Need for Speed Underground

Game review by
Chris Saunders, Common Sense Media
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This game walks a fine line on the ESRB rating.

Parents say

age 11+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 8+
Based on 7 reviews

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The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Positive Messages

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


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


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

What 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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
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 wa... Continue reading
Adult Written byChrisH. November 25, 2014
Teen, 14 years old Written byGamersnews32 June 29, 2019

The game that started it all

Underground was the first open world Need for Speed game, and the game did not disappoint at all. Though the story was kind of whatever, the gameplay still stan... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byiiEDMWolf February 2, 2016


This is good for 12+ because there is clean Heavy Rap Music, [Content Deleted] Ladies, not ok for 6+.
But the Customization feature works nicely.
Just watch you... Continue reading

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.

Talk to your kids 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

  • Platforms: Windows
  • Price: $45
  • Available online? Not available online
  • Developer: EA Sports
  • Release date: December 8, 2003
  • Genre: Sports
  • ESRB rating: E
  • Last updated: August 25, 2016

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