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Genre: Driving & Racing / Video Game for Xbox 360 / ESRB Rating: Rating Pending / Release Date: 2008-11-21 / Published by Electronic Arts

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      14.03.2012 23:43
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      A great little racing game from the boys at EA

      NFS:Undercover is just one of the latest releases by EA in their successful Need For Speed franchise that has been going for some time now. It takes many of the ideas and mechanics from previous games and gives them a bit of a make-over all wrapped up in a tenuous story-line involving you as an Undercover Cop working in the field of illeagal Street Racing.

      The game consists of various different types of race that include Cost To State where you have a set time to cause a certain amount of damage and lose the Cops; Cop Take-out where the intent is to write off a set number of Cop Cars beforee the timer runs out; Checkpoint Races where you have to pass through a series of Checkpoints before the clock expires and both Circuit Races, Highway Battles and Sprint races ~ the latter two of which involve you taking the lead and keeping it for a set amount of time.

      To aid you losing the Cops, should you break the Law enough to catch their attention at any time, Pursuit Breakers are situated all around the various Cities you race in. These consist of barriers, scaffolding etc that you can drive through leaving a blockade of wreckage in your wake for said pursuers to smash into! Often situated nearby also are hidey-holes where you can rest your laurels whilst remaining Cop Cars try to find you!

      All of this is without even mentioning the assorted Jobs you can do, either for your Undercover Bosses or various Gang Leaders, and which often consist of delivering cars to hidden garages with as little damage done as possible or taking part in Street Races for Pink Slips which you can then trade in for cars that you can later pimp up in specialist bodyshops scattered all around the map.

      The amount of pimping you can do is right up there with that in previous games with a wide selection of Vinyls to pick from and other modifications such as new wheels or a bigger exhaust from which to choose! All models of car featured too are real cars so, if you have enough cash, you too can soon be driving an Aston Martin or Zonda!

      All in all, this is an awesome Racing game and among the best that I have played on Xbox! My only complaint is that until quite later on in the game. many of the races are a little toooo easy ~ the only difficulty being in that your car is not powerful enough to Dominate. Dominating a race basically means that you beat a certain time or record and gives you extra features to all your cars in your garage instantly, such as boosting the amount of Nitro you can use or giving you better handling, along with the obvious Kudos you earn simply from being the best!

      I am sure that true fans will say that there are bigger, better, faster NFS games out there but I don't care! This is a great game with online capability that is great for playing late at night and just messing about on. The story is bobbins, pure balderdash, and merely a superfluous addition to your standard boy-racing game that you can either take or leave, the cut scenes merely an excuse to flash cleavage shots of both Christina Mila and Susie Q, but the rest of the game is a whole lot of fun!

      And honestly, what more could you ask for?

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      26.01.2010 22:13
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      Not refreshing but stil good fun

      The Need for Speed franchise has come so far and done so much; where can it go now? Well, they've attempted to rather loosely give the series a plot now, with you working undercover for Chase Linh (played by actress Maggie Q). You have to earn the trust of illegal street racers before ratting on them, and essentially repeating this cycle over and over.

      The gameplay is a lot of fun, even if it blatantly recycles a lot of the cops vs. robbers mechanics from the previous games in the series. However, it's a lot more difficult than I expected, and some cheap mechanics mean that enemies will unfairly overtake you despite you never crashing or falling foul. The regular modes you'd expect are there; the lap races and "sprint" modes, but my favourite this time around is the Highway Battle mode, where you have to bomb it down a highway while avoiding traffic. Also decent, if lifted from Grand Theft Auto, is a Hot Car mode, where you have to steal a classy car and get it to a spray shop before the cops catch you.

      Visually, the game pops, if it's not really on par with the best modern racers. The vehicular models are especially impressive, particularly because they also incur gloriously detailed damage Also, the outfitting of the cops - from their cruisers to their helicopters, add a very cinematic element and look great at night especially. Aurally, it is also solid, and the vehicles all have different engine noises which is a nice little touch.

