Need for Speed: Underground 2

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Need for Speed: Underground 2
Need for Speed: Underground 2 cover
Developers
EA Black Box[1]
Publishers
Electronic Arts
Engines
EAGL 2
Release dates
Windows November 9, 2004
Reception
Metacritic 82
IGDB 79
Taxonomy
Modes Singleplayer, Multiplayer
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives First-person, Third-person
Controls Direct control
Genres Racing
Vehicles Automobile, Street racing
Art styles Realistic
Themes Contemporary
Series Need for Speed: Underground
Need for Speed: Underground 2 on HowLongToBeat
Need for Speed: Underground 2 on IGDB
Need for Speed: Underground 2 guide on StrategyWiki
Need for Speed: Underground 2 on MobyGames
Need for Speed: Underground 2 on Wikipedia
Need for Speed: Underground
Subseries of Need for Speed
Need for Speed: Underground 2003
Need for Speed: Underground 2 2004

Warnings

SafeDisc retail DRM does not work on Windows Vista and later (see Availability for affected versions).

Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
CD key
SafeDisc v4 DRM[Note 1]. Has both a 2 CD and a DVD version.
Windows
SafeDisc retail DRM does not work on Windows Vista and later (see above for affected versions).
A compilation of the original Need for Speed: Underground, Underground 2 and Most Wanted is also available.
A faithful, higher quality icon can be found on DeviantArt.
Demo

Essential improvements[edit]

Patches[edit]

Patch 1.2. Strongly recommended.

Skip intro videos[edit]

Instructions[citation needed]
  1. Go to <path-to-game>\MOVIES\
  2. Delete or rename ealogo.vp6, FMVOpening.vp6, PSA.vp6, and THX_logo.vp6.

Disable regional lock[edit]

Allows playing with both EU and US exclusive cars at the same time.
Instructions[citation needed]
  1. Download the missing cars.
  2. Download Need for Speed Underground 2 Extra Options.
  3. Unpack the archive, go to NFSU2 Extra Options\Main Files folder and copy both dinput8.dll file and scripts folder into the installation folder.
  4. Make sure that the option UnlockRegionalCars in scripts\NFSU2ExtraOptionsSettings.ini is set to 1.
  5. Use the US executable to launch the game (even if you have the EU version), otherwise it may crash.[citation needed]

Controller support improvements (NFSU XtendedInput)[edit]

Improves gamepad support by implementing native XInput support into the game.
Reimplements console-like controls with being able to move the camera with the right stick.
Xbox and PlayStation prompts are both supported.
Rebinding can be made only through .ini file. It's disabled in game menu, as for now it crashes the game.
Controls are reset to default.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\EA Games\Need for Speed Underground 2\[Note 2]
Key bindings are stored in %COMMONPROGRAMFILES%\DirectX\DirectInput\User Maps (32-bit Windows) or %COMMONPROGRAMFILES(x86)%\DirectX\DirectInput\User Maps (64-bit Windows).

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows %LOCALAPPDATA%\NFS Underground 2\

Video[edit]

General video settings
General video settings
Advanced video settings
Advanced video settings
Advanced video settings
Advanced video settings
Advanced video settings
Advanced video settings

Use NFSU2 HUD Resizer to modify the offset values of the HUD elements.

Windowed[edit]

Set windowed/borderless
  1. Install ThirteenAG's fix.
  2. Create wndmode.ini in <path-to-game>.
Force windowed[citation needed]
  1. Download NFSU2 Extra Options.
  2. Extract the main files to the installation folder.
  3. Open NFSU2ExtraOptionsSettings.ini.
  4. Change WindowedMode = 0 to WindowedMode = 2 for bordered or WindowedMode = 1 for borderless.

High frame rate[edit]

Change FPSLimit[citation needed]
  1. Install Need for Speed Underground 2 Widescreen Fix.
  2. Open scripts\NFSUnderground2.WidescreenFix.ini.
  3. Set FPSLimit = 120 to desired frame rate limit.

Notes

Includes 60FPSCutscenes = 1 by default.
Rain particles will not function properly at more than 60 FPS. If the rain does not work in Windows 7 or 10 follow this guide: Effects flicker (Windows 7 and 10).[4]
Gear changes are tied to the frame rate.[5]
Multiplayer Outrun mode is 30 FPS capped.

Input[edit]

Input settings
Input settings

Audio[edit]

Audio settings
Audio settings

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Master, Menu Music, In-Game Music, Speech, Effects, Tires and Engine sliders available.
Surround sound
Only Stereo and Mono available. Optimized for Dolby Pro Logic.
Subtitles
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
EAX support
Although not advertised as such the game does support EAX, at least reverb effects, but without surround sound. It can be restored with ALchemy.

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English
UK and US English.
Traditional Chinese
French
German
Korean
Italian
Japanese
Polish
Fan translation, download.
Russian
Available here.
Slovak
Fan translation, download here or alternative translation here.
Spanish
Thai

Network[edit]

Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
Local play
Console versions only.
LAN play
6
Online play
6 The official EA server was shut down in November 2007

Issues fixed[edit]

Custom bindings lost on game restart[edit]

Windows Vista and later lack a file needed for the game to remember custom mappings.
Download dimap.dll[citation needed]
  1. Download dimap.dll.
  2. Extract it into the installation folder.

