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-this was the first ever EA game that i played in my life.
-this game offers actually each and every car produced by car till 2000 includes the GT3.
-this game provides different modes for playing like single mode,multiplayer mode(on lan),factory driver.(this is the best and becomes tougher as the level proceeds),evolution.
this mode allows u to be the factory driver for porsche and then u proceed from the beginner or trainee to the porsche professional drive.
in this process the game really checks ur driving skills as well as ur control on the car.
this mode actually evolves from the 60's to the 2000 in terms of the cars.
initially u might find this really boring as the cars are really pathetic in terms of speed and handling ,but as u go thru u will realise the improvements that porsche has actually made in their cars.
and then it really becomes very interesting.
the other modes are the single player and multiplayer modes.
u can use multi player mode with upto 8 players at atime and is a very good choice if u are organising a gaming contest.
the graphics and detail quality are really awesome.
u need to get a feel of the cars and their handling before u actually start playing.
the cars behave a bit differentlly as porsche cars have a rear engine and thats why u may feel a bit difficult to manage the cars at the corners and curves.
but this actual feature of the porsche cars has been used very effectiveley in the game....
A FEW DISADVANTAGES:
-u cannot modify the cars to a great extent in terms of exterior details.
-u cannot input ur own songs as playback tracks
I was really amazed by this game. I had given up on games a couple of years ago... when I played Quake ruled and I stopped played about the time Quake II arrived. I encountered this game when I was studying (Ironic isn't it!). Went to a friend's university, put my books on the table and my friend sat at the computer doing something on the computer. Then I began playing Need for Speed. I approach the computer to see what was he playing. When I saw the graphics my jaw dropped. Then I played in a mode where you have specific missions to accomplish... the one i played was to get a Porsche boxster at the docks in 3 minutes without breaking it. I played it until I was able to succeed - at this point my friend was contempling the ressurgence of a monster. Then I tried the evolution mode. It had great potential and it was quite difficult. I loved the way the damaged you inflict in the car reflects the way it drives. Needless to say I was hooked. I played for about 4 hours straight. Then I had to go home and face the desilusion of having only a pentium II 233 with no accelerator card. It served me well, up to day where need for speed 5 made my love for games resurface. Know I have to upgrade my computer... or buy a playstation 2 ( also love GT3 ). Any suggestions?
General/Summary: The name says it all: THE NEED FOR SPEED PORSCHE UNLEASHED. This is what you should expect to find in the latest addition of the succesful sequel of NFS. Awesome graphics and car physics along with a rich gameplay promise to keep you in front of your monitor for hours. Adding a force feedback wheel to the above combination will definitely keep you hooked for months. The game fetaures the evolution of Porsche cars in a most succesful way. Car physics and behaviours are realistic and completely different for every car. Car AI is really great with computer drivers making human errors and following optimal routes. Gameplay: The factory driver mode is the best way to practice your skills and abilities and recognise the differences between a wide aspect of cars. The evolution mode will definitely keep you hooked in front of your PC in an attempt to beat the game AI in a large amount of tracks and with different selecions of vehicles. It will also provide you with the necessary cash to upgrade you cars and create the ultimate driving machines. Finally, the multiplayer mode can test your abilities and driving technique against real players. Graphics: All tracks featured in the game have a unique theme along with their own separate look and feel. From the sea-side route of medditerenean France and the peacfull village of Auvergne to the Industrial Zone and the German high speed Autobahn. All these locations feature great visual effects, such as waterfalls, animated people at the side of the track and other moving obstacles. Every car has been carefully and individually modelled with the use of awesome textures that completely fit with the environment. Sound: Sound is definitely NOT the strong point of the game. Although the engine sounds are different for every car, you can sometimes find yourself listening to the rivals car louder than your own. Other than that the sound represents the engine’s revs magnificently.
