Max does not want an Underground 2 remake and tells you why.
Like lots of its predecessors, Want for Velocity Unbound triggered a reflex within the NfS group: Instantly after the announcement in October, the feedback beneath the trailer had been flooded with the identical query: “Why do not you simply deliver Underground 2 again? ”.
A big phase of Want for Velocity followers appears to agree that the 2004 serial installment is one thing of the franchise’s holy grail. It is a recreation everybody remembers fondly. However whereas I performed, breathed, and beloved Underground 2 like many individuals on the market, I am fairly certain a remake could be disappointing.
Concerning the creator: Max not solely performed lots of Underground 2 again then, but in addition usually seems to be into older traditional video games to get carried away by the wave of nostalgia. Within the particular case of Want for Velocity, nevertheless, the calculation wouldn’t work out for him, though he thinks again to the racing recreation very positively.
What’s Underground 2 all about?
If it is as much as me personally, my fascination with Underground 2 is predicated on the next traits: It had an open world, the neon night time graphics had been actually stylish, the tuning was nice and the soundtrack remains to be unparalleled to at the present time.
That each one sounds nice at first, nevertheless it additionally reveals an issue: Present Want for Velocity video games have all of that too. Other than the soundtrack after all. No person needs to hearken to the newfangled stuff, however that is one other matter.
What was good then shouldn’t be essentially good in the present day
Open worlds proceed to be well-liked. Nonetheless, the scheme is now, at greatest, nothing particular and, at worst, stale. If we then take a look at the unique map of Underground 2, it is usually noticeable that the map was actually small for in the present day’s habits and the places within the races had been accordingly usually repeated.
The sport world was gigantic for Max again then!
As well as, there was nothing to do on this map besides drive from the storage to the following race. That was cool again then as a result of there was one thing particular in regards to the freedom of motion in an open world. I can see from NfS: Unbound that I am bored with Open World in the present day. As a result of I’d additionally wish to see a quick journey perform within the new half. The “fascination of the open world” again then now not exists for me.
Nothing new in tuning. One other vital half was the tuning of the automobiles. I beloved sticking rotating spinners on my aluminum rims, which had been approach too massive, as a result of I assumed that was cool. It was good! However I have never missed the tuning since then. With 2015, Warmth and now Unbound, Want for Velocity had fairly good automotive kits that I might actually let off steam with.
And the neon by night time look is not one thing that was distinctive to Underground 2 both. The final three sequence components additionally provided this look. With the Underground sequence, the look was new and thrilling for me. It nonetheless seems to be cool in the present day, however as with the open world, the particular magic from again then has vanished for me.
I’ve, I’ve, I’ve, I’ve no police – and I’d miss them.
A gameplay ingredient that is essential to me can also be lacking: There have been no police chases in Underground 2. However I’d miss them in the present day, as a result of after Most Wished and Carbon on the newest, the legislation enforcement officers should not be lacking for me, as a result of they break up the in any other case rapidly boring on a regular basis racing life in a significant approach. That was already the case for some NfS components earlier than Underground 2 and hasn’t modified to at the present time.
The soundtrack factor
A cause for the nostalgic emotions that shouldn’t be underestimated is after all the music. In reality, I believe lots of the great reminiscences are primarily based on that. That would not be stunning, in any case, hardly every other medium manages to protect emotions in addition to songs which are linked to a selected second or place.
This is a reminder so that you heard good music not less than as soon as in the present day
Nonetheless, ought to EA ever launch an Underground 2 remake, it is very seemingly that solely a fraction of this authentic playlist will really make a return. Licensing agreements are sadly a daily matter within the online game world. This does not simply apply to video games like GTA IV, the place half a radio station was patched out ten years after launch.
It additionally applies to remakes, as proven by Tony Hawk’s Professional Skater 1+2. These two classics additionally stay from their soundtracks, amongst different issues. For the licensing causes talked about, not all songs had been discovered within the remake. As a substitute, they’d to get replaced with different items.
The occasions are over
Want for Velocity Underground 2 is tied to its time. We keep in mind the yr 2004: The primary Quick and Livid movies went by means of the roof, folks heard Linkin Park or Limp Bizkit and the French city of Lille was declared European Capital of Tradition.
The soundtrack accompanied each race completely.
I personally was within the fourth grade on the time and was simply discovering the world. Not least due to this, the music mixture of hip hop and nu metallic songs appeared cool and mature to me. There was one thing depraved about unlawful road racing, as did tuned automobiles with underbody lights. This cocktail of feelings, which I nonetheless maintain pricey to my coronary heart, is now not really easy to breed.
What could be left of Want for Velocity Underground 2 Remake could be a small, empty open world. There could be nothing to do on the map besides drive from occasion to occasion, which might annoy me as a result of I am unable to see open worlds anymore. The races themselves could be lacking quite a bit because of the lack of police chases and the soundtrack would almost certainly be incomplete.
Because of this, as an enormous fan of the unique, I do not suppose a remake could be the much-claimed “rescue” for the Want for Velocity franchise. The sport was far too tied to his time for that and it is over now.
What do you suppose: do you see it the identical approach, or do not you let my whining dissuade you from the true religion?