      If you like the previous games, you're bound to enjoy this, and while at times it feels like a bit of a retread, it is still exhilarating and visually solid.

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      21.10.2009 23:30
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      A worthy addition to the NFS franchise although does not top NFS most wanted

      Need for Speed have again produced another driving game entitled Undercover. similar to all previous series titles the game provides much fun with a huge variety of different race types including highway battles and cop takeouts. The graphics of the game are of superb quality especially in high definition and this greatly helps put you, the driver in the game and in the driving seat.

      There is a large selection of cars available, sourced from the three continents of North America, Europe and Asia (really just Japan) that gradually get better starting from a simple yet highly popular Lotus Elise in class 1, and the prestigious phenomenon of the Bugatti Veyron of class 4. As usual the ability to customise your car is in abundance, and a new feature of turning your engine really give the game a personal feel as you can tune your car to your unique driving style.

      The story incorporate a huge number of races, missions and challenges which mean the game has a long lifetime. after a while the repetition can get a little boring although when new cars become available at the part shops, the game immediately comes alive again.

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      27.05.2009 06:30

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      Need For Speed Undercover is best amongst all the "NFS" series

      I am a big fan of the whole "Need For Speed" series, and I have played all of them from its beginning, and I also have completed all the games of the "NFS"series, and currently I am playing "Need For Speed Undercover". For me it is the best game in the whole "Need For Speed" series, because it has a realistic graphical appearance, realistic sound, and the best thing is the speed, which is just awesome, and at first it was really hard for me to control, but after playing it for few weeks, I can say that I can beat anybody in this game. It is fun to control such enormous amount of speed. The gameplay is pretty good, and in here I am working as an "undercover" agent, and I have to catch the whole bad gang step by step. I like the part, where I have to chase the bad guy, and I have to crush their cars, it feels awesome, and sometimes I do start think that I am really inside the game working as an undercover agent. Believe me friends this game is best for you, if you like racing games, and if you like to control speedy cars.

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      14.05.2009 21:40
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      Overall, A fantastic game well worth buying.

      So, the new Need for Speed Undercover. Well, its actually very good unlike its predecessor: NFS Pro Street. The reason why it is back to being an NFS game is that all of the Police chases are back (this has a big overall impact on the quality of the game).

      The Graphics and sound effects in the game are very good and realistic too. Especially on your personal cars, although the other public cars do have quite bad graphics, but its always the same with a NFS game. In terms of car choice, there are loads of makes/models to choose from. Including; Pagani, Bugatti, Audi, BMW, Porsche, Aston Martin and even Ford Shelbies. Undercover also does what Need for Speed games are famous for very well: Customisation/tuning. In the game, there are loads of different aftermarket bumpers, hoods, spoilers, exhausts... to choose from. Although it has to be mentioned that the choice of body kits is quite limited. There tends to be only 3 options for most cars.

      In terms of gameplay, its very good. There are plenty of different race types to choose from, including the new "Highway Battle" which is basically a race in which 2 cars have to slip through the traffic, the aim is to be 300 ft away from your opponent, this will be a win. The other way around is obviously a loss. The other race types are; Sprint (a short race to the finish (without laps), Circuit (a set track, normally 3 laps), Checkpoint (Reach the set checkpoints in time, pass them quicker than the deadline to get a bonus) and Outrun ( Stay ahead of your opponent, take sharp turns and keep ahead of him until the timer runs out). There also Pursuit events in NFS Undervoer; Cop Take out (disable the target number of police vehicles and evade in time), Cost to Sate (destroy the target amount/cost of property in the time limit), and Escape (evade the police within the time limit). Personally, I find the pursuit events the most fun as you get to destroy stuff and still gain Wheelman rep. Wheelman rep goes from 1-18 in levels, the more races you win and pursuits you evade, the higher your rep goes.

