I couldn't wait for this game to come out, and I received it a day before it was actually released. I was a bit anxious after reading reviews, but I think they were bit harsh.
First off, the graphics are pretty impressive, the city and the cars look great. However, some of this is ruined by the lag the game suffers, which isnt really acceptable for a ps3 game. Despite this, it doesn't seem to ruin the game as much as some people make it out. It's more annoying than anything.
The cars list is fantastic, bringing back cars from Carbon such as the Porsche Carrera GT, Mercedes SLR Mclaren, Aston Martin DB9 and the Lamborghini Gallardo LP560. Also there are some great new additions such as the Bugatti Veyron, Mclaren F1, Porsche GT3RS and the Audi R8. They also have got rid of the really rubbish, slow cars (such as the Honda Civic and Toyota Corolla) so that there are fairly decent cars to start with.
The customisation of the cars is similar to ProStreet, but I think it has improved slightly. The body kits are great, and tuning your car is fun.
The gameplay itself I feel is a big disappointment. The handling is so arcadey. you can take almost any turn without needing to brake. Also, the acceleration of the cars is really unrealistic. You can drive a Nissan 240sx and still outaccelerate the top cars at the start line. This I feel is a step back, because what I liked about ProStreet as the official acceleration, so the speed was very realistic. Another thing is that the cars dont reach the speeds they would in real life. I souped up a Bugatti Veyron as much as I could, and it only reached 250mph, less than it would at stock level in real life. Now some people may like this idea, but I think it ruins the gameplay.
The storyline is pretty naff, nothing compared to that of Most Wanted. Basically you are a cop pretending to be a street racer and you make friends with other racers and then take them down. The game itself doesn't compare to Most Wanted in this aspect, which is another disappointment.
Online play is a bit limited, you can do circuits, sprints, or cops and robbers, which is a game where you take turn to be a cop then a robber and try to either collect money or bust the robbers. It does get repetitive after a while, and isn't the best.
The difficulty as you may know already is terribly easy. I got over halfway through the game without even upgrading my car once. Only then did I upgrade to make my car better to drive. I haven't totally finished the game yet, but I'm not far off. Also the length of the career is pretty short, I remember playing Most Wanted for weeks on end, getting frustrated by losing races continuously. But with Undercover, it just doesn't happen.
One last thing, the fact that you can just jump to an event isn't such a bad thing. I don't know why everyone is making such a big issue about it. Doesn't anyone remember you could do the same in Carbon and Most Wanted? It's not new...
The fact that there is no offline 2 player is a bad idea, because NFS has done it for years, and they just seem to have taken out a perfectly good part of the game. It's happened a lot with racing games recently, and I can't see why...
I know there are a lot of bad points about the game, but in honesty it's not too bad. It's still fun to play and to customise the cars. It just isn't as good as expected. Lets hope next year's will be more like the amazing Most Wanted, and less arcadey.
If you are a NFS fan, you probably will still love it, but don't expect it to be as good as Most Wanted, which i still feel is the best NFS yet. A reasonable game, nothing more, nothing less.