Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Need for Speed: ProStreet

EA Black Box
Publisher: Electronic Arts
Release Date: Nov. 14, 2007
Systems: PS3 (reviewed), Xbox 360, PS2, Wii, PSP, DS, PC
ESRB Rating: E10+
Official Web site

In a nutshell: Make some extremely generic racing nooooooooise!

0:00 I've never actually played one of these games, despite a general love for driving games. I guess I've never felt the need for speed.

0:01 I'm not including the four hours required to download a 772 MB update, but I will dock the game one minute so I can write about it! So there!

0:02 The game begins with a disclaimer urging people to take "racing off the streets." Someone's got a nervous legal department.

0:03 A beat-up looking sports car sits at a starting line. Two cars take off and pop wheelies simultaneously. Power slides, dust clouds, overpasses, shipping yards, bust-ups, end-over-end flips, etc. fly by, and then, the title screen. It got my adrenaline pumping.

0:04 The game asks me to choose from "Casual," "Racer," or "King" levels of braking assistance. I think "Racer" encompasses a healthy but not overbearing sense of self-confidence, don't you? Me too!

0:05 Apparently, the pack I downloaded was the "FREE ENERGIZER LITHIUM EXTENDER PACK" which provides an "extended career tree" and new cars. Product placement, thy name is EA.

Read the full review at Crispy Gamer

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