How to download and install Need for Speed Undeground 1: Definitive Edition

How to download and install Need for Speed Undeground 1: Definitive Edition

Published 07/03/2022
Updated 08/14/2022
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Need for Speed Underground 1: Definitive Edition

Need for Speed Underground 1 is an arcade driving videogame that came out in 2003, and was developed by EA BlackBox Games.

Are you looking for the Remaster of Underground 2? Read How to download and install Need for Speed Undeground 2: Remastered.

I recently discovered the existence of an unofficial Definitive Edition, I wanted to try it and I liked it, that's why I thought about writing these instructions, in order to help other people to revive this masterpiece.

1) Download the repack

Important information

This step requires you to download unofficial and potentially illegal software. The repack is offered by DODI, who is a known cracker that distributes commercial software by removing controls on licenses (cd keys and similar). It is your only responsibility for the usage of this programs.

Of course I invite you to buy an original copy of Need for Speed Underground 1. That said, the repack also includes the full base game, and at the moment I have not found an easy way to obtain the same result by installing the single packets on the original game. If I'll manage to do that in the future, I will surely update this article.

First of all, download the repack from DODI website, I advise you to choose the Torrent. If you prefer, or if you have troubles downloading the file, I uploaded the same torrent file on Mega.nz.

To download torrents I recommend you to use qBitTorrent, it is an opensource free software, a good alternative to uTorrent and BitTorrent.

I personally installed the Definitive Edition and had no problems, so I think there are no hidden malwares. Of course I cannot give this for granted at 100%.

2) Install the Definitive Edition

After downloading the files, run setup.exe. Then, click on the window that appears and press Up Arrow to continue.

Installation window for the Definitive Edition
Installation window for the Definitive Edition

Click on Install, then on Proceed, and select the path where you want to install the game.

You will need 2GB of free space on the disk, and the installation will need a few seconds (less than 20 for me).

3) Run the modified game

Important: you'll need to follow these steps every time you run the game, in order to play it with the new textures.

As written also on Reddit, here is how to launch the Definitive Edition:

  1. Run Texmod.exe
  2. Search for the Speed.exe file where you installed the repack
  3. Click on the small folder icon and select the DefiniteveTextures.tpf file, in the same folder where the exe is. This contains the new textures.
  4. Click on Run to launch the game, it will take a couple minutes to start because it has to load all the textures
Window for Texmod
Window for Texmod

4) Update ReShade

This step is optional. It also requires some deeper knowledge about graphics and computers. If you don't like to put your hands on advanced settings, you should skip this step.

When you run the Definitive Edition, you will notice that some text appears over the window. This is generated by ReShade. You will probably also notice that there is an update available.

In the case you want to have some more advanced customization options, I recommend you to download the latest release of ReShade. The source code is also available on GitHub. Basically, ReShade offers modern graphics settings to apply new visual effects on old games.

Run the program and click on Browse to search for Speed.exe.

Click on Next, select DirectX 9 and install the packages you want. If you just want to update the base stuff, click on Skip. Otherwise, to install everything you can click on Uncheck all and then on Check all to select all the packages. Continue, it will take a few minutes.

Reshade is selected on the DirectX 9
Reshade is selected on the DirectX 9

In my opinion, the updated version is better because it allows you to enable many more options and find the settings that fit your preferences. At least for me, the pre-installed version from the repack was kinda dark and I did not like it much.

In case of some error messages with ReShade when you run the game, you can ignore them and play anyway. At the moment I chose not to go deeper in the details to find solutions, I think it would be a bit complicated.

My cinematics and cutscenes are in Russian, what do I do?

This probably happens because the repack was initially made in russian. The best option is to take the files from the original game and overwrite the ones in the Definitive Edition.

The folders to copy are:

  • SNDSTREAMS
  • Movies
  • SpeechStreams

If you can't find them, I uploaded them in english on Mega.nz.

Differences between the original game and the Definitive Edition

First of all, the modified game is patched at version 1.40, while the normal installation from the CD-ROM is usually v1.0 or v1.01. Moreover, many textures have been created to improve the graphics, and you can surely spot the differences!

You can find a gameplay video also on Youtube.

Here is a comparison screenshot, using the updated ReShade version (see step 4):

Comparing the original game (up) with the modified one (down). There are differences in the details of cars, people and the city
Comparing the original game (up) with the modified one (down). There are differences in the details of cars, people and the city

Conclusions

Good, now you can play the Definitive Edition of Need for Speed Underground 1!

If something did not work or you encountered any problem, let me know in a comment here below.

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