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Generally favorable reviews- based on 38 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 allCustomize 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
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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. 80
    Features the same aesthetic and attitude as its renowned predecessors but lacks some of their soul. On the plus side, the game is a heck of a lot better suited to mobile gaming.
  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. Weekly Famitsu
    70
    7 / 7 / 7 / 7 - 28 [Vol. 846]
  6. The simple tracks and handling might not be all that far removed from NFSU 2, but it's still a game that seems better suited to PSP. If you're after more than the pure thrill of breakneck speed, get this over "Ridge Racer." [PSW]
  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: 15 out of 18
  2. Negative: 0 out of 18
  1. JeffreyL.
    Oct 6, 2005
    10
    i love the customization, the overall underground feel, would be nice with storyline.
  2. AlexM.
    Apr 20, 2005
    10
    Very good game. you never get bored of it, it actualy makes you want to beet it. you cant beat that evolution baby.
  3. [Anonymous]
    Mar 4, 2005
    10
    Impressive graphics, great speed sensation, all the thrills of the full version on PSP!
  4. BobJ.
    Aug 3, 2005
    10
    Best game so far so fun u can play it over and over again sick game i would recomend it to anyone who likes racers.
  5. ChadworthK.
    Apr 5, 2005
    9
    Much better than Ridge Racer.
  6. jokop.
    Aug 27, 2005
    9
    GOOD!!!
  7. Wongit
    Mar 27, 2005
    5
    Worst game i bought for psp, i got 3, twisted metal, spiderman and this sh.t. Stupid game. its just not fun. i love the need for speed gamesWorst game i bought for psp, i got 3, twisted metal, spiderman and this sh.t. Stupid game. its just not fun. i love the need for speed games on the consoles by the way. Expand

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#17 Most Discussed PSP Game of 2005
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#19 Most Shared PSP Game of 2005