Need for Speed: Underground 2

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Need for Speed: Underground 2
Need for Speed: Underground 2 cover
EA Black Box[1]
Electronic Arts
Release dates
Windows November 9, 2004
Need for Speed: Underground 2 guide on StrategyWiki
Need for Speed: Underground 2 on MobyGames
Need for Speed: Underground 2 on Wikipedia


SafeDisc retail DRM no longer functions properly on Windows Vista and later (see Availability for affected versions).
Need for Speed: Underground
Subseries of Need for Speed
Need for Speed: Underground 2003
Need for Speed: Underground 2 2004

General information

Need for Speed Wiki


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
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.
SafeDisc retail DRM no longer functions properly 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.

Essential improvements[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]

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 settings[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 16:9 Safe Zone to modify the offset values of the HUD elements.

Field of view (FOV)[edit]

ThirteenAG's fix already comes with vertical FOV adjustment.
ReLOADeD or Hoodlum US crack is needed. Other versions won't work.[4]
FOV changer may not run on modern systems.[5]
Use FOV hack[citation needed]
  1. Download NFSU2 FOV changer
  2. Place the FOV changer in a handy folder, since you'll have to open it every time you start the game
  3. Adjust horizontal and vertical FOV


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.


Includes 60FPSCutscenes = 1 by default.
Rain particles are broken when running above 30 FPS.[6]
Gear changes are tied to the frame rate.[7]

Input settings[edit]

Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Requires the DirectInput Mapper to remember bindings between sessions.
Mouse acceleration
Mouse is used only in menus. Default Windows behavior
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Fixed view
Controller support
Use ThirteenAG's fix to adjust deadzone.
Full controller support
Use ThirteenAG's fix
Controller remapping
Controller sensitivity
Controller Y-axis inversion
Controller types
XInput-compatible controllers
Xbox button prompts
Use ThirteenAG's fix
Impulse Trigger vibration
DualShock 4 controllers
Button mappings will be all over the place, requiring manual remapping.
DualShock button prompts
Use ThirteenAG's fix
Light bar support
Connection modes unknown
Generic/other controllers
Additional information
Controller hotplugging
Haptic feedback
DirectInput controllers only.
Simultaneous controller+KB/M

Audio settings[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.
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.


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
UK and US english
Traditional Chinese
Available here.
Available here.


Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
Local play
Console versions only.
LAN play
6 4 players in all modes; 6 players only in URL.
Online play
6 4 players in all modes; 6 players only in URL.

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[8]
  1. Install ThirteenAG's fix.
  2. Deadzone can be adjusted in NFSUnderground2.WidescreenFix.ini.

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
You can also set affinity automatically on launch by editing the shortcut to the game[citation needed]
  1. Open shortcut properties
  2. In the Target field paste this line: %WINDIR%\System32\cmd.exe /C CD /D "C:\Program Files (x86)\Need for Speed Underground 2\" && START /AFFINITY 1 SPEED2.EXE
  3. Make sure to modify the path to the game if necessary
  4. Click apply
  5. You may want to change the icon manually back to the game icon

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

Particle system lags (Windows 10)[edit]

Particle system causes lag, mostly at start of races, turning it off gets rid of the issue.
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
Optionally is possible to disable vsync through video card settings, and keep Particle System on.

Other information[edit]


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


NFSU2 HD Reflections[edit]

Change resolution of reflections.

Need for Speed Underground 2 Extra Options[edit]

Adds many useful features.

Dragozool's texture mod[edit]

Many stuff retextured for a better looking city

NFS Underground 2 Music Importer[edit]

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

Visual Reputation Remover[edit]

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

System requirements[edit]

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) ATI Radeon 7500
Nvidia GeForce 2
32 MB of VRAM


  1. SafeDisc retail DRM does not work on Windows 10[2] 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).