Chase or Be Chased. You never thought it would turn out like this—an all-out chase where you're the hunted. And the hunter. Now you must get behind the wheel and risk everything to infiltrate a ruthless international crime syndicate and take them down.
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Mixed (106 reviews) - 66% of the 106 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Mostly Positive (1,655 reviews) - 70% of the 1,655 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Nov 18, 2008

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Chase or Be Chased.
You never thought it would turn out like this—an all-out chase where you're the hunted. And the hunter. Now you must get behind the wheel and risk everything to infiltrate a ruthless international crime syndicate and take them down. The man you're after is a maniac behind the wheel, and he's driving like his life depends on escape, which maybe it does. He's the one with all the answers you need, you will track him down. Needless to say, that fleet of police cruisers in your rearview mirror won't make things any easier. It will take all of your experience—and every ounce of skill—to outrun the law, take down the enemy, and unlock the truth that puts an end to this chase once and for all.

  • Go Deep Undercover - Race into an action-packed story of pursuit and betrayal. Take on jobs and compete in races to prove yourself as you infiltrate and take down an international crime syndicate.
  • Highway Battle - Fight off the cops and others as you take down your prey in high-speed, high stake multi-car chases. New and vastly improved AI mechanics mean more aggressive and intelligent cops focused on taking you out fast and by any means necessary.
  • Own the Open World - Tear across the massive highway system and discover the open world of the Gulf Coast Tri-Cities area, with three unique cities connected by an extensive highway system.
  • Heroic Driving Engine - An all-new game engine lets you pull off amazing moves for the ultimate driving edge.

System Requirements

    • Supported OS: Microsoft Windows® Windows XP (SP2), Windows Vista
    • Processor: Intel Pentium® 4 or equivalent, 3.0 GHz or faster
    • Memory: 5XP: 512 MB RAM / Vista: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 128 MB or more, NVIDIA GeForce (6600 or better); ATI Radeon (9500 or better); Intel G45 Express Chipset
    • Drivers: DirectX® 9.0c (included) and latest video drivers
    • Hard Drive: 6.0 GB free space
    • Sound: DirectX 9.0c compatible sound card
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phineas
( 49.3 hrs on record )
Posted: July 23
terrible storyline, end is also abrupt. Graphics decent for its release period, but overall i would pick something more engaging and rewarding.
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skatemetal20
( 1.3 hrs on record )
Posted: July 21
Being a huge fan of Need For Speed and my favorite being Need For Speed Carbon. This is porobably the worst game I hav eever played. All the driving mechanics are ♥♥♥♥, and the game itself if just too ♥♥♥♥ing easy. Really wish I did not purchase this game. But hey, it was on sale and was more of an impulse buy. But I paid to be dissapointed so horribly.
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Dunarand
( 29.3 hrs on record )
Posted: July 21
Still looks gorgeous on 1080p high. It's a game that I keep coming back too. I always restart my save to try using and modding different cars.
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thedemogamerslp
( 38.2 hrs on record )
Posted: July 17
This game is like no other need for speed it changes the gameplay and style.

Pros:
Great Gameplay
Good Graphics that have aged well
A nice car selection
A fair storyline

Cons
AI doesnt realy try in most races or pursuits but some missions can be very challenging
The Story feels very short
there is a pretty fair customization but not as much as I hoped
alot of races feel recylced

This game has alot of personality to it however weather that be from the random (and comical) Police radio chatter or even just some cheesy cutscenes or music choices which add some real charecter to it.

Overall I think this game is about a 9/10 there is definitely ways this game could have been better but overall its a solid game snd for the price you can't realy go wrong.
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RendraF
( 0.2 hrs on record )
Posted: July 14
bad resoulation
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Pulveriser_Penguin
( 11.3 hrs on record )
Posted: July 10
Decent Game - Not a bad story line and half decent graphics - definatly recommend giving it a whirl..
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phozon
( 2.6 hrs on record )
Posted: July 9
best nfs
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Bhombhol
( 0.1 hrs on record )
Posted: July 9
Very bad game. Stuck after 1 minute and always crash
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Jenryl
( 6.7 hrs on record )
Posted: July 8
Graphics arent as good as they are shown
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eric.korloch
( 0.1 hrs on record )
Posted: July 8
It just keeps on crashing right at the start right when i go through the cop barricade
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11 of 15 people (73%) found this review helpful
12 people found this review funny
5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
10.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 2
I've tried this game on wii but I didn't expect the gameplay on PC, it's amazing.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
10.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 27
If you want a fun game to chill or to mess around with the police and have fun this game is for you. Also it is very cheap right now so if you are going to buy it, buy it now.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.9 hrs on record
Posted: July 3
dull &boring but enjoyable car racing game. predictable plot, not a whole lot that's original, races are very easy 2win on the 1st try. cops don't do much other than bang on your car and yell at you, and after a while they sort of fade away on their own. the game lets you instantly jump to the closest race, which i think provides a good incentive to make it through race after race.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
24.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 6
Honestly... when I first played this game, I had a great time. Usually I don't enjoy playings games without friends, but this one kept me busy for hours on end. The racing controls, even for a keyboard, are amazing. Most racing games on a PC with keyboard and mouse are frustrating, but this one is satisfying.