Ever wanted to drive a porsche from 1960? Then here is your chance, this game is full of porches. No, what did I say, there are only porches in this game. From the very first models to the latest hot rods, you'll find them in this game. It looks exellent, the graphics are amazing, and you don't even need that much of a computer to play it, just a 3D card. But when you get behind the wheel for the first time, it's like: Whoa, the handling of this car stinks! But, in time, you'll learn how to drive the cars. The cars steer realistic though, maybe even a bit to realistic, cause it's not really fun this way. Just like in NFS4, your car can get damaged, and it will decrease your performance, but, you can repair it after every lap ofcourse (when playing career mode) The fact that there are only porsches makes the game dull, you see the same types of cars over and over again, it really isn't fun to drive porsches all the time you know. The tracks are nearly all in Europe, in the mountains, the highway (autobahn), forest, city, etc. What I really missed in this game is the pursuit mode. Yes, there are cops, but they just ram your car apart and they don't even arrest you, and you don't have them in normal play. So no pursuits in this game. If you love porsches and realistic racing, the game is waiting for you. But if you like arcade style racing with pursuits, go look somewhere else, maybe NFS4
I have never in my life seen such an amazing game!! The graphics could hardly be better. Everything is just so detailed. When driving, you get a choice of 4 positions to play from. Just the windscreen, windscreen and dashboard, close up behind the car, and a the best one in my opinion, the over the back view from more of a distance. With this view, you can even see the driver (thats you - you get to pick an identity picture) as he turns the wheel, and changes gear. At the start of the game, you have a number of options. This appears to be kind of 2 games in 1. You can pick the evolution mode, which lets you start in one of the old 1950's Porches, and then build your way up through to one of the new 911 Turbos. Or you can choose to run the factory mode. On this you can start as a junior testdriver for the Porche team. This is a good thing to do at the start, because in your duties as a testdriver, you learn about the controls quite quickly. They send you around courses, (apparently testing cars) trying to beat certain times on tracks set up out of cones, or you might be driving through the mountains or town. On completion of each one of these, you are set a harder one (so you must improve to advance any further). When you comlete a certain number of tasks, you might gain promotion from your junior status. You'll then start getting more fun things to do, and you'll get free cars along with it. The EVOLUTION mode though is what the games all about. You will be competing in races set in different countries all over Europe. Conditons will vary. Snow in the Alps, to bright sunshine in France and Spain. You start the game with a total of 8000 credits (£££££?????). With this 8000, you can enter the garage and select the car you want to buy (obviously for upto £8000). These are factory cars so are very slow (you'll be able to upgrade them later when you've won some money). The slowness of these old cars at
the start really can get a bit annoying, but I urge people to stick with it. They really do speed up after a while. You'll need to insure that you are winning enough money to be able to repair yourcars when they need it. Damage done to cars is measured with percentages, and have a direct affect on the cars handling and speed. After you've won a few races, you'll be able to afford a new car or two. Each time you complete a tournament, the choice of cars available to you in the garage will change. They'll improve with time. You really do kind of start off in the 1950's so what you have available to you at the start is the best you can get. More become available as Porche design them as the years go on (and the years go on by you winning tournaments). You don't always have to buy NEW cars in the garage. There's also a massive USED car businness. Here you can pick up some real bargains. I would recommend spending time here, buying cars cheaply, and then paying for them to be fixed. Thier values will go up dramatically when you do this, and you'll always make a profit by selling them straight on again. I earnt millions in this way. Then you can afford to enter as many tournaments as you like (you do have to pay to enter. Price depends on the era), and you can buy as many as 80 cars and put them in your garage. You can personalise your cars by taking them in to the paint shop. Here, you'll be able to add a race number, change the colour of the seats and dashboard, and also the exterior colour. You can have any colour in the world that you wish. Also in the garage, you have the options with car set-ups. You can buy your upgrades, sell your old stuff, fit the new stuff etc etc. In the later races in teh odern era, I recommend cahnging your car settings around quite a lot. By the time you get here, you'll have learnt quite a lot about how the cars respond to certain thing
s (weather and your driving style). to keep on winning you'll have to get things just right, because however much you upgrade your cars, there'll always be better computer drivers out there. With all the cars being products of Porche, you'd have thought that the game would become a bit boring looking at the same cars all the time. It doesn't though and with more than 80 available for racing, of all different shapes and sizes, its kind of educational too, showing the evolution of Porche in the last 50 years.
