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Underground Mode is the Need for Speed: Underground equivalent to Career Mode.

It serves as the main storyline of Need for Speed: Underground. Upon entering it, players receive a welcome message before starting. From the Underground Menu, players have access to the race map, customisation, rankings, magazines and their overall progress in the game. Throughout this mode, the player will need to defeat several characters including Jose, Dirt, Klutch, and The Eastsiders. At the end, the player will race against the leader of The Eastsiders, Eddie. After defeating him, the player then races against his girlfriend Melissa in one final race.


Underground Mode features a total of 113 races. It features all race types including circuit, sprint, lap knockout, drag and drift. Tutorials for drag and drift can found in the Quick Race menu. Underground Mode also includes tournaments, which sometimes require players to meet certain requirements before competing. Bank rewards become higher as players progress through the career. With each race, players have the option of playing them either on easy, medium or hard difficulty, as well as in Quick Race. Also included in the Underground are time trials given by Samantha or TJ, allowing players to win unique visual or performance upgrades.


Once players beat a few races at the beginning, visual and performance upgrades become available for purchase. Visual upgrades include body parts, accessories, paints, vinyls and decals. Performance upgrades include engine, ECU, turbo, transmission, suspension, weight reduction, tyres and nitrous oxide. Throughout Underground Mode, players will need to acquire visuals to increase their visual star rating, and also purchase performance upgrades in order to stand a chance against tougher opposition. This is required to enter certain tournaments as well. The higher a car's star rating is, the more style points players will earn.


As players progress through Underground Mode, they will also gain magazine covers. There are a total of 27 magazine covers to obtain. They are won by reaching a certain ranking, obtaining reputation stars or purchasing certain performance or visual upgrades. Four of them require players to win certain race types (sprint, circuit, drift and drag) on hard difficulty and beat a record.


Throughout Underground Mode, players will need to reach the top of the rankings for each race type in order to be the best racer. Players can view these statistics from the Underground menu to see how they stack up against other racers.


From the menu, players can view statistics for each race type, as well as overall statistics for the whole game, including wins, losses, win percentage, style points, bank and mileage.


After completing Underground mode, players will receive a congratulation message for completing it. In order to start another Underground Mode, players will have to create a new profile. However, all visual and performance upgrades become available in Quick Race upon completion.



Underground Mode's introduction is a circuit race using the "Vortex" Acura Integra Type R in Olympic Square. After its completion, a cutscene with Samantha is followed by the player's choice of their starter car.


Type # Event
Circuit 0 Prologue
Circuit 1 Jose's Got Your Back
Sprint 2 Last One There Is A Rotten Egg
Drift 3 It's All About Style And Finesse
Drag 4 The Perfect Shift
Lap Knockout 5 Last Place Is A Bad Place To Be
Tournament 6 Rookie Tournament
Time Trial 7 TJ's Time Trial
Circuit 8 Atlantica Challenge
Tournament 9 All Go, No Show!
Lap Knockout 10 Olympic Knockout
Drag 11 Drop The Klutch!
Sprint 12 Cross-town Hustle
Drift 13 Time To Get Dirt-Y
Tournament 14 Downtown Series
Time Trial 15 Jail Break
Circuit 16 Style Guide
Drag 17 New Kids in Town
Drift 18 A Glowing Reception
Circuit 19 The Only Way to Go Is Up
Tournament 20 Saturday Night Drive
Drag 21 Gut Check Time
Sprint 22 Sprint Challenge
Sprint 23 Steeltown Sprint
Lap Knockout 24 One Down, Two to Go
Drift 25 A Little Dirt Won't Hurt
Time Trial 26 Keep Them Coming
Sprint 27 Wrong Place, Right Time
Drift 28 Loud And Proud
Drag 29 Scouting Report
Tournament 30 Dead Calm
Lap Knockout 31 Outtasite!
Circuit 32 World of Hurt
Drift 33 Drift to the 9's
Sprint 34 Sleeper Shootout
Circuit 35 Earn Your Stripes
Drag 36 For the Ladies
Circuit 37 No Love From Kurt
Tournament 38 Import Tuner Drift Event
Lap Knockout 39 Inner City Knockout
Drift 40 Play the Spoiler
Sprint 41 Crosstown Dash
Drag 42 The New Muscle In Town
Sprint 43 Where There's Smoke, There's...
Drift 44 Get Sideways
Circuit 45 No Way, Jose
Drag 46 Double Klutch
Time Trial 47 Blue Light Special
Tournament 48 Get The Point!
Lap Knockout 49 National Rail Knockout
Drift 50 Sliding Made Easy
Drag 51 Deal Yourself a Straight Hand
Circuit 52 Lucky 7
Circuit 53 Go Jose
Sprint 54 Mad Dash
Drag 55 All the Eyes are On You
Drift 56 Kick Out That Tail
Sprint 57 Chad's Back
Lap Knockout 58 And Then There Was One
Circuit 59 Friendly Competition
Lap Knockout 60 Bright Lights Big Spoiler
Sprint 61 Stadium Sprint
Drag 62 Glow, Baby, Glow!
Drag 63 Straight Up
Drift 64 Free Style
Drift 65 Drift Mania
Tournament 66 Art Center Sprint Tourney
Sprint 67 Legit
Time Trial 68 Dead of Night
Tournament 69 Rush Hour
Drag 70 Mano e Mano
Circuit 71 Who's Got Endurance?
Lap Knockout 72 Draw Bridge Blitz
Drift 73 Drift for Fifth
Sprint 74 Late Night Rush
Circuit 75 Bring It
Drag 76 It's Klutch Time
Time Trial 77 Samantha's Big Tease
Sprint 78 Friends Are Easy To Make, And Easier To Lose
Drag 79 Enjoy the City Skyline
Tournament 80 First Dibs
Circuit 81 Round And Round And Round We Go
Sprint 82 Moving On Up
Drag 83 Dragging On
Lap Knockout 84 Skirt the Issue
Drift 85 High Profile
Circuit 86 Four Play
Drag 87 Top 3
Circuit 88 Three-Three-Three
Drift 89 Hoods Are Slippery When Wet
Lap Knockout 90 Special Preference
Tournament 91 Eddie's Posse Part 1
Drift 92 Drift Duel
Sprint 93 Chad's New Toy
Sprint 94 Into the Fire
Circuit 95 Kurt's Killer Ride
Time Trial 96 Mods to the Max
Drag 97 Draggin' Slayer
Circuit 98 Circuit Dustoff
Sprint 99 Mistakes Are Costly
Sprint 100 Extra Innings
Tournament 101 Eddie's Posse, Part 2
Lap Knockout 102 Toughest ‘n Roughest
Circuit 103 Enduro Street Circuit
Drift 104 Drift Devil
Drag 105 Rotary Engine Drag
Circuit 106 #1 Racer
Drag 107 Drag King
Drift 108 Drift Champ
Sprint 109 Sprint Supremacy
Circuit 110 Good Samaritan
Sprint 111 Wrath of Eddie
Circuit 112 Legend of the Street