To an extra $10,000 in career mode have a Need For Speed Underground career game saved on your hard drive. After the prologue you will get $10,000.
Unlock Additional cars
Defeat the indicated Blacklist Boss to win the corresponding car:
Aston Martin DB9: Blacklist Boss 7
Audi A3 3.2 Quattro: Blacklist Boss 15
Audi A4 3.2 FSI Quattro: Blacklist Boss 14
Audi TT 3.2 Quattro: Blacklist Boss 15
BMW GTR (Race version): Blacklist Boss 1
Cadillac CTS: Blacklist Boss 12
Corvette C6: Blacklist Boss 5
Corvette C6.R: Complete 100% of the game
Dodge Viper SRT 10: Blacklist Boss 6
Ford GT: Blacklist Boss 4
Lamborghini Gallardo: Blacklist Boss 6
Lamborghini Murcielago: Blacklist Boss 4
Lotus Elise: Blacklist Boss 8
Mazda RX-7: Blacklist Boss 9
Mazda RX-8: Blacklist Boss 12
Mercedes-Benz CLK 500: Blacklist Boss 8
Mercedes-Benz SL 500: Blacklist Boss 11
Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren: Blacklist Boss 3
Mitsubishi Eclipse: Blacklist Boss 14
Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution VIII: Blacklist Boss 11
Mustang GT: Blacklist Boss 12
Pontiac GTO: Blacklist Boss 10
Porsche 911 Carrera S: Blacklist Boss 7
Porsche 911 Turbo S: Blacklist Boss 5
Porsche Carrera GT: Blacklist Boss 3
Porsche Cayman S: Blacklist Boss 10
Renault Clio V6: Blacklist Boss 13
Subaru Impreza WRX STi: Blacklist Boss 9
Toyota Supra: Blacklist Boss 13
Vauxhall Monaro VXR: Blacklist Boss 10
Once you reach Razor in the Blacklist (the very last person), you must do five races. On the circuit, take as many shortcuts as you can to win. If you do not do this, he will win by a minute. Also, it is recommended that you have the best parts in your car (Junkman). Once you win those five races, you will get your BMW back. However, in order to keep it you must evade a very long pursuit. You will start with a wanted level of 6. You will have large SUVs, very fast black C5s, and even helicopters after you. Once you start the pursuit, swerve off to the left to hit the bridge-like object, and get most of the cops off your tail. After hitting that, keep to the right. You will go through a construction site. Keep to the right to hit yet another bridge-like object, and lose most of your pursuers. Ahead you will soon see a gas station. Try to hit the gas tanks. Keep hitting things until about five minutes into the pursuit. Then, Mia will call and tell you where to go. Get there as fast as possible.
Pay close attention to your tachometer when launching from the start line. Grab a perfect launch to gain a few precious seconds. When the needle turns blue drop the clutch and hold on.
If you are using a two wheel drive vehicle, starting out can be difficult because of your burnout. To get off the line faster, just as you start press [Nitro] until you are no longer burning out. Your tires will gain traction and get going a lot faster.
While holding [A] at the start of a race, also hold [L] and you will speed in front of all other racers.
It is critical when you get past Blacklist Member #6 to use your nitrous wisely and strategically. Instead of just holding [Nitro] in desperation to get ahead, press and release it when the tachometer is about to shift to the next gear. Upon the next gear shift, continue pressing [Nitro] until the next upcoming gear shift. This is the way precious milliseconds are spared.
Longer lasting nitrous
When you are racing and want to use boost or nitrous, press it as fast as you can to have more or have it last longer.
The Timebreaker can be used to improve handling at difficult turns. It can also be used to blast cars from a roadblock. The Timebreaker adds mass to the vehicle, thus blasting cop cars easier. Hit cop cars like this, and if you are lucky you can send them spinning in the air; often hitting the level boundary in the sky.