Be prepared...place one empty bowl under your mouth cause when you see this game you will druel so much your dog will be throwing you out of the house. The Graphics are so sleek that the waterfalls that can be seen plumeting down to the river under the bridge will send your 911 Turbo flying into your rivals at such speed that F1 drivers will be jealous. After that you'll have to roll in over the finish line with your car battered in a certain way that people will look and say 'ART'. You can either start in the 50's with the 356 and glide round the corners at a speeding rate of....say 50m/hr. If your good enough...and you'll have to be... you can climb your way to the 21st century and race 911 turbos and the Mobyd*ck, get that bowl again. Trust me...if you cant afford a porshe in real life buy this game.
NFS Series had been famous because they used famous cars like the Dodge Viper, the Ferrari F40, and others, from NFS1, to NFS4 there had been used more than 55 famous cars! The new addicion to this collection is not whorthy of being called an Need For Speed, more a Need for Porshe! As a sequel the game has improved (is a sequel!) the graphical engine and the sound, but removed some of the key features of the series like the porsuit mode (they have been paid by Sony because the PSX version has the Pursuit), and the variety of cars (EA has tried to compensate with 80 Porshe models) (it really seems that they have been paid off by Porshe), and if they wanted to make an one brand game they could at least use an good one (Porshe cars look like the same (toads with lights and poor accel.)) like Larmboghini, Ferrari, Pontiac, Corvette or even Jaguar (if they had space for 80 cars they could have inclued some of the top old and new models of these ones!). The game has exellent graphics, sound and playabillity, but is an old tpe of game and its only new in two modes! It deserves an above average ranting because is graphicaly better than many games, but its a lot more boring and requires at least an iCeleron with an 32 megs AGP and 128 MB of ram to work properly n 800*600 with everithyng in Very High mode and of course an full install of 600MB !
MMmmmm, Porsche. What else can be said. This game, it must be said, is quite wonderful !. Okay, so it's the fifth game in the series (or is it the 7th including NFSSE and NFS2SE), but nevertheless, this game is a must see. Graphics are wonderfully presented, and the sound is second to none. The support for older pc's must be questioned though, as it does require some meaty machinery. Since though I do have a new PC, I'm okay. But there again, it ran quite smooth on my old P2-400 (o/c'ed from 266). The Evolution mode in the game is quite like the mode in Road Challenge (or High Stakes), and means that you start off in 1952 with enough money to buy one of the two cars on show. As you win more races and accumulate the money, the years add on and you get the access to more of the Porsche "back catalog". The single player mode features single race, knockout and quick knockout, where you race one of your owned cars, or one of the factory stock available. There is quite a steep learning curve to it, though you do seem to get better after a while of playing the game. Multiplayer mode is a blast !. I played with two other people at a LanMeet this summer, and a good time was to be had by all :). I mean, driving the GT1 at over 180 mph through a snow ridden course (mystically called Alps) was just too funny :) To sum up... NFS-PU is a great game for newbies and those whom are familiar with it already, and definetly needs a look into :). Excellent.
I purchased this game for £29.99 expecting it to be fantastic. However, I was rather disappointed. The graphics are the only thing that is superb about the game. The game, as told by the title is playable in Porsche (acually pronounced Porcha) cars. There are nearly eighty cars to drive in and some more are downloadable from the internet at 'www.needforspeed.com'. When you first open up the game you will be asked to choose a character (there are both male and female) and type in your name. Then you are presented with a screen asking you whether you want to play a single race, play a multiplayer race, play as a Porsche Test Driver or play in a career mode. Single race and multiplayer races are self explanitory. If you become a Porsche Test Driver, you are given a series of tasks which range from delivering a car in under 2 minutes, swerving around cones and even testing out a new model. This is my favourite mode to play with. The other mode (Career)is where you take the oldest Porsche and race against opponents. Than as you progress (by winning races) more and more cars come on the market which you are able to buy. There is even a second hand market where you can buy and sell cars. This is also a very enjoyable part of the game (yes, even with the old bangers!) The game gets very boring after playing it three of four times. The game lacks the real 'Porsche Driving Experience'. However, if you want a game with stunning graphics, this is the game to buy.
