It's more expansive than the original, but not as thrilling.
A very helpful map, message system and statistics screen are easily accessible. Nitro can now be refilled by driving dangerously like in the "Burnout" games. Also, finished races can be seen in multiple angles during the Replay mode (NFSU 1 lacked this option). The total number of impressive vehicles which can be unlocked is 30. I enjoyed the story's stylized presentation; graphic novel-like panels which are similar to the ones found in "Max Payne". There's also a showcase mode, where a photographer offers an opportunity to take a picture of your ride. Online and split-screen racing challenges are included. Overall, this is a good racing game, but the racing itself had a better sense of speed in the first game. Also, traveling to the races can be a chore after awhile. Still, I'd grade it a 'B'.