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- Platform: PlayStation 3
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Platform: PlayStation 3
From the publishers of 'Colin McRae: DiRT' and 'Race Driver: Grid' comes a revolution in multi-terrain racing and featuring the biggest racing environment ever created. Born of Asobo Studios' cutting-edge proprietary engine that has benefited from over four years of development, Fuel will present players with an astonishing no-boundaries playfield that's over 5,000 square miles (14,000+ km) in size.
With environmental detail inspired by America's most incredible landscapes, Fuel will be the ultimate competitive go-anywhere racing experience. Fuel will have players competing across wildly different terrain from deep snow to open wilderness and arid river-beds, and executing spectacular death-defying stunts as they race and explore this epic world on an unprecedented scale.
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At first it felt like another attempt at a Motorstorm clone without nitro, but after the first race, instead of popping back to the menu we were left in the open world at night and started to get a taste of what the game was really all about. We drove around a bit and night turned to day, then it started to rain and we found another race start point. We completed this and roamed around more and found a point of interest called a "Vista" point. The game seems to open up the longer you drive around and sometimes you get a real sense of loneliness and excitement the deeper you get into the mountains.
We have found amazing sights, even a dead volcano in the middle of a lake which was a pain to get to but amazing none the less. At one point we had a race and a huge tornado kept sweeping into the action sucking cars buildings and debris into the air inches from us. We have now unlocked an area that looked kinda white on the map and decided to drive there instead of taking a helicopter or warping to a camp, on the way there it started to snow, then the surroundings slowly changed from dusty mountains to ice cold deep snow, simply lush!
Okay this game isn't for everyone, and reading the reviews I can't help thinking that people are nit picking as they don't get the concept. It's an experience not a set of races, almost like an adventure on wheels! My boyfriend commented that it is almost like they were creating a simulation and decided to throw in some mental vehicles in the process. This game is like Marmite, you either hate or love it.
If manic racing is your thing, then forget this as that really isn't the point, Fuel is soo much more than a racer, it's a world!
On a foot note, we totally forgot we had bought "Pure" at the same time, and it was a week later until we took a look at it.
Fuel has a good lifespan. Online races with friends are really excellent. I didn't encounter any lag. Graphics are pretty good and weather effects really do much for atmosphere.
As far as driving mechanics are concerned, they're better in my opinion than those of Motorstorm which I think are too fancy and unrealistic (unlimited turbo anyone?). There are six classes of vehicles and they handle pretty differently. They all differ in terms of handling, grip, braking power, resistance and so on. The ground you're driving on is also quite important and cars and motorcycles will react in a very different way depending on its nature.
Overall, you get the best taste of Fuel taking your time: it is not a game for someone in a rush. Unlocking the faster vehicles takes a little time but it's worthwhile. Fuel is not a simulation game either but driving the faster vehicles with the first-person view (yes, THERE IS ONE - obviously game testers don't do a thourough job anymore) requires some amount of skill and attention. I particularly enjoy the quad vehicles: they simply feel great.
The only thing I regret is the lack of offline multiplayer. Likewise, if you don't have your PS3 connected to the Internet, you're likely to miss out a big part of the fun Fuel can provide.
Agreed the driving isnt as good as some other games, but the variety and sheer size of the game make up for it.
I have really enjoyed playing this game and after around 20 hours (ish) of play i am approx 2 3rds through.
Changing weather conditions and some down mountain racing make this a must buy for any driving game fan.
If you like driving games & want something different then BUY IT!!!
Arrived in good time and well packaged.
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