1UP: Need for Speed: Undercover Preview

As with other game brands of long-standing pedigree, yearly updates play out as a tug-of-war between opposing ideas. In Need for Speed land, ongoing battles rage between realistic simulation and arcadey accessibility, muscle-car culture against import-tuner culture, and closed track versus open world. This year's edition, Need for Speed: Undercover , flip-flops away from the closed tracks and sim-aspiring realism of last year's ProStreet , setting the player free in a fictional waterfront city and subbing in Hollywood-inspired stunt driving for meticulous cornering.

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