How to download and install Need for Speed Underground 2: Remastered

How to download and install Need for Speed Underground 2: Remastered

Published at: 07/06/2022
Updated at: 12/03/2023

Need for Speed Underground 2 Remaster

Need for Speed Underground 2 is an arcade driving videogame that came out in 2004, and was developed by EA BlackBox Games.

Are you looking for the Definitive Edition of Underground 1? Read How to download and install Need for Speed Underground 1: Definitive Edition.

I recently discovered the existence of an unofficial Remaster, I wanted to try it and I liked it, that's why I thought about writing these instructions, in order to help other people to revive this masterpiece.

1) Download the repack

Important information

This step requires you to download unofficial and potentially illegal software. The repack is offered by DODI, who is a known cracker that distributes commercial software by removing controls on licenses (cd keys and similar). It is your only responsibility for the usage of this programs.

Of course I invite you to buy an original copy of Need for Speed Underground 2. That said, the repack also includes the full base game, and at the moment I have not found an easy way to obtain the same result by installing the single packets on the original game. If I'll manage to do that in the future, I will surely update this article.

First of all, download the repack from DODI website, I advise you to choose the Torrent.

To download torrents I recommend you to use qBitTorrent, it is an opensource free software, a good alternative to uTorrent and BitTorrent.

I personally installed the Remaster and had no problems, so I think there are no hidden malwares. Of course I cannot give this for granted at 100%.

2) Install the Remaster

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After downloading the files, run setup.exe. Then, click on the window that appears and press Up Arrow to continue.

Installation window for the Remaster
Installation window for the Remaster

Click on Install, then on Proceed, and select the path where you want to install the game.

You will need 2GB of free space on the disk, and the installation will need a few seconds (less than 20 for me).

3) Run the modified game

To run the game, you will always need to launch the file Play NFSU2 Real Remaster v2.0 Lite.exe that you can find in the folder where you installed the Remastered game.

4) Update ReShade

This step is optional. It also requires some deeper knowledge about graphics and computers. If you don't like to put your hands on advanced settings, you should skip this step.

When you run the Definitive Edition, you will notice that some text appears over the window. This is generated by ReShade.

In the case you want to have some more advanced customization options, I recommend you to download the latest release of ReShade. The source code is also available on GitHub. Basically, ReShade offers modern graphics settings to apply new visual effects on old games.

Run the program and click on Browse to search for SPEED2.exe.

Click on Next, select DirectX 9 and install the packages you want. If you just want to update the base stuff, click on Skip. Otherwise, to install everything you can click on Uncheck all and then on Check all to select all the packages. Continue, it will take a few minutes.

Reshade is selected on the DirectX 9
Reshade is selected on the DirectX 9

In my opinion, the updated version is better because it allows you to enable many more options and find the settings that fit your preferences. At least for me, the pre-installed version from the repack was kinda dark and I did not like it much.

In case of some error messages with ReShade when you run the game, you can ignore them and play anyway. At the moment I chose not to go deeper in the details to find solutions, I think it would be a bit complicated.

5) Editing the folder paths on Reshade.ini

This step is optional.

ReShade also allows you to save screenshots by pressing the "Print Screen" key, above the arrow keys.

In this case you might see an errore because the default path in the Reshade.ini file, that you can find in the game folder, is wrong.

You will find something similar to this:

IntermediateCachePath=C:\Users\ionut gaming\AppData\Local\Temp
PostSaveCommandWorkingDirectory=C:\Users\ionut gaming\Desktop\NFSU2 Real Remaster v2.0 Lite
SavePath=C:\Users\ionut gaming\Desktop\NFSU2 Real Remaster v2.0 Lite

These actually need to be corrected with the correct folders, as in this example:

PostSaveCommandWorkingDirectory=G:\Games\NFSU2 Remaster
SavePath=G:\Games\NFSU2 Remaster

This way, files will be saved in the right place when needed.

Differences between the original game and the Remaster

First of all, the game has several modifications and improvements. The user interface has been redesigned and some showrooms were added.

Moreover, new textures have been created to improve graphics, and you can surely spot the differences!

You can find a gameplay video also on Youtube.

Here is a comparison screenshot, using the updated ReShade version (see step 4):

Comparing the original game (up) with the modified one (down). There are differences in the details of the car and the city
Comparing the original game (up) with the modified one (down). There are differences in the details of the car and the city


Good, now you can play the Remaster of Need for Speed Underground 2!

If something did not work or you encountered any problem, let me know in a comment here below.

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  • 2023-11-01 18:07:45

    Author: eartahhj

    @Emanuele ti ringrazio per il feedback, anche se io ho solo scritto la guida, che tra l'altro รจ disponibile anche in italiano: - In ogni caso, ti invito ad iscriverti al mio canale Youtube e a seguirmi su Facebook e Twitch (i link sono in fondo alla pagina).

  • 2023-11-01 16:30:50


    questo e' un gioco meraviglioso e ti ringrazio per averlo remasterizzato sei un grande

  • 2023-06-07 16:07:12

    Author: eartahhj

    @baka it worked for me so I guess that your comment is a fake ๐Ÿ˜‰ and btw, I updated the links to DODI because the original URLs have changed.

  • 2023-06-07 15:29:47

    Author: baka

    boooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo its fake website didnot work

  • 2022-11-05 14:45:01