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Friday, May 8, 2009

Need for Speed: Underground

the first NFS game was released in 1994. so far 16 games in this series were produced.
i have not played all of them simply because my fascination with racing games was not really high at that point of my live when the first game was released.
in 2003 NFS:U was released and i thought i would give it a try. let me tell you, if you are a chick(and a dude:)) that loves to speed in your own car but for legal reasons :D cannot then you will really like this game.
i loved the idea of simple story where you basically race, get popularity  points and higher places at the hierarchy among other racers. NFS:U introduces 3 types of racing: track, drift, and sprint. after each winning you would unlock certain things like having the picture of your car on a cover of the automotive magazine or unlocking cool new things that you could install in your ride. i really enjoyed 'dressing up' my car, changing the color (how does hot pink sound, ha? :D), adding the rims, tinting the windows, putting some graphics on the car, adding neon lights under the car, all that to make your car more flashy:) of course the power of the car is also important. for some reason the best car to handle and the one that had good acceleration and speed was Acura TSX and it was the car that i would choose often.
city at night (named Olympic City) is where racing happens which is really neat. even thought you do not really have time to admire all the nicely done details of the city because of the speed:) it is a huge positive element of the game.
game reminds me of the fast and the furious movie where illegal racing overcome the city at night. if you liked the movie you will like the game.
the negative of the game is no option to choose your character, of course you name your character but naming your character Stephanie will not change your character into a woman, Stephanie will become Stephan. there isn't a lot of interactions in the game with other characters but still being directed as 'dude' or having hot girls hitting on you is not really what straight:) female player wants to hear or see. apparently makers of the game (EA) didn't do enough homework on how popular racing games are among women, yes we like cars too!
and the best part of the game is the soundtrack! the choice of the songs is really great, it gives you that additional power to press that forward arrow (I played it on PC) harder and longer and forgetting about the brakes:) here is some sample:http://musicmp3.ru/soundtrack_need-for-speed-underground.html. 
of course i purchased the soundtrack so that i could speed in my own car while looking around and making sure cops are not following me:)
at least intro to the game is showing kicking ass female. enjoy!

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3 Comments:

At May 11, 2009 at 11:52 PM , Blogger dhoine said...

I don't have much to say about N4S series, because the one and only race game I played much is Colin McRae Rally (especially 2nd part).

Last times, the N4S series looks like "The Bold and the Beautiful" - parts are published one after another. But none of them catched me for longer.

Still waiting for another game-post :)

 
At May 12, 2009 at 7:34 AM , Blogger Kasia said...

I really like toy-cars and NFS especially the ones with the night racing gives it to me. i'm currently playing Carbon. I didn't like NFSU2 because there was too much story in it:) but Carbon is really good. it is lacking the great soundtrack as NFSU though.

 
At May 12, 2009 at 11:31 PM , Blogger dhoine said...

I've never watched for N4S series from the sound point of view. Maybe it is because I prefer other kind of music.
So neither gameplay and music can attract me.
I pass.

 

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