Controller deadzone issues[edit]

Fix left stick deadzone[6]
  1. Install ThirteenAG's fix.
  2. Deadzone can be adjusted in NFSUnderground2.WidescreenFix.ini.

The game doesn't load (crashes during loading screen)[edit]

This is likely caused by multi-monitor setups using multiple GPU's.[citation needed]
Potential workaround[citation needed]
  1. Turn off monitors which use another GPU or monitor duplication when starting up the game
  2. Turn it on once the game finishes loading if you still need them

Random crashing on entering/exiting shops[edit]

Can be caused by multiple CPUs.
Set affinity for speed2.exe to use only 1 CPU[citation needed]
  1. Open Task Manager (Ctrl+ Shift+Esc)
  2. Click "set Affinity..."
  3. Untick all but ONE of the CPUs
  4. Click OK
Use ThirteenAG's Widescreen Fix[7]
  1. Install ThirteenAG's fix.
  2. Make sure SingleCoreAffinity setting is set to 1.
Recent changes in Widescreen Fix for NFSU2 include improved routines for single core performance.[8]
Use compatibility mode[citation needed]
  1. Open Properties from SPEED2.EXE
  2. Go to Compatibility Tab
  3. Set "Run this program in compatibility mode for: Windows XP (Service Pack 2)
  4. Click OK

Effects flicker (Windows 7 and 10)[edit]

Some effects, such as rain, car respawn effect or the nos flames, flicker or glitch. Otherwise, no issues.[citation needed]
Use compatibility mode[citation needed]
  1. Open Properties from SPEED2.EXE
  2. Go to Compatibility Tab
  3. Set "Run this program in compatibility mode for: Windows XP (Service Pack 2)
  4. Click OK
Use dgVoodoo 2[citation needed]

Particle system lag (Windows 10)[edit]

Particle system causes lag, mostly at start of races, turning it off gets rid of the issue.
Fullscreen Exclusive Mode causes lag
Run game in Windowed or Borderless Mode

Go to Windowed section

Use compatibility mode[citation needed]
  1. Open Properties from SPEED2.EXE
  2. Go to Compatibility Tab
  3. Set "Run this program in compatibility mode for: Windows XP (Service Pack 2)
  4. Click OK
Change FPSLimit[citation needed]
  1. Install Need for Speed Underground 2 Widescreen Fix.
  2. Open scripts\NFSUnderground2.WidescreenFix.ini.
  3. Set FPSLimit = 120 to 60.
Optionally it is possible to disable VSync through video card settings, and keep Particle System on.

Savegame name turned to random symbols, unable to save[edit]

This is likely extremely rare to occur.
Relaunch the game(this rollbacks progress to last time you saved)[citation needed]
Change the savegame name variable[citation needed]
  1. Keep the game running
  2. Download Cheat Engine
  3. Select the NFS Underground 2 proccess
  4. Select "String" in "Value Type"
  5. Tick the "Codepage" checkbox
  6. In "Text" enter first symbols of the changed savegame name (use Process Monitor and track the SPEED2.exe proccess WriteFile operations if unable to recognize the symbol)
  7. Press "First Scan"
  8. Select found values and double tap them or press the red arrow
  9. In the below window, change "Value" of the found values to your original savegame name
  10. Save the game

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 9
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes
Windows

Modifications[edit]

Some mods could break LAN multiplayer mode component, making it impossible to host/join LAN servers.

HD Reflections[edit]

Changes resolution of reflections.

HUD Resizer[edit]

Adds ability to change HUD and FMV scale.

Extra Options[edit]

Adds many useful features and fixes.

Unlimiter[edit]

Fixes some issues and makes some improvements for add-on cars and events.

Visual Reputation Remover[edit]

Makes it possible to progress through the game without ricing the car.

NFS Underground 2 Music Importer[edit]

Makes it possible to replace in-game tracks with user .mp3 or .wav.

Olympic Imports[edit]

Aims to add the cut cars from beta/NFSUG1 and Underground Rivals back into Need for Speed Underground 2.
Requires Unlimiter and Car Sound Tuner to avoid crashes and bugs.

Scout's UI Remaster[edit]

Replaces low-res GUI and HUD graphics with high-res counterparts.

New HD Textures Pack[edit]

Remakes some of the ground textures to be as close to the originals as possible.
Author of this mod recommends to use 8K HDRI Skyboxes mod.

Lightsiders Global[edit]

Enhances the visuals of the game.
Does not require Texmod.
Deviates from the original look of the game.
Archived download link

NFS Underground 2 High Vision 1.10[edit]

Graphics improvement mod.
A set of textures from different authors in one package.

Need for Speed Underground 2 Last Breath[edit]

Improves the visuals of the game.

System requirements[edit]

Windows
Minimum
Operating system (OS) 98, 2000, ME, XP
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium III 933 MHz
System memory (RAM) 256 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 2 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce 2
ATI Radeon 7500
32 MB of VRAM
DirectX 9.0c compatible
Sound (audio device) DirectX compatible

Notes

  1. SafeDisc retail DRM does not work on Windows 10[2] or Windows 11 and is disabled by default on Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 8.1 when the KB3086255 update is installed.[3]
  2. When running this game without Administrator elevation, 32-bit programs writing to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE will be redirected to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\VirtualStore\MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node (more details).

References