Need for Speed: Underground 2

released on Nov 09, 2004

Need For Speed Underground 2 takes place in Bayview after the events of Need for Speed: Underground. The prologue begins with the player driving in a Nissan Skyline R34 in Olympic City (though the racing scenes are actually in Bayview), the setting of NFS:UG. He then receives a race challenge from a rather ominous personality who offers him a spot on his crew, but "won't take 'no' for an answer." The player races off — despite Samantha's warnings — only to be ambushed by a mysterious driver in a rage that totals his Skyline. The driver, who has a unique scythe tattoo, makes a call confirming the accident, and the flashback fades out.

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True rating:
Gameplay & Mechanics: 9/10= ⭐️0.9
Graphics & Visuals: 6/10= ⭐️0.6
Sound & Music: 7/10= ⭐️0.7
Quality & Polishing: 7/10= ⭐️0.7
Story/Setting & Campaign: 7/10= ⭐️0.7
0.9 + 0.6 + 0.7 + 0.7 + 0.7 = ⭐️3.6
This game is kinda dated even by racing game standards, but I like this handling better than Most Wanted, its simply more natural. The only thing that I truly dislike is the Visual Reputation system, forcing you to apply the most advanced visual modifications if you want to progress in the game, keeping you from choosing your vehicle apeareance with freedom.
I been having a lot of fun in multiplayer with my friends via Gameranger, Underground 2 is simply more suitable for this than Most Wanted because you can have races with other 5 players instead of only 3. It may be only me but I felt close battles and parallels are more predictable and achievable because of the handling, while crashes tend to punish you more than in following games. AI its pretty poor and rubberband exists so you definitely can't achieve this quality of battles for positions in singleplayer, personally I don't mind this, overcoming the poor AI & rubberband is a challenge that I find quite fun (Until it makes me ragequit LOL)
In Windows 10 has many problems but it's just because its a old game, fixes can be installed easily.

As a child playing this I was genuinely confused why cars didn't come with wing, skirt, bumper, and spoiler options from the dealership.