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.
User reviews: Mostly Positive (612 reviews)
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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27 of 31 people (87%) found this review helpful
15.9 hrs on record
Posted: July 31
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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11 of 12 people (92%) found this review helpful
30.7 hrs on record
Posted: August 26
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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13 of 17 people (76%) found this review helpful
9.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 22
this is still one of my all time favorite racing games and after turning everything up to High in the graphics it looks SO much better than i remember it from playing on XBox 360.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
19.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 8
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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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
10.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 25
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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8 of 12 people (67%) found this review helpful
170.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 29
This game I played many times over very fun!
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7 of 11 people (64%) found this review helpful
32.5 hrs on record
Posted: September 25
i sux at this
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
59.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 20
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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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
4.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 25
The best NFS for me! And awesome soundtrack
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
12.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 16
Craziest driving with sexiest cars.
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133 of 151 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
6.5 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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25 of 30 people (83%) found this review helpful
32.6 hrs on record
Posted: January 7
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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22 of 28 people (79%) found this review helpful
8.0 hrs on record
Posted: March 1
Need for Speed: Undercover is one of the best NFS games I've played yet. Sure, it's not nearly as good as Most Wanted or Carbon, but this game is still well worth the money. Although the story mode is pretty darn short (5-8 hours long), it's still very fun. Sure, you can bash the sky glitches, render distance, whatever floats your boat, but when you get used to everything, this game controls pretty smoothly, the graphics look pretty nice and the music is wonderful. Get this game for the 10 euros. I can assure you, it's gonna be well worth the money, if you're a racing game fan. 9/10
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42 of 68 people (62%) found this review helpful
17.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 16, 2013
I bought this game for around 5 bucks and after finishing it I'm not completely, but very disappointed so I give this game a thumb down. Main reason for this: This game has NO replayability and you probably won't even bother to finish it. Reasons see below:

First of all: The races and missions are always depending on luck, I guess. Some races / missions are ridiculously easy, some are nearly unbeatable. Sometimes you flee from the police and you're completing the mission in under a minute and the next day you're failing at a similar mission after ten tries. Especially the high way battles (where you have to stay ahead for x seconds or lead at least for x meters) are unfair beyond belief. Sometimes I thought a race against light itself would be easier.

Mission vary from 'Sprint', 'Curcuits', 'Getaways', 'Cop takeouts', 'Causing costs to state' (boring as hell, since you only gain XP, and no money at all) and some missions, where you always have to get away or take out some other drivers.

The "Speed braker" adds a great deal of fun to it. Which brings me to the fact that, when you hit the wall, you will ALWAYS end up being either stuck exactly when not more than 90° to the wall or completely reserved when you try to accelerate / manouver your way out. It After so many hours and races it happened constantly, so I'm sure the makers thought: "Well, the game is already unfair hard, what else can we do to frustrate a gamer? How about your car gets stuck or completely reserved after hitting a wall in a tiny bend?"

And of course, like in every single racing game: ALL other racers are in one place. Meaning when you're at 1st place and you make just a tiny mistake ALL other racers will overtake you and you're last. And believe me, the other racers in the later races are getting REALLY hard and unfair, like hitting your tail and stuff. And guess what? You always have to be 1st, or you won't get any reward. Why didn't they thought of a 2nd or 3rd place, with at least a part of the money to show some appreciation of the time I spent on that race?

I also missed an "Test drive car" - option before purchasing a car. Wasting a fortune for the Bugatti Veyron (which accelerates like a rocket and steeres harder than a tank with a house on top of it (in which lives a blue whale (who ate ten tons of bricks for breakfast))) is kinda disappointing. Oh and don't expect ANY reward for finishing the game, like all cars, bling bling money, a special car, gimmick, anything else etc - you're not getting anything, except closing credits.

The tuning system is easy to use and minimalistic, except where you can buy a paint job. Worst. Interface. Ever, if you use a controller. I even had to use keyboard plus controller to do a paint job. Well done, makers, really.

The game gets harder and harder, but not in a challenging, but an ultra-unfair way which will drive you effin insane (no pun intended). I played half of the game with the first Muscle Car I got via a Pink Slip, until I could afford an Audi Quattro TT. This went good for a while. After I bought the Zonda from Tier 1 I had absolutely NO chance in a race, because I hadn't enough money to buy also both Power and Handling - "Ultimate" packs for my car, which all of the other cars obviously had. Frustrating, because I had to go back to my already maxed out Audi and finish a dozen races under my current league until I could afford the upgrades.

