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  • Summary: Need for Speed Undercover has players racing through speedways, dodging cops and chasing rivals as they go deep undercover to take down an International crime syndicate. The game heralds the return of high-intensity police chases and introduces the all-new 'Heroic Driving Engine' -- a uniqueNeed for Speed Undercover has players racing through speedways, dodging cops and chasing rivals as they go deep undercover to take down an International crime syndicate. The game heralds the return of high-intensity police chases and introduces the all-new 'Heroic Driving Engine' -- a unique technology that generates incredible high-performance moves at 180 miles per hour during breathtaking highway battles. A mix of computer graphics and live-action movies immerses gamers in the rich world of the Tri-City Bay Area. The city’s open-world environment features over 80 miles of roads, including an enormous highway system that sets the stage for highway battles. These high-speed, high-stake chase sequences push players to the limit as they fight off cops and opponents while whipping through traffic at 180 miles per hour. An intelligent new A.I. mechanic delivers a realistic and high-energy action driving experience. Going back to the franchise’s roots, Need for Speed Undercover features more aggressive and intelligent cops whose sole purpose is to take down the player quickly and by any means necessary. Need for Speed Undercover also features the series' signature car customization, real-world damage and realistic driving physics. The game includes some of the hottest licensed cars such as the Audi R8, BMW M6 and Lexus IS-F. [Electronic Arts] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 40
  2. Negative: 5 out of 40
  1. My frustrations with the franchise and its never ending framerate troubles are getting on my last nerves...[yet at] the end of the day, and I still enjoyed Need for Speed: Undercover, as will fans of Most Wanted.
  2. 71
    It’s an entry-level arcade racer, with a range of fast and destructive events plus an open-world theme and a host of licensed vehicles. Need For Speed Undercover is fun and tailored to suit all tastes.
  3. With the superior "Burnout Paradise" still making the rounds, Undercover won't rev everyone's engine. If you liked Most Wanted or the Hot Pursuit games, however, you'll want to climb behind this wheel.
  4. 65
    The cities are bland and generally uninteresting, but the cars look good and they handle well. That's normally half the battle. If you haven't played a NFS title in the past four years or so, Undercover might be a good place to get back on board.
  5. From a technological perspective, Undercover is a humiliating installment in the Need for Speed-series. The frame rate stutters, the open world is dead, and the story is laughable. Even then, Undercover offers some of the same over-the-top racing fun we have gotten used to, and the game will surely get your adrenaline pumping when getting behind the wheel of some of the hottest cars in the world.
  6. 50
    It's clear that the Need For Speed series is in need of a GPS unit so it can get back on track.
  7. Unfinished, underdeveloped racing efforts like Need for Speed: Undercover leave the acrid taste of stale engine oil and greasy do-rags in my mouth. Luckily, it’s nothing that a little time spent with Grid or PGR4 can’t wash away. Undercover attempts to return the series to its former glory, but it’s obviously lost that loving feeling.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 14
  2. Negative: 7 out of 14
  1. Jan 14, 2011
    10
    This game is quite old but i still play it sometimes but once i used be addicted to it. what i love about it is the selection of cars on itThis game is quite old but i still play it sometimes but once i used be addicted to it. what i love about it is the selection of cars on it especially the Bugatti Veyron and other sport cars and the muscle cars the graphics needed improvement the controls of it was ok but they could be a better a bit better. I just hope there will be more of the nfs series they are really good but need to improve on the graphics. Expand
  2. Jeremy
    Dec 30, 2008
    8
    This game was awesome just loading it up. It had great graphics and effects, and setting up the plot with a police chase was cool. My only This game was awesome just loading it up. It had great graphics and effects, and setting up the plot with a police chase was cool. My only problem with it was the twitchy camera at intense parts of the gameplay. But besides that this is game I could see myself playing it in the next year or so. The best new feature this year is the driving engine. In Most Wanted and Carbon, accelerating your car from a low speed felt like scraping a shovel across concrete. With undercover, they fixed that and made the physics so much better that it actually feels like your driving in a car chase thriller movie like Transporter or the Fast and the Furious. Burnout Paradise is a great game too... for car crashes, and Midnight Club: LA is great... for fast paced races, but Undercover has that feeling that your actually driving a high-powered beast and not some crazily over-exagerated space ship on wheels. Overall , Undercover is a great reminder of what a good racing game should be. Undercover has more driving passion. Expand
  3. Sep 6, 2010
    8
    Need for Speed: Undercover is a nice racing game. It isn't the best in the NFS series but it isn't the worst. The plot is interesting becauseNeed for Speed: Undercover is a nice racing game. It isn't the best in the NFS series but it isn't the worst. The plot is interesting because rather play as a wannabe street racer, but (as the video game title suggests) as a cop. There is a nice selection of cars such as the mighty Bugatti Veyron and a nice selection of challenges such as police pursuits and bringing certain cars to your hideout for money. The graphics are nice and the car models look lovely but the game can feel too easy at times and the game feels like it was rushed in development. Some textures can take longer to load that it can slow the game down and some pop in occurs as well in the game. The gameplay is however, good. Resembles the likes of past NFS titles like Most Wanted and Carbon. Need for Speed: Undercover isn't as bad as everyone say's it is. It's a nice NFS for any NFS fan. Expand
  4. Nov 6, 2010
    4
    Simply put, NFS Undercover is a broken game, the game was supposed to be an open world racer, yet you choose race events from menus. There areSimply put, NFS Undercover is a broken game, the game was supposed to be an open world racer, yet you choose race events from menus. There are a host of visual and technical problems and the hollywood flavour is awful and absolutely nonsensical to the gameplay. To sum this up, this is perhaps the worst racer I've played on PS3 yet. Collapse
  5. timmeho
    Mar 13, 2009
    3
    I'm so happy i rented this game, i played for 20 minutes, the frame rate was that bad it gave me a headache the cars looked shit drove I'm so happy i rented this game, i played for 20 minutes, the frame rate was that bad it gave me a headache the cars looked shit drove like shit, the city also looked shit i almost thought it was the ps2 version the graphics where that bad. i honestly cant understand how they can release this game with such a poor frame rate, The game play and story also where no better i would not even recomend renting. i didn't have time to "give the game a chance" because i have so many other much better games need for speed has gone down hill since nfs: most wanted, which despite some graphical flaws was quiet fun, nfs carbon was a disaster nfs pro street was different but got boring very quick and now nfs undercover, thats strike three no more nfs games for me. Expand
  6. Sep 3, 2010
    3
    This is the only game in my collection that I did not finish due to bugs in the software. The game itself is not that bad at all, it is atThis is the only game in my collection that I did not finish due to bugs in the software. The game itself is not that bad at all, it is at times rather enjoyable. But the rather enjoyable is overshadowed by the many many bugs and gameflaws. The things that occur frequently: * Wen returning from menu to game the game crashes and the console has to be restarted
    * every minute or so the frame rate drops and it "hangs" for a second. Very convenient while stearing at high speed.
    * Halfway a song the music suddenly stops for a few seconds and continues * NPC cars drive through barriers and buildings
    * You drive suddenly into a void of nothingness, the car starts to blink and it returns you to someplace on the track ... Do NOT touch this if you are looking for a serious game.
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  7. Jan 20, 2014
    0
    I bought this game when it's came out and it sucks! worst control, unstability cam! and too much bugs! this is worst series! even than TheI bought this game when it's came out and it sucks! worst control, unstability cam! and too much bugs! this is worst series! even than The run! it's **** WORTHLESS! don't even take this game if it is free! donnot! you have been warned! Expand

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