It's not some Triple A game, and it shouldn't be compared with those sorts of games. It does what it does very well. A lot of people say the story is bad, but the story really isn't all that important in this game. It's about racing, and I feel like the story is just there to give you a reason to be racing.

I'd definitely recommend this game if you're looking for time to kill. It's no masterpiece, but it can be a lot of fun.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
38.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 17
This game is like no other need for speed it changes the gameplay and style.

Pros:
Great Gameplay
Good Graphics that have aged well
A nice car selection
A fair storyline

Cons
AI doesnt realy try in most races or pursuits but some missions can be very challenging
The Story feels very short
there is a pretty fair customization but not as much as I hoped
alot of races feel recylced

This game has alot of personality to it however weather that be from the random (and comical) Police radio chatter or even just some cheesy cutscenes or music choices which add some real charecter to it.

Overall I think this game is about a 9/10 there is definitely ways this game could have been better but overall its a solid game snd for the price you can't realy go wrong.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: July 3
Worst NFS game in history. PS2 Version OP
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
7.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 27
I find it very fun and enjoyable. My opinion is somewhat blinded by nostalgia though. Anywho, if its on sale you should certainly buy it.
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127 of 133 people (95%) found this review helpful
20 people found this review funny
Recommended
12.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 16, 2015
Where do I start with this.

Need for Speed Undercover has been bashed, beaten & overall just despised by the entire Need for Speed community, often described as "one of the absolute worst Need for Speed games ever made". But, judging you see that giant blue thumbs up, you obviously can tell that I don't think that way.

Now, those of you who really hate long reviews (because there's gonna be quite a lengthy one ahead), here's a short pros-n'-cons review to not waste your time:

Pros:
+Can run on a toaster
+Great soundtrack
+Huge car selection
+Easy-to-follow story
+Simple controls that are even very playable on a keyboard
+Visuals are passable
+Gameplay is rather fun

Cons:
-Story is inconsistent and highly forgettable
-Visual glitches regarding the sky & the sun (sun flies from one part of the screen to the other while the sky spins in a nauseating fashion)
-Horrible racer & cop AI
-No "Perfect Start" (a prominent feature in Most Wanted, Carbon & World)
-Steam Overlay (unfortunately) does not work with Undercover, due to EA not patching out the old, outdated Steam Overlay DLLs in the game's files

Do I recommend?
If you just want a racing game where you could really care less for story & want one that can run on your toaster computer, then yes, NFS Undercover should fill that niche for you quite nicely & I recommend the game for the price it's asking.

Now then, short review done. Let's get on with the long review!

The Story & The Characters:
I'm not gonna bother with a brief synopsis of the story, since that's what the store page basically tells you. But what I will give will be my thoughts on the story. So. I think the story in Undercover is garbage. It's very sloppily put together. Some characters come & go without a proper explanation, some characters are given NO INTRODUCTION and just sort of...appear, other characters for some reason or another just swap roles mid-story, eh, you get the point. I get that it's to be expected that a racing game will have a terrible story, but back when this game was announced & being promoted like the next best thing, it tried to take itself seriously, with all the trailers & promotional videos. So, yes, the story is trash, introduces characters & gets rid of characters periodically & tries to take itself way too seriously, which is why I don't like it & find it very forgettable. It shouldn't take you more than 10 hours to beat the entire story, I, for one, beat the single player campaign in around 8 hours & now am doing my second runthrough on the Steam version of this game, just for the sake of adding in more gameplay hours.

The Visuals & Audio:
Before I move on to the meat of the review, being the gameplay, I wanna briefly go over the game's visuals. They look...passable. Now, I've had the pleasure of experiencing this game both in 1080p Ultra Settings & 360p Very Low Settings, and generally - I am impressed with the framerate. The game (for the most part) is very consistent with the framerate on newer hardware & back when my good PC was still alive & played this game for the 8 hours it took to complete the single player campaign, the framerate was crazy-stable at 60 FPS, with sometimes dropping below when there were too many cops at once, which is understandable. As for the visuals themselves, everything in the game world, including the road you drive on & the water beyond the shores looks "alright" at best. Yes, Black Box has done MUCH better in terms of visuals in Carbon & even Most Wanted, but I don't think the game looks ugly by any means, but certainly doesn't live up to the 2008 year it came out on. And the audio? The car sounds are remarkably pleasant to listen to, giving off the feeling that the car you drive FEELS like an actual car and not a freaking go-kart. The soundtrack is picked rather well & there are a handful of songs I don't like, sure, I like most of the soundtrack.

