Need for Speed: Undercover

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Need for Speed: Undercover
Need for Speed: Undercover cover
EA Black Box
Electronic Arts
Release dates
Windows November 18, 2008
Metacritic 65
Modes Singleplayer, Multiplayer
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives First-person, Third-person
Controls Direct control
Genres Racing
Vehicles Automobile, Street racing
Art styles Realistic
Themes Contemporary
Series Need for Speed
Need for Speed: Undercover on HowLongToBeat
Need for Speed: Undercover on IGDB
Need for Speed: Undercover guide on StrategyWiki
Need for Speed: Undercover on MobyGames
Need for Speed: Undercover on Wikipedia
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Need for Speed: ProStreet 2007
Need for Speed: Undercover 2008
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Need for Speed: The Run 2011
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Need for Speed Payback 2017
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Need for Speed Heat 2019

Key points

A port of the PS3/Xbox 360 versions, as the PS2/Wii version differs from these versions.
Many graphical effects (including car shadows) are missing after patching the game.[1] Version works as intended.

General information

Steam Community Discussions


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
CD key
Requires online activation
Can only be used x times
SecuROM 7 DRM, unknown machine limit. A De-Authorization Tool is available.
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Origin (unavailable)
DRM-free after installation through Origin client (notes may include more details)
Launches without Origin when ran directly from executable, contains SecuROM[2]
Steam (unavailable)
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Steam uses v1.0.0.1 of the game; Origin uses v1.1.2.1.[3]
Steam's Origin key is stored in HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Electronic Arts\ea games\need for speed undercover\ergc
DLC was not released for PC, but some of it can be accessed with mods.
The Origin version of the game will not run with dll loaded mods present and will quickly throw and close a "Security Module could not be loaded" message.

Essential improvements[edit]

NFS Undercover Generic Fix[edit]

Fixes the game's code to automatically detect available resolutions of the selected screen properly.
Improves gamepad support by adding controller icons and fixing the left stick's deadzone.


Patch is the latest version. A patch for the Steam version is available here. Please note, this will render the Steam copy unable to load mods as it will fail securom security activation.

Skip intro videos[edit]

Use NFS Undercover Generic Fix[citation needed]
Instructions[citation needed]
  1. Go to <path-to-game>\Movies\
  2. Delete or rename ea_bumper_##.vp6 (where ## is the region name of the game version)

Unlock Collectors Edition content[edit]

NFS Undercover Collector's Edition requirement remover Collectors Edition Vinyls Unlocker

Game data[edit]

NFS Undercover Generic Fix can optionally save all registry settings to an .ini file as well as store user files in a specified folder

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\EA Games\Need For Speed Undercover\[Note 1]
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/17430/pfx/[Note 2]

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\NFS Undercover\<user-id>\
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/17430/pfx/[Note 2]

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud


General settings
General settings
World settings
World settings
Car settings
Car settings

Field of view (FOV)[edit]

Use FOV fix[citation needed]
  1. Download FOV fix by NFS Business.
  2. Unzip Update 2-4-18.nfsms.
  3. Download and run NFS-VltEd.
  4. Import unzipped Update 2-4-18.nfsms.
  5. Save.


Alternative camera mods: close version and far version.


Disable bloom effect[citation needed]
  1. Install NFS Undercover Generic Fix.
  2. Open NFSUndercover.GenericFix.ini.
  3. Change BloomIntensity = 1.0 to BloomIntensity = 0.0.


Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Movements interpreted like a directional pad except on world map.
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller support
Full controller support
Controller remapping
Controller sensitivity
DirectInput gamepads only. For XInput gamepads use NFS Undercover Generic Fix.
Controller Y-axis inversion
Controller types
XInput-compatible controllers
Xbox button prompts
Use NFS Undercover Generic Fix.
Impulse Trigger vibration
DualShock 4 controllers
Use NFS Undercover Generic Fix.
DualShock button prompts
Use NFS Undercover Generic Fix.
Light bar support
Connection modes unknown
Generic/other controllers
Additional information
Controller hotplugging
Hotplugging works only with already plugged in controllers. If a new controller gets plugged in during the game session, the game won't recognize it.
Haptic feedback
DirectInput gamepads only.
Simultaneous controller+KB/M


Audio settings
Audio settings

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Music, Speech, Sound Effects and Engine Effects.
Surround sound
Only a 'Surround' option is available.
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost


In languages with subtitles, they are on by default and cannot be turned off.
Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Traditional Chinese
Subtitles only in cutscenes.
Subtitles only in cutscenes.
Subtitles only in cutscenes.
Subtitles only in cutscenes.
Subtitles only in cutscenes.
Fan translation, download. Replace Czech language.
Latin American Spanish
Subtitles only in cutscenes.
Subtitles only in cutscenes.


