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 (60 reviews) - 65% of the 60 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
Mostly Positive (1,576 reviews) - 70% of the 1,576 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Nov 18, 2008

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About This Game

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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Mixed (60 reviews)
Mostly Positive (1,576 reviews)
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( 9.0 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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( 1.0 hrs on record )
Posted: June 27
Oh boy oh boy EA, what a bloody mess you've made...

They've taken NFSMW'05 (the good one, obviously) stripped away the decent storyline, taken away the graphics and just deleted the physics and slapped on the title of a game...

HIstory should've told you succes is found with good games, not these piles of ♥♥♥♥♥...
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( 8.6 hrs on record )
Posted: June 26
Best need for speed ever!!!
Awsome car tuning and upraging
I love it!!!!!!
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( 4.2 hrs on record )
Posted: June 25
I really thought i'd like this game, since it came after prostreet, but i was more than wrong. The police are WAY too over-powered, and i can't steer for sh*t. I would like a refund please.
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( 3.1 hrs on record )
Posted: June 25
Let me get the elephant out of the room first, this game is what I would consider a "REBOOT." When a franchise is stale, it tries to relive the successes of yester-year (EX. Most Wanted (2005)) and sometimes it works, unfortunately for Undercover, the sales at launch say it was too late. Carbon had at least a 7 million unit sales DECREASE! Then ProStreet lost another 4 million unit sales at launch! Before you click away, this is NOT the same as bad, just for Undercover, it was a day late and a dollar short.


The game tries to mesh ProStreet's engine, with Most Wanted's narrative format. This was an... INTERESTING result. We got control that was MILES better than ProStreet's, but still wasn't as great as Most Wanted (2005)'s. There are new modes such as highway battles and outruns. These do add some variety, but don't really feel, (to me), warranted. The car selection is the best of the series. We got your typical street cars like your RX-8's and Camaro's, but then you got LFA's and Pagani's, holy ****,. that is awesome!


This is to me, the game's key strength. The shaders look real, and the textures look superb. The car modeling and damage are so fun to see your hood fly right off your car and fly away to no man's land.


Eww, I know most people bash on this, but to me this seems like a sign of how the times can change over the course of 4-8 years. Where'd did the good jams go?


Yes, this game has some issues, plenty. But most are not game breaking and this game gets too much hate despite no one knowing how tight this game's development was. EA Black Box/EA Canada was split in 2007. one team made ProStreet, the other made Undercover. Knowing what they accomplsihed with only half the team makes me want to give this game 4.5 stars, but I can't. It tries to be Most Wanted 2.0, but fails in terms of gameplay design and music choices. I can only give this a 5/10, which is not a bad score, in fact, five is a middle ground. It's the most subjective score I can give it.

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( 0.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 25
1st car, stock Nissan 240sx, can do a 90° tight corner at 140kmh...
That tells you a lot about the physics...
No comment...
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( 11.1 hrs on record )
Posted: June 25
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( 1.8 hrs on record )
Posted: June 23
It's more fun than I had on the ps3 years and years back... but it's not that good actually. I seem to have really bad lag for no reason. I'll run Driver San Fransisco on High res, high quality without ANY lag and this is just wow horrible for no reason. It looks like crap and it runs like crap. But... it's still fun. That's why I'm still recommending it, buy it on sale, couple of bucks, why not? But what I don't get is why the worst NFS's are on Steam? Where's Most Wanted, Underground 2, etc. I mean this one is alright but it doesn't look or feel anything like the better ones. It's still fun though.
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( 4.6 hrs on record )
Posted: June 23
Very good graphics and gameplay, Also controller support works very nice!
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
32 of 34 people (94%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
63.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 1
Think of this game as the younger, try-hard brother of NFS: Most Wanted (2005).

It's like MW, but this time...
- Cops don't go airborne when you hit a roadblock
- It has oversteer and understeer. And everywhere-steer.
- The heat system no longer makes sense
- Crashing into traffic still counts as a "near miss" (lol)
- You can't get cars out of impound
- It's got bad music
- Physics are somewhat buggy when you do manage to get airborne
- Multiplayer servers are completely shut down

... however...
+ Feels like it's directed by Michael Bay
+ Cool graphics!
+ Visible damage
+ Well-paced story
+ Not just racing; attempt to "take down" (bust) racer criminals
+ Extensive list of "modern" cars (more or less)
+ Minimal menu-stuffing-around

Cool game you can knock off in a short amount of time. Doesn't quite retain the feel of the edgy Most Wanted vibe, but it has its replay value. 7/10
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8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 8
Not the best NFS game, still a good one
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
9.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 5
This game is good but i just got in a pursut for apparently speeding at 20 - 30 mph on a 30mph limit?!
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
5.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 10
I wish there was a "Maybe" option when it comes to recommending games, because it would be very useful right now.

Short Version:
If you've played Most Wanted (the 2005 one, not the utterly ♥♥♥♥ remake) like me; you'll probably not enjoy this game that much.

If you haven't played MW; You'll most likely enjoy the game.

More In-Depth:

Story: Honestly, not really gonna care about story, since this a NFS game. Nobody has really cared about the story in racing games. So let's just skip to the most important part.

Gameplay: Basically, this where the comparisons to MW come from. The controls are nice to drive, even with a keyboard, but compared to MW, it feels wonky almost. Especially the Speedbreaker, in MW, SB is very smooth when used and glides in and out. In UC though, it feels like the whole game just stops instantly with no flow. One thing this game DOES have over MW is the drifting. Drifting feels very fluid and nice to pull off. When it comes to speed, you feel fast, but, of course, compared to MW, it feels sluggish.

UI: Ok, this is the first complaint with the game that isn't because of MW. The UI with a keyboard is just an ♥♥♥ to use. It feels very awkward and frustrating to try and flick through the menus.

Cars: Another(and probably the last) thing UC has over MW is the cars. UC comes with an assload of cars with this kind of racing game. Ranging from muscle cars to exotics to tuners, this game has almost it all.

Again I'll say it once and I'll say it again, If you've played MW, stay away, if not, go ahead, it's only $10.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
32.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 11
This is a good arcade game.

Unfortunately it's also very easy to beat.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
4.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 25
I really thought i'd like this game, since it came after prostreet, but i was more than wrong. The police are WAY too over-powered, and i can't steer for sh*t. I would like a refund please.
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6 of 11 people (55%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
2.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 1
Steam version is unpatched. Buy on origin instead.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
4.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 23
Very good graphics and gameplay, Also controller support works very nice!
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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
122 of 128 people (95%) found this review helpful
18 people found this review funny
12.3 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:

+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

-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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