2003's PlayStation 2 racing title Need for Speed: Underground 2 lets loose everyone's inner ambition to trick out a vehicle and hit the road as part of an outlaw street racing circuit. A deep experience from the beginning, the play only improves over time. An arcade racer by its very nature, NFSU2 results in a startling 40 hour-plus engagement that is well-packaged, composed with aggressive AI, and loaded with thrills around every corner. Publisher Electronic Arts profoundly expanded Need for Speed: Underground 2. It's not a sequel in the usual sense of the word. Rather, it is a complete re-imagining, derived from the open model made famous by free-roaming, racing action games. Comprised of a five-part city, the fabricated urban center known as Bayview is the imaginative model for midnight speedsters. Coal Harbor, City Core, Beacon Hill, Jackson Heights, and the Airport all offer unique driving opportunities for players seeking the similar types of race variations presented in the prequel. One of the most exciting parts of playing NFSU2 is its carefully developed customization sections. You will find hundreds of custom exterior parts to apply to your ride. The variety of parts includes hoods, spoilers, mufflers, siding, spinners, rims, window tinting, speed dials, trunks, neon under colors, and five layers of decals, just to name a few. Almost all parts are unlocked as a reward for winning races, with the latest and best versions becoming available deeper in the game. These all contribute to your Visual Rating, so customizing your ride serves more of a purpose than just being aesthetically pleasing. For the PS2, the online game is solid and addictive. You are able to get online with your custom racers and compete with up to five other players simultaneously. There is hardly any slowdown, the cars drive utterly well, and the voice chat is as good as it gets. All of the available PS2 race types are playable online as well.In the graphics department, NFSU2 improves upon its excellent-looking original in all ways possible while incorporating many small bonuses that sweeten the deal. The variety in the city is extraordinary in both its art direction and engineering, and the lighting is excellent. Need for Speed had several dark patches, and this installment more than makes up for that with cat's eyes and improved sign placement. The artistically rendered skies and magnificently imagined clouds help bring an added coating of realism and beauty to the experience. Each vehicle has its own gear revs, unique idles, depth to its engine noise, and distinct tire screeches. The gear shifts sound thick and realistic. The wrecks sound like actual metal twisting and glass windows shattering. All of these together create a great feeling of power and car satisfaction.Need for Speed: Underground 2 is an enjoyable PS2 title in the street racer genre. A broad Career mode, fun and exhilarating track designs, and all of the customization options one could dream of are all present. With plenty to see and do, this version is a worthy sequel. If you desire more high-speed action after burning out on other genre standards, head Underground.