When there is a sharp turn coming up, use your Speed Breaker when you are a little farther away from the turn. Turn your wheel to the direction that you are turning, then turn your wheel to the opposite side. Try to use Speed Breaker only half of while you are taking the turn. If you use it for the entire turn, you will likely turn around. Once you have turned, quickly use nitrous. If done correctly, you will turn three times faster than the CPU cars.
Getting the most money from selling your car
When in your safe house and you sell a car, you will only get half of its list value. However, there is a loophole that works well for pink slips that you have won and no longer want. Take your car to the shop. Go to the parts area. Go into the body kit, spoiler, hood, rims, and roof air areas and set everything to stock. When you check out, you will see anywhere from $1,000 to $18,000, depending on what pink slip car you are stripping. Do not try this with performance parts. The shop charges you money for downgrading. Once you have stripped your car of all accessories, leave. Press [Start], then go to your safe house. Sell the car, and you will have made a lot of money on the side. Do this every time you intend to sell any car.
Pay attention to the destructible objects such as the donut stands, movie screens, or anything else that you can use to distract or total a cop. During a race, you can hit those objects and they will they fall and scatter all over the ground. This causes all the other racers behind you to crash or slow down, giving you more breathing room and make it easier to win the race. It works better if they are not on your rear end.
Use a car that is low powered, such as a Cobalt or Golf, and only use nitrous power-ups. Do the races as they come. You will see that the CPU cars are only as tuned as your car, making it easier to win.
When on a race and are desperate to be first, use Speedbreaker until the meter goes halfway. Nothing may happen at first, but you will learn that Speedbreaker makes the CPU cars go slower, thus making you advance.
Get some cops after you then go to the bus stop. Go on top of the buses. Make sure that the front of the car is at the edge of the last bus so that the cops can see you and do not lose you. Keep looking behind you because the cops will sometimes find a way on top of the buses. When they do that, just reverse as soon as you see them coming and push them off. Only one cop car will come on top of the bus. Do this for as long as desired. When you want to lose them, just reverse, park in the middle of the buses, and wait until your cool down bar fills. The cops will also drive crazy and crash into themselves, giving you extra bounty and bring up your rap sheet rankings on police vehicles immobilized and police vehicles involved.
When you get to third place on the Blacklist, more Bounty is required before you challenge the next racer. The best strategy is to go to number 11 on the Bounty selection screen. Build up your Bounty by knocking into the side of police cars. Do not go too fast and keep "lightly" hitting into the sides of the cops until you reach level 3 or level 4 heat. Notice how quickly your bounty points mount up and milestones should be unlocked faster by taking your time. If roadblocks appear, use your nitrous and blast through the cops. Afterward, slow down and keep "lightly" hitting into the sides of the cop cars. Accumulating bounty points becomes easier using this method.
Get into a chase with the police and drive towards the bus station. Instead of sitting on top of the buses, go straight up the ramp on the right and drive towards the end. The police will not be able to reach you there and you will begin to rack up a large bounty. When you need to lose them, go backwards and forwards a few times. They will slowly begin to leave. Once there are only one or two police cars remaining, reverse into the station just out of sight and wait for evasion bar to reach the maximum. Then, drive away with as much bounty as desired. Also, do not worry about looking behind you, as the police will not go up there if you are at the very end.
In any car in free roam mode, you will notice a lot of huge eighteen wheelers about. These are a great opportunity to earn lots of bounty points. When you speed under these correctly in a chase, they will stop. Any cops chasing you will smash into them and explode. This is a great method, but requires a lot of practice.
During a pursuit, access the map. Close to the middle of the map (if you have all the regions unlocked), there is a space that is very big with A Pursuit Breaker above it. This is the bus station. Set your GPS for that Pursuit Breaker. When entering the station, if you are facing the ramps, take the one on the right and go all the way down. The cops will not come up the ramp with you. When your bounty reaches the desired amount, back up, but do not fall off. Use your nitrous and drive towards the gas station on your right. From there, turn right and hit the doughnut shop, and later the water tower. There is a very small chance all the cops will survive all three Pursuit Breakers.
