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Need for Speed: Undercover [Download]

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3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews) 65 / 100

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Platform: PC Download
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  • ASIN: B0047T7JJK
  • Release Date: October 19, 2010
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #42,515 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Decent Game March 31, 2011
Platform for Display:PC Download|Verified Purchase
The game was decent, definitely not my favorite in the NFS series, but it was entertaining at least. The vehicle graphics looked fantastic(although every road appeared to covered in Crisco). I gave it 4 stars because if you're looking for a deep storyline and revolutionary gameplay, you should probably look elsewhere.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Overall an Excellent Game December 27, 2011
Platform for Display:PC|Verified Purchase
Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
Well, I loved the free-world feel of NFS Undercover as well as the amazing story line. But, the steering seems to always be lagging. They tried to account for body-roll and other common hindrances, but it was way over-done. It seemed like almost a quarter second between the time you hit over on the controller to the time the car actually responds which makes it extremely difficult to navigate traffic etc. at high speeds. I think the story-line could have used a tad more change throughout. It is annoying to me that they didn't use any sort of day-night real-time engine. It is kinda like underground 2 where it was always the same time of night. It is always daytime in this game.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Yet another NFS Fast and Furious story November 15, 2013
By JWalk
Platform for Display:PC|Verified Purchase
One of the last "classic" Need For Speed games (Pre-Autolog) and at least as good as Underground but a bit too Hollywood. It tried to cash in on the "Fast and Furious" craze and did a pale imitation of the storyline. I don't need a Call of Duty story just to race around a moonlit city to enjoy a Need For Speed title.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not worth the $10 I spent November 29, 2011
Platform for Display:PC
Fun: 2.0 out of 5 stars   
I remember when this game first came out a few years ago. I wanted it for my PS3, but after the many many bad reviews I saw, I decided to wait until they patched the game. Around four years later, I decided to finally give it a go and paid $10 to download it from Steam.

I can't even begin to describe how happy I am I didn't blow $60 on this game, but I'm a little said I spent $10.

Need for Speed: Undercover is an arcade-style racing game that takes place in the fictious tri-city. Bascially, the entire map is of three different cities linked by a massive highway system. The story involves you, the driver, being undercover in order to dismantle an illegal crime syndicate. And that's where the fun ends. Yes, before it even starts.

For one, the game just looks awful. As I ran the game on high, the street constantly looks like it rained five minutes before the race even began. This, along with many many aspects of the game, gets old very quickly. Another thing I don't like is the glaring sun. The game looks as if it takes place at either an hour or so after sunrise, or sunset. Never midday, a time point where you don't have to worry about the sun making it almost impossible to not only see where you're going right in front of you, but to also see where you're going on the mini-map. Because of it's light-blue shade, anytime the sun in the game is anywhere near your screen, you're not going to be able to see it.

The acting is another abysmal part of the game. It's disappointing that the only thing I actually look forward to in cutscenes is to see how attractive Maggie Q looks, because I can always see that for free on the internet.
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Platform for Display:PC
Fun: 2.0 out of 5 stars   
Yet another EA release which, gameplay and graphics problems aside, suffers from the bundled DRM scheme: SecuROM with Limited Installations.

This is a well known scheme based on a custom-made augmented version of SecuROM 7+, used for over a year now (from BioShock to Mass Effect, Dead Space and Red Alert 3) and it has been proven to offer overall...zero protection from piracy. But, of course, fighting piracy was never amongst its aims.

SecuROM is NOT a Digital Rights Management system but rather a spyware subroutine that unavoidably comes bundled with most major game releases. It borrows into the Root of our systems, masking itself from the System Manager and refuses to be removed - even after one completely uninstalls the game it came with. SecuROM is indeed used as a cloaked dataminer, gathering information on the system and its user's activities and sending them to its mothership. It is the method the industry's behemoths chose to pave the way for their coveted Pay-per-Play future.

Turning our own PCs into their...insatiable coiners is what the gaming executives are having wet dreams about. Games that we will have to keep paying for again and again.
And that is where the idea of Limited Activations comes ins: not only it nullifies the value of a game once bought, killing the second-hand market overnight, but it also familiarizes gamers to the idea of having to buy the same game over and over in order to keep playing it.

NEED FOR SPEED was a series I loved in the past and would love to keep playing in the future once the DRM idiocies get resolved. But not at this price.
Some people are indifferent to these issues - and I respect that.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Yuck February 8, 2013
By just me
Platform for Display:PC|Verified Purchase
Okay I know I should have expected the game to be what it is but with the need for speed name i expected something more. The story line is straight out of a movie and should have had the movie name on the cover instead of need for speed as it is pretty much the same story line and the same cheap crumby cars. I know that some of the cars are fast and kinda fun to drive but come on who really wants to drive around in a old junkie nissan on a game when you can go and pick one up at a used car lot for about the price of a computer and the game. Then the car upgrades what the game wants it to without giving you the choice of what to upgrade, and the first thing it upgrades is the brakes.... Really the brakes, the idea is to go fast not to stop. The graphics are rather poor, the car control isn't realistic at all. All in all it just seems like a cheap run of the mill game with poor car choices for something with the need for speed name. To make it even more embarrassing to the makers, the game is set in a U.S. looking city, but the default setting for the speedo is in Kmh.
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Published 6 months ago by Jack Axsom
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Published 15 months ago by Abner Barthel
3.0 out of 5 stars Just Another Need for Speed Game
Nothing really special about this game, and the controls handles slow almost like the game deliberately holds you back to make it more interesting the higher the levels you reach... Read more
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Published 16 months ago by Brandon Johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars An Amazing Game
This is the first game in the Need for Speed Franchise that I have played, and I am super happy that I decided to get it. Read more
Published 17 months ago by G. Anonymous
1.0 out of 5 stars I hated my experience, Return was easy and and worry-free as always...
The product its self would not play properly in my Windows XP. The game moved so slow, it wouldn't allow me to play the game before it exited and gave me an error. Read more
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