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Need for speed porsche 2000 is probably the last game of it's kind in the need for speed series, it has a decent physic engine and a good graphic, even if it came out in the 2000 the game is really good and replayable, and especially playable with friends, the good part about the game is that you can take and decide wich cars to buy , it has incident like features, wich are especially nice, for example if you hit a wall frontally, tou will probably riun the front of the car and your car will be damaged for the rest of the run or till you decide to repair it, and especially on night run it will be for example very difficult to view.
It has a nice evolution mode where you start from old times porches and while you win games you get to the newer ones (a sort of story mode)
The game does not require an espcially powerful pc you can probably play it on a pentium 3 with a old geforce 2 card
This game need for speed porsche is a niceone to be played in this world of gadgets.However we cant afford the gadgets that are so marvelous that we see in the games. In this one there is a real gala of playing with all sort of racing new cars having amazing speed.the porsche is nice one to be played getting a great redeem of points.The features in this one are nice enough that we can make-up our cars with desired fashion you like .We earn points for races we won with that we earn money even which we can spend it on the car we play and even we can buy the cars.We can hav a great tim in NFS playing.I will rate it four stars because it even been the one of the racing games..... Ok pals those who wanna play it go for it and enjoy your gaming.................
If your, like me , this is probably the only Porsche you are ever likely to own, partially because I don?t want a real one, and mostly because I can?t afford one. I don?t have a ?Need for Speed? in real life. I?ve had this game for a few years now, and although I? m not a computer game afficionado, I do like this one. The graphics are lush and the cars rendered in spectacular 3D, in a very realistic way. There are all manner of Porsche models represented in this game, and they are catalogued in chorological order, on a little potted history of Porsche and its cars on the disk. I?m no Jeremy Clarkson, and what I know about cars you can get on the back of a postage stamp, but I do like to watch the odd bit of F1 on a Sunday, so I?m a bit of a part time speed freak by proxy. This game gives you all the thrills AND spills of top speed motor racing. I prefer ?Need for Speed? to other F1 type games because the cars have so much more character, than the clone like F1 cars. All the vintage models since the 1950's are faithfully portrayed in loving detail. All the cars have realistic settings that relate to their actual performance in real life. The old soft top Porsche convertible 356, has a pretty puny performance, compared to the Boxter or 911, which is reflected in the game play , you will realise this in no time if you try racing against a 911, in this game in an old jalopy 356. There are several types of race you can take part in which range from just a quick single race to a full length knockout tournament. The single race is what is says, and the tournaments can range over several knockout stages, on several different tracks. This game comes in several different versions, there are 5 or 6 to my knowledge, the one I have is ?Need for Speed , Porsche 2000". The race tracks available on this version are, Cote d?Azur. Normandie, Monte Carlo and Pyrenees. They are all beautifully rendered, and maybe I?m just
an old duffer when it comes to computer games but the quality of the graphics never ceases to amaze me with this type of thing. Basically what you have to do to begin with is to create your driver, this involves a multiple choice from 8 different pre-prepared drivers 5 male and 3 female which you can ascribe an identity to. The name you give the driver comes out on the number plate on you car when you go through to the 3d race model. The driver will be rendered in the car in the actual game. Then you have to pick your car, at the beginning of a tournament you will only have the choice of one car, the Porsche 356 jalopy, I mentioned earlier. As you progress through the championship you will hopefully amass more and more prize money , with which to buy better, more high performance cars, in which case gives you a better chance of winning. So the more you win the more you can win. As I said each car has a realistic performance in relation to the street model of the car, so you can?t just pick a car for looks if you want to win this game. Why is it that the better high performance cars from Porsche are also the ugliest ones? I much prefer the look of the old 356, than some of the newer models represented, but it won?t win in a straight out race. When you have your car and driver selected, you can choose which track you want select ?RACE? and your off. Let?s say where going for a burn round Normandie, you start in a lush green forest, you?ll be at the back of the grid, unless you did some practice laps to get you up the grid, like they do in F1, and you get 3,2,1 on the screen, and also from the wacky commentator, starting the race. The other computer generated and controlled cars, are off, and you better be quick of they?ll be at the end before you into first gear! The race is pretty fast paced, and there is not a lot of room for error. The one drawback with this game, is that you can NOT have two player
