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Need For Speed: Underground remaster free for you to download and keep now

Angharad Redden

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Need For Speed: Underground remaster free for you to download and keep now

Featured Image Credit: alessandro893 via moddb

With it having been over 20 years since Need for Speed: Underground was first released, it is safe to say that the racing game is due for a bit of an upgrade. However, with EA showing no signs of giving the fans what they want, it is down to the modding community to bring the game to 2024.

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Released in 2003, Need for Speed: Underground was the seventh instalment in the Need for Speed racing franchise and saw the title come to PC as well as the PlayStation 2 and Game Boy Advance. However, with the popular title way over 20-years old, its graphics leave a lot to be desired even if the gameplay is enjoyable.

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Luckily one modder has been working on bringing life to the game by adding a whole lot of features designed to modernise the title. As a result, modder ‘alessandro893’ has released an alpha version of a RTX Remix mod for Need for Speed: Underground. Better yet, it’s completely free.

The mod adds real-time Path Tracing effects to the game as well as over 1000 additional lights, path traced global/direct illumination, upscaled textures and more. Many textures have been given an overhaul for better image quality. However, with the project still ongoing, alessandro893 adds that only 80% of the lighting job is complete. Additionally, some features such as the trees around the track still retain their 2003 look.

Although the mod pack is free, there are still a few bugs and glitches that are being worked on. Additionally, just a few cars such as the Skyline and MX5 have headlights so far. Despite these small issues, the RTX Remix mod still turns Need for Speed: Underground into a modern-looking game.

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One thing that does not have to be updated is the game’s soundtrack which fans agree is still unmatched after all this time.

Topics: EA, Mods, Need For Speed, PC

Angharad Redden
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