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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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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53 of 58 people (91%) found this review helpful
6.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 30, 2014
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+ pretty cars
+ many special effects
- used completely exaggerated
- ugly route environment

+ good damage model
+ dramatic chases
- lifeless city
- unintentionally funny movies

+ polynuclear exhaust note
+ cool police radio
+ varied music
- selection of songs can not be set

+ great-made, easy entry
- the only difficulty varies greatly
- only winners get value for money

Driving Behavior:
+ allows spectacular maneuvers
+ very catchy
- very undemanding
- traction as an anvil

+ enormously obstinate cops
+ followed change the route
- stoic road traffic
- teams take too much in the pack

+ extensive paint, vinyl and bodykit range
+ fine adjustments possible
- only upgrade packages
- no individual parts

Track Design:
+ varied course layout
+ many hidden shortcuts
- too few challenges
- barely attractions

Game Size:
+ solo playtime around 30 hours
+ huge game world
+ eight varied mission types

Multiplayer: not tested

Start your car, a Nissan 240SX, sticks like a magnet on the road, because the developers have moved uncompromising driving behavior toward action. Even the beasts among the 54 original speedsters like Audi R8 or Lamborghini Murcielago can be completely tame maneuver around the curves. The driving behavior strikingly reminiscent of the console racing game Burnout series, but it does it with a murderous pace and dense road traffic calls reflexes. In contrast, plays Need for Speed: Undercover almost leisurely, and in regular cross race cars only in exceptional cases, your ideal line. In addition, because even later routes still stingy with chicanes, Undercover is clearly driving skills least demanding part of the Need for Speed series.

Because after the start of the race's first prize money and reputation. With the former, you buy tuning parts and new cars, the latter also opens up new challenges in the huge, free game world freely navigable and - new - improved your driver values. This much-heralded RPG elements disappoint all along the line. Because you do not have any influence on which increased the ten traits of character. The motivation spiral works just as well as in Most Wanted. Unlike in ProStreet also belongs to it again a real story that tells Undercover with elaborate film sequences. They are - surprise - an undercover cop in a car theft gang working upwards.

That Need for Speed: Undercover despite average graphics and Simple driving physics is still a good racing game, it owes especially its varied tasks. Time you complete a classic race, then you should rampaged a particular cause property damage or specially marked opponents (both gangsters and police) ram scrap heap. A completely new racing version is the so-called Highway Battle - a duel on the highway, where you have to depend on your competitors by at least 300 meters. Whatever the reason: In this mode, there's suddenly the previously missing dense oncoming traffic. And now it is worth also how to slow down in Most Wanted push of a button the time to accurately wind between two trucks through.

Anything that is fun, we already know from Most Wanted. Everything what is new, however, not or only moderately works, from the eyes hostile beam effects, up to much too undemanding driving behavior. Who is a good look for Need for Speed, Buy most wanted. Need for Speed returns to its roots with hokey cutscenes, wild cop chases, and solid racing action. i recommend it only for genre fans!

Score: 73 / 100

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39 of 47 people (83%) found this review helpful
15.9 hrs on record
Posted: July 31, 2014
Most underated racing game of the past generation. Solid mechanics, great driving feel, kinda on the unglier side, but still super fun. Not as good as Most Wanted 05, but that game isn't even on Steam so this is as close as you can get.
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31 of 35 people (89%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
30.7 hrs on record
Posted: August 26, 2014
Despite the obvious issues with the game, such as sun glaring into tunnels through the walls and into your eyes, the skyboxes randomly spinning around you, and heavy police SUVs easily outrunning a Veyron, it is a fun game.

It's fun, but a bit too easy at times. Almost depressingly easy. So easy, you'd want to keep a lower-leveled car around just to give yourself a challenge.

No, seriously. Except for one time some dude in a Dodge Viper challenged me to a 1-on-1 race, I still outran him in a 1969 Camaro. Sure, it took me 20+ tries, but I did it.

And finally, children: Don't be afraid to alt+F4 the game if you're about to get arrested and you know you wouldn't be able to afford the impound retrieval costs. It's easier to spend a minute loading the game back up than it is getting enough money to get another car.
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12 of 13 people (92%) found this review helpful
19.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 8, 2014
One of the most underrated series of nfs.
It has lot of cutscenes, and nice storyline to follow on.
Only two problem makes this game underrated than it has to be.
First problem is the ridiculous difficulty on some races such as I need to beat SLR Mclaren with EVO. But it is not that big because you can get pinkslips as you clear other missions and easily collect money and buy a better car.
The biggest problem is physics which breaks the game and makes player difficult or sometimes almost impossible to control the car.
But overall great game with big open world, Which is the last nfs with STORY, COPS, TUNE UPS, and FREEDRIVE.
See what happened to NFS these days. They are just burnout series with supercars. No more storyline, unique tune ups, and thrills which really suck.

