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Need for Speed: Undercover

Need for Speed: Undercover Achievement Guide

Guide By: Bishop24
There are 50 achievements with a total of 1000 points.


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Overview:

-Estimated achievement difficulty: 4/10
-Offline: 41 (825)
-Online: 9 (175)
-Approximate amount of time to 1000: 20+ hours
-Minimum number of playthroughs needed: 1
-Number of missable achievements: None!
-Glitched achievements: No
-Do cheat codes disable achievements? No
-Does difficulty affect achievements? No

Need for Speed: Undercover is a very straightforward racing game. The controls are very simple and if you can do one race, you can do all of them. It takes some time to complete all of the races and to dominate the ones you need to, however, which is why the difficulty is a 4/10 and not lower.

Introduction:

Need for Speed: Undercover is somewhat a sandbox game, but first you need to complete the career. As a result, only one career playthrough is needed, there are no missable achievements, and you can redo races as many times as you wish. 187 offline races plus 119 online races can get tiring and somewhat tedious at times, so just keep at it and go for 1000!

1) Career Playthrough (325
)

You’ll complete the 5 “Meet” achievements (50) and the 5 mission completion achievements (125) along the way. “Hired Goons” and “5 Finger Discount” (40) are part of the career as well. You’ll also get “Learner’s Permit”, “Aficionado”, “Keys to the City”, “Branching Out”, “Window Shopper”, and “Nothing Stock” for 70. Finally you’ll end the career with “Retired” for 40. I recommend trying to dominate as many races as you can because it helps win races in the future, and saving money for better cars and upgrades sooner.

2) Completionist (100)

Chances are, you’ll net the some other achievements simply by playing through the career. After completing the career, focus first on getting “Completionist”, because completing all 187 events will get many of the missed achievements and save you a lot of time. You’ll get most of the quantity achievements (Avoiding 12 spike strips, completing 50 pursuits, etc) simply due to the large number of events that must be completed.

3) Offline Mop-Up (400)

Once you finish all 187 offline events, dominate the eight “Domination” races for 120 and finish up on the quantity achievements if you didn’t get all of them. In order to dominate these eight races, use a Tier 1 car with high speed but good handling (I used the Bugatti). Remember that you have to win the race as well as beat the time, which can be very tough! If you’re having some trouble on a particular race, skip it. Dominating raises Driver Skill and completing races raises your Wheelman level, which helps you go faster and control your car better.
You should now have 41 achievements and 825.

4) Online (175)

Make an EA Nation account and then upload a photo to needforspeed.com, which should get you 40 and two achievements. Watch out for community days so you can participate for 20. While you wait for a community day to come around, win a Cops and Robbers event (10), and keep playing Cops and Robbers until you get the “Cat and Mouse Virus” (5). Then complete 119 online races (50). I think these have to be races, and can’t be Cops and Robbers. Once you finish those 119 races, you should have “First!” (10), “First of Many” (15), and hopefully “Among the Best” (25). If you can’t win 25 races out of 119, switch over to Cops and Robbers and finish up “Among the Best” in Cops and Robbers.

Conclusion:

Congratulations, you have 1000 /1000 ! If you are still missing achievements after all of this, get a Tier 1 car with the Ultimate upgrades to both power and handling and use the Guide for assistance. Dominating events may be difficult, so dominating earlier and easier events can make it easier once your Wheelman level is maxed and you just can’t seem to shave off one more second off of a race time. Good luck and have fun!

[x360a would like to thank shocellist for this road map]



Community Member15
Create or use an existing account to sign into EA Nation (1) 
See "Freeze! Hold it right there!".
Active Community Member20
Participated in any Community Day. Visit NeedforSpeed.com for more info. (20) 
There will be a few community days spread out throughout the upcoming year. If you missed a Community Day, don't worry. Simply go to www.NeedforSpeed.com and once a Community Day is set up and ready to be launched, you will then know about it. To get this achievement you only have to complete one event during a Community Day, you do not have to win the event.
Freeze! Hold it right there!25
Take a Photo and upload it to NeedforSpeed.com 

If you have played past EA games, then you should have an EA Nation account already. Simply go into the Pause Menu once the game starts up and go to Photo Mode. Once there, take a shapshot and upload it to EA Nation. You should get both this achievement and the "Community Member" achievement as well.

