Releasing to mixed reviews and less than stellar reception from longtime fans of the series, the spiritual successor to Need for Speed Underground 2 sunk in price almost as quickly as it arrived on the shelves. Uninspiring gameplay, a rough framerate, and lack of customization options sent many diehards Need for Speed back to the games of yesteryear, utterly disappointed with the product advertised to re-capture the magic of previous entries in the series. Now that the game’s been out for a few months, and the main Reddit community surrounding the game has descended into downright pessimism, we’ve managed to find two videos documenting a few features left out of the final release. YouTube user JLF Gaming has put together a couple of videos documenting the vast array of parts, features, gameplay elements, and even graphical effects advertised in previews that failed to make it into the retail version of the title.
The discoveries are pretty interesting. Decals have gone missing, certain parts can’t be accessed by the player despite appearing on AI cars, sections of the map have disappeared, a brand of rims confirmed by the developers to be in the game are notably absent, and a livery appearing on the box of the game is nowhere to be found. After Ghost Games claimed the retail release would look better than the previews, the downgrade in graphics is easily demonstrable by lining up two comparison videos side by side, which JLF Gaming does for us.
After multiple disappointing aspects, it’s no wonder a large modding community surrounding Need for Speed Underground 2 exists.