Multiplayer types

Type Native Notes
Local play
LAN play
Online play
Online servers were shut down in August 31, 2021. [4]

Issues unresolved[edit]

Game freezes after loading a profile on system with more than 4 physical cores[edit]

Use MSCONFIG to reduce the core count
  1. Go to MSCONFIG.exe
  2. Go to the Boot tab
  3. Go to Advanced Options
  4. Check Number of Processors and set the drop down to 8 (If this doesn't work set to 4)
  5. Hit OK and Apply and reboot
  6. After you play the game set your settings back by following the instructions again except uncheck Number of Processors.
Use Special K to spoof the number of cores.[5]

This only seems to be viable on Cracked versions of the securom protected and later executable

  1. Install Special K by following the Special K Unofficial Guide.
  2. When the game starts, press Ctrl+Shift+Backspace to open Special K menu.
  3. Go to Frame limiter section and click on Advanced.
  4. Tick Spoof CPU Core Count and set the number of cores to 2.
  5. Restart the game.

Issues fixed[edit]

Controller deadzone issues[edit]

Fix left stick deadzone[citation needed]
  1. Download NFS Undercover Generic Fix.
  2. Extract the contents to the installation folder.
  3. Deadzone can be adjusted in NFSUndercover.GenericFix.ini.

Video settings not saved correctly (Windows 8)[edit]

Disable display scaling[6]
  1. Open nfs.exe compatibility settings.
  2. Disable display scaling on high DPI settings.

Run the game at screen refresh rate[edit]

Fullscreen mode defaults to 60 Hz, even if the screen refresh rate is set higher than that.
Set screen refresh rate[citation needed]
  1. Install Special K by following the Special K Unofficial Guide. Manual local installation may work better.
  2. Start the game once and close it to allow the configuration file of Special K to be created.
  3. Open <path-to-game>\d3d9.ini or %USERPROFILE%\Documents\My Mods\SpecialK\Profiles\nfs.exe\SpecialK.ini depending on the installation method you used.
  4. Change RefreshRate=-1 to RefreshRate=0 under [Render.FrameRate].

FPS issues on modern machines[edit]

Use specific game version[7]
  1. Install retail 1.0 version.
  2. Install 1.0.17 patch
  3. Use only original binary (NO-CD binaries cause FPS issues, and also patch 1.0.18, and (Origin).
  4. Origin key can be used during activation of retail version.
  5. Steam users can obtain a key from the registry after installing the game. Follow this guide:
  6. Be aware that patch 1.0.18 introduces challenge series. It is possible to have 2 copies of the game at the same time.
Here the complete 1.3GB 1.0.17 patch files for Origin version can be found.
Set compatibility mode[citation needed]
  1. Open nfs.exe compatibility settings.
  2. Choose "Windows XP SP3" from menu "Run this program in compatibility mode for"
Game settings can constantly reset after restart of the game.
FPS boost on high details can be even more noticeable than using specific game version.

Other information[edit]


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 9
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes


Middleware Notes
Physics Havok
Anti-cheat PunkBuster [citation needed]


HD textures pack[edit]

HD texture packs has been made by An7hraX and Dragozool. Both require texmod in order to work.


Changes: new responsive controls. Are flip turns necessary - Disabled the effect of yellow with SFX - Disabled the effect of trembling camera. - New texture of the sky. The saved effect of the dome, the sky now looks drawn. Now the reflections look more natural on all surfaces. - Fixed a glitch with the wheels, now tires have no Shine - Fixed the ground clearance on some cars - Changed some of the camera effects - Correctly built light source for daytime - Minor bug fixes.

The mod makes all performance upgrades availible for free from the very beginning. To fix this, use FE_ATTRIB.bin from the original game (<gamedir>\GLOBAL\).
The mod increases difficulty of the game making several missions nearly impossible to complete. There is no easy fix for that.

For visuals only, copy only modded InGameA.bun to <gamedir>\GLOBAL\ then use VltEd to apply this script.


Graphics Enhancement Mod[edit]

Makes changes to the streak effect, contrast, and bloom.

System requirements[edit]

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) XP SP2
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium 4 3.0 GHz
System memory (RAM) 512 MB
1 GB (Vista)
Hard disk drive (HDD) 6 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce 6600
ATI Radeon 9500
Intel G45 Express
128 MB of VRAM
DirectX 9.0c compatible


  1. When running this game without Administrator elevation, 32-bit programs writing to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE will be redirected to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\VirtualStore\MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node (more details).
  2. 2.0 2.1 File/folder structure within this directory reflects the path(s) listed for Windows and/or Steam game data (use Wine regedit to access Windows registry paths). Games with Steam Cloud support may store data in ~/.steam/steam/userdata/<user-id>/17430/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (17430) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.


  1. NFSUC Car dynamic shadow is missing (original game bug, introduced in the patch) · Issue #512 · ThirteenAG/WidescreenFixesPack
  2. Verified by User:tyl0413 on 2020-12-12
    Verified by running and checking the details of the files.
  3. Verified by User:Aemony on 2018-02-17
    Verified by downloading and checking the details of the files.
  4. EA Online Services Shutdown: I-Q - last accessed on 2021-09-01
  5. [1]
  6. Patch for Steam :: Need for Speed: Undercover General Discussion
  7. [2]