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Need for Speed Underground (Windows)

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Description

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.

Screenshots

Need for Speed Underground Windows The Flying Rose is my stage name.
Need for Speed Underground Windows The white car is MINE, ALL MINE!
Need for Speed Underground Windows Title Screen
Need for Speed Underground Windows Taking the shortcut results in some air.

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

Too much fuss for so little... Need For Speed SifouNaS (1317) 1.86 Stars1.86 Stars1.86 Stars1.86 Stars1.86 Stars
Make your car look great, then show everyone who owns the roads Riamus (8121) 4.57 Stars4.57 Stars4.57 Stars4.57 Stars4.57 Stars
Oh Need For Speed, where have you gone? kbmb (399) unrated
One of the best NFS games so far Alex M. (990) 4.43 Stars4.43 Stars4.43 Stars4.43 Stars4.43 Stars
The worst game in the series, by far. Michael Cobb (2) 0.57 Stars0.57 Stars0.57 Stars0.57 Stars0.57 Stars

The Press Says

Computer Gaming World (CGW) Mar, 2004 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
Absolute Games (AG.ru) Dec 02, 2003 88 out of 100 88
Gamesmania Nov 28, 2003 84 out of 100 84
Game Shark Dec 24, 2003 B+ 83
GameStar (Germany) Nov, 2003 82 out of 100 82
GameSpot Nov 21, 2003 8 out of 10 80
ActionTrip Nov 25, 2003 80 out of 100 80
2404.org PC Gaming May 05, 2004 8 out of 10 80
Joystick (French) Dec, 2003 7 out of 10 70
Jeuxvideo.com Nov 27, 2003 14 out of 20 70

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Trivia

Multiplayer

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.

Awards

  • 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)
Information also contributed by Mr._Sefe.

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Mattias Kreku (424) added Need for Speed Underground (Windows) on Nov 29, 2003
Other platforms contributed by Corn Popper (69521)