Need for Speed Underground 2 Tips and Tricks
Winning An Outrun
Once you have found an opponent to outrun with, get in front of the opponent and get in the lead. Get as far as possible until the distance meter has reached its limit. If the distance meter starts to drop, it indicates that the opponent is catching up. When this happens, do a handbrake skid and turn the car around. Go back the way that you came from. The opponent will follow you as you are the one in lead, but he will take time to catch up, giving you an advantage to win the outrun.
If you are in front of an opponent but cannot seem to lose him, head toward the center of the city (the area that has the five fountains). Once there, weave through the fountains. Your opponent will most likely crash into one of the fountains, giving you an easy win. Note: Practice going through the fountains first before you attempt an outrun so you do not lose your money. It is easier to do this in an SUV because it will not reach a high speed before you reach the fountains.
Find an outrun opponent then get right behind him. Draft him or her so that you can get a full tank of NOS, if desired. Then, start to spin out your opponent. You can do this by getting directly next to the car and turning into its back corner. While it is sideways or backwards, you can hit press Up to start the outrun. You will have a large head start because your opponent needs to turn around. You can win in under 15 seconds by doing this.
This trick requires that most of the city is unlocked. Get your car and get on the highway that leads around in a oval-like way. Challenge people on the highway for a much better chance of winning, since top speeds are better and there are less turns than the normal roads (so you do not slow down as much).
This trick requires a fast accelerating car. Drive to the airport where you first start the game, Next, find an opponent to race. While racing the opponent, make sure you get into the lead then go onto a little ramp the leads to a road just alongside the airport. After going down that road, you should be at an intersection where you can go left or straight. Take a left turn, then go straight down that road, which should be a parking lot. Once your opponent tries to catch up to you and gets close to the intersection, he will go straight instead of turning. This will give you a large lead and an easy win.
Start race with a full bar of nitrous. Come up from behind your opponent and draft until the nitrous is full, then do a tailspin maneuver. Do this by clipping the back bumper of your opponent, which sends them into the wall or in reverse. They will end up facing the wrong direction, giving you the advantage.
Find an opponent and draft behind them until you have full NOS (for backup, if you have at least a dryshot installed). When it is full, pull up next to them. Wait until you can challenge them, then start it. Then, ram your opponent at the rear tire. Keep pushing and to cause them to wipe out and stop, or crash into a wall. Then just drive off on a long straight road and use your saved up NOS. If you do not win it, you will at least have a very nice lead.
Winning Street X
In order to win Street X, you must take the turns wide at first then sharpen up your turns. This will help you add to your lead, and most likely you will win.
Easier Turns In URL Races
Notice that before the sharp turns during the URL races, there are a set of numbers that countdown to 1. Follow those numbers to perfect your sharp turn into a groove to speed through faster. Keep accelerating until you reach "1", then slam on the brakes and turn. Once perfected, this can help you get through the turns with more speed. Additionally, in URL races, the CPU will try to spin you a lot. Whenever your car slides to an 30 to 60 degree angle, use your NOS and turn.
Some turns in URL races do not require brakes. Notice that the angles of some of the turns are kind of rounded. If you have the speed, you could go right into the wall and make the turn. As long as you are going about 130 mph and hit these certain corners, you will only go down to 100 mph or so. You have to experiment with the turns. Sometimes you will go too fast and flip, and other times you will fly through the turns going 100 mph while the CPU cars slow down, giving you some cushion time. Remember, you must get up against the wall for this trick to work.
In the first few laps, you will most likely be behind someone. When you are going on a turn, they will probably slow down. This is where you can turn the tables on the entire race. Do not slow down. Instead, keep going and use him as a wall to get the inside of the turn without applying the brake. As a bonus you may also get him to stop in an attempt to shake you, but this will only result in getting you a good lead. Note: You must make sure he does not ram you into the wall.
Finding Hidden Shops
Look at road signs around the city. They often have colored shapes (yellow triangles, etc.) to guide the way to the shops. Also, look for street-lights casting a colored glow. This indicates that there is a shop very close.
Finding More Races
If you cannot find any more races on your map, then you need to find all the hidden shops in the city. After you find all the shops, you will be asked to be on another DVD cover. Follow the star to get to the next level.
Easy N2O Recovery
When you are on the ground, activate hydros and keep flicking the Left Analog-stick Left repeatedly to get lots of points for filling your NOS bar. You can also do about three donuts, then wait and do another three donuts.
Get on the highway and drive in reverse. After a few seconds you should begin racking up points on the right side of your screen. These points will give you extra NOS. Note: Crashing into traffic at high speeds will reduce your NOS.
If you run out of NOS in free roam mode, pause the game and select "Jump To Garage". As soon as you can, exit garage mode and you should have full NOS. Note: This only fills up the first tank.
Use the following trick to get extra NOS at the beginning of a race. When the girls are up front waving their hands, tap NOS to perform a "spray show". This should give you a little extra NOS.
