The Protagonist is the same in Underground through Undercover.It's RYAN COOPER everybody! Check it, he starts in Olympic City a total unknown but good enough that he swiftly beats Eddie, a top racer. Eddie calls a hitman to kill him and fails. He goes to Bayview to raise the stakes, taking out the man who tried to kill him. Next he goes to Rockport to blow off steam, and gets the attention of the Blacklist 15, and Cross. Kicking their asses and pissing off Cross, he flees to Palmont with Cross on his tail. Cue the story of the original noobish Ryan Cooper losing a crapton of money and returning to people hating him. After clearing his name he retires temporarily to Street Legal, going on a World Tour. After winning he yearns for the old life and becomes a wheelman in Undercover.
Alternately, the entire series from Underground to Undercover isn't in order.Look at the geographies. All are by the coast of what can be considered California and Oregon.
Alternatively to that, the Protagonist from Underground through Carbon is the same, but the other games are set in the same universe.Starts off in Olympic City as a nobody, takes down Eddie and becomes the champ, scoring several magazine deals and DVD cover shoots. Caleb dislikes this and takes the protagonist's car out. To clear his head, he moves off to Bayview, gets tons of sponsorship and race wins and beats Caleb. Now this is where it gets weird. The player leaves and goes to Palmont where he meets Darius and Nikki. After making a name for himself, something happens with his ride (totalled/impounded?) and Darius lends him his Supra. This is where the flashback from Carbon starts. The player is set up, and told to leave Palmont with Darius' car. After winning some more races whilst passing through some other cities, he swaps the Supra for the BMW M3 GTR. He then heads to Rockport.
After becoming Street King in ProStreet, Ryan Cooper will start a racing career in Ridge State.Because we NEED to see a Lamborghini take on the Soldat Crinale. Among other cars.
Hot Pursuit 2010 is set in France and Germany, and Hollywood Geography has hit hard.Just the shape of the world map fits so well with Western Europe.
Seacrest County in Hot Pursuit 2010 is corrupt.The county spends enough money to use highly exotic cars as speed enforcement vehicles, but limits the number of times you can call in support from other units. It's like they're trying to make it a challenge, like they know it's a game... At some point in the past the street racers took over the Seacrest County government and raised taxes to buy all of these fancy cars for the police just so that the racers would have better competition to race against. That's also why you can play both sides, it's all part of the game. When you're playing as a cop, racing up behind civilian vehicles that won't pull off to the side of the road despite you having your flashing lights on? That's the native population of Seacrest County doing what they can to oppose the street racing regime ruling over them.
And, to piggyback off the previous theory, Rivals takes place in the future of Hot Pursuit 2010, where Reality Ensues.Perhaps Seacrest's Racers went careening off the slippery slope, or perhaps the SCPD was taken over by competent officers (such as the VRT), but something happened between Hot Pursuit 2010 and Rivals that sparked a bitter rivalry between Cops and Racers. Following the quelling of Seacrest's illegal exotic scene, resentment towards the police inspired pockets of amateur Racers to condense against various neighboring jurisdictions; one of them being the RCPD. In the beginning, Racers wanted to emulate the myths they'd heard of Seacrest County. They envisioned open roads with no traffic, and to borrow the title of an early event, "Unlimited Driving Pleasure". Yet that era had just passed, and RCPD was swift to react: Granted funding from the state, domestic muscles and foreign exotics were shipped in by the dozen to give Cops a fighting chance against the Racers. As well, seasoned veterans were requested from departments that had dealt with street racing in the past, hence explaining the various types of license plates affixed to RCPD's top officers. For every move made by the police, the Racers pushed harder. Eventually, the group's priorities shifted from liberation to just defiance and survival. And just as the war had claimed its first casualty, social media and news networks had finally cast the public eye upon the chaos raging in the streets. This of course led to the federal examination of the department midway through the Cop campaign. As heard in a Racer cinematic however, all members are cleared of excessive force accusations, allowing the player (F-8) to take down Zephyr. And yet, the story doesn't quite end there. Having realized his true calling, F-8 will return as the nucleus of a Racer revolution should there ever be a "Rivals 2".
All of the police forces around the globe in Nitro are corrupt.They can be bribed, either into going easier on you(r car) or beating up your opponent's car instead of yours.
The makers of Hot Pursuit 2010 are against high-speed chases by the police.The civilian vehicles don't get out of the way for the police because they were programmed not to. Thus, the game teaches players that civilians often get hurt in high-speed chases, causing them to be more likely to oppose them in real life.
Need for Speed: The Run will be a sequel to Portal 2.Just watch this trailer and look who's driving at 0:31.
The #1 Blacklist racer before Razor was...
Hot Pursuit 2010, racers and cops have the ability of nano-manufacturing an infinite amount of cars like in PlanetSide
Hot Pursuit takes place in an alternate universe where humanity has evolved thicker skulls in place of larger brains.
Most Wanted 2012 is actually a virtual reality simulationThink about it... switching mods almost immediately while on the road is impossible to do in real life. The pre-race cutscenes also show the cars doing practically impossible feats; for example, in Straight To The Point, all the cars are driving above the road, while in Ambush events such as Storehouse Stakeout, a single police car clones itself and turns into a giant rolling wheel pursuing the player character. The Wii U version features the ability to switch between day and night immediately, enabling and disabling traffic and switching between cars on the road (this feature is also available on Multiplayer mode on all versions). None of these are possible to do in real life at all. The various features of the game mentioned are all controlled by the player, while the Ambush event cutscenes were possibly implemented by the game developers in order to mess with the player character's head.
Need for Speed III: Hot Pursuit originally planned on having the Vector W8 but licensing changed at the last moment.Take a look at the desktop icon for the game and you'll notice it is a a Vector W8. That has some implications.
The Player Character in Most Wanted 2012 is the police supervisor.He/She is either corrupt or undercover, busting the city's top 10 street races in the name of the law, or just to get their hands on the racers' exotic cars for cheap. Once they lose the police in a pursuit, they give the cops some time to catch up, and, if they fail, call the chase off. If they're busted, then they can call the whole thing a training exercise or necessary to maintain their cover, and are thus returned to the streets to race some more.
Redview (Rivals) and Seacrest (Hot Pursuit 2010) Counties are near each other.This one doesn't really take a stretch of the imagination to picture. Both counties are extremely large but very under-developed in terms of civilized areas and have lots of open roadways that run through their respective regions. Furthermore they're both Patchwork Maps, with things like deserts, forests, beaches, and mountainous regions that transition very abruptly between each other (only about 10 miles drive between each environment). Thus the only way that you could rationalize the existence of both counties in the same world is to assume that they inhabit the same geographic region (it could also explain why both counties' police departments are so over-equipped). Return to Need for Speed in that Cool Car of yours.