Developed by Rainbow Studios, the software house that brought you the MX vs. ATV series, Cars has been given more focus on actually being a quality product than we’ve seen from most licensed games as of late, and that alone has kept us interested for the past few months. Though the final product might not be all we were hoping for, we’re still quite happy to report that Cars is still leagues above the norm, providing a pretty solid iteration of the franchise that will accompany the movie (...) More
Combine fully-automatic, weapon-equipped vehicles with highly detailed and interactive urban environments and you have Full Auto, the most destructive racing action ever experienced in a video game. Players can choose from a wide selection of unique vehicle designs and arm them with any combination of machine guns, cannons, and other deadly weapons before taking to the streets. In the near future, the city of Staunton is held hostage by a mysterious group known only as The Shepherds. As a (...) More
Five years ago Carl Johnson escaped from the pressures of life in Los Santos, San Andreas — a city tearing itself apart with gang trouble, drugs, and corruption. Now, it’s the early 1990s and Carl’s got to go home: his mother has been killed and his family has been torn apart. And so begins the third PlayStation 2 chapter of the multi-million unit selling franchise, Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas. Your first order of business in Los Santos is to put your set back on the map. Your gang, the (...) More
Need for Speed Underground 2 tries to inject a story into your career mode using static-image cutscenes that pop up before some races. The effect is similar to what the Max Payne series does with its noninteractive sequences, though that game pulls it off much better than Need for Speed Underground 2 does. Dopey story short, you’re sent off to a new town after getting ambushed by a rival racing crew, and you’ll have to start from scratch with one car and a handful of races to get you going. (...) More
The pounding techno music, the potentially violent inner city streets, and a crowd of sexy ladies have combined their powers to create a street racing game so racy that your head will explode! As with all games these days, you start by building a profile. There are a couple of modes you can choose from: Street Mode, which is where you build your career by winning and losing money and girlfriends. There’s arcade mode where, guess what – you race like you’re playing an arcade game. There is (...) More
GTR FIA Racing is not the kind of racing game for anyone other than the hardest of hardcore gearheads. Certainly, it has the requisite dumbed-down “Sunday driver” mode, which coddles you with driver aids, but to play it as such is to completely miss the point. Real men drive in full-on, hairy simulation mode without any intrusive nannying. Then they take things one step further by dropping obscene amounts of money on wheel-and-pedal sets in order to ensure that their spouses never speak to (...) More
World Racing 2 enhances the technology of the game’s fore-runner World Racing, which introduced an innovative 3D landscape technology and sophisticated driving physics. While World Racing focussed on the simulation aspect, World Racing 2 will put the fun of driving at centre stage and offer optimised arcade racing characteristics, rich and varied range of mission modes, lively scenarios, enhanced tuning options and a great variety of cars. Race with more than 40 cars from 16 brands, over (...) More
The Need for Speed series is one of the classics of gaming. Starting out in 1994 with the original Need for Speed, and working through such titles as Need for Speed SE, II, III, High Stakes, Porsche Unleashed, Hot Pursuit 2 and the Underground I and II series, this game has gone from accurate simulation to arcadey racer to street racer over the years, and has now arrived at a watershed: NFS:MW takes elements from all the previous versions and blends them together to try to please both the original "purist" fans of the game, and the more recent street racing fans.
The game’s career mode starts out with a hilarious bang. You take on the role of a nameless, faceless new racer attempting to hit the scene in the city of Rockport. An underground ranking known as the Blacklist governs who can race who, and when. You almost immediately run into a punk named Razor, who’s definitely the sort of dude that lives his life a quarter-mile at a time. He’s at the bottom of the list, but a few races later, he’s sabotaged your ride and has won it from you in a race. Meanwhile, you’re carted off to jail. Left with nothing but some mysterious help from a stranger named Mia, your task is to get back in the race game to work your way to the top of the Blacklist, which is now topped by Razor, who’s using your old car to wipe out the competition.
Working your way up the Blacklist is a multistep progress. Before you can challenge the next Blacklist racer, you have to satisfy a list of requirements. You’ll have to win a set number of race events. And you’ll have to reach a set number of pursuit milestones and earn enough bounty by riling up the police. The cops hate street racers and will give chase when they see you rolling around the open city. You can also just jump right into a pursuit from a menu, too.