Go to any shop. Enter the shop, then leave it. You will have a full tank of NOS. You can also recover NOS by doing one of the following things:
- Sprayshow: Purge your nitrous.
- Traffic Hit: Penalty from hitting traffic.
- Lead Lap: Lead a lap in the race.
- Clean Section: Make it through an entire race section without hitting anything.
- Clean Lap: Make it through an entire lap without hitting anything.
- Shortcut: Take a shortcut.
- Avoid Accident: Almost get in a wreck with another car.
- 360: Perform a 360 or a doughnut while driving.
- Best Lap: Score a best lap during a race.
- Head Start: Get off the starting line the quickest.
- J Turn: Drive in reverse and swing the car around to drive away forwards.
- Burnout: Spin the tires.
- Leap Frog: Jump your car over a traffic accident.
- Hydro Bounce: Bounce your car using level 3 hydraulics.
In the career mode menu, go to the world map. Select any race that has not been completed in any stage. Once the race has started, pause game play and restart. After you have won the race, a screen will appear showing you how many reputation points and how much bank you have won. You will then go to the menu that asks if you want to return to explore mode, restart, etc. When this appears choose "Return To Main Menu". You do not have to save the game. Then, just go back into the career menu and select the "World Map" option again. Choose another race that has not been completed and start it. If done correctly, all of the races in the world map will be against three Toyota Corollas or a mixture of Hummers, Escalades and Navigators. If you restart these races, you will always get money if you win.
Collecting the little information logos around the city gives you money. You will receive $25 for each one. Additionally, listen to the other racers that periodically talk to you. They will say a general location in the city where you can find hidden races not shown on the map that are worth $850 instead of the usual $300.
As soon as you start the game, ignore Rachel's request to go to the car lot. Instead, try to collect as many information icons as possible. This will give you that little extra money to start modding your car, and will save time as you do not have to look for them in your initially slow car. Also, enter the two races shown on your GPS (circuit and sprint races). Going in these two races will give you at least 500 points in the bank. You should receive a message to get to the car lot now. Do so, and continue playing the game.
Enter career mode and go down to the Burger King and Best Buy area. Drive around and look for a stone wall and alley by the town shops. Go into the alley and turn sharply to the right. There will be a parking lot where an opponent will be sitting. He will not be appear on your navigation map, nor will you. You can challenge this opponent to an easy outrun. He will always drive towards the stadium. After you beat him, return to the parking lot where two red info messages will appear. Get them for $25 each. After you collect them, go into a garage, shop, etc., and save the game. Then, go back to the parking lot. Five green money bags will be there. Collect them, jump to the garage (on the main menu screen) and return for five more. This will get you money much easier than racing.
In career mode, eventually you will get sponsored and there will be purple crosses on the map. If you go to them, they are usually a sponsored circuit race. If you win them, you will get $900.
When you start with Rachel's car, do not take it back immediately. Instead, do some outruns and races to get money. You will then have a boost of money when you get your own car.
Easy Style Points
To do this, you will need at least level 1 hydraulics. Drive up against a wall and activate your hydraulics. Then, press the Gas and stay up against the wall. You may need to turn sometimes to keep it straight. You should start to get points on the right side of your screen. Additionally, driving in reverse will give you style points. The longer you drive in reverse, the more points you will receive.
When racing for magazine covers, unique performance or visual parts, it helps if you have both NOS bottles filled. This can help you beat that tenth of a second that you have always missed. It also helps, especially in the more difficult and longer stages, with small time limits, to immediately activate the GPS as soon as you have accepted the challenge.
Easy Drag Race Wins
Instead of using nitrous by holding it down and wasting it all at once, just keep tapping NOS as fast as you can. You will gain 1 to 3 mph with every tap, which is actually increases your speed faster than if you were to hold it down. Also, you will run out of it about one third as fast. Try this on the hardest difficulty setting.
Get Bank For Races
There are five stages, and as you complete each of them you can go back and repeat the races again. You may even find that there are some races you missed. These are the ones that you want to race. When you go to these, you are not supposed to get anything for them but you can change that. To access these races, go to your garage, then your world map, and select a race. When the race begins, pause game play and restart the race. Notice that there is an option to return to world map, however after you restart it will not be there. You can now race and get bank for it.
In drift mode, set your car up using the following this basic structure. Tune the ECU to have as much torque as you can get in the early gears. Make all of the suspension settings as hard as possible to eliminate shock travel. This will help get the back end out. Turn the tire grip to weak. Also, make the cars acceleration as quick as possible. For the toe settings, lower it all the way. Make the aero settings as weak as possible. Set the brake bias towards rear. By doing this, you will greatly increase your score, especially on the downhill. On the straight-aways you can do Choku-Doris (go from side to side) to rack up big points. You can then link them to power over-steer drifts, which is when you will use the torque and acceleration to lose traction in the back tires, then use carefully timed throttle control to get around the corner as sideways as possible. This will help your drifts scores get as high as possible. Throttle control is very important -- do not get discouraged if you spin out a lot. Note: This has not been attempted on FF or AWD cars. FF and AWD cars will most likely have a softer suspension setting but everything else would probably remain the same. FF and AWD cars also need the hand brake to initiate drifts more than a FR car would.
