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|Quote= The ''average joe'' of Need for Speed series, but rather poor...
 
|Quote= The ''average joe'' of Need for Speed series, but rather poor...
 
|Genre= Racing
 
|Genre= Racing
|Platforms= Playstation 3<br>Xbox 360<br>PC<br>Playstation 2<br>Nintendo Wii<br>Nintendo DS<br>Mobile (Java)
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|Platforms= PlayStation 3<br>Xbox 360<br>PC<br>PlayStation 2<br>Nintendo Wii<br>Nintendo DS<br>Mobile (Java)
 
|Release Date= November 17, 2008 (US)<br>November 20, 2008 (EU)
 
|Release Date= November 17, 2008 (US)<br>November 20, 2008 (EU)
 
|Developer= EA Black Box<br>Exient Entertainment (PS2, Wii)<br>Firebrand Games (DS)
 
|Developer= EA Black Box<br>Exient Entertainment (PS2, Wii)<br>Firebrand Games (DS)
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==Reception==
 
==Reception==
''Need For Speed: Undercover'' was got mixed reviews. The game has Metacritic score of 65 for the PC, 64 for the Xbox 360 and 59 for Playstation 3 versions. Many fans of the series considered one of the worst ''Need For Speed'' games ever made along with ''Most Wanted (2012)'' and ''2015''.
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''Need For Speed: Undercover'' was got mixed reviews. The game has Metacritic score of 65 for the PC, 64 for the Xbox 360 and 59 for PlayStation 3 versions. Many fans of the series considered one of the worst ''Need For Speed'' games ever made along with ''Most Wanted (2012)'' and ''2015''.
 
   
 
   
 
==Comments==
 
==Comments==

Revision as of 14:51, 8 November 2019

Need for Speed: Undercover is a racing video game, the twelfth installment of the Need for Speed series. It was released worldwide in November 2008.


Need For Speed: Undercover
Need for Speed Undercover cover.jpg
The average joe of Need for Speed series, but rather poor...
Genre: Racing
Platforms: PlayStation 3
Xbox 360
PC
PlayStation 2
Nintendo Wii
Nintendo DS
Mobile (Java)
Release Date: November 17, 2008 (US)
November 20, 2008 (EU)
Developer: EA Black Box
Exient Entertainment (PS2, Wii)
Firebrand Games (DS)
Publisher: Electronic Arts
Franchise: Need For Speed
Previous Game: Need For Speed: ProStreet
Next Game: Need For Speed: ShiftAGW


Bad Qualities

  1. Unusual difficulty spike; you start with ridiculously easy gameplay, then it ends with a nonsensical difficulty where everyone outruns you, even if you use your NOS to get a boost, the AI gets faster and faster until their cars crash. It also gets worse in the patched versions specially on Steam where they are buffed to oblivion!
    • Speaking of the AI mentioned above, the cops seem to be weaker than in previous games such as Most Wanted (2005)AGW.
  2. Terrible lighting effects, thanks to the overused bloom effect and the game world being coated in yellow.
  3. Weak story with a number of clichés.
  4. Repetitive game-play: the cop chases involve taking down a number of police vehicles along with the additional cruiser that spawns every 60 seconds. It easily gets old.
  5. Awful physics, because Black Box simply reused the physics engine from ProStreet with little to no changes. The result is all the cars (including the police) themselves feel like they are driving on rubber. In some cases, it's possible to total a Rhino SUV with the lightest car in the game such as the Lotus Elise!
  6. The patched PC port suffers from random frame drops, even on a powerful machine.
  7. Cheesy, underwhelming and untalented voice acting, even from Maggie Q.
  8. Underwhelming landscape. Tri-City Bay is just a small city (Palm Harbor, Gold Coast Mountains, Port Crescent and Sunset HIlls) not a big city compared to Palmont (from CarbonAGW) which was a very large-scale city. Speaking of Palm Harbor, this borough is just an empty shell of an island but in city form.
    • The PSP port is nothing but a reskin of previous games and it reuses portions from Most Wanted (2005)'s Rockport City and Carbon's Palmont City. The same applies to the PS2 and Wii ports, albeit being slightly better but still far from perfect.
  9. Some cars are quite overpowered such as the Nissan 370Z (which was over-advertised in some of the trailers), as the latter can compete with Tier 1 cars including the Bugatti Veyron and McLaren F1!
  10. Most of the all-wheel drive cars accelerate poorly when fully upgraded, especially the Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX MR, Audi S5 and even the Lamborghini Gallardo LP560-4.
  11. Due to the afromentioned racer and police AI, the job missions are rather easy to complete.
  12. Certain cars (eg. Nissan 350Z, Chrysler 300C SRT8) were cut due to time constraints, as EA split Black Box into three teams, which caused certain cars to be left out.

Good Qualities

  1. It returns to the illegal street racing formula that ProStreet lacked.
  2. At least it is open world, unlike The Run. And even better, all boroughs are always accessible at the very beginning.
  3. Expanded customization, featuring the improved Autosculpt.
  4. Good graphics, unfortunately it is damaged by the yellow filter, broken LOD (level of detail) and overused bloom effect (which can of course all be fixed via modding).
  5. The sound design and damage models are pretty good, despite a portion of them are recycled from ProStreet (such as the nitrous firing sound excluding the other versions like the PS2 and Wii ports).
  6. Very good licensed soundtrack such as Nine Inch Nails' "The Mark Has Been Made" and Pendulum's "The Tempest".
  7. At least there are pink slips in which you'll be able to obtain a car of your choice at no charge (PS3, X360 and PC versions).
    • However, a mod for the PC version improves them further and gives you pre-tuned versions of the cars instead of the stock ones.
  8. The PS2 and WiiAGW versions are just a teeny bit better than the other versions, despite suffering from frame-rate issues.
    • In fact, they include features that are absent from other versions, such as the ability to participate in pursuits as an actual police officer..
  9. Great score soundtrack by Paul Haslinger such as the pursuit music, which was also reused in the late World.
  10. There are fan mods exist to improve the handling and graphics in order to make the game more enjoyable. Such as Project Overhaul, which improves the game's graphics a good bit as well the time cycles and skydomes.

Reception

Need For Speed: Undercover was got mixed reviews. The game has Metacritic score of 65 for the PC, 64 for the Xbox 360 and 59 for PlayStation 3 versions. Many fans of the series considered one of the worst Need For Speed games ever made along with Most Wanted (2012) and 2015.

Comments


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Raddf

8 months ago
Score 2
I made this page for the old Crappy Games wiki, and I didn't expect this page to be on here.
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SpazJR61

9 days ago
Score 0
NFS Undercover: Sonic '06 of the NFS franchise.

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