s at the P C, at the same time playing against each other! You can ONLY play the computer. The only way you can play against another human is to buy too copies of the game and play on a LAN network OR against someone over the Internet, also with someone else with a copy of the game. It?s a bit of a con if you want to play against someone else as the game isn?t that cheap at £9.99, from W.H.Smith , where I got mine from. Back to the race and what you get is a scrolling screen which transports you through the countryside of Normandie at a frenetic pace, racing your fellow drivers, which is in fact just the computer. The quality of the rendering depends on the speed of your computer and what graphic options you have installed. The countryside will whiz past you as you speed your way down the track, all of which are open road tracks as opposed to actual purpose built racetracks like Silverstone etc, which are more F1 territory and I find pretty boring to race around. There are many realistic features which I find particularly good about this game, like sound effects of engines, music, ambient sounds like birds chirping, chickens clucking ( part of a race passes through a farm), and as well as the sounds there is a feature records every bump and scrape you have with your car and deducts it from your cars performance, your car will also look suitably dishevelled on screen according to the amount of damaged it has sustained. You can cry in the comfort of your own living room , as you watch you beautiful new Porsche , gets knocked into an old banger by the other drivers. But hold it ?petrolheads?, don?t cry just yet, there is also a feature of the game where you can repair, and customise your pride and joy, and even change the set up like brake and gear ratios, buy custom parts for increased performance, which IS reflected in the performance of the car, during the race.. I don?t know wether this game is incredibly well detail
ed and eng ineered in itself, w hich it is , or just a bit too sad and nerdy for words. I think it all depends on wether you like it or not and how much a Porsche lover you are , and if you?re a Top Gear fan, or not.....urrgh, Jeremy Clarkson now there?s a clever chap....? I wonder what they would make of all this nerdy car simulation? I bet the bloke who design this game has a Porsche of his own by now because I gather it is pretty popular with ?petrolheads?, and computer nerds alike. There is another feature which petrol nerds will like and that is the playback feature, which allows you to save and re run the race you have just taken part in ?before your very eyes?. The computer records the race like video, and you can watch it , and watch as many times as you like, from all different camera angles, inside the car, on top of the car, from the side, under the car, in font of the car looking backwards etc,etc. Nerds will see this as a way of assessing and contemplating and improving their racing skills, normal people will see it as a bit of a laugh, to see themselves careering off the road and tumbling into the realistically rendered undergrowth by the side of the road. In terms of controller interface, if you?re a serious race junkie, you have to get one of those steering wheel joystick things to get the best out of this game. Having said that I?m not, and I don?t have one, but I get by perfectly well with just a game pad, and if your terribly poor you don?t even need that you can just use the up and down arrows on your keyboard for steering. The rest of the controls are also on the keyboard, these allow you to change the camera angle, the view as you are driving, inside the car behind the wheel, or outside the car, from above looking down on the race. You can have manual or automatic, and a host of customizable details. A pound to a penny, that 99% of the people who play this game do not own, and will never own a Porsche
