Metascore
54

Mixed or average reviews - based on 12 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 12
  2. Negative: 3 out of 12
  1. Adventure or racing? Definitely racing! The cut scenes are not suspenseful enough for an adventure. But I like Tri-City with its varied missions and the intuitive controls. Unfortunately the game sometimes drops to a low frame rate.
  2. Undercover doesn’t break any barriers or bring anything new to the table, but there is no denying that it’s just downright fun.
  3. Need for Speed Undercover lacks challenge, struggles technically, and practically requires sunglasses to play. The framework for a stronger game is present, but the final product simply doesn't come close to competing with games like "Midnight Club: LA" or "Burnout Paradise."
  4. The racing itself is arcadey fun--though it can get annoyingly repetitive, especially when you spend a long time trying to evade the cops. [Holiday 2008, p.87]
  5. Need for Speed Undercover is one of the biggest bluffs of this final quarter of 2008. Far from catching the spirit of Most Wanted, the game of Black Box fails in its proposal because of an excessively easy campaign and because of its "shock-car" style driving.
  6. The whole game is ugly, glitchy and stale, but it's not an interesting sort of "bad" that makes you want to scream.
  7. As innovative as a zero-effort PS2 conversion that makes no use of the Wii's features. [Jan 2009, p.60]
  8. Really rough. [Jan 2009, p.70]
  9. Need For Speed Undercover on the Wii is unexciting and full to the rim with bugs and lazy programming. After looking at the box art, a player would expect a thrill packed, high-speed buzz. Instead, they are met with a flawed game with little to prove that it is an adrenaline-pumping title. It is both a waste of time and money to play this game.
  10. 48
    Not a good game by any stretch of the definition. It has numerous technical problems, including cars that don't appear until you get close to them and a poor enough overall visual quality that it can be hard to make out the track. The open world setting is misused as many races are closed off, and the driving mechanics on the whole are uninspired.
  11. As racing games go, Need for Speed Undercover is a weak offering. The Wii controls offer nothing particularly interesting (though it's worth noting that the game is compatible with the Wii wheel accessory and Logitech Speed Force Wheel) and even four-player multiplayer does little to relieve the game's significant problems.
  12. This is just shameful. A missed opportunity let down by sloppy, lazy programming. [Jan 2009, p.90]
User Score
6.2

Mixed or average reviews- based on 29 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 9
  2. Negative: 1 out of 9
  1. Apr 3, 2015
    8
    Despite what some might say this is a really fun sim, one of the best racing on Wii in my opinion, nicely designed tracks a good selection ofDespite what some might say this is a really fun sim, one of the best racing on Wii in my opinion, nicely designed tracks a good selection of cars and the mechanics of the game work pretty well. sure career mode might not be as expansive as the ps3 or xb 360 but it still provides plenty of fun. multi player mode works really well too. the controls work nicely allowing you to not be limited to using the motion sensitivity of the remote, but allowing use of the joystick for a more traditional feel, that being said it can still make playing the game a little awkward at times, especially when your under pressure, but thats the fault of the wii remote's design not the game itself, all in all i recommend it as one of the better racing sims on wii. Full Review »
  2. Jan 14, 2012
    7
    The game is good, but not perfect. The game has good graphics; but not very good because while you're driving around in the game, cars andThe game is good, but not perfect. The game has good graphics; but not very good because while you're driving around in the game, cars and trucks pop-out from a short distance. This makes it difficult cause you could get hit by those cars. Career mode in this game is very short; but the cutscenes are epic. The cutscenes shows actors and alot of things happening like your watching a movie. These cutscenes really get you to play this game even more. The sound in this game is great; but in cutscenes the sound does get a little fuzzy. Challenge Series is fun, but like career mode, it's very short. Graphics: 7.2 Sound: 7.8 Design: 8.0 Length: 6.0 Gameplay: 8.1 Multiplayer: 8.3 Overall: 7.7 Full Review »
  3. JohnSmith
    Dec 26, 2009
    2
    The game is very,very, very short, it took me 4 hours to complete the game on the expert setting. The be a cop mode in career is a complete The game is very,very, very short, it took me 4 hours to complete the game on the expert setting. The be a cop mode in career is a complete failure, the cars you're chasing barely move. The cars are unrealistic; my Porsche can go 400+. In the multi-player mode you can't see ahead of you very far if you are playing with 3 or 4 players. The game is way overpriced considering all the facts above. The only thing that I thought was successful was the drifting aspect. The game has plenty of glitches like the one where you go into a wall and suddenly you're going at 1857 KPH. That's just plain stupid. A game should be thought through wisely and tested before being released to the public. Once you've finished the game there's not much you can really do except drive around the really small map and get into a cop chase that lasts about 1 minute. I don't recommend purchasing this game. Full Review »