      The career is a good length and every singe event is a different track. All in all, there are about 180 events of different kinds (see above). Not to mention the story missions that go along side the races.

      Online play is good on the whole, the new events such as cop and robbers are quite fun to play. However I do find it annoying that you can't have a local match on your own console. The online events are much the same as offline except from a few additions such as cops and robbers. Online play is also available for private matches in which you can invite friends in to race and check out each others cars. There is also an add-on pack availabe on Xbox Live Marketplace for new vehicles. Personally, I would recommend buying it if you are looking to own online, as the pack gets you new tracks and new cars including the koenigsegg CCX (the fastest in the game).

      Other new features in the new NFS include the Heroic Driving Engine (HDE), the HDE level gives you an idea of how dangerous/stylish you are driving. Points are awarded for 180s, 360s, burnouts, drifts and a whole load more. Points are taken off if you drive slowly or crash into objects.

      Overall, I think this game is well worth buying and it does honestly last quite a while. As you can mess about in police chases and make loads of awesome cars in the my cars section. One last thing for the people who think NFS isn't realsitic, it isn't meant to be, thats what makes it so good. Like Guitar Hero.

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        05.04.2009 18:18
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        Need for speed Undercover is a game in which you pose as an undercover cop to sniff out and take down the underground criminal world surronding cars.
        The stroyline and Graphics are very good, and at some points, especially during cutscenes you can really get immersed within the game and get sucked into the story. There are some very nice cars within the game and all the hypercars you'd expect to be there, are there: Pagani Zonda for example.
        The rankings of the cars is down on a tier system ranging from tier 1 to tier 4.
        As for the police chases (which all need for speed games are imfamous for), they are much more realistic. If you are unable to evade the police for a while they start using alternative methods such as road spikes and police helicopters. The punishment system is quite complex; your car can get a certain number of strikes depeding on the gravity of the fine you accumulate and if you do not have sufficent funds. Eventually, your car gets repossed if you repeatedly get caught which can be very annoying.

        It is clear that they really didn't put in a lot of effort to the online: there are only 2 different modes and niether provide much enjoyment or entertainment and they can get fairly repetitive. There are not many bad points apart from this other than the fact that its pretty much the same as any other Need for Speed and so is a little dull

        Overall this game is quite good but I didn't really enjoy it that much.

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        27.03.2009 19:28
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        Great

        Need for speed undercover is a game when you are a cop and you go under cover, and try to arrest underground car gang members. The graphics in the game are really good but would be better if you have a high definition television. You can get many great cars such as the Bugatti veyron, Pagani Zonda and the Audi R8. There are different tiers of cars tier 1 which is the best down to tier 4 which is the worst. There are different types of races sprint, circuit and highway battle. You get money for completing a race, and sometimes if you are lucky you can get a car. You get police chases if you destroy property or crash into other cars, if you get into the chase long enough they start using road blocks, road spikes and helicopters to try and stop you from escaping. If you don't escape successfully you get stopped you either get a fine or you get your car repossessed if you don't have money, but if you have money but not enough to pay for the fine you pay the amount you have and you get a strike against your car if you get three your car is repossessed. This game has online game play but it is not the best, there are only two types of games that you can play race or cops and robbers. Cops and robbers is when there is money and you need to get it, you have turn about being the cops trying to prevent the robbers getting the money to the hide out, when you are the robbers you have to get the money, avoid the cops and get it back to your hide out to get points. I would recommend this game to people who like racing games, I would give this game 4 stars out of 5.

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        18.03.2009 23:58

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        good game

        I got this game 2 months ago and ever since i have been playing it quite a bit. The storyline is quite long and is very addictive, the online play is a laugh with modes such as cops and robbers or you can just simply race your friends. In the story mode the cars you can buy and modify are alot better than the previous need for speeds, though i did find the challenges are to easy to complete which was the downside but otherwise i liked everything about it ! When you do not feel like doing any challenges and just want to drive around than be extra careful because lots of police drive around in the game and you usually end up in a lot of pursuits but they all tend to be alot of fun. I recommend this game to anyone that usually likes car games or action games.