간만에 해보는데 뽀샤시한 그래픽, 스토리라인이 좋음
최고의 혹평을 받았던 게임인데 거기서 알수 있듯 굉장한 개적화와 썩은 물리엔진을 보여준다
썩은 물리엔진이 혈압을 오르게하지만 기본적으로 뽀샤시한 느낌과 오픈월드가 좋아서 할만은 하다.
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10 of 14 people (71%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
5.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 28, 2014
A fully-upgraded Nissan GT-R is faster than a Buggati Veyron. So as you can guess this game is very realistic, a solid 10/10.
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6 of 9 people (67%) found this review helpful
14.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 30, 2014
Good single player game, multiplayer sucks ♥♥♥, origin is lame and finding and playing with friends in nigh on impossible, I give it a bad review just for this spent 3~ hours messing with firewall settings and router setting and still can't play with my mates,

i sign in ok to EA nations (origin) but i can't create or join any games.

If you want a single player driving game it's OK

but don't expect any help from EA or origin as i tried to contact origin for help via on-line help desk and gave up after 2~ hours wait.

Love NEED FOR SPEED but the support and on-line stuff is run by blind and stupid people.
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5 of 8 people (63%) found this review helpful
2.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 26, 2014
+ is good
- Is bad
= Both?

This game is generally an okay racing game.

It is on the lower spectrum of the NFS series (But they are all really good games)

I'll go through some good and bad. I may be a little knit picky about some of these but they just really get to me and maybe a good amount of you.

But there is 1 major flaw that makes this game horrible and fills me with anger every time I see it. And it is quite common

+The racing is fun when you have compeition. You want to win.

+The cars have pretty good handeling. The are nice to drive.

=The story you will understand and will sometimes pick up, but most won't really care and will just get into the racing.

=The map is large and sometimes is okay to roam around in, but you don't get a feeling of exploration and wanting to travel the map like other NFS games made me feel. No sense of adventure

-You are fined WAY too much. You lose money for many things. It gets annoying.

-The soundtrack in my opinion is GOD AWFUL. It only fits to 2 music genres, Country and Hard Rock. If you don't like these genres sometimes it is hard to play hearing it in the background and the music is very unfitting at times. When I am in a tight position with a rival car racing close to the finish, the music plays a soft country tune. I don't like either genres so it feels bad to hear. Annoying.

-You LOSER MONEY for SPEEDING. This game is Need For Speed. You are ment to go fast. I know it is against the "laws" in the game but you get fined for going fast and having fun. Speed is one of the soul points of the game. You get fined during races for speeding, too. I get so angry whenever I see that red light flash of SPEEDING -250. Other than thisd major flaw it is an overall decent racing game. Although I do not reccomend the game it is fun to try out and I suggest you buy it on sale. I got it for $2, so I won't be so harsh on it. But if you want a decent racer, play this if it is on sale.
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8 of 14 people (57%) found this review helpful
10.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 25, 2014
Other than the extremely irritating A.I. always ramping you into the walls and the citizen vehicles not knowing how to drive, this game is actually pretty fun. The graphics (for its time) are really nice looking, the selection of cars is very well done and the overall controls are fairly smooth. It is an overall good racing game. Need for speed fans should for sure pick this one up if they don’t have it already. 7/10
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 31, 2014
Great racing game! Does the need for speed series justice. Great vehicles and graphics are nice. Great selections of vehlicles and customizations. The storyline is pretty good but can be pretty boring at times kinda a storyline you would expect out of a need for speed game very similar to others. I would give it a 7/10 rating a good racing game for the racing game lovers out there a must buy for them.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.9 hrs on record
Posted: January 18
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
9.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 28, 2014
So... Need for Speed:Undercover, I'm impressed. Although that might just be my fanboyism for the series.
Anyways, Here is my review.

Pfft... What story? You're an undercover cop and you are trying to stop bad people from doing bad things.
In all honesty I couldn't follow the story because half the time I just wanted to skip the stupid cutscenes to get back to the action.

Need for Speed Undercover is arcade styled racing game, now that's not really THAT bad since I had no problems with it...later into the game. The truth is in the beginning your car WILL crash into a lot of walls,traffic and cops and it's weird because it never felt as infuriating when I played with a Bugatti because the thing accelerates like a beast. Basically this is what car you should buy for every tier so you don't throw your computer out the window
Tier 4

Lotus Elise - Impossible handling; you'll hardly ever use the handbrake with this car. It also has a decent acceleration. Certainly the top of its tier.