themselves, an d there?s nothi ng wrong with t hat . After all you don?t need to own a chieftain tank to have a go at blowing somebody to kingdom come, in one of the plethora, of war game simulations available on the market, and I would say that this is a bit more classy than that kind of genre. I don?t think there would be enough Porches in the world for everyone who wanted one to have one anyway, so I suppose this game satisfies the need for greed, as well as speed, and keeps all those, eco unfriendly petrol guzzling speed machines off the road. The idea of being able to play it over the Internet is a good one, as is common with many of the new computer games, this opens up a whole new world of contestants available most of whom you will never actually meet! I think you need a pretty fast computer for this kind of thing as any one you want to play will get pretty brassed off if you trailing round the track at 5mph. I never went into it because I don?t think my computer is up to it. There are some unusual features of this game, and if you key in certain code words before the start of the race, when you are choosing your driver, you can have some unusual effects. I don?t remember all of them, but you can make the cars appear like miniature remote controlled cars in a normal sized landscape, why?........I don?t know. Also you can have some police cars in the game chasing you as you go round the track. That?s a bit odd and I think that actually appears as a regular option in a later version of the game. There were some others , but I can?t remember what they were or all the pass words but I?m sure you can get them off the net. I think there is something for everyone in this came, from the hard core Porsche fans, to just top quality race game junkies, and the Jeremy Clarkson devotees, it really is a collection of games, that appeals across the board. I don?t know why I?m talking it up so much I can?t even drive, well perhaps
that?s why, I can l ive out my racing fa ntasies in the safet y of my own home, wi thout running anyone over! I haven?t seen it on the shelves recently, but with so many titles coming out every month it?s hardly surprising, I have seen it on Amazon, I dare say you can get it on ebay, and you must be able to order it at a multitude of game sites all over the web. Min System requirements: OS windows 95/ 98/ 2000 Processor 200mhz Mem 32 Mb ram HD 150mb CD 4speed Graphics 4 Mb It says 3d accelerator required , I don?t have one and it works ok Direct x 7.0 included Multi player 1cd per person Network IPX compliant modem 56.6 kps Internet 56.6 kps Maybe they ought to give this game to people who steal cars for a laugh, and a bit of a thrill, keep them off the streets, I think they would like it, it?s pretty kickin?. Jeremy Clarkson can keep his petrol burnin? speed machines, polluting the environment an? all, I?m off for a quick spin round Monte-Carlo, in me yellow Boxter, see yer later peeps, Vrruum, Vrruum!
Electronic arts have really excelled themselves with this game. Nowadays many games have ‘official licenses’, but this one actually stands for something. There are and astounding eighty (that’s right 80) different cars from the first humble Porsche 356 to the present day GT1 GTS (it’s a beast, trust me). There are three modes to the game. The first is factory driver, where you play a test driver working for Porsche and you must do various errands for the company, such as delivering cars, rushing executives to the airport, filming adverts in industrial estates while dodging cement trucks, and doing daredevil stunts, like 180’s, 360’s and highly impossible (but very cool) reverse 360 slaloms. There are about 25 missions in all, and your aim is to be promoted from junior to chief test driver. Every time you get a promotion the company gives you a cool car that goes into your garage (more about this later). However the company chooses which car you use, which makes it a lot harder, but the missions are not too hard, yet still challenging. The second mode is called evolution, and I find not as interesting as factory driver. In this mode you begin in 1950, with the very first Porsche, the 356. You must then enter races and win money to buy the next car when it is released, and so on, until you get to the present day. This tends to get tiresome, as the old cars are just too slow, and I can’t be bothered to work my way up. The third mode is called single race, and you simply pick a car, track and opponents, and race! This is where you can use the cars given to you in factory driver mode. Also you can download the latest cars by going to the need for speed website. The actual driving is great – if you use the right car. You can choose manual or auto, roof up or down on the cabriolets, and choose the car colour with a custom colour picker like the one in paint, allowing you absolutely any colour. Damage effects are realistic, bu
t can be turned off, and the computer cars are clever enough to try and ram you onto the mud! On some of the factory driver levels there are also police cars to be dodged, and civilian cars to avoid crashing into. There is no splitscreen mode, only internet multiplayer. One major problem however, is the system requirements, as loading times are quite long, even on my 700mhz 128mb Ram PC. A major plus though, is the price – I bought it for £20 with two other games in an EA compilation, so it should be out there for a tenner somewhere.
