Need for Speed: Underground 2 is one of the gaming industries most iconic releases.
Gracing our screens back in 2004, feel old yet?, the racing video game took the market by storm and beat the likes of FIFA 05 and Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas at the top of the gaming charts for 10 weeks straight.
Fans have been desperate for the game to return to the stores for some time now, with anticipation turning up a gear – apologies – after a gorgeous fan made trailer emerged last year.
Unfortunately, if you are anything like me, upon seeing the trailer you might have thought EA had got its act together and given the endearing fanbase what it wants, however, the video is purely the work of Russian company Odonata.
But what a video it is!
The video blends the NTF aura with modern gaming technology, and the result is nothing short of a masterpiece.
By implementing modern gaming techniques whilst maintaining the bedrock that served the series so well, EA might be able to present one of the gaming industries finest remakes should they decide to bite the bullet and forge ahead with production.
It is almost absurd that there has yet to be a remake of this game, such is its value as one of the greatest and most thrilling games to ever be released.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, the Halo series and The Elder Scrolls: Skyrim have all seen greatly successful remasters across recent years, and there is no reason why a game that toppled so many records can’t enjoy a similar rebirth.
EA have also demonstrated their desire to complete remastering in the past too, with the excellent Mass Effect series and Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit both returning roughly within the past year.
One reason that fans’ cries have met a brick wall when trying to reach the ears of EA might lie in the issues with licensing and re-striking deals with the many car and music companies that are embedded within the original game.
However, if anything is a certainty, should EA decide to invest into a meticulously crafted reboot, the game would likely dominate the market once more with nostalgia evoked and one of racing gaming’s greatest ever games returning to reignite the fire and create countless hours of entertainment.