Learner's Permit5
Acquire your first car in Career Mode 
Right when the game starts race in a few races, between 3-5. After doing that you will be shown a cut scene and then placed in a race with a group of racers in the local city. If you win that race you will get to choose from a few cars that you beat in that race. After you get the pink slip and select the car you want this achievement will unlock.
Apprentice Mechanic5
Customize a car in Career mode. (1) 
First off, you can not get this achievement by customizing a car from the Garage by going into the Pause Menu. You must have first unlocked a Parts Shop and from there go into the GPS Map located in the Pause Menu and find that Parts Shop. All you will need to do is purchase a part for your car from that shop.
Meet Zack10
Face off against Zack in 'Rush Hour' 
This will be the first actual in-game career achievement you should receive. You will have to face-off against Zack and beat him in a highway battle to earn this achievement. Once he is defeated the achievement will unlock.
Meet Carmen10
Face off against Carmen in 'The Game' 
Carmen is one of the main characters in this game and she plays a significant role in the game. But before you find out what she does you will need to beat here in a highway battle. You will need to get ahead of her by 1000 ft. to unlock this achievement.
Meet Hector10
Face off against Hector in 'Versus' 
You will be able to face off against Hector a few races after you face off against Carmen. All you have to do is defeat him in a highway battle and this achievement will unlock.
Meet Nickel10
Face off against Nickel in 'Road Rage' (2) 
After you take out both Zack and Hector you will then race in another Pink Slip race. Once you win a cut scene will appear and Nickel will be the one who does not want to give up his car and he is a tad upset at you. Race another race or two and he will challenge you to a highway battle. Once you are ahead 1000 ft. on him this achievement will unlock.
Meet Rose10
Face off against Rose in 'Rollercoaster' 
After you unlock Port Crescent and do a few more jobs for Rose she will then challenge you to a highway battle. Right before you face off against Rose you will need to defeat her in an Outrun event, which mean you need to stay in front of her for 75 seconds. Make sure you win the highway battle and you'll get this achievement.
Zack Trap25
Complete the Zack sequence in 'The Trap' mission. 
After meeting Hector and doing a few jobs for him you will be advised to take Zack out ( I won't tell you the reason why because it might ruin the story). All you have to do is simply take him out. His car will start off with no damage and there will be a green symbol above his car. Keep hitting his car until that symbol turns yellow, then orange, then red. Then once the symbol is blinking red hit his car 2 or 3 more times and that should take him out and unlock this achievement.
Bowling with Hector25
Complete the Hector sequence in the mission 'Kingpin' 
Right after you take Zack out you will then be advised to also take out Hector. Just like when you took out Zack above Hector's car will be a symbol that starts out green. Hit his car until it's starts blinking red. Once it starts blinking red hit his car a few more times and you should take him out and unlock this achievement.
To Protect and Serve25
Complete the Carmen sequence in the mission 'Rematch' 
Carmen will ask you to follow her. Only thing is she is being followed by two goons who are out to wreck her car. You will have to follow Carmen, protect her car, and defeat both of the goons. The two goons will also have that same symbol above their cars. Keep hitting their cars until that symbol starts blinking red. Then once that symbol starts blinking red hit them 2 or 3 more times and that should take them out.
Nickel and Dimes25
Complete the Nickel sequence in mission 'Payback' 
After you defeat Rose in the highway battle race, a few more races later and you will prompted to do the 'Payback' mission in which you will need to smash up Nickel's car until his car is fully totaled.
2 Birds, 1 Stone25
Complete the mission 'Double Trouble' 
After you take out Rose in the mission above you will only have to do about 3 more events and you will be advised to do the mission 'Double Trouble' and take out Rose and G-Mac. After you take both of them out, this achievement will unlock.
Gold Coast to Ocean15
Dominate the Gold Coast to Ocean event (2) 
To receive this achievement you will need to win and dominate the Gold Coast to Ocean checkpoint event in under 3 minutes and 29 seconds.
East Fasulo Bridge15
Dominate the East Fasulo Bridge event 
To receive this achievement you will need to win and dominate the East Fasulo Bridge event in under 4 minutes and 6 seconds.
Pine Creek & Douglas15
Dominate the Pine Creek & Douglas event 
After taking out both Zack and Hector you should unlock this event. The race is located towards the upper right of the GPS map and it will be a spinning circle spinning around it. It is a Road Rage event. You have to win the race and dominate the race as well. To dominate this event you will need to win the race in under 3 minutes 39 seconds. Do that and this achievement will unlock.
South Canyon Hwy15
Dominate the South Canyon Hwy event 
You will also unlock this event after taking out both Zack and Hector. To receive this achievement you will need to win and dominate the South Canyon Hwy Sprint event in under 2 minutes and 57 seconds.
East I-515
Dominate the East I-5 event (1) 
This event will be toward the bottom of the GPS map and will have a spinning circle around it. When you go to it, it should say "Master Event". It is a checkpoint event. Win and dominate this event in under 3 minutes and 19 seconds and this achievement will unlock.
Bay Drive & Harbor15
Dominate the Bay Drive & Harbor event 
You will know when you can race for this achievement. Carmen will tell you they need a driver for a race and the race will be the Bay Drive & Harbor Sprint event. Win and dominate that race in under 3 minutes and 52 seconds and you will get this achievement.
Tri-City Run15
Dominate the Tri-City Run event 
This event is in the lower left corner of the map when you are in your GPS. You will have had to unlocked Port Crescent before you can attempt to dominate this event. To receive this achievement you will need to win and dominate the Tri-City Run event in under 6 minutes and 47 seconds.
North River Expressway15
Dominate the North River Expressway event (2) 
You will need to get your Wheelman level to Level 14 to unlock this event. To receive this achievement you will need to win and dominate the North River Expressway event under 3 minutes and 36 seconds.
Lose the Eye in the Sky25
Escape from a helicopter in a successfully completed pursuit. (Must be Career level 8 or greater) 
You must first be at Wheelman Level 8 or higher to get this achievement. Before a helicopter will even chase after your car, you will need to be at least at Heat Level 3 or higher, obviously you don't want the Heat Level to be too high. There are usually 2 or 3 every mile or so. The helicopter is not the hardest part to evade, it's the police cars. The cars get bigger, stronger, and harder to take down as you heat level rises. Make sure that you know where the key knock down environments are in the area that you are in so it's easier to escape from the cop cars.
Path of Destruction10
Disable 10 Police Cars in a Pursuit and successfully evade in Career 
This can easily be done while your Heat Level is on Level 2 or Level 3. I got this achievement while doing "Cop Takeout" events. Those events will probably be your best bet to get this achievement as they require you to takeout so many cop cars. In each area there are environments that can be taken down by your car (they are the orange triangles on the mini-map) and can disable a police cruiser. Try not to speed past the cop cars, just cruise along with them so more can come along. Hit one of the destructible environments and that should take most of them out but leaving maybe one or two, which is good seeing as how you would not be able to disable 10 cars via one destructible environments.

