According to ESRB, this game contains: Mild Lyrics, Suggestive Themes

Parents, like the title suggests, Need for Speed Underground 2, challengers players to participate in an outlaw racing circuit that takes place in unsavory looking locales. There is no police presence in the game, though, so all of the speeding through densely populated areas goes completely unpunished. If you don't mind your child indulging in this sort of renegade fantasy role-playing, there's little else in the way of profanity and sexual content to worry about.

Hardcore racing simulation fans will be turned off by the less-than-realistic easy handling of the cars and much of the attention devoted to the superficial decaling of the cars rather than the tweaking of the mechanics. That being said, the racing competition and the sense of speed can be intense.

More casual fans of racing games will find Underground 2 a breath of fresh air compared to games that have high barriers of entry like the Gran Turismo games.

Deaf and Hard of Hearing gamers will miss some of the cell phone audio chatter that provides some hints to where to look out for races, but much of this advice is often worthless or confusing. Almost all of the essential indicators and hints are visible on screen or relegated to the cell phone like text-message system.

Chi Kong Lui

Chi Kong Lui

In the 1980s, Chi grew up in small town on the outskirts of New York City called Jackson Heights. Latino actor, John Leguizamo referred to the town as the "melting pot of the world," and while living there, Chi was exposed to many diverse cultures, as well as a bevy of arcade classics such as Pac-Man, Space Ace, Space Harrier and Double Dragon. Chi's love of videogames only seemed to grow as his parents finally caved and bought him an 8-bit Nintendo Entertainment System (after being the only kid in the block without one). In the 1990s, Chi finagled his way into the prestigious Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School for the Performing Arts.

Somewhere between all the gaming, Chi some how managed to finish high school and get into the New York Institute of Technology. At the same time, Chi also interned at Virtual Frontiers, an Internet software consultancy where he learned the ways of HTML. Soon after acquiring his BFA, Chi went on to become the lead Web designer of the Anti-Defamation League. During his tenure there, Chi was instrumental in redesigning and relaunching the non-profit organization's Web site.

Today, Chi is the webmaster of the American Red Cross in Greater New York and somehow managed to work through the tragic events of September 11th without losing his sanity. Chi considers GameCritics.com his life's work and continues to be amazed that the web site is still standing after the recent dotcom fallout. It is his dream that GameCritics.com will accomplish two things: 1) Redefine the grammar of videogames much the same way French film critic Andre Bazin did for the art of cinema and 2) bring game criticism to the forefront of mainstream culture much the same way Siskel & Ebert did for film criticism.
Chi Kong Lui

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