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        04.03.2009 18:50

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        A mix of brilliance and laziness.

        To start off with, on HD TV, the graphics off this game are off any scale previously constructed, they are absolutely brilliant! Now, the cars that you get have incresed in variety and it is a real pleasure cruising around the world in your Bugatti Veyron. Also, always the best thing about this game for me, the performance and visual editing is fantastic! You can personalise your car into whatever you want and if you change your mind - you can change the looks with ease.
        This is all very well, but the basics of the game is very similar to others before it and this is the only slip up that I believe that creators have made because it would be nice to have something really different added to the game. I feel this would enhance the game enjoyment.
        Overall a very satisfying and well put together racing game.

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        14.02.2009 03:04
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        simply amazing

        need for speed undercover. At first i wasn't to shure about the latest edition to the series but it was a definate improvment on the previous need for speed:pro street. In undercover it goes back to what need for speed is well known for, the free roam mode where you can speed through the massive highway system and discover the open world. crammed with even more shortcuts than ever before and slight changes to the control of the car make it posible to pull of amazing moves that would have been imposible in previous need for speed games. As most of you already know the cop chases in most wanted were immense and EA didnt leave much room for improvment but in undercover they managed it! Id find my self wound up in chases that i didnt think would ever be posible, I would simply put my 360 on for half an hour and 3 hours later i would wonder where the time went, its so easy to loose your self in this great addition to the franchise, stunning visuals and an action packed story full of pursuit and betrayal! what more do you need?

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          12.02.2009 18:11
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          great game, very enjoyable

          the latest in the epic need for speed saga, undercover is an absolutely great gaming experience as need for speed returns back to the streets where most fans of the game will prefer rather than the track day approach taken during the previous game prostreet.
          with extremely quick cars and brilliant vehicle customizaion you can make your car your own. body kits and the window tinting are back. vehicles include the bugatti veyron and the zonda f.
          the police also make a huge return with more advanced vehicles to make evading them even more difficult, vehicle ddamage is also present and can take a huge effect on your car. the classic sprint and circuit races remain but there is also highway battles and evasions where you must leave your opponent to eat your dust in order to win.
          kick back and enjoy this great game, you won't regret purchasing it as I'm sure if you have followed the need for speed saga you will surely enjoy this gaming experience.
          thankyou for Reading

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          01.02.2009 14:03
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          NFS Undercover had huge potential but can't be injured due to a stuttering framerate.

          Need for Speed: Undercover is the latest title in the famous high adrenaline racing series. The Need for Speed franchise has received negative reviews lately and needed a game to revive the career and give it a new life. Unfortunately, Undercover wasn't the answer...

          Need for Speed: Undercover is the first real Need For Speed game to include a story, and this is where you are secretly working for the Police and must go Undercover street racing and infiltrate other racing groups to gain information about any drug dealings or criminal events going to happen. The story is told to you by real life actors which is a nice touch, but unfortunately these clever cut-scenes didn't appear often enough to keep the story interesting.

          The game includes beautiful graphics and a big open world, along with some brilliant cars to choose from such as the Bugatti Veyron and the Audi R8. The game also includes a good variety of tracks and events which stops the game from getting boring. However, and a huge disadvantage of the game; a terrible framerate. This means that when you are going fast in a race, the screen will often pause, making the game nearly unplayable. This is a huge shame and totally ruins the game.

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          27.01.2009 16:29
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          EA needs to give this franchises a couple of years to evolve the series before it's too late...

          Need for Speed: Undercover-Once you go under; you're on your own...