You can also disable a car by running through one when they have a roadblock set up. It should say how many police cars you have disabled on the screen. Once that is at 10 try to evade the pursuit as fast as possible and this achievement is yours.
Get out of the way!5
Avoid 5 Road Blocks in a Pursuit and successfully evade in Career 
To get a road block in a pursuit you need to be in a pursuit for a certain amount of time, around 5-10 minutes. After that period of time the cops will then start setting up road blocks. Just make sure you do not out run the cops at any time because the cops in this game will not want to chase you if they can't keep up. I suggest being on Level 4 or higher to get this achievement but that might be hard for some. To avoid a road block you need to not hit one of the police cars that are in the way. You need to simply drive around the road block and keep going. Make sure you are counting how many road blocks you have avoided as you do not want to miscount and only have 3 or 4. Also try to do this towards the end of your career when you have a better handling car to maneuver around those road blocks.
Aficionado10
Purchase or win any 5 cars for your garage. 
To get this achievement you must either purchase or win the Pink Slips for 5 cars during the course of the Career. So that means the very first car you start out with in the Career does not count towards this achievement. After you meet both Zack and Carmen, you should have 2 cars via winning Pink Slips and one that you purchased. Now race around 2 or 3 more races and make sure you dominate them. Now you should have enough money to buy 2 more cars. Simply purchase the first Cadillac and the Chevrolet Camaro (the two cheapest American cars) and this achievement should unlock for you.

