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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
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  2. Negative: 2 out of 7
  1. 57
    Watering down an already-diluted franchise isn’t going to inspire loyal fans of the series. Weak handling, dumb opponents and basic structure combine to make a very forgettable Need For Speed installment.
  2. 55
    There's nothing exciting or notable about Need for Speed Undercover on the PSP whatsoever. The formula is essentially that of an old list-based racer with zero substance or style, faulty controls and piss-poor AI. There's no draw here whatsoever.
  3. The engine sounds are good and the music is even better, but due to the lack of voiceovers and ambient music, the game is filled with lots of uncomfortable dead air.
  4. Quite possibly one of the weakest entries in the Need for Speed franchise, Undercover for the PSP is an unexciting racing game with very little to offer longtime fans of the series.
  5. Barge-like handing and joyless backgrounds. Pass. [Jan 2009, p.104]
  6. There are a wealth of better options available - pick up "Burnout" or "Wipeout Pure", instead. [Issue#174, p.83]
  7. The worst PSP version of Need for Speed to date, Need for Speed Undercover feels like a muddled attempt to revive the spirit of past glories.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 6
  2. Negative: 4 out of 6
  1. MiguelM.
    Nov 22, 2008
    7
    Seems that this new NFS doesnt exactly break any new grounds , this pretty much is another Most Wanted, but that doesnt mean that the game is Seems that this new NFS doesnt exactly break any new grounds , this pretty much is another Most Wanted, but that doesnt mean that the game is bad, the game is very enjoyable despite its flaws. One of the problems conscrening this game is the fact that there seems to be a frame-rate problem. About every 3 seconds the game seems to drop down from 30frps to around 20frps, its pretty annoying at first but you'll get use to it, so in this game you wont actually get the same smooth gameplay like you did in most wanted or carbon. Another issue is that the Opponents A.I. dont seem to be improved. they do avoid you and go around you, thats normal, but they dont see the traffic they dont even change directions when a oncoming car is approaching them. but one of the features thats very fun is the cops, they are a bit smarter then most wanted, but there still a bit off, also they do seem to avoid traffic. One of the things i love about Undercover is the fact that you can race 5 other opponents and have cops on, the max number of cops is 3, so it feels like your racing 8 other people, it adds alot of thrill to the game. but sadly undercover is still the "same old same old" they still ported some cars from previous games, and sounds as well. But the game is pretty great despite its issues. As an NFS fan that has been playin NFS since hot pursuit (psx), i have to say that this will be a fun game for those have been around the NFS scene for a while, but it may not be so great for new comers. Overall its pretty great, and thats why i give it a 7 out of 10. Expand
  2. Oct 7, 2011
    5
    Now this counts for the PSP version okay? I'm not sure if the non-portable is not good, but here's what I thought of it. BAD. It's reallyNow this counts for the PSP version okay? I'm not sure if the non-portable is not good, but here's what I thought of it. BAD. It's really slow, graphics suck, (though it is PSP, it's even worse) awful handling, etc. It's not nearly as good as the other NFS games. But it is ok and at least it kills time, that's what portable game are for. Expand
  3. BogdanS
    Nov 22, 2008
    3
    This game is SLOW. Forget the crappy visuals (Carbon looks better, LA Remix looks miles ahead), stupid AI (opponent cars crash into incoming This game is SLOW. Forget the crappy visuals (Carbon looks better, LA Remix looks miles ahead), stupid AI (opponent cars crash into incoming traffic even while cruising at 60 km/h and with plenty space for maneuvering) and awful handling (only pinching the hand break will throw you car of course and the break decreases your turning abilities instead of, you know, increasing them). But it's biggest flaw is that it's slow. The very fist race pits you in a modified GT40 escaping some cops on a Golden Gate-like bridge. And while the speedometer goes as high as 350 km/h (yes, three hundred and fifty) you could swear your doing only about 120 km/h. There's simply no speed in this game, which is a shame for a series built on the desire for speed. Rated 3 because it still looks better than everything on the DS, even though it's crappy by PSP standards. Expand
  4. ZackW.
    Dec 1, 2008
    2
    This game on PSP is suck a lousy piece of crap! especially compaired to midnight club LA remix which i just completed. Other then Maggie Q, This game on PSP is suck a lousy piece of crap! especially compaired to midnight club LA remix which i just completed. Other then Maggie Q, there is absolutely nothing worth me spending another minute driving those cardboard pieces of crap across ugly empty roads. I m so going back to my mifnight club man! Expand
  5. DaveL.
    Nov 28, 2008
    2
    This is a game that makes me think 'Why bother' It has got to be one of it not the worst racer on the psp, its slow, and i mean This is a game that makes me think 'Why bother' It has got to be one of it not the worst racer on the psp, its slow, and i mean really slow. The graphics are well below par blocky and just , well rubbish really..The controls are horrible, and there is absolutly nothing to make you want to place this game more than 3 times tops.. If you want to play a racer on the psp then stay well clear of this and go for Midnight Club L A Remix instead, trust me when i say its everything this game is not. Expand
  6. MaxW.
    Jan 4, 2009
    0
    Horrible. NFS Carbon was the last playable game in this series, and you'd think that after the failure of the last NFS Horrible. NFS Carbon was the last playable game in this series, and you'd think that after the failure of the last NFS Whatever-it-was-called-because-it-wasn't-worth-remembering that they'd seek redemption. Instead they continued down the wrong path with Undercover, a mess of a game with speeds that evoke 8-bit memories along with graphics not too far from that mark either. Expand