          The Need for Speed series has been on a bit of a low as of late. While Most Wanted not only refreshed the franchise back in 2005 with its heavy emphasis on police chases and breaking the law by street racing, the two entries to come after disappoint. Carbon was a mediocre street racer which had less of a focus on police chases and more of a focus on mediocre handling, and Prostreet decided to rip off Gran Turismo and Forza Motorsport in the most unsettling way possible. So, the series has been a bit meh for the past couple of years, but this time EA Black Box have brought back the cops, crazy cutscenes and cool cars for Need for Speed: Undercover. Is this addition to the series the revolution needed for EA, or the nail in the coffin?

          Undercover has a plot to follow this time around. Here, you are an undercover cop who goes in deep with the help of Chase Linh played by Maggie Q, the latest female star of the Need for Speed series. There is a smuggling ring which somehow involves the local street racers and it's up to you and Chase to stop this smuggling ring before it's too late. The story is told once again with campy cutscenes in the same style of Most Wanted and Carbon, but this time around they're kind of disappointing. In previous games the cutscenes were so over the top that they were 'so bad they were awesome'. Whereas in Undercover, the acting comes off as stiff and actually serious meaning they're just a bit bland. There is a predictable twist, which you can guess by the mission name in which the 'twist' takes place, a funny mistake on Black Box's part. In the end, it's serviceable but not interesting enough to be as good as Most Wanted, or even Carbon's cutscenes.

          Undercover takes place in an open city called the Tri-City Bay area. This is where you can access races and Most Wanted missions as well as jobs to progress the story. Jobs aren't available straight away-you must complete the nearby races available to increase your Wheelman level. Once you start increasing your level, then more jobs will come and progress through the story will come quicker. Sometimes, however, the progress of Undercover is slow and you'll feel like it takes a rather large amount of races before the jobs start rolling in again. The open world, however, is mediocre. There are too many invisible walls during races and not during races, events can be started up in the menu meaning you don't need to travel in the open world and there are no collectibles to cause incentive to explore. It should have been a linear experience, rather than creating a disappointing open world which disappoints especially compared to Midnight Club LA.

          However, the actual racing is solid and an improvement over the two previous games thanks to tighter handling. There are a few race types in Undercover, including standard circuits, point a to point b sprints, highway battles where you must overtake the other driver by a certain amount of distance while avoiding traffic on the highway and outrun races where you must overtake the driver and keep the lead by driving where you want to go. There are also master events-tough versions of these race types which sometimes require some patience to win. The race types are good, but because the game sets you down one course, they don't feel dynamic like Midnight Cub. You must go down one specific route, rather than create your own course, though this has been complained about in most of the series' games. And thankfully, the laser barriers aren't present; instead the route is created with road blocks which can't be broken through. At least your map shows the shortcuts of the game's course.

          The missions which move along the story are called 'Jobs'. These missions are a bit varied in gameplay styles. You get the missions where you steal cars and must deliver them to a location in the world. These can vary as sometimes you simply have to get there on time while escaping the police, sometimes escape the police without causing too much damage to your vehicle and more. There are also missions which require you to take people out by ramming into them. At first they are nice diversions and feel like a Burnout game, but as you play through the game and these missions become harder, they feel monotonous as it can take up to ten minutes to complete these missions and it can be annoying if you have police on you or there are other drivers trying to stop you from completing the mission. That said, the jobs are a nice break from racing and feel more like mission-based driving rather than street racing.

          The best feature of Undercover is by far the return of the fuzz. Ever since Most Wanted hit stores in 2005, EA seem to be ignoring the police as in Carbon they made barely any impact, and in Prostreet were flat out not included. However, they are back and in full circle in Undercover. You must encounter the police, as there are missions revolved around police. These include merely escaping them, destroying a number of cars, doing a certain amount of damage to cost as much money as possible and more. You can start pursuits in free-roam but it can be hard to. The reason why the cops were so successful the first time around was because of the intensity of chases, the speed of which they speed up to and more. This remains true here and means the game is even more fun.