Here are the cheapest cars in the game:
1. [Japanese] Nissian 240SX (S13) - $20,000
2. [Japanese] Mazda RX-8 - $22,000
3. [American] Pontiac Solstice GXP - $25,000
4. [Japanese] Nissian Silvia (S15) - $28,000
5. [American] Pontiac GTO - $32,000
Keys to the City5
Unlock Port Crescent in Career 
There will be a cut scene where the boss man wants you to deliver a car to a certain destination (That mission is called "Dealer"). After completing the mission "Dealer", you will then be prompted to do another mission (that mission is called "Rocket Ride"). If you successfully deliver the car to the casino in good condition, this achievement will unlock.
Branching out10
Unlock Sunset Hills in Career 
You will unlock this achievement along with the "Meet Hector" achievement. Once you defeat Hector in the event you will get this achievement.
Window Shopper20
Discovered all 3 Pro Shops in Career 
You will unlock the first Pro Shop a little after you meet Zack. You'll get the second Pro Shop a little after you meet Hector. And you will get the third and final Pro Shop after you win a few races after you defeat Rose in the 'Rollercoaster' mission.
Nothing Stock20
Discovered all 3 Tuning Shops in Career 
You will unlock the first Tuning Shop (Street racing parts) towards the beginning of the story. You will unlock the second Tuning Shop (Race parts) right before you face off with Nickel in a highway battle. You will then unlock the third and final Tuning Shop (Pro racing parts) right before you face off against Rose in a highway battle.
Retired40
Finish the Career Story 
After doing all the "Meet xxx" and "Take out" achievements you will have to meet Carmen at the Garage. After that, you will do two final missions and this achievement will unlock after the "Betrayal" mission. To earn this achievement all you have to do beat the Career. You do not have to win every event or finish every event to get this achievement. Once you finish all the Career mission this achievement will unlock.
Hired Goons20
Takeout all the 'Goons' in Career 
All in all, there are not very many Goons but some of them don't come out until towards the end of the Career (via the missions after you take out Rose and G-Mac). The Goon Missions will be located throughout on the GPS map. So it will take you towards the end of the career to obtain this achievement.
5 Finger Discount20
Complete all Hot Car Missions 
This is a story mode achievement that you should get by going through the Career. Every person you come across has you steal cars and then deliver them to certain destinations either by outrunning the cops, evading some goons, by delivering the car under a certain amount of time, and by delivering the car in one piece. The last three hot car missions are right before and after you unlock Port Crescent. There are two before you unlock Port Crescent and one right after you unlock Port Crescent.
Chase or be Chased20
Win all the Highway Battles in Career 
To get the "Meet xxx" achievements you will have to win highway battles. There are also highway battles all over the GPS map. To race in these events simply go into your GPS and scroll over to a highway battle and make sure you win the event. Most of the highway battles require you to be in the lead by 1,000 ft. Simply win these and you will get this achievement. To me the highway battles are the easiest events to win in the game.
Own the Road25
Dominate 25 events in Career 
To dominate events in Career you will need to win the race under a certain time. The Cop Takedown and Cost to State events also count towards this achievement. With all of the events you have to do in the Career you should easily get this achievement before you finish the Career.
Completionist100
Complete all events in Career. (5) 
There are 187 events total. You will have to win every event in the game for the event to be considered completed. You don't have to dominate the event.

To see all the races that you have available and have not completed go into the Pause Menu and go to your GPS. Once there hit and it will show you every event that you have not yet completed. Complete all of those events and you will get this achievement.

