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GF Rating
6.4

3679 ratings

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GF Rating
5

Fair

Need for repair

posted by Weeble (TACOMA, WA) Dec 12, 2008

Member since Aug 2005

36 out of 38 gamers (95%) found this review helpful

What the heck happened here? NFS was once a reliable and exciting franchise full of fun races in creative environments with edge of your seat close calls. Sure its better than the last circuit based yawn festival NFS. But the frame rate is choppy, it stutters often with a full stop pause in mid game play. The races are easy and offer almost no challenge what so ever. Earning enough money to buy a decent collection of cars is paltry at best. By by the time I was able to unlock and buy a really cool car the game was almost over. Through out the whole game I was only able to purchase 2 cars and upgrade. Why? Why would the developers only allow enough race reward credits to barely keep up with one car at a time. At least you are gifted a few pink slips during the game, but you cannot sell those cars. Ever! STUPID!
It is nice that the cop chases have returned albeit a little dumber AI than what we're used to, still a nice return. But if you get 3 strikes from being caught (which fortunately is rare) you car is not just impounded, but GONE! Never to be seen again. THAT IS LAME TIMES 10.
Graphics are barely passable and hardly what should be expected with the current gen capabilities. Tuning is OK. There are some RPG elements where your driving attributes are arbitrarily rewarded. But there is no effect at all on how your cars perform at all, so why bother with this non-feature.
NFS undercover was a really good idea to return to what made the series great (Most Wanted) but fails to execute what made that greatness such a joy. Its a decent rental for a weekend at best, but ultimately a waste of time and leaves you feeling like you've been robbed.

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GF Rating
10

Perfect

One of the best

posted by 0reaper (MIAMI, FL) Aug 6, 2010

Member since Aug 2010

3 out of 3 gamers (100%) found this review helpful

Need for speed under cover is problably one of the bests in the searies. There are hundreds of cars and a very high varaety of challenges. This will be the bes game you play for a long time its so good its adictive.

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GF Rating
5

Fair

Has the potential, but falls short of the mark

posted by motino (WATTSBURG, PA) Nov 21, 2008

Member since Apr 2008

18 out of 20 gamers (90%) found this review helpful

Coming off the closed track races of Pro Street and back to the gritty streets that made Most Wanted so fun, I had alot of hope for this one. Hopes that were quickly dashed.

First off, the frame rate is what kills this completely. I'm not sure if its just with my HDTV, but its nothing compared to how smooth it was in Pro Street.

The gameplay is also severely lacking. It has a lot of the right game modes, but just doesn't pull them off good enough. Sprint, circuit, and "get 'x' amount of feet ahead" are all the race modes there are. Not really much variation. There are also police chases again; but their not really practical.

They give you an option for a nice 'sandbox' street racer, a'la' Burnout, but there really isn't a reason for it. You don't need to get to a certain road or intersection to launch a race. The only thing you need to do is hit down on the d-pad any where, any time.

While there are a handful of very nice cars (Corvette Z06, Pagani Zonda, McLaren F1, Shelby GT500KR) but the limited customization really kills this game, yet again.

All in all, its really not the good ol' NFS of the old days. I suggest a rental for hardcore racer fans, but it just simply isn't that good.

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