Street racer Eddie has been arrested for street racing, right before the finals of the LA Sanctioned Race Event and unless someone runs the race in Eddies place then his Crew is going to be down some serious money. Thatís where you come in, you are Eddieís replacement driver and in return you get a cut of the cash prize, which should be enough to get you started in the world of illegal street racing.
This game is just one of the now common street racing games that are appearing all the time e.g. Juiced
, Need for Speed Underground 2
and Midnight Club 3 DUB edition
. This game faces some stiff competition but the question is how does it fare against them? Gentlemen, itís time to start your engines.
There are a total of 50 cars to unlock throughout the game, ranging from a Volkswagen Golf GTI 1998 to the obligatory Nissan Skyline GTR. Itís a shame most of the cars are the same type with just a different year of manufacture, for instance there are 6 Skylines and 6 Toyota Celicaís. There should have been more choice in cars themselves not the years that they were made. You start in a souped up car that Eddie owns and then after the first race you can choose from one of seven cars and start trying to fulfil your dreams of becoming the number one street racer.
The choice of upgrades makes up for the lack of different car types because you can make any car in the game unique by using the customisations. There are loads of combinations, not as many as the upcoming Juiced but there are enough here to keep even the most arduous customise fanatic at peace for a while. Everything from engines to tyres can be customised using real parts from real manufacturers such as Advanced Clutch Technology (ACT), Advanced Engine Management (AEM), Brembo, Eibach Springs, GReddy Performance Products Inc, Holley Performance Products, Python Injection, StreetGlow Inc, Venom and Velox.
The game starts off like in many street racing games where the first car you control is a monster of a car and sets your hopes high. Then after that race you are given a stock machine and it doesnít feel the same. Its not all about winning though because as you race you can perform drift moves that can be linked together to perform combos, which then earn you respect. Respect gets you everything that cash canít, including Girlfriends, access to better races and more importantly access to racing the best that the city has to offer. You are not on your own on the streets the law will try to bring an end to your nefarious racing meets, and if or rather when you get caught you will get a fine. So it always pays to keep some cash in your pocket and not go spending it all on your ride.
The Graphics are flash and nothing shows this more than the first track where there are lots of bright lights, advertisements, TV screens and billboards. The reflections on the road surface are also cool, but it all seems in vain when compared to Midnight Club 3: Dub edition the graphics seem like last years, and donít seem to do the game justice. It seems that if slightly more effort was put in then this could have been a contender for the title of the best street racing game. But sadly this is not to be because the game seems slightly rushed in the graphics department, Also the influx of titles due our way soon will keenly show just how dated the graphics feel.