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Need For Speed: Underground is the seventh game in the long running Need For Speed racing series.

The game revolves around illegal night time street racing with heavily modified import cars and has been greatly influenced by the movie the Fast And The Furious and its sequel. Players get the chance to build their own racing machine almost from the ground up, with hundreds or real licensed parts and lots of licensed cars, including the Mazda RX-7 and the Nissan Skyline GT-R. The game also features over 100 single player races and a hip hop/hard rock soundtrack including artists such as Mystikal, Rob Zombie, and the Crystal Method.


Need for Speed: Underground PlayStation 2 Demo version.
This urban chic girl wanders out and starts the race. That's the player's car in the background
Need for Speed: Underground Windows Main Menu
Need for Speed: Underground PlayStation 2 Demo version.
The car has stopped after a crash. It's an opportunity to show an alternate point of view and the street detail that's normally just a blur as the player flashes by
Need for Speed: Underground PlayStation 2 Demo version.
The start of a Circuit race. That's the player's car in the centre

Promo Images

Need for Speed: Underground Screenshot
Need for Speed: Underground Wallpaper
Need for Speed: Underground Wallpaper
Need for Speed: Underground Screenshot

Alternate Titles

  • "极品飞车:地下车会" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)
  • "NFSU1" -- Common abbreviation
  • "Jipin Feiche: Dixia Chehui" -- Chinese title

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User Reviews

Make your car look great, then show everyone who owns the roads Windows Riamus (8121)
Beautiful cars and beautiful women. PlayStation 2 Horny-Bullant (56)
Too much fuss for so little... Need For Speed Windows SifouNaS (1317)
An embarrassing indictment of how out of touch EA actually is with reality. GameCube AkibaTechno (248)
Oh Need For Speed, where have you gone? Windows kbmb (399)
One of the best NFS games so far Windows Alex M. (1167)
The worst game in the series, by far. Windows Michael Cobb (2)

Critic Reviews PlayStation 2 Feb 18, 2004 89.5 out of 100 90
Game Informer Magazine GameCube Dec, 2003 9 out of 10 90
IGN GameCube Nov 14, 2003 8.8 out of 10 88 Xbox Nov 28, 2003 84 out of 100 84
GameSpy GameCube Nov 20, 2003 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80 PC Gaming Windows May 05, 2004 8 out of 10 80
G4 TV: X-Play PlayStation 2 Mar 28, 2006 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
The Video Game Critic Xbox Feb 22, 2005 B 75 (UK) PlayStation 2 Nov 26, 2003 7 out of 10 70 Xbox Nov 26, 2003 14 out of 20 70


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EA astonished the entire gaming world by supporting online gameplay in the Windows version of Need for Speed UndergroundNFSU, but leaving out LAN play. Often, games only get LAN play because developers don't want to deal with latency issues and different networks. EA on the other hand, developed a "Cross Platform Online Gaming" feature, which allows gamers to compete online on different platforms (e.g. PS2 vs PC), but there's a catch: no LAN play on PC. This means that players have go through an external network connection just to join a server sitting right next to them.

Soon after the game's release,a tool making LAN play possible appeared on various fansites. It also features an option to play over the Internet without using EA's server.

Server shutdown

As of 13th January 2006, The EA servers for the game are no longer in service. Of course this does not effect peer-to-peer games. The PS2 servers were closed on 1st November 2007.


  • 4Players
    • 2003 – Best PC Racing Game of the Year
  • Computer Gaming World
    • March 2004 (Issue #236) – Racing Game of the Year
  • GameStar (Germany)
    • February 13, 2004 - Best PC Sports Game in 2003 (Readers' Vote)
  • PC Games (Germany)
    • Issue 02/2004– Best Sports/Racing Game in 2003 (Readers' Vote)
  • Shacknews
    • 2003 - WTF!? Award (more details in "Multiplayer" section)
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