Need For Speed: Porsche 2000 (Or Porsche Unleashed depending on whereabouts in the world you live) is the fifth game in the series of games that drives us petrol heads wild. This time round though, Electronic Arts went for something a bit different – something that put me off the game for ages. Rather than take a bunch of random cars and random tracks, group the cars according ability and the tracks according to difficulty, chucking a few different kinds of racing in and calling it a game as they have done previously. They instead took you on a fifty year journey through the history of one of the worlds most famous performance marques, Porsche in case you hadn’t worked that bit out. But despite having a bit of a soft spot for German cars I didn’t buy this game immediately, I thought a game consisting entirely of one make of car would be dull. I only bought the game by chance, I saw it for £10 in the HMV Christmas sale and though “yeah, why not”. Good job I did, as the fifth Need for Speed is also the best. * Graphics * The only complaint I had about the graphics in Need for Speed 4 (High Stakes or Road Challenge, again depending on whereabouts you live) was that the cars look very showroomy. Everything gleamed so much you could see the track reflecting in the cars! Oh, that and the headlights only appeared to be on when you were looking directly at them. These are all sorted out in Need for Speed Porsche 2000 (NFSP2 from hereon). The cars change appearance is effected by their surroundings but you won’t catch people checking their hair in them, also headlights are always visible and simply glow more if they’re pointing straight at you. But just because nothing else was wrong with the previous game’s graphics doesn’t mean that they can’t be improved though. Should you be travelling slow enough to notice, the environments that you race through in NFSP2 are incredibly detailed.
Charging through the farmland of Normandy people are sitting on their porches in rocking chairs, lush fields roll off into the distance. Failing that you could be skimming bricks in the incredibly detailed old town of Auguvrne, or perhaps you will pull up at the beautiful waterfall just outside the town and admire – or maybe the Roman ruins would be more your thing. The only complaint I have is with the car interior, while it’s nice that it’s ALL 3D (Dials and all, sometimes you can watch the car speedo from OUTSIDE the car!), the dials aren’t readable like in the other games, where I’d turn off the HUD and just use the car instruments – also nothing lights up when you turn your headlights on. Minor quibbles though, but with a game of this quality that’s all I’m going to find wrong with it! * Playability * This is one area where NFSP2 particularly shines over it’s predecessors. You have a choice of four modes of gameplay. Factory Driver, Evolution, Singleplayer and Multiplayer. Factory driver is large amounts of fun and frustration in equal measures. Basically you go and work for Porsche, taking new cars around the skid pan, testing out four wheel drive systems in the Alps, deflating the ego’s of the other drivers by beating them in races and at one point even filming a Porsche TV commercial! It can get annoying though, when you execute your double 360 spin and slalom in 30.1 secs when you need to do it in 30 secs. However, once you’ve finished Factory Driver that’s it. You have to create a new game character if you want to play it again. Evolution is my favourite mode, basically it’s career mode. You start off in 1950 with just enough money to by a Porsche 356 and then make money by doing well in various races. You can then start customising your car with the winnings as well as investing them in entry fees for races with bigger winnings.