Go to the bus station. Go through the glass, and driv eup to the ramp to the left or the right. When you go up the ramp on the left, there will be buses lined up. Stay as close as you can to the end of the buses. You can do this on both sides. If you are notified that you have evaded the police, off the buses then go back on them. They will not go on the buses.
Before you can do anything, you must win the Burger King Challenge. When you win it, you will unlock all unique parts (also called Junkman parts). Get any car and put all the parts except performance. Once you have your car the way you desire, go to the performance shop. Max out your car by pressing [B]. Then, put the Junkman parts on. Max out your car again. Then put on the Junkman parts again. Your car should be fully upgraded.
When completing a race, if the police radio in your car you are driving and you do not want to run from them, press [Down] and choose another race. Alternately, you may also jump to your safe house (must be done before you are seen or pursuit begins). If not, you must drive to it yourself in cool down mode. To jump to the safe house press [Start] and press [Right] until seen.
Upon reaching level 4 (Most Wanted) there will be an overwhelming amount of police officers coming after you. At this level, cops are excellent at boxing you in. If you cannot move forward, use reverse for two seconds to get away from the block. Spin your car around and get out of there.
The best way to escape the cops is to evade long enough to get into cool down mode, than find a hiding spot. By sticking to the cities you will find lots of cool down spots to sit and hide your car until the heat is off. This is also a good way to avoid helicopters which appear if your reach level 4 on your map. Another good method is to run into the triangles on your map, which mark places where you can ram into shops and other roadside items to disable the cops. Highways are good places to get blockades and strike strips which are challenges for milestones.
For an easy way to get away from cops at high wanted levels, find the baseball field. Look on the map for a small triangle towards the top left. Use highways in a circle around the field to achieve your missions. Once you have gained enough bounty, city damage, roadblocks, etc., drive through an entrance to the baseball field, hitting the pursuit breaker on the way in. Make sure that you slow down some before hitting the breaker so that it does not send you through the other side of the field. Once you make it in the field, stay there and wait out the cool down period. The cops should be off of you, and cannot find you. This works almost all the time to get rid of the cops. Just driving through random blockers rarely works when you are at wanted levels 4 and 5.
Never respawn ([Z]) your car in a pursuit, as the police will always catch you.
Once you complete Razor's (Blacklist #1) five challenge races, an intermission sequence featuring you, Mia, Razor, and the other Blacklist members will start. Once you get your car back (BMW M3 GTR), you will go to a heat level 6. Every cop in all cities will try to bust you. You must evade them for five minutes, then you will get a call for Mia. Try getting to the golf course. There is a little building that you can crash into to get rid of the cops. Then, try to wait it out until you get Mia's call. An icon will then appear on your map. Quickly get there as soon as possible. Get to the spot, jump the bridge, and you will be home free.
When heading for a roadblock, make sure to hit the trunk of a car instead of when the engine is located.
When at level 6, cops and feds are everywhere. There is a blind spot where the cops cannot get you at the bus terminal. Normally you would go left or right to take the jump or drive up the middle to take the shortcut. Instead of using the ramps to jump, stop at the apex of the ramp, then turn and drive in the middle of the walkway. Stop there and wait. The cops will not come up the ramp after you if you are in the middle of the walkway. No matter what the heat level, the cops will not get you and they will eventually drive away.
Use the following trick to evade all the police, even at level 5. In the first part of the world where you start out, just around main street is the bus station. Notice in cruise mode that there is a second floor part of it, near the edge. In any chase, just drive to that and go on the second floor. Drive back and forth until you get the green evading bar to start to get to the cool down bar. This does take slightly longer to cool down, but it is definitely easier that driving all over trying to find a place. This is especially useful in Challenge 40 with the Mclaren, where you have to evade for at least ten minutes.
When the police try to box you in after you hit something, turn 90 degrees away from them. Then, use your nitrous to turn the other 90 degrees, otherwise you might spin out. By doing this, you will get a head start and will not get busted.