This is an amazing game. I downloaded the demo from the Cnet website download.com and Have spent many hours enjoying it. the graphics are really good and in the full version there are many configureable options. The actual racing is average, but the views are stunning. It has a playback mode, which lets you watch the action and correct your mistakes. The actual game is very expensive but the demo runs for unlimited time, without some of the options. It can be bought directly from their website, or from many software outlets. I rated this game seven out of ten
Do you love Porsches? if so there's no point in even reading this review as you are wasting valuable playing time, in otherwords go and buy it! If you haven't got a clue about Porsches apart from you know they're good looking and fast then read-on. To start off with you have the choice of 3 types of gameplay - single player, factory driver, or evolution. If u want to just dive right into the game then unfortunately you cannot really do that, as to get the faster cars and better tracks you need to do well in evolution or factory driver mode. I started with the factory driver mode, and I think this is the best part of the game as u will be able to become a test-driver for Porsche, as you slowly move up in the ranks. You will start off with an easy test that you can't fail, (slalom, and 180 spins, etc.) then it gradually gets harder! You will have to enter the skid pad and beat the time while to 360 spins, slalom, etc. Then you get missions such as delivering cars to people within a certain time, or racing opponents across muddy fields and busy towns. You can have a quick game of 'catch the flag' where you have to race down the alleys hitting down cones in the correct order. Or you can be in a TV commercial on the skid pad. Obviously the game gets a lot harder as it goes along so don't be discouraged by how easy it is at the start. As you'll soon find out a brilliant thing on factory driver is that later on the timing is perfect, so if u even skid for a split second you wont be able to do it. If you want the fastest and best tracks, you will probably need to work on the evolution, the one main problem with this is that the cars are so slow to start off with, going at a top speed of 80kph, and a race with these cars will be around 6minutes. But again don't be discouraged because it gets a lot better. You will start off with the classic era, and then move onto the modern era quite quickly, with cars such as the 911 T
arga, and the Spyder (my fav in looks!) or the good old 356 A/B, etc. Then you will if good enough move up into the modern era, and it is not possible to describe the fun here! You will also be able to download cars off the internet which is a set back but it's not a huge hassle. The graphics are amazing, with three different main viewpoints - cockpit, close-up, further out. You will be able to look behind you, look to your left/right, honk your horn, (don't get discouraged by the classic era's 'horn') and yes, indicators. (if you use these then your not driving fast enough!) You can give each car your own paint-job with around 45 different possibilities and extras such as numbers, number plates, etc. The action is fast and furious, and the cops are a lot more life-like in NFS PU then in NFS 4 because they aren't trying to commit suicide just to take you down, in NFS 5 PU they will tactically bring you to a halt. One major disadvantage which I was upset with is that u cannot be the cops in this series, and I thought in NFS 4 that was a brilliant and original idea. The crashes are also more realistic then previously, with the movement and damage inflicted on the car. The music will give u a rush, and I'm not actually sure who it's by, but the music doesn't seem to fit in the classic era when you're travelling at the speed limit down a country lane. The SFX are good, and are different for each car, but I found that the music drowned it out a bit, but u can obviously turn the music down which spoils the mood. One amazing thing in this came is the scenery or detail within the levels. After moving slowly around a track I realised how amazing it was, with people carrying boxes across bridges, and waving to eachother, trains speeding past you, molten lava rushing past your tyres, trees falling in the woods, and brilliant backgrounds and weather conditions.
This game for my money is the best arcade style driving game I've played. Very slick graphics, and excellent car dynamics, it offers one of the most realistic game engines around. The feeling of speed, especially in the high end cars is excellent, far superior to many other driving games particularly the recent F1 effort from EA. The number of cars available means you can handicap better drivers in the multiplayer, which is well thought out and has lots of longevity. One of the most refreshing aspects is the thought behind the range of challenges in the single player mode. Better than the normal race after race format. Factory driver and especially evolution modes offer far more than can normally expected. A big thumbs up to this title.