Easy Drift Points
Some of the downhill drift races have houses with looping drive ways that you can drive in. Drifting in these driveways gets a lot more points than on the street because you are so far off the road and are not hitting a wall.
Go into Quick Race mode and select the Subaru Impreza with all extreme or level 3 performance parts. You may style the visual as desired, Then, choose Drift Track 6 and 10 laps with easy opponents. Drive through the middle of the track. When you are just before a corner, press the handbrake. Release it after you have slightly slid. Your car will soon almost spin and will drift through easily. Continue through the rest of the track by swerving on the straights and using the handbrake properly on the corners. You can get about 50,000 to 500,000 drift points at the end of the race.
The final race is against Caleb (the man that tells Nikki to win, then she loses and joins your team) on a 4.5 mile track and 5 laps. However, he only gets up to about 130 mph.
Lift Tire Off Ground
To get a left rear tire off the ground, go to "Customize Car" and put hydraulics on the Pontiac GTO. Go to free ride mode and put the rear of the car off the ground with the hydraulics. Then, push the gas and hit the brakes. The left rear of the car will comes off the ground. Note: You must have the level 2 brakes.
Get Car On Either Side Of The Wheels
This trick requires all of the level 2 upgrades, and hydraulics upgrade level 2. Get the hydraulics to either side of the car, and only that one side. Then, do a donut to the right if the left side of the car is lifted and vice versa. This only happens for a moment.
Get any car and put level 3 hydraulics on it. Put on level 3 brakes. You can also use all level 3 engine parts to make it go higher. First, put the rear end up. Then, bounce the back. Next, go about 17 mph (or faster) and hit the brake. If done correctly, you could have the entire back end of the car straight up.
Avoid Spins With Mustang GT
In career mode when you unlock The Mustang GT, be careful when you put in the top engine with the top ECU. When going fast, watch out for sharp turns. You might spin out in a race; try to work on your handling.
Fast Career Car
Use the following trick to create an extremely fast and high starred car quickly. When you start career mode, choose a Peugeot 106. Try not to get any upgrades unless you need them. Keep winning races and playing through the game until you unlock the Toyota Celica This can be made into the fastest car in the game. Get it immediately when it is unlocked. This should be sometime in level 2. Play through the game, making sure to take the opportunity to do of any outruns. This will unlock unique upgrades. When you unlock the unique part, you will have to go to a star on the map first. The game will tell you to go to a certain shop, depending on what the unique is. The first one is a unique hood. You must win four outruns for it. Then in stage 3, you need will need three outrun wins for a unique engine, transmission, or tire set. Choose the engine. For unique rims , get six wins in stage 3. The spoilers require four wins on stage 4. The vinyls require six wins on stage 4. The ECU, turbo or brakes require nine wins on stage 4. Select the ECU. The NOS, weight or suspension uniques require six wins on stage 5. Select NOS for an extra long boost. Finally, the wide body kits uniques require eleven wins on stage 5. Put all of these on your Celica, and it will be the fastest car in the game. Note: Do not forget to install the performance upgrades up to level 3.
More Horsepower And Torque
To add more horsepower and torque, go to "Customize", then tune a car up to level 3 parts. Then, go to "Performance Tune/Dyno". Choose for example, "Drag", then go to "Tune Settings". Go to "ECU" and set it so that from 5 rpm to 9 rpm or whatever is the most the maximum amount of torque you can add. Do the same for "Turbo". Then. go to "Nitrous" and set the duration to 4 seconds. This will add both torque and horsepower to your ride.
Carbon Fibre The Entire Car
Carbon your body kit, then put a wide body kit on it. The entire wide body will be carbon fiber. This will also give you a wider wheel base and should result in a lighter car.
One of the best cars in the game is the Toyota Corolla. Once you obtain all level three performance upgrades, you can go online and sup it up. Add whatever desired, including all level three upgrades then go to tuning and set it to drag so that it can take off the line quicker. Then, lower the suspension to the lowest setting. You should now have a car that can beat Celicas and Skylines, and will take off the line faster.
After unlocking all level three performance parts, get a Nissan 240SX and put all of the performance parts on it. If you go online with this car (with performance parts on the car) and get mostly perfect shifts during a drag, you should be able to beat all other car (excluding other 240SX's). If you want to go even faster, you will have to edit the settings of your car on the dyno run.
To get a fast Nissan Skyline that goes up to 227 to -228 on the airport freeway drag race, install all performance parts except for the six speed transmission. If you install the six speed transmission, you will get better acceleration but less top speed.
Jump Off A Car
To jump off a car's hood, you must first jump off an uphill road the other way that the car is traveling. Use your NOS, get some air, and when the car approaches, get on its hood, off its windshield, then into the air.