Need for Speed: Undercover is the 12th installment of the popular racing video game series Need for Speed, developed by EA Black Box and published by Electronic Arts. It was released on PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Nintendo DS, Wii, Microsoft Windows, PlayStation Portable, iPod Touch, iPhone, N-Gage 2.0 and mobile phone in November 2008.
Undercover features a new "open-world" map consisting of 80 miles of road and a large highway system making it the largest Need for Speed "open-world" environment EA has ever created. The city is called Tri-City, and consists of four boroughs called Palm Harbor, Port Cresent, Gold Coast Mountains, and Sunset Hills.
The police vehicles includes helicopters that are not as agressive as in Need for Speed: Most Wanted. Police vehicles are drivable by the player namely in certain campaign missions. EA also said that there are some modes which give you access to the range of police cars. There will also be a return of the Speedbreaker, rechargeable nitrous, Pursuit Breakers, and heat levels. It has also been mentioned that, "The police are much tougher this time around, they will now perform PIT maneuvers.
The customization of cars is similar to Need for Speed: ProStreet and has been enhanced on the level of graphics and detail. The new color palette and the "matte" paint has been hyped with a huge improvement. They also have aftermarket parts like Need for Speed: Carbon did. In addition, you can gain reputation points to access new missions simply by participating in side missions or performing flashy manouvers in a police chase, adding a small RPG-like element to the gameplay.
The game's story mode sets the player in the story as a police officer going undercover into the criminal underground of Tri-City, a fictional city where the game is set. Players take on dangerous jobs and compete in races in order to infiltrate and take down a ruthless international crime smuggling syndicate of street racers and car thieves. The player's only contact to the police is federal handler Chase Linh, played by Maggie Q. Another named police officer is Lt. Jack M. Keller played by Paul Pape.
Recently EA revealed some new plot details of Undercover. A video shows the player evading capture from the Tri-City Police Department (TCPD). The player was aided by detective Chase Linh. As well, seven criminal characters named Carmen Mendez played by singer and actress Christina Milian, Chau Wu, Gregory "G-Mac" MacDonald (a former undercover police officer from the TCPD who's gone native, played by actor David Rees Snell, of the television series "The Shield"), Rose Largo played by actress Heather Fox, Hector Maio played by actor Kurt Caceres (of the television series "Prison Break)", Brad "Nickel" Rogers played by actor Lawrence B. Adisa , and Zack Maio played by actor Joshua Alba (brother of actress Jessica Alba) have been introduced. There are three other characters to note: Jonathon Cross is listed as an acquaintance to "G-Mac", yet not much is known about him at this time; and Isabel "Izzy" Diaz, one of the "Blacklist" members in Most Wanted, and Caleb Reece, the main antagonist in Underground 2, are listed as acquaintances to Hector Maio.
In the end, Chase Linh killed Chau Wu and tried to escape in a M3, after a ardrous chase you wreck her car and she is arrested, cursing you saying "You don't know how high this goes.
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