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This game is all kinds of mental, it's fast, explosive, competitive and balls out fun! Right of the bat, the game trains you in 3 basic elements, driving, drifting and blowing stuff up! Although these 3 things sound basic, this is in no way a downplayed review. This game is fantastic! The car models are lush and sleek, although fictitious cars, they are sexy and rough looking! The scenery is amazing, and destructable!
The bases of the game is, as a rookie driver in a TV show, you have to do everything you can to win. This included building up a power meter that gives you the ability to strategically manipulate the environment to sucker punch opponents. Around the tracks are various vehicles and explosive barrels that can be activated at the right time to take out an opponent, but bare in mind, they can do the same to you!! That's the level 1 ability, level 2 is mega!! This is where you can literally destroy the environment around you to take out your opponents, from collasping buildings, to destroying bridges and creating new routes over the rubble and havic you have just reeked!!
There is a super fast feel to this game, and the soundtrack adds a great level of speed and fast beats that I believe the game would suffer without. I have played through the single player game, which has almost brought me to tears at times with missing out on first place by literally, a split second. I have played split screen on the same console which brings a real competitive feel to friends, but not as much as playing online against strangers. There is a serious satisfaction is kicking ass all over the world, without leaving your living room!!
If I had to be objective, I would say the only thing that lets this game down, (very small) is that it's handling system is not quite as responsive as some of the rival games like Burnout.
I cannot finish on a negative, I really love this game and will be playing for many many hours, even though it has been completed!!
When I first played this game I could believe how immense it was, I have loved the burnout games (a different franchise to this) as it is full of chaos and blurred buildings as you whizz round racing. Then when I got this game it had incorporated my favourite racing feel, but only better, and also reminded me of the film Death Race with Jason Statmam, which was yet another thrilling racing genre.
This game is very fast paced, one wrong turn or twitch and you crash and lose valuable time. The power play feature in this game is incredible, there are two types, level one power plays which activate bombs, cranes and avalanches, which is fun to pick off odd targets ahead of you. Then to increase the tension and excitement there are level two power plays which can cause MASSIVE damage, you can blow up dams, nuclear chimneys and shipping yards, which changes the route of the race. The fun you can have if your racing friends and they are ahead then activating a level two power play is indescribable. Not only does it cause them to crash and lose time, the route often makes you have a shortcut advantage in the race, which makes you gain a much larger lead.
There are many game types in the campaign which involve bomb throwing trucks, crazed helicopters firing missiles and time trails, all have different variations. While there are not many different places and tracks it is still fun, and with the use of level two power plays you can always try and mix up the tracks so it always seems new.
If you like racing games and/or like having moments of high tension then this game is for you.
An intense game for intense gamers!
Having read reviews in magazines about this game, i was a bit undecided in whether I wanted to buy this game.
I saw it on offer on a well known media website, so i took the chance and brought it.
I must admit when i first played this game I was instantly BLOWN away on how intense it is. You can't keep your eyes of the TV while playing it.
The season mode is pretty addictive and really quite challenging. I've racked up about 10 hours already and i'm only halfway through the season mode.
There are many different "race modes" to play, you have the normal race mode, Survival mode, Air revenge, Air strike and many more fun modes to play.
Race is just a normal 8 man race.
Air Revenge is dodging missles, then counting them by firing at the helicoptor.
Air strike is where you have to dodge the missiles for as long as possible.
Finally, survival mode is where you have to survive bombs falling off trucks.
You have a bar at the bottom called powerplay mode. You can build points on this by drifting round corners, overtaking or having near misses.
When you get a blue bar you can activate power play level one, which means you can create shortcuts on maps, make the enviroment fall on your rivals, have explosive cans falldown on your rivals, plus other cool stuff.
If you get to the red powerplay mode, you'll activate Powerplay level 2, which is a more powerful weapon/advtange.
You can change the the whole route of a map by exploded big planes and buildings, also with the red powerplay mode you can drop muliple explosives on your rivals.
It's a real fun game to play, it's a good pick up and play game