As you win various races you gain more money and time progresses. Duely new cars and modifications come out which you can purchase and if you wish you can deal on the second hand car market. For me though, the true beauty of this section is modifying cars – you can’t really do it properly in the other modes. Sure you can tweak what you have in Multiplayer mode but Evolution is where you can buy and sell new parts. It’s great when I get a new car tweaked just how I like it, go out and win a race by just throwing the car round in a manner that would put me in a wall were I in an unmodified car. Singleplayer I don’t tend to play much now, I have sufficient cash in Evolution mode to use it like singleplayer mode. But you get the choice of single race, tournament and knockout. Unlike the other games though, you don’t win anything by completing these game modes. The only way to unlock all the game is to go the distance in Evolution mode. While multiplayer is a lot of fun, it does seem to be a bit of an afterthought. You can’t add road traffic or computer cars to the race, you can’t watch replays to decide on whose fault all those racing incidents were. All you get is a straight race between you and your 1-7 competitors. How much fun that is of course, is down to the opponent. * The Cars * The cars pretty much handle differently. Obviously the 356a 1100cc and the 356a 1200cc aren’t going to be massively different, but if you look at sensibly (Different models) then it’s great. You’ve got the 911 Carrera 2.7 Turbo – a car that requires so much respect it’s possible to loose control in a straight line. There’s the all conquering 2000 911 Turbo which is the car I hold most records with as it handles pretty much perfectly. There’s the various four wheel drive Carrera 4’s whose ability to recover from little mistakes (Never mind romp off into the
distance in the snowy Alps) always amazes me. Final mention though goes to the ludicrous 935 K “Moby Dick”. The 935 is a racing version of a 911 from the 70’s, but the K version was a one off made for Le Mans. Basically it’s two turbos, four gears and huge wings. While it’s not the easiest car to drive, it is one of the fastest and one of the most fun! The detail of Porsche’s history is bizarrely chequered. The two collaborations with Volkswagen are there (The rather ugly 914 and the 944’s) but the car that won Le Mans for Porsche several times, the 917, is strangely missing – as are quite a few racing porsches. Shame that. You can download extra cars from the net, as you could from NFS3 onwards but this time round only the official Electronic Arts ones will merge seamlessly into the game – home brew ones have to replace existing cars. It’s a shame as I’ve downloaded some great cars for NFS3+4 but don’t want the hassle of messing about with the original game so I haven’t for NFSP2. * The Problems * Well I never said it was perfect! I’ve already bemoaned the car situation (It’s good, but it could be very good!) but there are a few other things. When you race along mirrored tracks (ie, left hand corners become right hand corners) EVERYTHING mirrors. Including speedlimit signs which just looks daft, as well as the stereo image which is just confusing. You hear a car coming up your inside and then suddenly it drives past on the outside. There are also two very annoying bugs – both on the Normandy track. Due to the fact that I have a GeForce graphics card, I have to turn off lens flare or the game freezes in the latter part of the track. Due to no reason I can figure out, but I have to turn off 3D sound or the game locks at the first corner. And I was so looking forward to using my brand new speakers in this game, sob! Oh yeah, almost forgot to mention this because I turned it off months ago – but the music is very, very bad. But then the engine sounds provide all my ears need! * The Future * I have to say I’m now quite taken with this marque history idea. In my dream world, Electronic Arts would now go on to do similar games on marques like Ferrari, Chevrolet etc. But, all the games would work together so all the tracks and cars could be shared. Remember the Memory Lane tournament in NFS4 where NFS3’s tracks suddenly arrived in the game? That was great. Unfortunately I don’t think it’s going to happen, the next Need for Speed game is going to be an online game based on American Muscle cars. Yawn…
I have had NFS Porsche 2000 for about a month now, and I am just starting to perfect the skills to compete in the intermediate level. This game is by no means easy, but this just adds to it's longevity. After you have installed the game, you will be presented with a stunning introduction sequence where a Porsche test driver takes various models for a spin and shows off just some of the things you can do behind the wheel. The intro will get your adrenaline pumping in anticipation of what you are about to experience if you love porsches as much as I do. I guess you have to have some positive feelings towards Porsche to buy this game in the first place though. After the intro, we get to the real guts of the game. There are two main "campaigns" for want of a better word. You can start as a member of the factory test drivers team where you have to complete various tasks for