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NFS Underground 2 Demo

A demo of the PC edition of Need for Speed Underground 2 is now available, allowing the chance to test drive EA's illegal racing sequel. The 346 MB download can be found on 3D Gamers, ActionTrip, Boomtown (registration required), Computer Games, Download.com (thanks Ant), FileFront, Filerush (torrent), FileShack (registration required), Gameguru Mania, GameSpot DLX (registration required), and Worthplaying.

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17. NSIS, Wise, or InstallShield, not WinZip Oct 27, 2004, 00:25 Evil Timmy
 
When will professional game developers realize that WinZip SFX EXEs suck? Use a proper install system, or fix your own installer, so that you can put out a single EXE file that uses internal compression, contains all you need for the setup, and that cleans up the temp installer files after it's done. Don't make me extract THEN run the setup, and leave me to delete the useless installer files on my own.

Curse the fact that I can't *PROPER* a crap EA demo release.

As for the actual game, I really enjoyed Outrun mode, and it seems like it'd be awesome for LAN games. Your knowledge of the maps and quick reaction time can turn a huge lead into a neck-and-neck race, or vice versa. My only issue with it is that the radius around a car you have to be in is pretty small, and when using a keyboard and trying to drive and set yourself up at the same time, it can be annoying trying to get the outrun race actually started. The new downhill drift is absolutely insane, and takes a bit of getting used to when you're more familiar with NFSU's track-based drifting. Regular circuit racing is alright, but the perpetual twilight combined with the often rainy conditions, the overall busy brightness of the city, and more than a few nasty sharp corners, can make seeing precisely where you want to go difficult at times. Graphics-wise, most of the improvement seems to be in the lighting, and there's a number of new effects over NFSU, but I'm not really impressed by any of them. It's defintely an upgrade over NFSU, but I doubt I'll pay $50 for it, especially with enough other stuff (especially HL2) out around the same time to keep me occupied.
This comment was edited on Oct 27, 01:13.
 
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