Ford Cosworth - Top speed is one of the best out of all tier 4 cars, but handling is poor. Use this if your driving style includes lots of drifting and power sliding (it's actually quite satisfying to slide around corners instead of turning)

Tier 3

Seriously, just stick with the Elise all the way till you unlock the tier 2 car shop. It's unbelievable handling will allow you to dominate most of the events along the way.

Nissan GT-R R34 - Probably the only car that is decent in all 3 stats. Still clocked a slower timing than the Elise, be it with street or race parts.

Nissan 370Z - It's wierd that the bars show the top speed of the 370Z is less than the R34. The 370Z is actually faster, but the handling is terrible. I say again. Terrible. Not as bad as the Mustang GT or Camaro Concept though.

Tier 2

Dodge Viper SRT10 - Great acceleration and top speed, and surprisingly agile considering most of the other American muscle cars can't turn for nuts. Probably the best of the lot. Only this car enabled me to dominate the master events at levels 9-12.

Porsche GT3 RS - Smoother handling than the Viper, but just a lil bit slower acceleration.

Lamborghini Gallardo LP560-4 - Loses out in top speed and acceleration, but seriously, its handling is second only to the Elise.

Tier 1

Chevrolet Corvette Z06 - God knows why they gave this car the highest top speed (and it pwns the others by quite a bit too), and god knows why how this car can turn like that at 200mph, and god knows why it's only $200,000 in-game. Don't think. Just take this car.

If you really want another car, go for the Zonda or McLaren - they've got quite decent acceleration and handling. I've completed the game with the Veyron, but can't say Im pleased with it considering I blasted $375,000 plus parts to get it going.

Again, No replayability. Unless you want to play the same race over and over again to buy every car you aren't going to be playing this after you finish the game.

I would say it's good but I can't. There are no people in Online but the Cops and Robbers minigame sounds fun, If you got friends who brought this game then try it out!

I never had high expectations for this game but it suprised me. The game feels smooth going at a constant 60 fps,the gameplay can feel slippery but mostly stays solid and you have some(emphasis on some) good music for you to bop your head to while racing.

I give this game a 6.5/10

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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 6
This game is not bad as it is not good either. I would mostly prefer an ability to have Most Wanted and Carbon in my library.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: January 5
The absolute worst driving game I have ever played. Graphics aren't what makes the game, and that is the only improvment to the game versus previous ones in the NFS franchise. The story, the physics, the lighting, the races, the AI, EVERYTHING is terrible!

0.0013/1,000 (Bad)
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
9.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 24
You know what's b*llsh*t? That's b*llsh*t.

Graphics just raрing your eyes. It looks terrible on max settings, like really terrible. And this f*cking color orange is everywhere!
Control f*cks your mind really hard, even Micromachines got more realistic car physics.
Cops are just pathetic civies with sirens.
Other racers are just pathetic civies.
The story, meh, who cares, it's Need for Speed.
SUDDENLY, soundtrack is good, really nice for this kind of games.

But anyway, that's b*llsh*t.
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4 of 7 people (57%) found this review helpful
9.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 16, 2014
Terrible game mechanics, it runs jerky as crap with a system well beyond its recommended settings. It's slightly less jerky than the PS3 version.

If there is any version worth checking out of NFS: Undercover it is the Sony PlayStation Portable (PSP). Its by far the best iteration to play and still not saying much.

I'm a huge fan of the early series but rather dissapointed in these later releases starting with anything after the first Most Wanted Black version. Have yet to play the Shift series with is supposed to be more simulation like.
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
59.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 20, 2014
Can't believe its only been 60 hours! Felt like so much longer in a very satisfying way! (played through a couple of times) I love driving and listening to the sounds the sports cars make! I also like using Nitros in my turns rather than my breaks or e-breaks, so much better than other games!
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3 of 6 people (50%) found this review helpful
4.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 23, 2014
this game is a little outdated graphics wise but its a good game
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137 of 155 people (88%) found this review helpful
10.7 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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41 of 55 people (75%) found this review helpful
19.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 26, 2013
Not too intense or sensitiive like some other titles you may have played which can make a game seem impossible to finish. Need for Speed Underground hooked me from the start. If it wasn't the "pretty ladies" then it had to of been the vastly customizable cars, or the seemless roads. Never finding oneself caught on a corner throwing off the the entire race. I would have paid full price for this game.
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26 of 31 people (84%) found this review helpful
32.6 hrs on record
Posted: January 7, 2014
I personally enjoyed all that Need for Speed hasto offer over the many years, but this one is one of my all time loves next to of course the Most Wanted-NfS. You are a cop undercover and must be bad to get trusted and so on, but you dont do no boring bad guy stalking stuff, all you really have to do is simply race and run from cops, the game's campain will indeed follow you on its own. Only single downside i didnt like was that there was no acheivments, other then that its near perfect.
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