          Unfortunately, some serious issues hurt the fun of Undercover. Aside from the open world issues, the biggest problem with Undercover is its difficulty curve. Let's face it, Midnight Club LA and Burnout Paradise were both challenging, especially LA, but when you play Undercover, the difficulty is actually pathetic. Undercover is a cakewalk, thanks to some disappointing A.I. and some odd car balancing. When you can beat a Lamborghini with an Audi TT, something is a bit wrong here. If you're in a car of the same quality as a Lamborghini, then you will dominate the race and the competition won't stand a chance. It's not that the A.I. is terrible-they can get a lead and keep it for a good amount of time and can catch up to you sometimes, but most of the time, once you've caught a lead then you can usually just plough ahead and dominate the race. There is also no difficulty option which means veterans will be bored.

          The car customization returns, but is a bit disappointing here. There are more than 50 cars to use, including American, Japanese and European cars. Each car can be customized from performance to visual. The performance is easy and accessible, meaning you don't have to waste time upgrading the car, while the visual options are disappointing and basic. You get a small selection of vinyl options, a selection of body kit upgrades and can change the body upgrades using the sculpting system, but overall the customization options are very basic and nowhere near as deep as Midnight Club LA's options and especially disappointing compared to the previous games. However, there is a good selection of cars to choose from and at least there is a customization option available. It's just disappointing to see that you couldn't make a more unique vehicle. P.S. vinyl's don't show up online so don't bother looking cool online.

          There's also online multiplayer for 8 players over Xbox live only. The lack of split-screen is disappointing because most of the NFS games on the platform have had split-screen. Moving on, the online multiplayer is decent, if not as good as other competitors. There are standard modes but by far the most interesting mode is the cops and robbers mode, where you play as the robbers and must deliver the money or the cops as you bust the robbers. It's a great, fun and interesting mode which should be played a few times if you're going online. However, the weird things like the community days are annoying. The Photo mode is awkward and for some reason, you can use Microsoft points to create money in-game which is useless because money is at easy access anyways. In the end, Undercover's online won't keep you busy for months, but is decent.

          The graphics in Undercover are uneven. The cars look great, if a bit jagged at the edges, the sense of speed is great and the environments look pretty good, but there are some serious issues with the graphics both technically and artistically. There are some poor animations when you use the pursuit breakers, which didn't look too bad in 2005 on Most Wanted, but in 2008 look horrible. The sun is also rather dominant here, as you are constantly blinded by the sun as there is no day/night cycle. The sun is constantly bright, shining off the streets. It's pretty, but rather distracting. You can easily crash into the rare oncoming traffic as the sun blinds you. The biggest issue with Undercover, however, is the terrible frame rate. Constantly the game is stuttering and splurting, and sometimes the game outright crashes on you which is annoying. This is weird because there isn't much traffic at all or onside events, yet Midnight Club LA had lots of traffic, pedestrians and detailed environments yet that ran quite steady. Undercover could have done with more polish.

          The sound, however, fares much better than the graphics. While the acting is laughably bad and doesn't really entertain, the rest of the sound is good. The vehicles sound great, with roaring engines in the more powerful vehicles, and the other effects like the sound of crashing into cop cars and the cop sirens are pretty good. The music is great, with a nice mix of rocking music and pumping techno music which suits the game very well though the sound mixing could have done with some more work. Overall, the sound is great and definitely much better than the graphics.

          There is quite a bit of content for you to invest in. The game's story will take about ten hours to complete, and you can add another five or ten hours if you try to complete every event in the game. There is a 100 gamerscore waiting for you if you can, which brings me onto the next point of the achievements. There are 50 achievements for 1000 gamerscore, which is divided into completing the game, playing online; performing certain tasks in police chases. You can earn a good 500GS on your first playthrough, yet take the time to play through the whole of the game and go online for a decent amount of time, and you can earn the full 1000. It is a rather perfect balance between ease yet challenge and the achievements are great.

