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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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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 40
  2. Negative: 5 out of 40
  1. My frustrations with the franchise and its never ending framerate troubles are getting on my last nerves...[yet at] the end of the day, and I still enjoyed Need for Speed: Undercover, as will fans of Most Wanted.
  2. 71
    It’s an entry-level arcade racer, with a range of fast and destructive events plus an open-world theme and a host of licensed vehicles. Need For Speed Undercover is fun and tailored to suit all tastes.
  3. With the superior "Burnout Paradise" still making the rounds, Undercover won't rev everyone's engine. If you liked Most Wanted or the Hot Pursuit games, however, you'll want to climb behind this wheel.
  4. 65
    The cities are bland and generally uninteresting, but the cars look good and they handle well. That's normally half the battle. If you haven't played a NFS title in the past four years or so, Undercover might be a good place to get back on board.
  5. From a technological perspective, Undercover is a humiliating installment in the Need for Speed-series. The frame rate stutters, the open world is dead, and the story is laughable. Even then, Undercover offers some of the same over-the-top racing fun we have gotten used to, and the game will surely get your adrenaline pumping when getting behind the wheel of some of the hottest cars in the world.
  6. 50
    It's clear that the Need For Speed series is in need of a GPS unit so it can get back on track.
  7. Unfinished, underdeveloped racing efforts like Need for Speed: Undercover leave the acrid taste of stale engine oil and greasy do-rags in my mouth. Luckily, it’s nothing that a little time spent with Grid or PGR4 can’t wash away. Undercover attempts to return the series to its former glory, but it’s obviously lost that loving feeling.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 40
  2. Negative: 27 out of 40
  1. Jan 14, 2011
    10
    This game is quite old but i still play it sometimes but once i used be addicted to it. what i love about it is the selection of cars on itThis game is quite old but i still play it sometimes but once i used be addicted to it. what i love about it is the selection of cars on it especially the Bugatti Veyron and other sport cars and the muscle cars the graphics needed improvement the controls of it was ok but they could be a better a bit better. I just hope there will be more of the nfs series they are really good but need to improve on the graphics. Expand
  2. Aug 20, 2021
    7
    The first and only part of NFS for me, cool chases, a vibrant city, and tons of customization
  3. Aug 28, 2021
    6
    The car turns too sharp, the graphics are bad, the story is too ambitious, but the police pursuit is okay, can still enjoy even a little
  4. Oct 7, 2022
    0
    Unfinished, underdeveloped racing efforts like Need for Speed: Undercover leave the acrid taste of stale engine oil and greasy do-rags in myUnfinished, underdeveloped racing efforts like Need for Speed: Undercover leave the acrid taste of stale engine oil and greasy do-rags in my mouth. Luckily, it’s nothing that a little time spent with Grid or PGR4 can’t wash away. Undercover attempts to return the series to its former glory, but it’s obviously lost that loving feeling. Expand
  5. Sep 30, 2022
    0
    I bought this game when it's came out and it sucks! worst control, unstability cam! and too much bugs! this is worst series! even than TheI bought this game when it's came out and it sucks! worst control, unstability cam! and too much bugs! this is worst series! even than The run! it's **** WORTHLESS! don't even take this game if it is free! donnot! you have been warned! Expand
  6. Sep 30, 2022
    0
    Unfinished, underdeveloped racing efforts like Need for Speed: Undercover leave the acrid taste of stale engine oil and greasy do-rags in myUnfinished, underdeveloped racing efforts like Need for Speed: Undercover leave the acrid taste of stale engine oil and greasy do-rags in my mouth. Luckily, it’s nothing that a little time spent with Grid or PGR4 can’t wash away. Undercover attempts to return the series to its former glory, but it’s obviously lost that loving feeling Expand
  7. Feb 16, 2019
    0
    The worst NFS i have played to date.
    The PS3 clearly cannot cope well with this game, be it bad development or simply underpowered hardware,
    The worst NFS i have played to date.
    The PS3 clearly cannot cope well with this game, be it bad development or simply underpowered hardware, it runs like utter trash on PS3.

    Frame rate problems, parts of the city not even loaded in or rendered, for the game to simply pause and load assets in destroying immersion.
    Car handling is terrible, car sounds are mediocre, music is meh.
    Story is cheap and tacky. Police AI is far too easy.

    Crap game.
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