Review by kts123

"Need For Speed Underground Rivals may not be the best racing game for the PSP, but it is very fun and has great music"

Genre: Racing

Gameplay: 8/10
Need For Speed: Underground Rivals is in most aspects, a typical street racing game. You can of course, exelerate, turn, brake, and drift. You will need to use all of your abilities to get to the finish. The game starts out rather slow, the fastest you can go is about 120MPH on a straight run (and it feels more like 90MPH). Plus when turning you can only go about 90MPH, plus turning is very hard because you will slide into a wall very easy. However, you have the ability to "tune up" your car. You can upgrade just about every part in your car. After you upgrade the game becomes a whole lot funnier, the average speed becomes over 120, even on turns. This means if you have the patience to upgrade your car the payoff will be more than worth it. Another great thing about the game is that you can customize the look of your car however you want. From the tail pipes to the hood of your car, almost every part of your car can be customized. They also threw in some bonuses so racing will not be the only thing your going to be doing. You can "drag" witch is a contest of pure speed on a straight path. The "Nitrous Runs" allow you to race at SUPER high speeds down twists and turns (average speeds of 160). Need for Speed: Underground Rivals is very fun if you have plenty of patience, mainly because the game can become annoying (they have some VERY difficult objectives).

Graphics: 8/10
Need For Speed: Underground Rivals has stunning graphics. The areas are bizarrely well done and extremely detailed. The streets reflect light, your car is not only shiny, but it reflects the background. All of the areas take place at night, but that's not a bad thing. The areas are large (as far as a racing game goes) and well thought out. Need For Speed: Underground Rivals take the cake for most realistic PSP game so far; NOTE: this review was made under one month after the release of the PSP.

Sound Effects: 9/10
They didn't forget any details when it came to the sound effects. When you make a sharp turn you can hear every detail, from your screeching tires, to the sound of your engine down shifting. You can even hear the tires and engine of the cars next to you. The only flaw is that the sound is a bit too dull, smacking into a wall at 150MPH should make a loud crash, but it doesn't, it's more of a "crunch/boom" that isn't loud and doesn't feel powerful. They also made the same mistake with a couple of other things.

Music: 10/10
Ah yes, nearly perfect music. This game has real music that people actually listen to and buy CD's to get the music on this game. Plus the music is crisp and clear. It won't let you down. Need For Speed: Underground Rivals has wonderful music, the only way you won't like the music is if you don't like the genre (rap, rock)

Replay Value: 7/10
After you've had a few races you've seen all there is to see, so most of the game is replay value. But once you've completed most of the tasks, you'll play for a couple of weeks, get bored and put the game up. You'll get a good ten hours out of this game if you like it but don't love it, and if you love it, you'll get well over 20 hours. Now if you hate the game, you'll play for five minutes then throw your game down with anger.

Overview: 8/10
Need For Speed: Underground Rivals is a great game. It has great graphics, a hefty amount of extras. And more than enough upgrades to keep you happy for a good long while. Plus the sound effects are well made, and the music is, well, CD worthy. Though I enjoyed Wipeout pure more, this is still a very fun racing game. It gets a strong eight out of ten.

Rent or Buy?
If you like racing games, and like what you've heard, your better off buying the game because if you rent it you'll end up buying it anyway. If you enjoy racing games but you don't really care for them, rent it, if you don't there is a good chance you will of wasted $50. And no one wants to do that.


Reviewer's Score: 8/10 | Originally Posted: 04/25/05


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