Once you beat the game and are back in free roam just load up the GPS and hit once to highlight all available races. That shows whichever races and events you didn't finish and you can go race them.
Unstoppable Force10
Avoid 50 Road Blocks in Career 
Make sure you are at Heat Level 3 or higher so you can avoid 5 or 6 road blocks in a single pursuit, which will help you get this achievement faster. To avoid the road block simply go around instead of hitting one of the police cruisers.
Wasting Tax Dollars20
Get $100,000 Cost to State in a single pursuit and evade 
I suggest you do this while your Heat Level is level 3 or higher so you can run through some road blocks and get higher cost to state. I also suggest you do this in a "Cost to State" event. That way it should say up in the top right corner how money you have cause to the state, once it gets over $100,000 try you best to evade the police. By going through the destructible environments and disabling police cars will get you anywhere from $3,000 to $10,000, depending on what police car you disable at the time. You will also get the cost to state money to go up by hitting civilian cars, speeding, driving off road, destroying city property, etc.
Spiked Punch10
Avoid a spike strip in a Pursuit and successfully evade in Career 
You will need to dodge several road blocks before the cops decide to bring out the spike strips. Make sure the volume on your TV is turned up because you will the dispatcher tell the police they are setting up spike strips. When you hear that, make sure you avoid it. If you do avoid the spike strip evade the police and this achievement will unlock.
Love thy Tires15
Avoid 12 Spike Strips total in Career pursuits 
This can be achieved over the course of the Career. You would need to be at least at Heat Level 3 for cops to throw spike strips at you but I suggest doing this at Heat Level 4 or maybe even Heat Level 5. I would suggest avoiding 2 or 3 spike strips in one pursuit and then try to evade the police. Then repeat that 3 more times and you'll get this achievement.
Lose the Fuzz10
Successfully complete 5 Pursuits 
See "Most Wanted".
Most Wanted100
Successfully complete 50 Pursuits 
The Cop Takedown, Escape, and Cost to State events count towards these two achievements. After doing all of those events, after a few pursuits, after you steal a car and after a few races if you have not already completed 50 pursuits, you should be pretty close. If you don't have the achievement after doing all of those events then simply take out objects in the city, hit civilian cars, and just drive like a lunatic until a cop sees you and try to end the pursuit as fast as possible.
Scrapheap25
Disable 100 Police vehicles. 
This can be done over time and not in one pursuit. The cars you take down in Cop Takedown, Escape, and Cost to State all count towards this achievement. You should get this achievement either before or right when you get the "Most Wanted" achievement. To get this achievement faster, simply play the Cop Take down events in Career. You have to take out a certain number of cars before you can evade so that will guarantee you between 5-10 disabled cars in that one pursuit. (It depends on your heat level on how many police cars you need to take down).
Crossing the Line10
Win a Ranked Multiplayer Cops and Robbers event 
To play a Cops & Robbers event go into the Pause Menu and go to Xbox Live > Find a Match > Cops & Robbers. All you have to do is win one Cops & Robbers event and this achievement will unlock.
First!10
Won a Multiplayer Ranked Game 
You can get this by playing either of the three online events: Circuit, Sprint, or Cops & Robbers. You should easily get this achievement while going for the "Among the best" and "Notorious" achievements. Simply win a ranked event. It does not matter how many people are in the race.
First of Many15
Win a Ranked Multiplayer event against 7 human players (93) 
To get this achievement you will need to be in a full multiplayer event compromised of 8 people including yourself. Simply win the event. This can be achieved in any event online as long as there are 8 people in the event. If you're going for the "Among the Best" and the "Notorious" achievements then you should easily get this achievement at some point.

To make this achievement easier play the Cops & Robbers game mode online. It is extremely easy to come in first in and it could net you this and the "Among the Best" achievement easier. The event only has to start with 8 people, if people quit out during the event and you finish in first you will still get this achievement.
Among the Best25
Won 25 Ranked Multiplayer events (13) 
You have to win 25 mutiplayer events of any kind. There are in total 3 events you can choose from, Cops & Robbers, Circuit, and Sprint events. Simply win 25 events in any of those three event types and you'll get this achievement. You should get this achievement if you're going for the "Notorious" achievement.

Once again the Cops & Robbers mode is easier to get this achievement in. Since you have teammates in this game mode it should make this achievement come a little quicker than if you played either the Circuit or Sprint events.
Notorious50
Finish 119 Multiplayer Races in any position (17) 

All you have to do here is simply finish 119 multiplayer races. It does not matter what position you finish as long as you finish the race. DNF's do not count towards getting this achievement.

This can be achieved in Private Matches with friends.

Cat and Mouse Virus5
Infected with the Cops and Robbers virus by another player in a Cops and Robbers event. (2) 
This is a viral achievement that you will get by playing with somebody who has already unlocked it. You should get this during your first or second Cops & Robbers event online.

 
 
 
Game Info
Developer:
Black Box
Publisher:
Electronic Arts
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Release:

US November 18, 2008
Europe November 21, 2008

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