Need For Speed: Most Wanted

Need For Speed: Most Wanted

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

Pokémon Dash

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

Dub Dash

Dub Dash

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

Extreme Air Racing Becomes Even More Social With Latest Multiplayer Updates To Altitude0

Extreme Air Racing Becomes Even More Social With Latest Multiplayer Updates To Altitude0

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

Test Drive Unlimited 2

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

OutRun 2006: Coast 2 Coast

OutRun 2006: Coast 2 Coast

Very playable and quite addictive in short bursts but ultimately becomes very repetitive and probably a title that’s more suited to portable systems. Still there’s fun to be had especially if you remember the original Outrun.

Gameplay: Fun… in short bursts.

Graphics: Not exactly cutting edge for this day and age but still good.

Sound: Nice if you remember the original games

Ridge Racer

Ridge Racer

Basically a greatest hits compilation spanning the entire Ridge Racer series, this is essential stuff for all Ridge Racer fans and anyone who likes racing games in general. Awesome first generation PSP title from Namco.

Gameplay: Very addictive once you get the hang of it.

Graphics: Very nice considering it is a first generation PSP title.

Sound: Loads of tracks with some cool remixes

Ridge Racer DS

Ridge Racer DS

The Gameboy Advance had its fair share of lazy ports that dragged it down and now it would appear that the DS may be heading to a similar fate. The touch screen controls in this game is completely unnecessary and doesn’t add anything to the experience and while porting a N64 game to the DS might sound impressive but the gameplay and graphics definitely suffered.

Gameplay: It’s still Ridge Racer but the fun is spoiled by the shoddy controls.

Graphics: This is barely better than what a mobile phone can offer.

Sound: Not great but not terrible either

Burnout Revenge

Burnout Revenge

There are some interesting new additions to the Burnout formula here and taking out rival cars is every bit as fun as it was in the last game. The traffic checking feature might upset some fans as it removes a bit of the tension from the races but its a lot of fun and overall Burnout Revenge is a worthy successor to Takedown.

Gameplay: Adds some new elements to the Burnout formula, some better than others.

Graphics: Gritty and destructive.

Sound: Solid sound effects and some nice music

Asphalt Urban GT

Asphalt Urban GT

I really wanted to like this game and be convinced that the DS is capable of an awesome 3D racing game but Asphalt Urban GT is a severe letdown. The graphics look downright low budget on certain levels and the bizarre collision detection makes the races more frustrating than fun. The audio is also a bit of a lost cause. Unless you can get it for very cheap and have nothing better I can’t recommend this.

Gameplay: Had potential but lots of technical glitches.

Graphics: A decent effort but suffers from being a N-Gage port.

Sound: Repetitive car sounds and lackluster music