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Need for Speed: Undercover (PlayStation 2, Wii)

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Title Screen

Need for Speed: Undercover

Developer: Exient Entertainment
Publisher: Electronic Arts
Platforms: PlayStation 2, Wii
Released in US: November 17, 2008
Released in EU: November 21, 2008
Released in AU: November 20, 2008


ModelsIcon.png This game has unused models.
TextIcon.png This game has unused text.
Carts.png This game has revisional differences.


Need for Speed: Undercover for the PlayStation 2 and Wii was the result of Black Box tossing two better entries in the series into another developer's blender.

Unused/Unfinished Cars

Hmmm...
To do:
  • Replace all videos with in-game screenshots and provide comparisons between the used and unused police cars.
  • Most if not all unused traffic cars from Most Wanted/Carbon should be in this game, too.

A4

A leftover model of the Audi A4 3.2 FSI quattro (B7), taken from Carbon. It can be seen in-game by replacing the model of an existing car, since it has no entry in gameplay data. All of its customization and performance data has been carried over from Most Wanted, therefore it lacks things like non-universal Autosculpt parts.

CTS

A leftover model of the first-generation Cadillac CTS, also from Carbon. It is only present in the Japanese Wii release of the game, and can be seen by replacing the model of an existing car. Like the A4, its customization was taken from Most Wanted, so it also lacks non-universal Autosculpt parts.

GTI

Yet another leftover Carbon model, this time of the Mk.V Volkswagen Golf GTI. Like the last two, it can be seen by replacing an existing car, has customization carried over from Most Wanted, and lacks Carbon-specific customization such as Autosculpt parts.

PLR_COP911GT2

This unused model of a police-spec Porsche 911 GT2 (997) was intended for use by the player in the Chasedown gamemode. It uses the higher-quality model intended for racer vehicles, therefore it lacks part deformation normally present on police vehicles.

PLR_COPGALL

An unused police-spec Lamborghini Gallardo, also intended for use by the player in the Chasedown gamemode. It also uses the higher-quality model used for racer vehicles. A vinyl texture exists for it that isn't installed by default and can only be put on with the car customization debug menu, although it doesn't seem to work with lower-LOD models, such as the one used in free roam.

PLR_COPMUSTGT

The police-spec Ford Mustang GT (S197) also has an unused "player" variant. It shares the higher-quality model used for racer vehicles, so it doesn't have the part deformation present on AI police vehicles.

TRAFCOURT

An unused traffic car only present in the Japanese Wii release. The textures (and subsequently, the model) have changed to reflect the new coat of paint that was put on the in-game world.

Unused/Placeholder Cutscenes

Hmmm...
To do:
  • Upload them.
  • There are duplicates of the attract cutscene with unknown filenames in the various Wii versions.

bossvideo1 through 10

Only present in the MOVIES directory of the Japanese Wii version are ten placeholder "boss videos". They each feature camera footage of a laptop screen with text-to-speech placeholder audio.

EA Logos

Also only present in the Japanese Wii release are exactly... fifty copies of the Electronic Arts logo bumper commonly used in games from 2005 to 2006. The filenames have been changed to match the language of the trademark disclaimer displayed at the bottom, although some videos lack the text altogether.

Additionally, the Electronic Arts logo used in ProStreet is also present as EA_BUMPER_WS_ENGLISH_NTSC.vp6 in the MOVIES directory.

Oddities

Off-Screen Text

Hmmm...
To do:
Find more examples of this, if any.

In Autosculpt, after choosing any item except wheels, the text "Missing String" is printed above the top-center part of the screen. While not normally visible, it can be seen if the game is hacked to run in widescreen.

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Direct Map Porting

Undercover and Carbon are very similar on a technical level, so much so that it's possible to directly replace the world files with the ones from Carbon and have the game start. The water isn't visible and certain textures appear purple due to a missing material. Doing this makes the game very unstable and prone to crashing.

Wii Development Leftovers

Hmmm...
To do:
Get either the non-release .DSF files or the .ELF file to run the game and document any differences.

All Wii releases have an .ELF file with debug symbols and a copy of main.dol that are both named after the game, region, and stage of development, located in the root of the disc.

However, in the Japanese Wii release, many more leftover files related to the game's development on the Wii are present in the root of the game's filesystem, each of which were made at different stages in development.

DLF Files

These files can be opened with any text editor. They contain a list of all of the files burned to the disc along with their hash and the directory on the computer in which they originated from. The first few lines from all files have been put here.