Need for Speed 5 is an excellent game but unfortunately, it is not for every computer. Since the graphics and sound are so much in detail, the system requirements for this game are at a higher end. It needs an advanced sound card and a 3D card to run properly. Without the right amount of speed on your computer, this game is nothing- because, what good is "Need for Speed" without speed? It also takes up quite a lot of space on your hard drive- SO CHECK YOUR COMPUTER BEFORE BUYING THIS GAME! If you have checked your computer properly and think it can handle the requirements, then GO TO THE STORE AND BUY THIS GAME NOW! Need for Speed 5 is the best "Need for Speed", EA Sports has ever created. It has a huge variety of cars dating back to the models of the early 1950's. My favourite part of the game is the Porsche team. You can join the team by passing the obstacle course in the given time limit. If you fail the first time, you can always try again! When you pass, the team members keep giving you challenges, each one harder than the other. If you wish to leave the game, your profile will be stored under your name so that you can pick up where you left off from, when you return. There are other parts to the game as well, like simple races or a tour of the Porsche Company etc. Once you purchase this game, you won't feel like letting it out of your sight! HAVE A GREAT RACE!
What first stunned me about this game was the amazing concentration the creators of this game put into the detail of Porsche Unleashed. The cars have all the detail on them of a real car. For example, the Porsche 356 from 1956 was incredibly detailed as my friend has one that he is refurbishing, and the inside of the car and the chassie are superbly detailed as the car really is. Another factor of this game that made it so appealing was the great way the cars drive. Unlike many racing games that have been released, with this game if your car turns to much at high speeds you will actually spin. The driving of the car is hard to master, but with practise this game becomes appealing and great to play. Another thing in this game that makes it so great is are the superb graphics. The combination of a fairly adequate computer and graphics card produce stunning visual results for this game. Effects such as lens flairs and smoke make this game visually pleasing and add to the atmosphere of the game. There are many options of gameplay in this game, some of which that are very good are the evolution and the factory driver options. In the evolution setting you start off as a rally driver for Porsche in the 1920's and as you slowly progress through the tournaments, you have to replace the damaged parts of your car and earn money to buy faster cars so that you can progress into faster championships and progress through the years. Eventually, you progress to the 1990's where you get fast rally cars that are also expensive too. The factory option is also good, where you have to show your driving skills, and once that is done you can test new cars that Porsche throw at you to test. There are many good points to this game, maybe too many, but it does have its bad points; this game is a real "drivers" game, where people who dont like the realistic aspect of driving will not enjoy this game as the cars are hard to control. Sometimes the game is de
manding for computer spec and it may take a while to load the tracks. As the game progresses, the tracks become extremley difficult and can only be won by haveing a lot of practise which also does add another aspect of realism to this game. If you enjoy this game it will last you a long time.
The Game is a quality game by any standards of todays gaming, the driving is realistic and for once the damage settings are realistic, for example when you damage the drive train you slow down, when you damage the steering you find it more difficult to drive round tight corners, and when you damage the Handling you find driving in a straight line is not so easy anymore, Nothing has been compramised in turns of graphics they look smart and the games interface is easy to use but still has lots of options like setting up your car with different shocks, tires and body parts etc for different types of races. How many times have you play a driving game where you get infront of everybody and thats it the race is over, well thats not so true in Need 4 Speed 5 unless you are a master at the specific track. A slight listake could mean that the car behind you has whizzed passed your smoking bonnet before you have time to see where you are. There are however as the title states, only Porche's, but on the bright side at least they are porche's, a great car and the game shows its progress from the days of the classic cars through to the modern powerhouses of todays Porche. What I say is the next Need for Speed should bring back the ages of the Austin Meastro from the days of the rusty banger right through to the new 2L injection, now that would make a great game!!!!!