Underground Challenges by MrAdam

Category: Any | Game: Need for Speed: Underground 2


Underground Challenges




 

Underground Challenges is a mod aiming to revamp the main career mode of the game, as well as introduce a somewhat new and "original" story

Full changelog:
General:
- Most races are not hidden anymore
- Outrun cash rewards have been increased
- Bank around the map has been removed
- SUV's have been locked and their races were used for other modes
- Magazines have been mostly removed (entirely in DLC 1)
- DVD covers have been reduced to 1 per stage (entirely removed in DLC 1)
- Some race cash rewards have been changed
- Some cutscenes were removed
- Added more visual/performance world challenges
- Most shops are now automatically locked and special contract races need to be beaten to unlock them
- URL's were reduced to 1 per stage, besides Stage 1, but made longer
- Car unlocks were changed, instead of unlocking by beating URL's, you have Test Drive races which you need to beat to unlock cars (in DLC 1's case, a lot of cars are locked so the car list is more limited)
- Sponsored races and URL's now have you drive a player car (not in DLC 1)
- URL opponents are all preset story characters
- Sponsored races have their own roster of racers
- Performance parts have had their unlocks changed
- Sponsor cash has been balanced
- Tip SMS's were mostly removed (entirely in DLC 1)
- Sponsor cars were removed
- There is added headlight bulb colors and decals, as well as a Playstation 2 and Playstation 2 Slim that you can install as a trunk component, and plates for story characters
- Best Buy ads were replaced with ug2net ads (not in DLC 1 unless you installed the main story prior)
- More triggers were added for events
- Added "rival" characters that appear in most races
- DVD covers had their cash rewards increased
- You need to beat all races in each stage now to progress (technically not the case in DLC 1 but you shouldn't skip races as they contain unlocks sometimes mainly the test drive and deal races)
- URL's now reward more bank
- Organic drifts now have opponents
- All camber giving suspension parts were removed
- Added 350z Sha-Dou vinyl for a story character preset (not in DLC 1 unless the main story was previously installed)
- Changed a crib change part icon (not in DLC 1 unless the main story was previously installed)
- Changed the City Core Quick Race icon (not in DLC 1 unless the main story was previously installed)
- Changed the Circuit, Drag, Sprint and URL icons to beta ones (not in DLC 1 unless the main story was previously installed)
- Changed the icon of shops and such to a beta icon for the crib (not in DLC 1 unless the main story was previously installed)
- Megalow Parts uses it's proper shop
- Visual rating is not required to progress
- Olympic Imports support (in DLC 1 it's required instead of optional)
- Lore SMS's (DLC 1 only)
Stage 0:
- You drive the protagonist's Hyundai Tiburon GT (or Adam's R34 Skyline in DLC 1)
- Races feature new racers
- Moved Stage 1 Drift to Stage 0
- Added URL required to be beaten to finish Stage 0 (not in DLC 1)
- Added a magazine cover (not in DLC 1)
NOTE: Go to the car lot after finishing all races in order to advance
Stage 1:
- Removed Drift race as it was moved to Stage 0
Stage 3:
- A Drift race had it's laps reduced to 2
- The RSX is only unlockable on US or modded EU copies (in case of DLC 1 it's required, unless you want to skip that race since without the RSX it will crash)
- Added a rival character boss race as the stage finish
Stage 4:
- 3 Circuits had it's laps reduced to 2
- There are 2 boss races you need to complete to finish the stage
- Changed locations of 2 Drag races
Stage 5:
- There is no sponsors in this stage, or sponsored races (in the case of DLC 1, this applies to the whole career)
- You have 4 boss races to beat, and a final boss race to complete this stage and the story (in the case of DLC 1, 2 boss races and 1 final boss)
- The final race with Caleb is removed
- 4 Circuits had their laps reduced to 2
- A Drift race had it's laps reduced to 2
- Added new R33 Nismo Test Drive to unlock it (DLC 1 only)

Installation:
1. Install the endscript with Binary 2.2.0 or higher
2. Save, and that's it
NOTE: Don't worry about the installation taking a while, it's supposed to take from 5-10 minutes usually

Requirements:
- Binary 2.2.0 https://nfsmods.xyz/mod/1638
- NFSU2 Unlimiter https://nfsmods.xyz/mod/1588 (make sure to enable the WorldCrashFixes, NewCarsCanBeDrivenByAI and ExpandMemoryPools)
- NFSU2 Extra Options https://nfsmods.xyz/mod/290 (make sure to set UnlockRegionalCars to 1)
- Nissan Skyline R33 Nismo 400R https://nfsmods.xyz/mod/1975
- a brain
- If you have the EU copy of the game, install this:
https://mega.nz/file/d9oAHCBB#ZNsc19o978rpsbKZmMZQlwvY-DY4wFD3Gp5cLSMpB5c
If you have the US copy of the game, install this: https://mega.nz/file/UtQDGaRR#_Gnhy5CTg1KRVOSNvTCPj7AHl29eDxuS38aYszbfaTc
- Olympic Imports https://nfsmods.xyz/mod/1670

Known issues:
- Some boss races are hidden because i cannot lock them until they're meant to be unlocked, so if you stumble upon a hidden race with the name of a story character, don't engage it until the SMS's tell you about it for the best experience
- The opponents in Organic Drifts suck, i tried increasing their SkillLevel to the highest but they still are terrible
- Not all the races are visible on the map in, this is due to a limit i cannot fix
- The stage completion statistics are partially broken
- There is no indication for unlocking the additional world challenges after beating all outruns in a stage, they'll appear on your map though and opponents will stop spawning in freeroam
- You can't unlock the 5th car slot cause Stage 5 has no sponsors (in DLC 1's case you only have 1 car slot)
- Car unlocks might sometimes not work (not sure why and i only had it happen on DLC 1)

There is also unlock maps in the folder "unlock maps" you can use to identify where are races that unlock shops and cars (temporarily not present in DLC 1)

NOTE: PRERELEASEDLC1 is for DLC 1, if you want to install the main story instead then download the latest RELEASE

Credits:
Lexal: Command help, unlock maps, some of the SMS rewrites as well as new SMS's, bug reports and more
Ketsueki: Thumbnail and promotional media, license plates for characters
Maxhwoy: Helping me figure out a "Stack Empty" issue in the script
Speedyheart: Beta UG2 icons
Red_Fire: Adam's 350z design
nlgzrgn: Method for fixing the Stage 0 text problem

I also have a Discord server where you can report issues, get updated on mod updates, etc: https://discord.gg/HSKhx4d




























Comments


MrAdam (November 24, 2020 @ 11:26)
the sound is a game issue that i can't fix

71M07HY (November 24, 2020 @ 02:14)
Disregard my last comment but, I've also had another issue about the car's engine's being inaudible, this only happens primarily in the test drives though after that it reverts back to normal. It makes it quite difficult to drive with the music on and using manual transmission

71M07HY (November 24, 2020 @ 02:05)
Some of the races aren't shown on the map, as in they don't have their icon displayed: https://imgur.com/a/rGkSe3D

71M07HY (November 23, 2020 @ 10:09)
Ok, I was able to complete the Circuit by accessing it through the garage and was able to unlock the Dodge Neon

71M07HY (November 23, 2020 @ 09:26)
I have found a Circuit race that crashes the game when I try to attempt it, at the time of this comment, I'm at Stage 3 of the game, the race awards 150 bank and it's most likely bugged as it should be in Stage 2 or 1: https://imgur.com/a/DRQIpqE

Uploaded at: October 09, 2020 @ 12:32