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Generally favorable reviews- based on 64 Ratings

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  • Summary: Enter the world of urban street racing with the latest title in the hit Need for Speed series: Need for Speed Underground. Take on today's most popular tuner cars from Mitsubishi Motors, Subaru, Toyota and many more, earning cash for car mods. Test your skills against the computer orEnter the world of urban street racing with the latest title in the hit Need for Speed series: Need for Speed Underground. Take on today's most popular tuner cars from Mitsubishi Motors, Subaru, Toyota and many more, earning cash for car mods. Test your skills against the computer or online against up to 4 players. But creating a custom street racing machine will not get you to the top; it takes a certain amount of attitude and razor sharp driving skills to compete in the tough world of urban racing. Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 24
  2. Negative: 0 out of 24
  1. An awesome and unique racing game with truly blazzing speed.
  2. 90
    One main feature that clearly separates Underground from other street racers is its visual presentation. The nighttime glow in the metropolis does take some time to get used to, but the evening air quickly adds to the stunning scenery and detailed avenues as you travel at high RPMs.
  3. Combining the reckless, breakneck speed and high-impact collisions of "Burnout" with the neon-tipped street culture of Fast and the Furious (and, more specifically, "Midnight Club II"), Underground is the new definition of white-knuckle.
  4. While I can’t rank this title above my sentimental arcade racing favorite, "Burnout 2," I can tell you that this game is excellent and next year’s version will be the one to buy.
  5. 84
    If you’ve played a NFS title before and you’ve enjoyed it, you should take a good look at Underground because it gives you almost total control over the way your car looks and acts.
  6. AceGamez
    80
    What it lacks in innovation it makes up for with a level of fun not seen in the majority of cloned track racers of recent times - and those Nitros are just too cool.
  7. games(TM)
    50
    Boy racers will love Underground's edgy urban chic, otherwise you should stick with the less fashionable but ultimately more enjoyable "Burnout 2." [Christmas 2003, p.125]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 28 out of 31
  2. Negative: 2 out of 31
  1. PopoZ.
    Nov 16, 2003
    10
    Awesome.
  2. TomP.
    Nov 7, 2003
    10
    Excellent, inspiring game will be a classic for years to come.
  3. UG111AGA
    Oct 13, 2004
    10
    This game is the best.
  4. [Anonymous]
    Nov 19, 2003
    10
    I have played all of yjr need for speed versions and this is the best one yet I want it so bad I been today to just about every store but I have played all of yjr need for speed versions and this is the best one yet I want it so bad I been today to just about every store but they don't have it? the game was "supposed" to be in stores today? what the heck is going on I want it I want it I want it! Expand
  5. BrianR.
    Dec 22, 2003
    10
    This game is excellent beats all the other racing games i ever played. i hope there is a second version.
  6. MichaelS.
    Feb 24, 2004
    10
    Me and my friends never really wasted as much time on a video game as we did with Underground. i would say the game creators finally found aMe and my friends never really wasted as much time on a video game as we did with Underground. i would say the game creators finally found a good plot for a racing game..and i am proud to own it. ill beat anyone in drag too. Expand
  7. Feb 24, 2020
    3
    Game has little to do with racing and is essentially just a traffic dodging simulator. The traffic spawns randomly and shows up repetitivelyGame has little to do with racing and is essentially just a traffic dodging simulator. The traffic spawns randomly and shows up repetitively around every corner, making fun actual racing impossible. You'll be restarting constantly due to no fault of your own, but rather because you got unlucky RNG. This is compounded by the Gamecube version having awful resolution that quickly becomes muddy, making it hard to see where you're going until it's way too late.

    This game is a test of patience and a **** excuse for a racing game. Steer well clear if at all possible.
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Awards & Rankings

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#14 Most Discussed GameCube Game of 2003
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#30 Most Shared GameCube Game of 2003