Product Type: Codemasters Xbox 360 games
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FUEL (Xbox 360)
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FUEL (Xbox 360)
Advantages: Vast open maps make this a very different racer
Disadvantages: The world is empty, the races lack excitement.
Fuel is a strangely ambitious project for a driving game. The developer has built a vast open space set in a post apocalyptic world where Fuel is the commodity for everything.
The player can either free roam at will through a variety of fields, woodlands, mountains and coastlines driving between basecamps where different races are available. The reward for winning is fuel which may be used to purchase additional items.
Racing is fundamentally the point of the game and this is a racer that is certainly like no other. There are a myriad of vehicles to drive and the point of the race is predominantly to get through a serious of checkpoints whilst choosing anyway you like to get there. It is this that proves to be both the best and worst parts of the game.
The concept is a great one as you plot your way through abandoned farms, up and over valleys and through dense woodland to reach the checkpoints first. The ai however does tend to stick to the roads which results in a somewhat stunted challenge as you will probably never see an opponent vehicle which does lessen the excitement.
The graphics are capable without being special and the same could be said of the controls. The music is the usual heavy affair but despite the grand plan of a ginormous race area the game just seems eternally empty with actually very little to do.
Overall this is a steady title which is a good idea but just doesn't quite fulfill its grandiose claims.
Summary: A decent concept which could spawn an improved sequel if the flaws were to be ironed out.
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