Parents' Guide to

Need for Speed: Undercover

By Harold Goldberg, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Risky street racing hampered by jittery graphics.

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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this game.

Community Reviews

age 5+

Based on 5 parent reviews

age 8+

NFS: Undercover

This game is really good. My 10 year-old son plays it every day. Yeah, it does swear sometimes but I think it's ok for him.
age 10+

NFS

its a good driving game....very good graphics B+

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (5 ):
Kids say (18 ):

Unfortunately, Undercover was shipped before it was finished. When you get into the Story Mode, you'll see it packs too much information into a poorly written first scene voiced by a middling actress. And you might even see the whole thing stop and the game start all over again. Once you get going, you'll notice frame rate problems in the graphics, especially when you race on a straightaway with a lot of cars around you. It jerks and jitters like an old jalopy that doesn't want to go.

All this is a shame because there are facets that work well. There are many modes of racing to choose from and tons of sleek cars. The online Cops and Robbers mode in which you'll play with pals packs excitement every second (although you'll see some frame rate jitters here, too). The background graphics are fine (though not completely realistic). And the AI makes the cop cars and racing opponents really smart. Still, while it impresses at some points, it disappoints in just as many others.

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