Need for Speed Underground



This game walks a fine line on the ESRB rating.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Half dressed girls dance around the first place car when it crosses the finish line.

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Girls in tight, revealing shirts start each race and more appear on billboards as you make your way around the racecourse.

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Billboards feature real businesses, including companies like Autozone. Honda, Toyota, Nissan and Mitsubishi are just some of the car models that players can choose from.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that there is an abundance of scantily clad girls starting the races and cheering the victor at the finish line. It's pretty clear which companies paid to have their logos displayed as they appear on oversize billboards throughout the game.

What's it about?

EA Sports introduces players to the underground world of street racing with NEED FOR SPEED UNDERGROUND. Drive any one of your favorite cars straight from popular manufacturers like Nissan, Mitsubishi and Toyota. Featuring appearances from 20 different licensed cars that you can customize to your liking, the game offers a lot to players who enjoy high-speed gaming.

The game is easy to sit down and play, but it will take several hours to master. It takes a certain amount of finesse to manage the sharp turns and raw speed. Adjustable levels of play are available, but even the beginner mode requires skill. With over 20 courses that wind through empty city streets, there is plenty of challenging choices for players.

Is it any good?


Geared toward the teen market that is fascinated by cars and speed, the game is realistic right down to the sound of the engine that purrs over the top of the rock music playing in the background.

Those who like high-speed action racing games that allow players multiple gaming options will enjoy this realistic racing game. However, it walks a fine line on the ESRB rating. Commercialism is rampant, and girls at the start and finish of the race wear revealing clothing -- because of this, this game could easily have been rated T for teens.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the blatant advertising. Why do you think so many company logos are so prominently displayed? Families also can talk about the depiction of girls. Do they actually know any girls like that and why do they think the video game developers put them in?

Game details

Available online?Not available online
Developer:EA Sports
Release date:December 8, 2003
ESRB rating:E

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Adult Written byBadMario13company December 7, 2014

Man What was the ESRB doing

This game is ok but the 6+ rating was awful thares alot of Clean Heavy Rap Music here Thats the worst But thares Boob-Ladys here showing skin But thare was no E+10 rating back then Over all ok game really sucks to me hardly played as a kid for those reasons I once played with my cousin The Game on Gamecube is amazing Graphics are Amazing The modes too But No Free Roam that's the only draw back to me Over all 9.3
What other families should know
Great role models
Easy to play/use
Too much sex
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Adult Written byChrisH. November 25, 2014
Kid, 11 years old August 26, 2010

Amazing, I love it!

I've played this game since I was 7 years old, it's great! I agree with punkalt23, there is nothing wrong with this game.


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