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Generally favorable reviews- based on 34 Ratings

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  • Summary: Customize and take on the pinnacle Japanese & American tuner cars in a pursuit of total ownership of the street racing scene. A uniquely designed racing game based on the legacy of the hugely successful Underground series. All New Tracks & Environments – Compete against your rivals in 10 all new & visually distinct tracks. Each one has been specially designed to maximize the experience on the handheld platform. Japanese Customs vs. American Muscle Cars – Customize and compete against a host of high performance tuner cars from Japan and America. Take on these rivals and find out who's best. Head-to-Head Rivalry – Take on friends and foes in a range of new modes specifically designed for use via Wi-Fi. It’s multiplayer gaming in which you earn respect and own the competition. New Ways to Go Underground – Brand new game modes that capitalize on the cutting-edge hardware features of the PSP handheld videogame system and deliver a highly competitive game play experience. [Electronic Arts] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 36
  2. Negative: 1 out of 36
  1. The racing here is just flat-out fun, with growling engines, jumps and shortcuts that allow you to smash through fences. But there are thoughtful additions, including Party Play.
  2. After all of gaming sessions with NFSU Rivals, I always found myself going back to "Ridge Racers." Rivals’ controls could use a little bit of work along with how the cars look.
  3. As complete a package as one could hope for. [May 2005, p.132]
  4. The unreliable framerate, quirky controls and “rigged” A.I. certainly detract from what this game could have been, but I have to admit I did have a lot of fun.
  5. 7 / 7 / 7 / 7 - 28 [Vol. 846]
  6. It's a good game, but its depth just won't appeal to everyone. [May 2005, p.108]
  7. 40
    It just fails to reach the bar set by the best racers on the system, not to mention it doesn't come close to enjoying the level of polish or fun present in the console iterations of Underground.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 18
  2. Negative: 0 out of 18
  1. Oct 7, 2013
    9
    A great game for street racing type games! Has lots of customization, cars (mostly tuners and a couple of muscle cars), and overall a fun game to have. Expand
  2. Oct 1, 2012
    8
    I will not rate this game as high as the other users. Though, it is a great game with great graphics, nice controls and diversity with its features....... Expand

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