NfsMWJapan.dlf NfsMWJapanMilestone.dlf NfsMWJapanRelease.dlf
v2.00
RVL_CONFIG_FILE,"nfsmwjapan.rcf"
0x0000000000000000,"nfsmwjapan.dsf"
0x00000000797854c8,"D:\NFSMW2\Speed\Revolution\CDMWJapan\Bdnf.txt"
0x0000000079785558,"D:\NFSMW2\Speed\Revolution\CDMWJapan\CARS\240SX\GEOMETRY.BIN"
0x0000000079db3458,"D:\NFSMW2\Speed\Revolution\CDMWJapan\CARS\240SX\TEXTURES.BIN"
0x0000000079dcb158,"D:\NFSMW2\Speed\Revolution\CDMWJapan\CARS\240SX\VINYLS.BIN"
0x0000000079dfc798,"D:\NFSMW2\Speed\Revolution\CDMWJapan\CARS\300C\GEOMETRY.BIN"
0x000000007a526cd8,"D:\NFSMW2\Speed\Revolution\CDMWJapan\CARS\300C\TEXTURES.BIN"
0x000000007a544918,"D:\NFSMW2\Speed\Revolution\CDMWJapan\CARS\300C\VINYLS.BIN"
.
.
.
v2.00
RVL_CONFIG_FILE,"NfsMWJapanMilestone.rcf"
0x0000000000000000,"NfsMWJapanMilestone.dsf"
0x000000007e38adec,"D:\NFSMW2\Speed\Revolution\CDMWJapan\Bdnf.txt"
0x000000007e38ae7c,"D:\NFSMW2\Speed\Revolution\CDMWJapan\CARS\240SX\GEOMETRY.BIN"
0x000000007e9b677c,"D:\NFSMW2\Speed\Revolution\CDMWJapan\CARS\240SX\TEXTURES.BIN"
0x000000007e9ce33c,"D:\NFSMW2\Speed\Revolution\CDMWJapan\CARS\240SX\VINYLS.BIN"
0x000000007e9ff97c,"D:\NFSMW2\Speed\Revolution\CDMWJapan\CARS\300C\GEOMETRY.BIN"
0x000000007f1330bc,"D:\NFSMW2\Speed\Revolution\CDMWJapan\CARS\300C\TEXTURES.BIN"
0x000000007f150bbc,"D:\NFSMW2\Speed\Revolution\CDMWJapan\CARS\300C\VINYLS.BIN"
.
.
.
v2.00
RVL_CONFIG_FILE,"NfsMwJapanRelease.rcf"
0x0000000000000000,"NfsMwJapanRelease.dsf"
0x000000007df07340,"D:\NFSMW2\Speed\Revolution\CDMWJapan\Bdnf.txt"
0x000000007df073d0,"D:\NFSMW2\Speed\Revolution\CDMWJapan\CARS\240SX\GEOMETRY.BIN"
0x000000007e532cd0,"D:\NFSMW2\Speed\Revolution\CDMWJapan\CARS\240SX\TEXTURES.BIN"
0x000000007e54a890,"D:\NFSMW2\Speed\Revolution\CDMWJapan\CARS\240SX\VINYLS.BIN"
0x000000007e57bed0,"D:\NFSMW2\Speed\Revolution\CDMWJapan\CARS\300C\GEOMETRY.BIN"
0x000000007ecaf610,"D:\NFSMW2\Speed\Revolution\CDMWJapan\CARS\300C\TEXTURES.BIN"
0x000000007eccd110,"D:\NFSMW2\Speed\Revolution\CDMWJapan\CARS\300C\VINYLS.BIN"
.
.
.

A few files were added or removed in the time between the creation of NfsMWJapan.dlf and NfsMWJapanMilestone.dlf.