I also tried to cheat because I nearly smashed my controller through my LCD into the wall. Cheats are absolutely, f-word ridiculous. There is a cheat for 10.000 credits. Nice, eh, typing it in a thousand times and go shopping big time, eh? Nope. It's, like all cheats, a disposable cheat, meaning you only can use it ONCE. Like the game itself. Disposable. So in a game where cars cost about 300.000 credits and not to mention tuning and upgrade packages where you could buy a whole city, 10.000 credits as a disposable cheat ain't just quite cutting the deal. Where they drunk when they made those game plus cheats? No, they were obviously thinking about letting another good franchise going down the drain big time.

Oh, and by the way. How can you tell you're playing NFS? After you've reached your maximum speed of ~350km/h, you're gonna be overtaken. By a flying police jeep of two-and-a-half tons. And all other enemies. Speed's just a number, after all, eh?

So the longtime-fun is found somewhere else, this game has absolutely no value left after a few races or about maybe ten hours. I now own the Zonda with all upgrades and the races got too hard. Just a single minor mistake or getting hit by another driver (who drive like they're in effin Carmageddon) and you can restart all over. I mean, I'm not a pro gamer, either I'm bad at it, I just want a racing game to be fun, race now and then a few circuits, have fun. And not be frustrated more and more AFTER I have the best equipment in the game and finished it already.

Further you get stuck later in the game. I finished the game. Now own the Paganini Zonda, a Lamborghini Gallardo, an Audi Quattro TT, a Porsche GT2 and a few pink slips from other cars (which can't be sold, just be removed. Sense, please?). The latter missions will earn you 25.000 to 35.000 Credits and you will spent it all on cars,upgrades, paint jobs and aftermarket (Spoilers etc). But then, after maybe four, five fully upgraded cars there's no races left (only old ones, which will earn you peanuts of 2.000 Credits each or so), but there are still so many cars and upgrades left to try and buy.

So when all the missions and races are won, you're gonna be stuck with your 5 good, maxed out cars. And you will have to start a new game to drive all the other cars. Where are the times, when finishing a racing game unlocked the complete car list? I'm not willing to start five new games just to see, drive and have all cars in the game.

Here are also some other thoughts:

Menues: The menu is well sorted, tidied up and everything is easy to use, even with a controller. Great!

Intros: Couldn't care less about these annoying things and they are not skipable. Cutscenes are skipable, after you've played the mission once.

Graphics: Graphics are not important in a game. NFS:U is acceptable, there are games with better and worse graphics. For me (I own an older pc) they were just fine and, like said, of no importance.

Story: I couldn't care less about a story in a racing game. I mean, what's the big deal? Car, this is player, player, this is your car. Take the controller, hit the buttons, wipe the floor with your enemies and have fun. Early in the game I muted the volume of "Voice" in the menu to 0, because in one mission I had to chase someone and every two seconds a voice said "Catch on" or "Go faster!", like this wasn't the thing I was doing. Good thing after muting: All cut scenes were muted. So I didn't know what the story was all about but from what I saw the story was more boring, mediocre, filled with not B- but C- and D-movie actors.

Overall: For a small price like 5 bucks it's a great, action packed game to play now and then which will serve a few hours of fun until you experience the things I mentioned in my review.
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40 of 65 people (62%) found this review helpful
11.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 25, 2013
Last intersting "Need for Speed". The following parts is trash.
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33 of 53 people (62%) found this review helpful
30.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 3, 2013
This is such a fantastic game, I enjoy it so much, I totally recomend buying this epic game for yourself
:D :P
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
13.8 hrs on record
Posted: January 4
Standard NFS game. If you like this series before, you will like this as well. The stroy is a bit predictable, but it's OK. The game area is pretty big and varied, with a lot of life. I loved the county highway pursuits. Perfect casual racing game.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
16.3 hrs on record
Posted: February 2
Yet another wonderful Need for Speed title, only bad thing to say about the game is there is no online community to race against Dx
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7 of 10 people (70%) found this review helpful
33.6 hrs on record
Posted: March 11
Fun, definitely. You can follow the (admittedly somewhat cheesy) storyline or just drive for fun. The cars handle well, you have to adapt to each one's unique characteristics, and there's a real satisfaction in getting away from a large pack chasing you across the large region.
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