Need for Speed: Undercover (2008, Police Chase Street Racing, 360 and PS3) – 7/10 game review

Cast / crew
Producer: Steve Anthony
Producer: Tim Fields
Producer: Scott Nielsen
Development Director Franchise: Christopher Hadley
Maggie Q: Chase Linh

Need for Speed 12 Need for Speed: Undercover (2008)

Street racing. Sent undercover by bolshy but shapely law enforcement agent Chase Linh, you are tasked with integrating yourself with the street racing culture that is thought to be hiding a serious crime ring.

7/10

It feels like EA simply doesn’t have the time or budget after buying all the vehicle and song licences and Maggie Q’s lipstick to eliminate important, if not quite critical, technical deficiencies in frame-rate and, on PS3, streaming technology. However, Need for Speed‘s seventh generation efforts have not yet reached a technical quality where no more money needed to be spent and this joins Most Wanted and Carbon as a problematic release. Nevertheless, the formula of the street-racing franchise remains magic with playable, consistent handling, nice cars, loads to do and the ever-present possibility of any event erupting into a full-blown Greatest Chase Ever. Police chases are vastly improved over Most Wanted and Carbon as there’s always a chance of escape and the police chatter is more accurate and impressive than ever (‘I’ve just thrown up in my car. I’ve got to go home. It’s everywhere.’).

This Need for Speed game contains sexual swear words in songs.

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