Need for Speed Underground 2

Game review by
Chris Saunders, Common Sense Media
Need for Speed Underground 2 Game Poster Image
Excellent game is a bit too racy for young kids.
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Parents say

age 15+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 10+
Based on 13 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Positive Messages

Half-dressed girls dance around the first place car when it crosses the finish line.

Violence
Sex

Girls in revealing clothing start each race and make several guest appearances throughout.

Language
Consumerism

Top car makers and billboards that feature logos of some of the top companies in the car industry are visible around every turn.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this E-rated game is geared toward a teen and adult audience, not young kids. The game highlights street racing, which is illegal and very dangerous. You'll also find subtle advertisements throughout the game, from car manufacturers such a Nissan and Hummer to billboards that highlight some of the largest automobile companies in the world. Like the game's predecessor, half-dressed women, including former E! "Wild On" host Brooke Burke, appear throughout the game.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byBadMario13company May 29, 2015

fun racing

Sooooo once again i waited till i grew up Songs Have rap pop punk so back then i dident liKe now i do soooooo BOOBS ARE BACK This game Grapics On PC PS2... Continue reading
Adult Written bysoccer girl7 April 9, 2008

Awesome game!

CSM needs to get real. The game is soooo much fun.I play it all the time and I love customizing ur cars. I reccomend this game to everyone even girls (like... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written bysirloinsteak911 April 9, 2008

Great Game, Bad Message

One of the songs ("Get Low" by Lil' Jon and the East Side Boyz) says some words that are sexually offensive, and you don't want kids going a... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written byTheburn April 16, 2015

Long live Nfs Underground

Great game from the nfs series, released a while back, 2004 if i believe, I loved it great on my 360, tho as the name suggest "Underground" it's... Continue reading

What's it about?

A sequel to the high-speed racing hit Need for Speed Underground, NEED FOR SPEED UNDERGROUND 2 is another winner (for older kids, anyway). It features more cars and more customization options that the first version, giving car junkies a chance to cruise the streets in the car of their dreams.

Gameplay is very similar to the first version, but with about 10 more car models available and even more detailed city environments. If you're new to the game, plan on spending several hours getting used to the speed, which is much faster than most racing games. Music pumping in the background and single and multi-player racing modes add to the excitement.

Is it any good?

While the entertainment value of the game is very high, the game is more suitable for older kids than the elementary school set. The game glamorizes the underground world of street racing. Zipping through city streets in the middle of the night as half-dressed models cheer you on may not be a message you want your 6-year-old getting.

Overall, the game provides an adrenaline rush and can be entertaining. If you know your kid is mature enough to separate the game from reality, Need for Speed Underground 2 would be a nice addition to any game collection. However, you may want to proceed with caution for the youngest members of your household.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the way women are presented in the game. Ask kids why they think the game makers felt this addition was necessary.

Game details

  • Platforms: Nintendo GameCube
  • Price: $45
  • Available online? Not available online
  • Developer: EA Sports
  • Release date: November 29, 2004
  • Genre: Sports
  • ESRB rating: E

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