The easiest way to shake off the police is to exact a PIT maneuver on them. With a lot of speed, aim for the police car's back left or back right area, near the rear right wheel or the rear left wheel. Sometimes on Heat levels 1 and 2, this maneuver (when over 120 mph) will disable their pursuit car immediately. Spinning the level 5 police cars out of control is a good way to evade them. As for the "Rhinos", getting to a high speed (over 150 mph), and drive head on at the Rhino. Swerve out of the way at the last moment. If the helicopter tries to push you over, just keep swerving and crossing lanes quickly. This should prevent it from knocking you over.
When approaching a roadblock which you cannot escape, press [Speedbraker] and ram into the lightest of the vehicles. When the Speedbraker is activated, your car does not jump as high and has more maneuverability. If you do not have your Speedbraker enabled when ramming into police vehicles, you will sometimes jump on top of the police car and get busted. If you have it on, it prevents your car from jumping and allows an easy getaway.
When trying to evade the cops, go to the bus station in Rosewood. Go up the ramp and make sure none of the cops follow you up. Go to the very end of the buses and watch your bounty go up as the cops destroy themselves. Watch behind you for any cop smart enough to find their way up. For a better way to do this and avoid getting busted, put the front end of the car facing the ramp at the end of the buses. This trick is useful for making milestone for time and is also good for racking up bounty. To get through the cooldown and more fun, go to the walkway beside the ramp and sit there. Watch the cops as they fly off the ramps and go crazy running into the wall and destroying each other till the cooldown is over.
Draw the cops to the surrounding highways of Rosewood (the town you start at) and keep circling the highways until you have completed your milestones or wish to end the pursuit. When you pass the baseball stadium, which on the map has two Pursuit Breakers on it, drive through the first Pursuit Breaker so that you are in the stadium and the cops have stopped on the other side of the rubble. You can then drive past the Pursuit Breaker on the other side (making sure you do not hit it). Make a U-turn and drive straight through the Pursuit Breaker and cops will not find you. Note: This only works if you are under a level 4 heat; otherwise the helicopter can see you.
Use the following trick when you are in a race and become involved in a police pursuit, but do not want to be after the race. At the end of the race, restart it, then quit to free roam mode, The cops will not be looking for you, and you will still get everything you did for the win (bounty, money, and credit).
When you are in a police chase and they start putting roadblocks down, you can get through them easier by ramming the police cars near the rear section of the car. The back is lighter and this will make the car fly easier out of your way.
To hide from cops, and still get bounty and heat, go to the bus depot and drive up the ramp. Go to the side where the buses are not found. Go all the way to the end. You should be facing a gas station. Stay up there, but pay attention to your evade-busted meter, as you can accidentally evade the pursuit. If the cool-down meter appears, drive off and look for cops. After you find them, drive back up there. It is important that you drive all the way to the end or else the cops will hit you. The cops normally drive off of the side of the elevated platform.
When in a pursuit, use the Pursuit Breaker at the gas station. After you have immobilized all the policemen around you, make a U-turn with the Speed Breaker and go behind the gas station where the hiding spot is located.
Sit on the very edge of the hospital or jail and let the cops drive past you. Your heat will go up, but they cannot catch you. Also, if you want to lose the cops, just fall off and let your car reset (do not reset it yourself). You will lose them instantly.
Find a circle or a small square made up of roads. Keep going around it for about five laps. You can do it more and make sure the cops see you once in awhile to get a huge time bounty (over half an hour long). You will never be stopped by a roadblock or a spike strip, because they will place them on the outside roads, and not in the circle. To get away, wait until the cops say "We've lost em", then turn out of the circle and drive away. Make sure the cops do not see you trying to get away or it will not work and you will have to return to the circle and repeat the trick.
When you are cruising and hear the cops on the radio, drive at least to the speed limit. If you see the cop, pretend to be a normal driver and do not break the law or he will chase you.
