STAFF REVIEW of Need for Speed Underground (Xbox)

Tuesday, January 6, 2004.
by mattgame

Need for Speed Underground Box art Here I go again.... NFS is a solid racer with tons of upgrades and hours of gameplay. There are some variations to gameplay which makes the game less monotonous as some racers can be. The graphics are okay but considering the xbox and it's abilities the graphics are not that impressive. The cars sound good though and if it wasn't for a few flaws in gameplay and overall execution of the game I would have scored it higher.

The gameplay is where most of the problems lie. EA seems to have this dynamic where AI bounces off other objects unrealistically. For example, if I hit a van at 200 mphs I get wrecked, flipped, and tossed up like a punk in prison. However, if one of the AI cars do the same they have the ability to just bounce off or literally go through the van
unscathed. This doesn't happen all of the time but it happens enough to take away from the gameplay. The races are all easy enough to eventually win but some races like the 6 lappers require a little patience as there is room for a lot of error. Also the omission of replays hurt. I know why there are no replays though. Then you could see all of the glitches in the game.

The xbox has a better looking racer as a matter of fact they have a few namely PGR2 and event he first PGR. The scenery is nice except that it never changes, it's always dark. I honestly think that the game looks better on the PS2. Of course, that's EA for ya. Those crazies.

The game sounds good especially if you have a little surround sound system. The cars sound great like when they're revving up to start that drag race.

Add more environments, do the xbox better, replays and online. I holla!

Overall: 8.0 / 10
Gameplay: 7.0 / 10
Visuals: 7.0 / 10
Sound: 8.0 / 10


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