Need for Speed Underground reboots completely the franchise, ignoring the previous games and is the first game in the series to offer a career mode featuring a storyline, and a garage mode that allowed players to fully customize their cars with a large variety of brand-name performance and visual upgrades. All races take place in a generic city at night, though the city bears some resemblance to New York, San Francisco and Los Angeles. Rather than exotic cars, Underground featured vehicles associated with the Import Scene.
Underground was commercially successful, and inspired a sequel. It is rumored that the car manufacturers were very strict in how their vehicles were to be portrayed in this game, especially considering the "illegal street racing" reputation of the tuner culture. EA took some effort in making the races appear as sanctioned racing events, and included a public service announcement in the game's introduction. In addition, vehicles do not have damage models.
MINIMUM PC REQUIREMENTS
- Windows 98/ME/2000/XP
- Pentium III or AMD Athlon 700MHz Processor
- 128MB RAM (256MB for 2000/XP)
- 8X CD-ROM/DVD-ROM Drive
- 2.0GB Hard Disk Space
- 32MB Direct3D compatible Video Card
- DirectX 9.0