what. Drag: Exactly what it sounds like - simply you're driving alongside each other, and you need to time the rev's on your start just right, then your gear changes and also your lane changes as well - in these races you could end up blowing your engine out if you over-rev it or just 'totalling' your car if you happen to pull out in front of one of many obstacles on the course, its fun, but very very tough to perfect all the timings on. Drift: A-haaaa this is more like it, you don't need to finish first or do any nasty jostling for position with you opponents, just make your car drift as much as possible and earn points for how fast you're going, how long you can maintain the drift, and how close you drive to opponents/obstacles - this is hella-fun, you simply go out there and slope around the track as best as you can, it doesn't take much talent to do it - its just one of those parts in a game that is fun with a capital F! There's also downhill drifting which is the same except for no opponents cars on the road with you, you just do the best you can and hope that it beats that which your opponents have already scored. Circuit: Drive around a track for a few laps but you'll have the added opportunity of using your nitrous oxide (if you've installed it - more on this later on), to give you that edge when you just need it - basically one tap of a button and whoosh - you're off and away, but use it sparingly as you don't get that much, but can get some more by performing tricks such as narrowly avoiding accidents or drifting (yay!) round a corner, all in all its good fun, and quite quick to get into as well so it isn't actually a bad addition. Sprint: Exactly the same as Circuit except instead of going round and round in laps its one long course. URL: Almost the same as circuit again except there's no chance to use your Nitrous Oxide and you may find yourself playing 2 or 3 races in a league style event. One-offs - you may find yourself driving around town and other street-racers may notice you and challenge you to one-off quick races where basicaally youneed to get a certain distance away from your opponent and stop him from doing the same thing to you, I'd reccomend against it as they're almost impossible to win and only stand to earn you a little more cash and you can always get that from all the other styles of racing. But racing isn't the only thing you need to do in this game - you need to also 'Pimp your ride' for those of you who don't watch MTV you need to make your car more aesthetically beautiful - differnt shops will give you everything, better rims, hoods, paint jobs, spoilers, vinyl's, tinted windows headlights, tinted headlights, carbon body-parts, even better audio sections - literally anything you could think of, all of these will add to your star rating which will help you get DVD covers and Magazine covers, which get you more money to buy better things. Quick explanation of the star-rating - simply for each better part that you get your stae-rating goes up and the star-rating is something you will need to get through the game as sponsors demand that you get those Magazine and DVD covers that I mentioned earlier. The last thing that you can get in the shops is parts to upgrade your cars performance, which would include turbo's, better tyre's, better brakes and parts to all round bring your cars speed and handling even higher. Right that's all the things that you can do in the game covered, what about all the parts that makes a game good or bad? Gameplay: The most important part of any game, and IF you like driving games then yep - you'll love this but you really need to be a driving game enthusiast otherwise you'll end up with a game that's ok for a couple of goes here and there but definitely not something that you're going to want to pay full-price for, however if like me you love your driving games then you've got perfection - its the type of game that you can pick up for a quick 5 minute go or if you have a couple of free hours you'll find that this takes them up as well - it just eats you whole when you're playing it and sometimes that's exactly what you want from a game. Controls: Again a very important part of any game - too hard and you've lost em, too easy and you'll be accused of being aimed at kids - and this one has it just right - theres no confusing button presses and it doesn't feel like its been wrote for just any little kid to pick up. Storyline: It trys, heck they signed up Kelly Brook (phwoooooooooooarrwrrrr - but she's no Katie-Jane Garside, if you don't know who she is, tut!) but its cheesy, its driving for chris-sake! Just let us drive our cars. Graphics: As with most big name ganes - they look slick but the backgrounds bother me to a degree, they're not as interactive as I'd liked to have seen, and most things just stand there no matter how hard you drive into them - tres disappointing, but a worthy effort. Soundtrack: It's Gangster-rap, I don't like Gangster-rap so I'm just going to say 'meh!' If you like that kind of thing then great but if you don't - mute is your friend. But one innovation they have is that you can pick which songs you want to hear whilst you're playing via the 'EAtrac' system where you can pick which of the pre-loaded tracks you play and also in which order you hear them - its nice but still, the choices aren't exactly great in MY musical taste. Overall would I reccomend buying this game? yes and no - it all depends what style of game you're in to amd what you're wanting out of your next purchase - if you love driving games then go for it, if you don't but want something you can quickly pick up and play - again go for it, but if you don't like driving games and want to have something to change your opinion - forget it, but hey I like it, and its worth at least a renting.

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                    Need for Speed Underground 2 will challenge gamers to immerse themselves in the tuner culture, exploring an expansive, free-roaming city divided into five distinct neighborhoods. Gamers will encounter rival racers who will initiate events, tip players off to the hottest racing spots, and show them where to buy the most sought-after licensed aftermarket upgrades. The game will feature new game modes, deep new performance customization and tuning, and more than 30 licensed cars. The game also delivers twice the visual customization upgrades as the original game, providing a staggering 70 billion possible car combinations for total automotive self-expression.