Pirates crack Need for Speed : Undercover DRM

Posted by TEAM FILEnetworks | 11/18/2008 | | 3 Comments »

Yesterday we reported about a DVD Image of Need for Speed : Undercover being leaked to BitTorrent. It’s taken only 1 day since the leak for pirates to figure out a way around the SecuROM DRM embedded into the game. 2 different groups (NoGrp and WARG – there is also a DarkC0der crack floating around but that seems to be the same as the previous two) have currently released cracks for undercover which circumvent the DRM protection in NFS : Undercover.

Update: Scene group 0x0008 (who is best known for their cracked German game releases) have released an English DRM cracked version of NFS: Undercover moments ago.

Update 2: Group RELOADED have cracked this game. According to them 0x0008 was stolen from p2p.

Both these releases seem identical with both featuring cracked paul.dll files. It remains to be seen if the DRM is completely removed from the game or if these cracks merely bypass the protection (workaround). There has however been problems reported with the game. Mouse not being shown up in game menu, lagging or sluggish menu, inability to change in game settings, inability to change controller are some of the reported problems. I do not know for sure if these are crack related or problems with the game itself. According to comments in several gaming forums, some have got the game to work perfectly as well.

Speaking of the game, there are currently no reviews of the PC version available on Gamerankings. PS3 and XBOX360 versions of the game have received somewhat poor reviews with aggregated scores of 50% and 63% respectively. These are however based on 2-3 reviews so far. Anyway I noticed something interesting with the game’s minimum system requirements; Shader model 2.0 video cards are supported. This will enable users with low end machines play the game but no doubt at lowest possible settings.

need for speed - undercover

Developer Description

EA’s dominating racing series takes a left turn with this uniquely action-oriented entry in the franchise, where players use their driving skills honed in previous NFS games to control their vehicle in dangerous, high speeds encounters. The game features international movie star, Maggie Q, as the lead character in the big-budget live-action sequences that propel the story forward as players get behind the wheel. Undercover takes the franchise back to its roots and re-introduces break-neck cop chases, the world’s hottest cars and spectacular highway battles.

undercover screenshot 1

undercover screenshot 2

Minimum System Requirements

  • OS: Windows XP/Vista
  • Processor: Pentium 4 @ 2.8 GHz or Equivalent (3.0 GHz on Vista)
  • Memory: 1 GB
  • Hard Drive: 5.5 GB Free
  • Video Memory: 128 MB with Pixel Shader 2.0 Support (nVidia GeForce 6500/ATI Radeon 9500)
  • Sound Card: DirectX Compatible
  • DirectX: 9.0c
  • Keyboard & Mouse
  • DVD Rom Drive (8X)
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  1. Lightning_Struck_Tower // 11/19/2008 02:58:00 AM  

    Looks like this game is plagued with performance problems such as slow framerates even on mid-high range video hardware.
    Anyways Undercover looks like one of the worst NFS games to be released so far. IGN game it a 4/10 rating which means the game really blows.

  2. Brian // 12/06/2008 08:08:00 AM  
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  3. Brian // 12/06/2008 08:08:00 AM  

    I don't know where you all read your reviews but a quick Google search for NFS Undercover reviews shows me scores from 6.9 to 9 out of 10. That's an above average review. I've played it and, while not throwing much new to us, it is a blast. Great graphics, awesome physics, killer sound and MAGGIE Q!