PC, PS2, PS3, Wii, Xbox 360, Electronic Arts, £29.99 - £49.99

Forget gritty realism, with the latest Need for Speed, cinematic pizzazz is the name of the game.

From the opening, filmlike intro, wherein players are thrown from cutscene to driving seat to the flimsy-but-fun storyline involving an illegal racing club, this is high-octane fun with plenty of references to cop films and big-screen car chases. As you zip through missions, you’ll gain vital experience, giving you the chance to build up the wheelman levels that improve your driving skills and vehicle. Undercover is a real romp through an entertaining open-world.

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