  • The Russian credits text file was added.
  • Global\POSTRACE.bun and Global\SMS.bun were added.
  • Widescreen cutscenes have been replaced with localized versions.
NfsMWJapan.dlf NfsMWJapanMilestone.dlf
Movies\Widescreen\nfs09_fmv10_english_ntsc.vp6
Movies\Widescreen\nfs09_fmv11_english_ntsc.vp6
Movies\Widescreen\nfs09_fmv12_english_ntsc.vp6
Movies\Widescreen\nfs09_fmv13_english_ntsc.vp6
Movies\Widescreen\nfs09_fmv14_english_ntsc.vp6
Movies\Widescreen\nfs09_fmv15_english_ntsc.vp6
Movies\Widescreen\nfs09_fmv16_english_ntsc.vp6
Movies\Widescreen\nfs09_fmv17_english_ntsc.vp6
Movies\Widescreen\nfs09_fmv18_english_ntsc.vp6
Movies\Widescreen\nfs09_fmv19_english_ntsc.vp6
Movies\Widescreen\nfs09_fmv1_english_ntsc.vp6
Movies\Widescreen\nfs09_fmv20_english_ntsc.vp6
Movies\Widescreen\nfs09_fmv21_english_ntsc.vp6
Movies\Widescreen\nfs09_fmv22_english_ntsc.vp6
Movies\Widescreen\nfs09_fmv23_english_ntsc.vp6
Movies\Widescreen\nfs09_fmv24_english_ntsc.vp6
Movies\Widescreen\nfs09_fmv25_english_ntsc.vp6
Movies\Widescreen\nfs09_fmv26_english_ntsc.vp6
Movies\Widescreen\nfs09_fmv27_english_ntsc.vp6
Movies\Widescreen\nfs09_fmv28_english_ntsc.vp6
Movies\Widescreen\nfs09_fmv29_english_ntsc.vp6
Movies\Widescreen\nfs09_fmv2_english_ntsc.vp6
Movies\Widescreen\nfs09_fmv30_english_ntsc.vp6
Movies\Widescreen\nfs09_fmv31_english_ntsc.vp6
Movies\Widescreen\nfs09_fmv32_english_ntsc.vp6
Movies\Widescreen\nfs09_fmv33_english_ntsc.vp6
Movies\Widescreen\nfs09_fmv3_english_ntsc.vp6
Movies\Widescreen\nfs09_fmv4_english_ntsc.vp6
Movies\Widescreen\nfs09_fmv5_english_ntsc.vp6
Movies\Widescreen\nfs09_fmv6_english_ntsc.vp6
Movies\Widescreen\nfs09_fmv7_english_ntsc.vp6
Movies\Widescreen\nfs09_fmv8_english_ntsc.vp6
Movies\Widescreen\nfs09_fmv9_english_ntsc.vp6
Movies\Widescreen\NFS09_FMV10_japanese_ntsc.vp6
Movies\Widescreen\NFS09_FMV11_japanese_ntsc.vp6
Movies\Widescreen\NFS09_FMV13_japanese_ntsc.vp6
Movies\Widescreen\NFS09_FMV14_japanese_ntsc.vp6
Movies\Widescreen\NFS09_FMV15_japanese_ntsc.vp6
Movies\Widescreen\NFS09_FMV16_japanese_ntsc.vp6
Movies\Widescreen\NFS09_FMV17_japanese_ntsc.vp6
Movies\Widescreen\NFS09_FMV18_japanese_ntsc.vp6
Movies\Widescreen\NFS09_FMV19_japanese_ntsc.vp6
Movies\Widescreen\NFS09_FMV1_japanese_ntsc.vp6
Movies\Widescreen\NFS09_FMV1_JA_japanese_ntsc.vp6
Movies\Widescreen\NFS09_FMV20_japanese_ntsc.vp6
Movies\Widescreen\NFS09_FMV21_japanese_ntsc.vp6
Movies\Widescreen\NFS09_FMV22_japanese_ntsc.vp6
Movies\Widescreen\NFS09_FMV23_japanese_ntsc.vp6
Movies\Widescreen\NFS09_FMV24_japanese_ntsc.vp6
Movies\Widescreen\NFS09_FMV25_japanese_ntsc.vp6
Movies\Widescreen\NFS09_FMV26_japanese_ntsc.vp6
Movies\Widescreen\NFS09_FMV27_japanese_ntsc.vp6
Movies\Widescreen\NFS09_FMV28_japanese_ntsc.vp6
Movies\Widescreen\NFS09_FMV29_japanese_ntsc.vp6
Movies\Widescreen\NFS09_FMV2_japanese_ntsc.vp6
Movies\Widescreen\NFS09_FMV30_japanese_ntsc.vp6
Movies\Widescreen\NFS09_FMV31_japanese_ntsc.vp6
Movies\Widescreen\NFS09_FMV32_japanese_ntsc.vp6
Movies\Widescreen\NFS09_FMV33_japanese_ntsc.vp6
Movies\Widescreen\NFS09_FMV3_japanese_ntsc.vp6
Movies\Widescreen\NFS09_FMV4_japanese_ntsc.vp6
Movies\Widescreen\NFS09_FMV5_japanese_ntsc.vp6
Movies\Widescreen\NFS09_FMV6_japanese_ntsc.vp6
Movies\Widescreen\NFS09_FMV7_japanese_ntsc.vp6
Movies\Widescreen\NFS09_FMV8_japanese_ntsc.vp6
  • Additionally, a duplicate of the attract cutscene named NFS09_FMV1_JA_japanese_ntsc.vp6 is present.
  • Placeholder cutscenes fmvplaceholder_english_ntsc.vp6 and psa_nikki_english_ntsc.vp6 were removed.
  • More development files are present in the milestone file list.
"D:\NFSMW2\Speed\Revolution\CDMWJapan\NfsMWJapan.elf.mcp"
"D:\NFSMW2\Speed\Revolution\CDMWJapan\NfsMWJapan.elf_Data\CWSettingsWindows.stg"
"D:\NFSMW2\Speed\Revolution\CDMWJapan\NfsMWJapan.elf_Data\elf_debug\TargetDataWindows.tdt"
"D:\NFSMW2\Speed\Revolution\CDMWJapan\NfsMWJapanMilestone.old.mcp"
"D:\NFSMW2\Speed\Revolution\CDMWJapan\NfsMWJapanRelease.mcp"
"D:\NFSMW2\Speed\Revolution\CDMWJapan\NfsMWJapanRelease_Data\Default_Wii_Project\TargetDataWindows.tdt"
"D:\NFSMW2\Speed\Revolution\CDMWJapan\NfsMWJapan_Data\CWSettingsWindows.stg"
  • nfs09_Attract.sub and nfs09_Attract_WS.sub were renamed to nfs09_fmv1.sub and nfs09_fmv1_WS.sub.
  • nfs09_fmv21 now has subtitles.