your boss. The other mode is the Evolution of Porsche game where you take part in tournaments, buying and selling Porsches of the time to progress. You start the factory game as a new test driver, you are at the bottom of the team as little more than an apprentice. This means that the first few tasks involve driving round cones on the skid pan to prove to the boss that you can be trusted to drive the most expensive cars without scratching the paintwork. After you complete the basic training, the boss sends you to deliver cars through police infested roads with tight time limits. As you improve, you will push yourself into line for promotion, but this will be to the expense of the next superior to you, so naturally there will be a showdown for the position. The ultimate aim of this scenario is to become the best test driver in the team and attain the elusive rank of Ace. I am nowhere near this target and hope that if someone gets there, they will leave a comment to let me know what happens. The Evolution game is an entirely different monster. You prog
ress through all three eras of Porsches history, Classic, Golden and Modern. In each era there are a number of tournaments. Each tournament consists of a number of races. There are two types of tournament that I have discovered so far. Standard tournaments with points that are added up as you complete each race, the only way to win the tournament and unlock the next tournament in the list is to place in the top three at the end of the tournament. When you enter a tournament, there may be an entry fee and you win money depending on the position you attain. You use this money to buy a new car, or repair and upgrade your existing ones. The other type is a rally format where the times of each race are added up and the winner is the driver who has the lowest total time. This is more difficult as the prize money is only paid at the end. So you need to have some money before you enter so you can afford repairs. Fortunately the returns are normally higher for the added risk. As you complete each tournament, time passes and newer models become available to buy in the show room while the classics on the second hand market become more valuable as time passes. This means that racing classic cars in the Golden era becomes quite an expensive passtime when you have to make repairs. What about the cars? Well you start the game with a limited number of cars in your database. There are many cars and many variations(eg several different modified engines) that you "unlock" during the evolution game. When playing through the evolution game, you also get the chance to compete in "once in a lifetime" races where you can win a bonus car. Once you own a car, in the evolution game, it becomes available for you to use in multiplayer and single player races. The handling takes some getting used to as the cars are rear wheel dive and so you have to learn to hit the accelerator when you lose the back end. It doesn't matter wha
t your skill level is though because the car will always be on the edge as you learn to push harder. I find myself holding my breath for most of the race as I concentrate on trying to keep up with the car in front. I also get a big adrenaline rush when I get in the lead because on the majority of tracks, you will be constantly watching your rear view mirror to try and block the car glued to your bumper. You find yourself praying for the finish line to hurry up and appear before you pass out. You cannot blink or you will be into a wall so by the end of a hard race, you just have to fall back in your seat with your eyes closed regaining your breath for a minuteas you come down from the high. As far as performance of the game on a computer, I can only speak of it's performance on my system. I am running it on an AMD Athlon 900Mhz with an ATI Rage Pro 128 32mb Graphics card and 352mb of pc133 SDRAM. It runs like a dream on this system and I have been able to increase the game resolution safely to 800X600 with no ill effects. You can probably go higher but I am happy where it is now. As always, check the spec of your computer against the minimum requirements on the box to see if it will run. A word of warning though, most games will only barely run at the minimum spec, so I usually suggest you should try to have a system at least half way between the minimum and recommended spec on the box for most games to run passably well. If you are able to exeed the recommended spec, you should have a flawless and exhilarating experience on this game. I cannot really comment on the sound as I have a cheap set of PC speakers. When I wire my PC up to my Hi-fi, I will update the opinion. For what it's worth, I think it sounds pretty good compared to other games I have listened to. If you have any interest at all in cars and driving games, buy it as this game is definitely the most fun of all the other driving games I have played simply because it cre
