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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 GameCube The abandoned subway station shortcut.
Need for Speed: Underground GameCube Line Up!
Need for Speed: Underground GameCube Title Screen
Need for Speed: Underground GameCube Wheee!

Promo Images

Need for Speed: Underground Concept Art
Need for Speed: Underground Screenshot
Need for Speed: Underground Screenshot
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

An embarrassing indictment of how out of touch EA actually is with reality. AkibaTechno (254) 1.57 Stars1.57 Stars1.57 Stars1.57 Stars1.57 Stars

Critic Reviews Nov 22, 2003 91 out of 100 91
GamePro (US) Nov 18, 2003 4.5 out of 5 90
1UP May 09, 2004 9 out of 10 90
Game Informer Magazine Dec, 2003 9 out of 10 90
IGN Nov 14, 2003 8.8 out of 10 88
64 Power / big.N / N Games Nov, 2003 88 out of 100 88 Nov 28, 2003 84 out of 100 84
N-Zone Dec 12, 2003 84 out of 100 84
GameSpot Nov 17, 2003 7.9 out of 10 79 Nov 27, 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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Corn Popper (69359) added Need for Speed: Underground (GameCube) on Dec 03, 2003
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