Between the milestone and release file lists, only one file was added, specifically NFS09_FMV1_japanese_ntsc_old.vp6, located in the MOVIES\WIDESCREEN directory.

DSF Files

These files contain everything necessary for the game to boot, all put into one large file. They seem to be game executables only meant to run on developer hardware, since trying to boot the game with them in Dolphin results in the debug log throwing an error.

APPLOADER ERROR >>> One of the sections in the dol file exceeded its boundary. All the sections should not exceed 0x80700000 (production mode)

Additionally, the header for these files all refer to the game by its codename (Most Wanted 2) and share title ID's with the American version of Need for Speed: Carbon.

RNSE69.................]�ž£....Need for Speed: MW2

RCF Files

These are referred to as the RVL_CONFIG_FILE by the file list. They share the same header as the DSF files and are all the same size. It's unknown what these files do.

Build Information

The file bdnf.txt in the root of the game's filesystem denotes the platform, region, date of compilation, amount of changes made during development, and the debug map file. The seemingly hasty copy-paste errors are part of the original files.

RX9E69 RX9J13 RX9P69 RX9Y69
Platform: REVOLUTION
ChangeList: 20492
CompiledDate: 10/20/2008
CompiledTime: 01:15:20 PM
BuildType: release
Region: America
MapFile: nfs.map 
Platform: REVOLUTION
ChangeList: 0
CompiledDate: 10/21/2008
CompiledTime: 12:07:03 PM
BuildType: release
Region: Japan
MapFile: nfs.map
.map 
Platform: REVOLUTION
ChangeList: 20492
CompiledDate: 10/20/2008
CompiledTime: 01:16:34 PM
BuildType: release
Region: EuropeEnDu
MapFile: nfs.map 
Platform: REVOLUTION
ChangeList: 20492
CompiledDate: 10/20/2008
CompiledTime: 01:17:26 PM
BuildType: release
Region: EuropeItalSpan
MapFile: nfs.map 
SLUS-21801 SLES-55350 SLPM-55127
Platform: PSX2
ChangeList: 20437
CompiledDate: 10/04/2008
CompiledTime: 02:39:10 PM
BuildType: release
Region: America
MapFile: nfs.map
le: nfs.map 
Platform: PSX2
ChangeList: 20437
CompiledDate: 10/04/2008
CompiledTime: 02:39:54 PM
BuildType: release
Region: EuropeFrGe
MapFile: nfs.map 
Platform: PSX2
ChangeList: 0
CompiledDate: 10/14/2008
CompiledTime: 03:33:22 PM
BuildType: release
Region: Japan
MapFile: nfs.map 

Version Differences

In the PS2 version, the customized Porsche 911 GT2 (997.1) has a livery similar to that of Rose Largo's GT2 from the main versions. In the Wii version, the car is painted in Guards Red with a vinyl similar to that of the BMW M3 GTR (E46) from Need for Speed: Most Wanted.

PlayStation 2 Wii
NFSUC-PS2-PorscheGT2Livery.png NFSUC-Wii-PorscheGT2Livery.png