From Nintendo and Sony to Sega and Konami, there was a time where every developer with a semi decent roster of recognizable characters felt the need to shoehorn their mascots into a kart racing game. Some were good, some not, but the most memorable ones were usually the games featuring well-known characters. 3DClouds, an Italian indie developer doesn’t have the luxury of banking on familiar faces for their title, All-Star Fruit Racing, as it is their debut title. However, this doesn’t mean that the game isn’t worth a closer look as even though it is still an Early Access title, it already impresses
Crashday: Redline Edition might look a little dusty compared to some of the other titles currently on the market, but it still offers a fast paced and adrenaline fueled experience for racing fans. This re-release of the 2006 original packs a whole host of new features and improvements, which is sure to please fans. In addition to a plethora of content, this Redline Edition also has full Steam Workshop support, which has already paid off in the form of hundreds of new mods for the game. Whether you have fond memories of the original or simply want a racing game that offers speed, destruction and stunts, Crashday: Redline Edition deserves a closer look.
Gameplay: Tons of different modes and the ability to get on the track without having to waste hours tweaking your ride.
Graphics: An improvement over the original, but not quite up to the high standard of modern games.
Sound: The soundtrack is a mix of old and new, but the sound effects could have been better
If you are looking for a fast paced racing game featuring some exotic cars (and bikes) then look no further than PGR4. The visuals are outstanding and there is enough content here to keep you playing for a long time. With a career mode as well as some arcade modes this is one racing game you won’t soon tire of.
Gameplay: Pure action packed racing done right.
Graphics: The rain is a visual standout, but the overall graphics are very good.
Sound: Very good sound effects and a soundtrack that should satisfy all tastes
NFS: ProStreet marked a change in direction for the series and features none of the police chases or illegal street racing that has made the franchise famous. Instead you get to take part in legal races on tracks from around the world. While not a bad game, it can quickly become repetitive and overall lacks the polish that we have come to expect from a Need for Speed title.
Gameplay: A completely new direction for the series and not one that all fans will enjoy.
Graphics: Not bad, but lacking somewhat in polish.
Sound: The tunes are decent, but the announcers can become annoying
At this point there is probably very little reason to return to NFS: Carbon unless you have never played it before. The whole city is available to play in Need For Speed World Online and since the Xbox Live multi-player servers for this game no longer functions you will be unable to get most of the achievements.
Gameplay: Not a huge departure from Most Wanted and a lot easier, but there is still fun to be had.
Graphics: A return to night time races so expect lots of lights.
Sound: The music is a lot weaker than the previous games
Need For Speed: Most Wanted is unfortunately one of those games that becomes a chore to complete. Everything starts out fun but the longer you play, the more it starts to drag on. The police chases are spectacular, but turn into a nuisance long before the game is over. The rubber band racing also mars the whole experience.
Gameplay: A lot of fun but it soon starts to wear a little thin.
Graphics: Not the best I’ve seen but still good.
Sound: The soundtrack is good, but you’ll eventually turn it down
Pokémon Dash is the epitome of a cheap cash-in. Without the Pokémon license this game would barely have been worth a glance and even with it not much is added to the game. Even if you are a huge fan of Pokémon this game simply offers nothing that will keep you interested for long.
Gameplay: The novelty wears off very quickly and the gameplay is extremely repetitive.
Graphics: Very basic and not a very good showcase of the DS abilities.
Sound: Very forgettable
Take control of a spherical object without brakes as it rolls straight into danger with this fast-paced and colorful rhythm action game. Your job is to dodge whatever is coming at you, something which is easier said than done. We could have done without some of the modes, especially the Flappy Bird style sections, but overall this is a great game for those who relish a proper challenge. It is not perfect, but making it through all the tracks in one piece will keep you busy for a while.
Gameplay: Simple controls and straightforward objectives, but the challenge is quite steep.
Graphics: Good, but there is rarely time to gawk at your surroundings.
Sound: The soundtrack is excellent, but until you are good you will be hearing it in bits and pieces
Altitude0: Lower & Faster is a racing game with an aerial twist. Instead of confining players to the road this racer allows players to take to the skies. Don’t expect tranquil flights in the wild blue yonder though as races are kept low, fast and very risky. Going lower means more speed, but with a plethora of threatening obstacles this is easier said than done. While most people have been taking a well-earned break over the holiday season, Gugila, the indie developer behind this Early Access title has been hard at work updating the game with some new multiplayer focused features
Test Drive Unlimited 2 is one of those games that start off great but the longer you play it the more the faults become apparent. There are plenty of challenges and races but in the end you are just repeating the same things over and over. The online aspect is nice and overall the game is good but it is certainly not going to appeal to everyone.
Gameplay: A huge gameworld with plenty to see and do but very repetitive.
Graphics: Lots of rough edges but the scale is admirable.
Sound: Terrible radio stations and annoying voice overs