          Is Need for Speed: Undercover good, bad or ugly?

          For two years, big fans of Most Wanted have been disappointed with Carbon and Prostreet as they strayed away from what made Most Wanted really good, and yet despite the fact that Undercover has gone back to what made 2005's entry good, this doesn't mean that Undercover is great. In fact, Undercover makes some rather rookie mistakes that will deter hardcore players and some rather lame technical issues hold back the game more. Yet, thanks to exciting police chases, a decent racing system, okay online play and great sound make up for some of the issues with Undercover. If you're a fan of the series (especially Most Wanted) then this is worth a purchase, but if you're new to the series or preferred Burnout Paradise or Midnight Club LA, then this is worth a mere rental or cheap buy in a sale. It's far from poor, and not as bad as Carbon or Prostreet, but Undercover is yet another Need for Speed which disappoints compared to Most Wanted.

          Controls: 9
          Gameplay: 7
          Graphics: 6
          Sound: 8
          Value: 8
          Overall: 7.6

          This was released on November 21st, 2008 for Xbox 360, PS3, PS2, PSP, Wii, DS and PC. This is rated 12+ for language and can be bought for £30 and upwards.

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            27.01.2009 15:03

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            A truly great game in the Need For Speed series

            i was waiting patienly for the releas of this car racing game in November 2008. The day it came out, i waas right down to my local game store to buy it. at the price it is excellent value and i am still playing it and trying to complete it now.
            The storyline is very good, you start as a cop who goes into street racing to eventually bust a gang boss who is smuggling cars in and out of the united stated.
            To get to him you have to complete a series of challenges including checkpoint races where you have to go through so many checkpoints in a limited time.
            Other challenges are cop take out where you have to put so many cop cars out of business in a certain time.
            outrun races where you have to come in first in a race.
            plus more.
            the game starts off fairly easy but quickly becomes harder.
            This a must for car racing fans and will hold your attention for weeks on end.

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            25.01.2009 10:05
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            A few problems, but for me one of the best racing games on the 360!

            Do you have a need for speed? If you do then the long running 'Need for Speed' series of racing games may have the answer...

            Need for Speed: Undercover is the latest title on the Xbox 360, and fans of the series should rejoice, because this game is great!

            Unlike most racing games, you may be surprised that this one has a storyline. Now, whether this storyline is any good really is up for debate - in a nutshell, you're an undercover cop impressing crooks with your driving skills, and the game is full of cheesy characters and sequences. On the plus side, this sets the game up for a variety of game modes that otherwise wouldn't have been possible.

            And these modes are where this game shines. These are the Pursuit events, in which you take part in high octane police chases. There's the basic 'escape from the cops' mode, as well as two slightly more destructive modes that involve destroying the environment and using it to your advantage. These modes aren't hugely interactive but they're very cinematic and fun. Although you may now be wondering why an undercover cop would take part in such activities!

            This cops and robbers gameplay extends into the multiplayer mode, resulting in an excellent team game of pursuit and tension. I've had a lot of fun playing this, probably the most I've had with any multiplayer racing game I've played so far on the Xbox 360.

            Now I'm not very good at racing games, so I found the slow learning curve in Need for Speed: Undercover to be a welcome mercy. I recognise that this may be a little bit two easy for hardened racing veterans, however don't fear, it gets much harder the further in the game you get, and although you might skip through the first 12 or so stages, the real challenge begins.

            The graphics here are brilliant looking, however there are some problems with frame rate. This is a problem to me, because, well, it's a racing game, and you kind of expect and need the visuals to be as smooth as possible. This is only occasionally a problem, however I have taken off one star because the slowdown is occasionally rather irritating.

            Overall, Need for Speed: Undercover is a brilliant racing game with some great gameplay options. Even if you aren't particularly into racing games, there should be enough variety here that most people will find something to enjoy.

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