ates the feeling that you are part of the car. So many of the other games I have played just feel neutral or detached. Oh yes, be prepared in advance as you will be hurling abuse at anyone who tries to speak to you during a race, as you need every bit of concentration for the task in hand. A do not disturb sign comes in handy here. Just in case you need any more convincing, check the price. At just £5.99 from HMV, can you really afford not to get it? I will also add that there is a Need for speed website, I havew now got the URL. It is: www.needforspeed.com There is a new car to download every month the site promises and there is a link to Porsche's website so you can custom design you own dream Porsche. I managed to build one with everything on it for around £130,000. Makes the price of the game seem like nothing really, dosen't it? As I am still fairly new to writing opinions, please leave comments letting me know what I am missing out or any improvements I can make. Thanks in advance. URGENT UPDATE........... I FORGOT TO MENTION THAT THERE IS A PROBLEM ON SOME MACHINES. YOU CAN SET THE GAME TO RUN AT WHATEVER RESOLUTION YOU WANT. BUT FOR THE GAME TO START, YOUR WINDOWS RESOLUTION NEEDS TO BE CONFIGURED TO 1024X768. YOU CAN DO THIS BY MINIMISING ALL WINDOWS. RIGHT CLICK ON THE DESKTOP THEN SELECT PROPERTIES. IN THE WINDOW THAT APPEARS, SELECT SETTINGS IN THE UPPER RIGHT CORNER. IN THE AREA TITLED "SCREEN AREA", SELECT 1024X768 FROM THE SLIDE BAR AND THEN CLICK APPLY BEFORE CLOSING THE WINDOW. YOU MAY RECEIVE A WARNING TO THE EFFECT THAT IF THERE ARE ANY PROBLEMS, DON'T CLICK ANYTHING AND THE OLD SETTING WILL RESTORE. If you have a 17 inch monitor, there should be no problem. Sorry I forgot to mention this annoying glitch before, it completely slipped my mind. For this reason, I have down graded my rating from best to four star. It is still great for the p
I bought this in an EA Classics compilation with Populous and NBA live 2000, all for £20. I did have a K6III 450 and a Matrox G400 32MB graphics card, and 128MB RAM when I bought the game, and it ran fine. The only advantage of the better machine that I have now is pushing the resolution up higher. The graphics are gorgeous, as are the 3D sound effects. This game has various modes - factory driver where you do all sorts of tests with new cars e.g. going round the skid pan, or running errands into town Evolution where you get to race just about every Porsche since 1900. You win money for winning races and tournaments to buy a new car, or better parts for the current car. Single race or multiplayer for a quick race. The game also comes with a multimedia presentation of the development of porsche. This is not a hardcore sim - you can feel the differences between the cars when driving them but it's an arcade game. It's hard but not too hard, and it's immensely enjoyable.
As an old fan of the series, I've been picking out problems, strengths and weaknesses since the very first title in the series. NFS: Porsche 2000 is a good game and comes packed with a lot of good features, but like every game, it has its weak spots. In this case, some minor ones that can be quite annoying or can be over-looked, depending on the personality of the player. The install process of the game is pretty straight forward with no problems. Configuring the game, likewise. However, you will need a beast of a computer to play this game. Don't even bother trying to enjoy the benefit of it's advanced graphics if you don't sport a 600MHz processor and a good graphics adapter as well. NFS: P2000's sound is very well done and sounds convincing enough. However, on slower computers there are "sound artifacts" that become audible and help to injure a fullfilling racing experience. These "artifacts" basically consist of audio glitches where the audio will either click, temporarily stop, or else make a grinding sound. These can be very annoying. The graphical detail, as I mentioned, is very good on a high-end computer. If you have a computer which runs this game well, you will be stunned by the quality of the graphics, considering this is a PC game. No real complaints here, nor any real surprises, considering that the graphics industry is screaming forward at a rapid pace and soon games like this won't be super-special any longer. However, it does deliver a nice looking picture at the present and won't disapoint -- if you can actually play the game this way. Controls are simply enough, not deviating much at all from the previous titles in the series. They are easy to get the hang of, and if you have a joystick or racing wheel, you will find yourself at ease quite quickly. Forced Feedback wheels and sticks are at their best in NFS: P2000. This game has more effects and bett
er effects than most other racing games, and it sure helps to make the game feel very real -- especially with a racing wheel! The game modes are very fun, although certain modes will get repedative rather quickly. Playing through the Porsche Evolution mode is fun, the first two or three times. After that, moving on to the Factory Driver mode will be a good idea. Playing through FD once will be enough to get your dander up, as it is rather frustratingly difficult. The best mode this game has to offer, in my opinion, is the open race road race. It's very fun, pretty difficult, but a nice ride, over-all. Lots of replayability on this mode! In short, if you like racing games, you WILL like NFS: Porsche 2000. It's a nice game and will provide you with many hours of enjoyment.
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