Redout: Enhanced Edition

Redout: Enhanced Edition

Redout revives the anti-gravity racing genre with beautiful tracks that can be raced at blistering speeds. The career mode has enough events and tracks to keep players busy for ages and the physics-based racing feels very intuitive once mastered. It’s not an easy game, but players who stick with it will have a lot of fun.

Gameplay: One of the fastest racers on the market.

Graphics: Eye-catching environments that look great at high speed.

Sound: The dynamic soundtrack with full 5.1 support sounds great

Need for Speed™ Rivals

Need for Speed™ Rivals

Need For Speed: Rivals fuses some of the best elements of Hot Pursuit and Most Wanted. The exotic cars and scenic open-world setting of Rivals make for exhilarating races and chases while the ability to play as either racers or cops adds some variety to the mix. The locked framerate can be overcome, but it’s still a baffling inclusion and the heavy emphasis on online play will also be an annoyance to solo players. However, despite the flaws, this is still a great entry in the series and a lot of fun to play.

Gameplay: Fast and frantic, but some players might find it a little too easy.

Graphics: The Frostbite 3 engine is used to great effect in this game.

Sound: Decent soundtrack, overly dramatic voice acting, and good sound effects

Need for Speed™ Most Wanted

Need for Speed™ Most Wanted

Need for Speed: Most Wanted might share a name with the 2005 original and feature police chases, but that’s about where the similarities end. The single-player mode feels bland and empty while the multiplayer mode has more in common with Burnout Paradise than Need for Speed. In fact, the entire game feels like an inferior Need for Speed themed imitation of Burnout Paradise, which makes it hard to recommend.

Gameplay: Very lacking compared to previous entries in the series.

Graphics: The graphics are good, but the overall style of the game is very bland.

Sound: The usual selection of licensed tunes, but nothing exceptional

Burnout™ Paradise Remastered

Burnout™ Paradise Remastered

Burnout Paradise Remastered is an updated version of the original release from 2008 featuring better visuals as well as all the previously released DLC. The game looks better than ever and is still a lot of fun to play, but also retains a lot of the archaic interface elements. It also lacks features such as way-points and a fast travel system that fans of modern open-world games take for granted. Nevertheless, it is still a lot of fun to play and there are hours upon hours of content waiting in Paradise City.

Gameplay: Fun and addictive, but some things have not aged so well in the ten years since the original release.

Graphics: Not a massive visual overhaul compared to the original, but the game does look pretty good.

Sound: The soundtrack is still great and the sound effects decent

OutDrive

OutDrive

OutDrive combines the Synthwave aesthetic with some nice music for an endless runner where you have to maintain your speed to keep a girl alive. Unfortunately, it is let down by the controls and a lack of variety. Nevertheless, the game is cheap and you can also import your own tracks, so as long as you can put up with the controls there is still fun to be had.

Gameplay: The controls are a little lacking and the game doesn’t have a lot of variety.

Graphics: OutDrive perfectly captures the Synthwave aesthetic.

Sound: The soundtrack is very fitting and players can also use custom songs

Zombie Derby 2

Zombie Derby 2

Zombie Derby 2 follows the exact same formula as the original, so you are still driving through hordes of zombies while trying to conserve fuel and avoid obstacles. All the action takes place on a 2D plane, so you are driving in a straight line, but getting to the end is not easy unless your vehicle is fully upgraded. The game features a lot of grinding, but it is still fun and perfect for killing a few minutes.

Gameplay: Simple, but addictive and quite challenging, especially the Extreme mode.

Graphics: All the 3D assets look much better compared to the original game as does the backgrounds.

Sound: Great if you enjoy guitar-driven music tracks

Zombie Derby

Zombie Derby

Zombie Derby is short, dated and a little grindy, but the basic gameplay can still be entertaining as long as you are not expecting too much. Plowing through zombies with different vehicles while earning the cash for upgrades is fun, but it’s a pity that the game only has eight levels. There’s nothing groundbreaking or original about Zombie Derby, but it’s dirt cheap and put a smile on our face, so it cant’ be all bad.

Gameplay: Short and repetitive, but also rather fun.

Graphics: Rather dated.

Sound: Not much in the way of music or sound effects

Need for Speed™ The Run

Need for Speed™ The Run

Need for Speed: The Run takes the form of a high-speed road trip across the USA as players take control of Jack Rourke. Jack is on the run from the mob and, with the aid of his longtime friend Sam, is taking part in a high stakes cross country race to get them off his back. The story mode is short but quite entertaining, but the game also has a “Challenge” mode to keep players coming back for more. Fans of Hot Pursuit might find The Run disappointing as it features a very different playstyle, but those looking to simply drive fast cars through beautiful scenery will enjoy the game.

Gameplay: The races are exciting, but the quick-time events feel very tacked-on.

Graphics: Beautiful cars and some of the best-looking scenery in the series.

Sound: The soundtrack is great, but the voice acting can be a little lackluster

REKT! High Octane Stunts On Its Way To Steam

REKT! High Octane Stunts On Its Way To Steam

After conquering the hearts of over 160 000 players on the Nintendo Switch, REKT! High Octane Stunts is now on its way to Steam as well. For those not familiar with the game, it’s an action-packed driving game that draws inspiration from classics such as Rush and the Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater series. It challenges players to master challenging tricks, such as backflips, drifts, and spins to become an ultimate stunter. All of this is wrapped up in beautiful retro neon graphics

Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit

Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit

Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit is a more pure arcade experience compared to some of the story-heavy entries in the series. Being able to pick which side of the law you want to play for each race also adds some longevity to the game. Thanks to the involvement of Criterion it feels closer to Burnout than Need for Speed at times, but this is not necessarily a bad thing. With a larger roster of exotic cars and some scenic locations to put them through their paces, there’s plenty of fun to be had with Hot Pursuit.

Gameplay: Pure petal to the metal racing in exotic cars.

Graphics: Still looks good, especially at higher resolutions.

Sound: Features a nice licensed soundtrack and good sound effects