I feel the need, the need for slightly improved and modified speed
- Improved visuals
- Better online play
- LAN support
- "Solution" for the reputation system is lazy
- The whole things a bit dull
I am told that, among Need for Speed fans, Need for Speed Underground 2 is something of a favorite. So, I say to all those fans still playing without this 1.2 patch, you should download it now because this improves one of your favorite racing games.
Tweaking under the hoot
Unless you are one of those gamers that is in to patch update logs, then most game updates tend to be quite dull. But, while it may not be glamorous, the Need for Speed Underground 2’s 1.2 patch adds a good range of performance improvements to fine tune this high-performance racing game.
First up, it improves the game’s multiplayer, optimizing online play and removing the frequent crashes many players suffered on older Windows machines (such as Windows 98 and ME). Also, for players who enjoy racing in the game room, the 1.2 patch removes the need for an internet connection to host local games over LAN.
A new paint job
Also worthy of note is a fix for the game's online reputation system. If you have been unfairly flagged for your behavior by the game, this patch removes the visible icon that alerted players to your (unfairly?) alleged misdeeds. This isn't perfect, as it means you can't see the people who really have been naughty online - but it does feel more fair than punishing people due to server errors.
Of course no real racing upgrade would be complete without a shiny new coat of paint. Providing you have a relevantly modes graphics card (Need for Speed Underground 2 is now over 10 years old), the 1.2 patch will offer you access to upgrade visuals when running the game at higher resolutions.
A good tune up
Need for Speed Underground 2's 1.2 patch is essential if, for some reason, you are still playing Need for SpeedUnderground 2. It makes the game engine purr like a kitten in a sea of catnip, and removes the majority of serious bugs that may have been impeding your enjoyment of this racing classic.