When entering a milestone, use the map and go to the stadium in the far left corner of the map. Go through the right side entrance and knock down the sign for the stadium. The cops cannot follow you because it blocks almost the entire entrance. Exit out the other side and go under the small parking garage. As soon as cool down mode, starts there is a hiding location nearby.
When the police are chasing you, go in to the bus station. Get on top of the buses and turn your car 180 degrees so that you are facing the terminal. When the police chase after you, hit reverse and fall off the buses. Choose to respawn. You should now be back on top of the buses with no police. When doing this, watch the bar at the bottom of the screen. If you respawn while near busted, you will get busted.
Police radio codes
These codes are commonly used by the police. You should be aware of them of their meaning to know what to expect.
10-4: Message received and understood.
Lowering Heal levels
10-6: Responding from a distance
10-7: Detailed, out of service
10-8: In Service
10-10: Negative, Standing by
10-20: My location is…
10-23: On Scene
10-25: Out of Service
10-29: Run for wants and Warrents
10-32: Wanted Suspect
10-33: Emergency, officer needs assistance
10-34: Request Zulu unit
10-36: Police Unit traffic Collision
10-37: Request Wrecker
10-38: Request Ambulance
10-39: PIT Maneuver
10-41: Self PIT
10-42: Traffic Accident
10-43: Traffic Tie Up
10-44: Request Rhino
10-45: Ram Suspect
10-50: Hit and run
10-65: Vehicle box
10-67: Spike Strip
10-70: Notify city engineering
10-71: Request Air Support
10-75: Rolling Roadblock
10-83: Set up quadrent
10-85: Need additional unit
10-87: Vehicle pursuit
10-96: Traffic Stop
Code 1: Situation under control
Code 2: ASAP no lights or siren/ASAP lights, no siren
Code 3: Lights and siren
Unit request handles:
Fast Air: Eagle 1 helicopter
Rhino: SUV units
Zulu: Sport pursuit Cruiser
SRU: Street racing unit
To lower the Heat from your car, go to a Stop Shop and go in. Then, change the color of your car. Leave and do not move. Press [Up] to go back in and change the car back to its original color. Your Heat will be lower by 1. Do this multiple times to reach condition 1 again.
Get strikes off your car
If you get busted in a pursuit, turn off the game before saving it. When the game is played again the strike will be gone. Note: This will not work if you can only get one more strike.
The best start car is the Cobalt SS. Use that car until you get the Eclipse. When you win Blacklist races, try for the three "?" markers. You can get cash or the pink slip car. If you get their car, go to the safe house and sell it. You can get good money by doing this, and get unique upgrades after you start getting into the visuals (after you switch from the Cobalt).
After you defeat Ming, if you get his Lamborghini it should make progressing further in the game easier. When you get his Lamborghini, go to the tuner shop and add in any upgrades needed for performance.
After beating Blacklist #8, you will have a choice to buy the Lotus Elise, You should by now have enough money to buy it. If not, you may want sell it to make enough. Once you have the money, buy that car. It is great at road handling, and is very fast. This is after you have maxed out its performance to the best it will let you. Note: The stock top speed and the handling do not look high at first.
Take the Volkswagen Golf from Sonny and keep getting unique performance parts. Put them on that car to max it out before Blacklist #3 or #4. Note: You will still have to buy ultimate upgrades from the performance shop.
In career mode, the best car to have is the Clio Sport. If you get this car early enough you should be able to max it out. If you put a few unique performance parts in there, it will be the best car to have. Also, if you just go to "My Cars" and max the Clio, you will be able to compare it to other cars.
Start out with a Lexus and as time goes on, use the Supra. Drive the Supra winning the Aston Martin DB9. You should get as much bounty as possible in the beginning. You need 10 million to go against Razor.
After defeating Izzy, get her Mazda RX-8 and tune it out further, as much as possible. And after awhile you can make it as fast as it can go. Note: Use Junkman parts -- they work great.