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Fun fun fun, until daddy takes the T-bird away
on 29 November 2013
Got this because I was looking for a game on my Wii U that I can pick up and play for short bursts (no time for heavy gaming sessions these days!). And of course, racing is always fun. Arcade-style racing that is - simulation car games simply takes too much time to get into for me.
Trying it out with tablet motion control - reason being, if I'm going to play a game on the WiiU, I may as well make the most of what makes it different. And that seems to work OK so far - the control is precise, but seems a bit laggy, but the more I play the better I get at it. Will have to see if it remains responsive enough for the harder challenges, but according to sources on the internet it can be done with enough practice.
The graphics are awesome - this is probably the best looking WiiU game at the moment. The frame rate is consistent, although if you want to be pedantic about it, it can drop a bit when there are many cars in on the action, but nothing that affects the game play. The game area is awesome, with a mixture of city traffic, industrial estates and country side driving. And it is huge, making exploratory driving both fun and rewarding. About the cars - well, I'm not really a hard-core car guy, so I can't say anything about how they handle or how faithfully they've beer reproduced, all I know is they go.
Controls are customizable - the best configuration for me is to map the accelerator to one of the analogue sticks in order to get better control on the road. Used to have the brakes mapped to the reverse side of the accelerator, but that prevents you from spinning your tires by both accelerating and braking at the same time (which you need in order to enter certain events).
One annoying thing that I can think of is that the game wants you to create an Origin account on startup. No thanks EA - you have not shown yourself to be a friend to the Wii U community, so I'm not interested in giving you my details. It is not mandatory, but the opt-out option is not entirely intuitive (you have to select 'Decline', but at that stage it is ambiguous as to what you are declining - the Origin account setup, or the playing of the game?), and it keeps asking every time you enter the game even after declining.
Super game, it is a real pity that Wii U owners have largely snubbed it, but that is not because of any fault of the game itself. I still don't understand the logic of releasing a Wii U game months after the PS360 version and still expecting it to sell in equivalent numbers (do EA think that Wii U owners have no access to other consoles?). But if you, like me, are looking for a quality racing game that you can pick up and play in short bursts, then this is ideal (at least until Mario Kart arrives).