The Need for Speed franchise, a veteran in the racing game arena since its debut in 1994, has been the subject of much debate among fans over the years. With various highs and lows, the series seems to be experiencing a revival with its latest installment, Need for Speed Unbound.
However, according to discussions on Reddit, many believe the series reached its peak with the release of Need for Speed Underground and its 2004 sequel, Need for Speed Underground 2.
Often cited as the best installment in the franchise, Need for Speed Underground 2 won over fans with its immersive gameplay mechanics, intricate car customization options, and a narrative set in the fictional city of Bayview. Not to mention, the game’s compelling soundtrack has made it an unforgettable experience for many.
Reddit users have not been shy about expressing their affection for the game. Threads are filled with nostalgic memories and stories about the game’s impact, emphasizing its unique features and how it has left a lasting impression on the fan community.
“Still the best in the franchise, in my opinion,” said one Redditor, echoing a sentiment that appears to be widespread across the online platform.
While other titles in the Need for Speed series, like Need for Speed Hot Pursuit, have received remastered versions—most recently in 2020—fans are clamoring for the Underground games to receive the same attention. As of now, however, there is no official word on whether this much-loved installment will be remastered.
The future of the Need for Speed series remains a subject of speculation. Whether Electronic Arts, the publisher of the series, will opt for a brand new installment or perhaps finally give fans the remastered versions of classic games like Underground 2, is anyone’s guess. What is clear, however, is that the affection for Need for Speed Underground 2 remains strong, and its legacy continues to shape discussions about the future of this enduring franchise.