The Gameplay:
And now, we move on to the meat of the review - the gameplay. Need for Speed Undercover's gameplay tries to emulate the critically-acclaimed gameplay of Most Wanted & Carbon while trying to introduce enough new things to stand on its own. First of all - the controls are great. Every car feels very responsive & turning even with the slowest of muscle cars while using a keyboard, not a controller or wheel, felt super reliable & the car showed no signs of delayed turns or any kind of ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥t some racing games usually have, which is great, as great control is what makes the game great. There are, however, a few things I really don't like about the gameplay. Gone from Most Wanted & Carbon are perfect starts, which require to get your speedometer stick on a certain part of the actual speedometer when it changes color to give your car a bit of a necessary boost when you start, unless you want to drag on for about 30 seconds, trying to catch up to your opponents. Thankfully though, Undercover's AI is built around the lack of perfect start, so it's not like they'll speed up instantly, no, they'll generally start out at pretty much the same pace as you do. NFS Undercover has a multitude of game modes, with a few brand new game modes, never-before-seen in any previous Need for Speed game, or even any sub-sequent games - Jobs & Highway Battles. Briefly about the other game modes - they're standard fare what you'd find in other Need for Speed games - you got Circuit, Sprint, Checkpoint, Outrun (making a return from Underground 2) & Police Events. About those "exclusive" game modes, as it were. First - Jobs. Jobs are essentially your character stealing a car & then driving said car to a drop-off point, meanwhile cops are after your ♥♥♥ and your goal is to escape the cops & get to the drop off point. This game mode doesn't have a time limit of any sorts, so you can breathe in relief, however - some jobs do have damage meters, which are rather easy to deplete. Highway Battles are sort of glorified high-speed canyon events from Need for Speed Carbon, just with ♥♥♥♥-tons of traffic & only 1 stage. The goal in Highway Battle is to get ahead of your opponent & lead by 300 m (or 1000 ft if you're using the Imperial system) whilist trying to not wreck your car with the insane amounts of traffic around you. These 2 exclusive game modes are generally executed very well, with the opponent AI sometimes being crafty enough to try and block your path by purposefully pushing traffic cars into you & they take advantage of every opportunity to overtake you and make your day horrible, should you ♥♥♥♥ up midway in the race. Making a return from Need for Speed ProStreet is domination, but this time - instead of completing an entire area to "dominate", dominations are handed out if you can manage to beat the developer time for each race in the game, not counting Jobs. Early game, beating the developer "domination" time is quite easy, but later down the road - it gets more & more difficult. For Customization - if you've played ProStreet & seen that game's insanely expansive customization system, then Undercover will bring nothing new and you can jump straight in. But for the new guys? I'll throw it out there right now - customizing your car (other than its performance) does nothing and won't give you any benefits like in ProStreet. They're just there if you want your car to look nicer, but be warned - if you will ever decide to play online (which will happen only if you have someone who plays this game after 7 years), your vinyls that you apply to your car will not be shown. Why? Who the hell knows, but they disabled it. I haven't spent much time in the customization menu myself, so I really can't comment on anything here.

Final Verdict & Score:
Due to the Steam Review Character limit, the rest of this review is in screenshot format.
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145 of 166 people (87%) found this review helpful
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Recommended
11.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 9, 2013
About 5+ years ago, I got this on release, and played this on Xbox 360. I hated it. I absolutely thought it was the worst game that could have ever been produced.

Recently I bought this at a Steam sale, thinking that I might as well just put down my $5 into some random cheap racing game, hoping it would provide even an hours entertainment. I'm so happy with this purchase. I regret my constant stream of hate.

Granted, this is definately not the pinnicle of NFS (Underground 2/Most Wanted 2005 will always be), and that's clear through some poor design desicions regarding the lack of a main menu, the fact you can't change graphics quality until you actually get to play the game (about 5 minutes of cutscenes), and even the fact that there's too much bloom and there's some weird glitches with the lights floating a la Big Rigs: Over the Road Racing.

But, with all the negatives said and done, this...this is the most fun I've had in a racing game in years. It seems like the devs tried to be as faithful as they could to Most Wanted, while still moving forward with the rest of the game. The cars control FANTASTICALLY on PC compared to console, and the selection of vehicles is awesome, especially considering the Bugatti Veyron (which, gladly thanks to the Master Events balancing the field, isn't game-breaking). The length of the game is awesome, with a huge amount of things to do. The police chases are fantastic, and polished much further than Most Wanted (admittadely though, I'll always prefer the down-right hilariously poor AI of Most Wanted's cops, and their over-the-top voice acting).

Overall, this really probably didn't recieve a lot of the backlash it got from fans. If you're a Most Wanted fan who has been disillusioned with the Need for Speed franchise as of late, you can do no harm in buying this game and reliving a time just before Criterion broke everything. And before The Run existed...
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