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.
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.
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.
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.
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 OR NOT TO BUY==
Buy this only if you have played many of 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 with many gamers)