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Need for Speed Undercover

As a wheelman pretending to be a bad guy, this has several effects on the gameplay. Most importantly, it means the cops are back (and reportedly with smarter AI than ever before) as well as a host of new racing styles. Undercover’s key theme is ‘the thrill of the chase’ – so, in addition to outrunning the 5-0 across the free-roaming cities, you'll also be performing delivery jobs (getting stolen cars to destinations), taking part in Highway distance battles (escaping a certain distance from your rival), combined with more traditional point-to-point races. EA also briefly touched on the prospect of Boss Races, which is a feature we should be well familiar with from Most Wanted and ProStreet.

The nature of car theft also means you'll get a taste of the wide range of vehicles on offer (such as Porsches, Lamborghinis, Fords, Hondas and more – all to be confirmed, of course) in addition to your free-roaming ride. But no, we didn't see any sign of a Ferrari. So, what does Undercover feel like when you actually take to the streets? Well, even taking into account the huge amount of finalization left to do, the heaviness and understeer found with the handling in ProStreet has been replaced with the arcade/simulator balance of previous games. Cars feature localized damage depending where you hit the car (improving on the damage engine used in ProStreet), but it doesn't affect the handling of the car.

We also saw a return of the ‘heat meter’ (which tells you how pissed the cops are at you), cinematic slow-mo jumps as well as a revival of the ability to temporarily slow time for evasive maneuvers. We’ve only just scratched the surface with Need for Speed: Undercover and still have so much more to find out; what the online modes alone have in store for us demand that we keep an eye on it. Even so, we confidently predict that anyone who thought that Most Wanted was their favorite Need for Speed game will have plenty to like with Undercover, not least its new Hollywood style and narrative-driven approach. Prepare to get yourself revved up for the end of the year when Undercover will reveal itself.

Read on for an interview with the game's executive producer.

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27 comments

  • NFSFreak12 - October 24, 2008 2:16 a.m.

    this is going to be the best NFS ever made. i already preordered it and cant wait til it comes out. especially with cars like the Bugatti, GT2, Ford GT, Koenigsegg, DB9, 911 GTS RS, CLS 63, Gallardo, Pagani Zonda F, Nissan GTR, IS-F, Audi R8, and the BMW M6 and M3. with these kind of cars in the game who wuldnt want to buy it? dont believe me about the carlist i just gave? go to www.needforspeed.com and click on tri-city car lot at the bottom and see for yourself...o and make sure you click the upper right hand corner scroll button cuz it shows the recent updates and old updates also..CHECK IT OUT! peace
  • celticassassin80 - October 19, 2008 9:31 p.m.

    ok, spoke too soon. the screenshots show an M6. that alone will make me buy this game. maybe ill get my wish and theyll include a countach too, but i better not push my luck
  • mishmoigon - September 28, 2008 2:20 p.m.

    Those graphics are amazing...
  • spookykid3 - September 22, 2008 2:37 p.m.

    As a fellow need for speed lover. i thought pro street was the worst nfs game ever made. But after reading the review to undercover, this will be the best nfs game yet to come.
  • iceman_88 - September 14, 2008 1:55 a.m.

    I have played all of the need for speed games and most wanted and pro street are by far the two best,but with this one coming out this year, it looks like it is going to be very hard too top it...i cant wait to play this...
  • UndercoverAgent12 - September 13, 2008 10:34 p.m.

    Man, this game is going to be off the hook! I am a loving fan of NFS, so this is the next one to my collection. GO UNDERCOVER.
  • sixboxes - September 12, 2008 12:18 p.m.

    As a matter of fact, Most Wanted is my favourite NFS game. I even bought the bargain bin 360 port so I could have it in semi-decent kinda-HD glory. I've been wanting a true "this-gen" NFS game since then, and ProStreet certainly didn't count.
  • ManU - December 3, 2008 10:25 p.m.

    this game is gonna be awesome. i cant wait to see the bugatti in a game even though my fav car is a skyline
  • gameradar2 - November 15, 2008 3:59 a.m.

    this game is goin to be sick
  • victorg360 - November 3, 2008 3:23 p.m.

    one good thing about this NFS game is that free-roaming is back in ProStreet they did not have it that why i did not like that game but this one looks good.
  • celticassassin80 - October 19, 2008 9:24 p.m.

    this games prolly gonna kick ass. maggie Q is pretty damn hot. I would like to see some in car driving perspective, not enough games have that. gives it more of a realistic feel, even tho its supposed to be a little over the top. the screens look badass tho. hopefully BMW signed on for the ride, and not just with the played out M3. love to see an M5 and M6 make it to one of these games. Im also disappointed with the absence of ferrari. Im a lambo fan, but you gotta have ferrari too. they got some badass cars that look pimp when u customize em. well see tho.
  • buckeyefan_9876 - October 18, 2008 6:33 p.m.

    I own the old nfs hot pruisuit 2 and started buying all nfs after that, i was trully disapointed with pro street ( yes good graphics, but way off what nfs is known for : cops chasing you down, heliocopters following you, roadblocks and so on) i almost decided to quit with nfs afetr pro street but after hearing all the hype and reviews i give them one more chance
  • Randolph - October 1, 2008 5:42 p.m.

    kick ass man ?
  • chilipeppersman - October 1, 2008 4:12 a.m.

    preview was hella good, but the interview kinda felt like a ad, hopefully there will be more that are in depth, but im liking the looks of this game alot
  • badger1234 - September 25, 2008 9:05 a.m.

    can't wait, if undercover is anyfing like most wanted, i want it
  • likedamaster - September 20, 2008 9:49 p.m.

    I thought Carbon was better than Most Wanted, especially with the extreme customizations, the many online modes, and all the concept cars they had available. Not to mention the downloadables. I liked the Most Wanted chick better though. Looking forward to this game, no doubt. I have always been a NFS fan, wasn't a prostreet fan so much.
  • wharcraff - September 16, 2008 3:36 p.m.

    I'm hoping that this will have most of the new nissans in it, not just the skyline. Can't wait.
  • quericko - September 15, 2008 7:26 p.m.

    man the NFS empire kicks ass all the NFS games have been the shyt man i cant wait till this game comes out man
  • IronmanR8 - September 15, 2008 3:32 p.m.

    is this game going 2 be on PS2?
  • fish94 - September 14, 2008 1:54 p.m.

    Hopefully this will be like undergroud two but with police. undergroud two was better than most wanted in most aspects, but the two together would eb perfect.

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