The graphics, real estate, weather effects, and the custom race editor are great! Unfortunately, the career mode is not complimentary to the games potential. Great rental for a weekend, but far from the quality of previous titles (such as DIRT and GRID to name a few recent titles)
This game’s virtual real estate can best be described as: gargantuan, gigantic, & enormous. Per the internet: it boasts 14,400 square kilometers (probably pretty accurate). Supposed to have 100,000 kilometers of roads (I don’t know what that is in miles) but needless to say you could probably never drive all of the roads before simply just got too old and died of old age. I attempted to drive diagonally from the NW corner to the SE corner in one sitting, after getting about ½ way I gave up (felt like 2-2.5 hours of driving).
I enjoyed the game but it quickly became….tedious. I think the scale of the game is exactly why many reviewers are giving it poor scores. With all of the time and love the developers put into the games impressive real estate I think they forgot that they had to make a game people would want to play.
I did not even come close to finishing the game or even unlocking 50% of the areas to race in before I grew tired of the games flaws. It is very possible there were long rally style or cross country races (that I wanted to play) but I do not have the patience to find.
Controls are an uncomfortable mix of arcade style driving and semi simulation driving...translation just too much control for average players, and not remotely enough control for racing fans (kinda felt like driving on a wet surface). I was mostly aggravated at the lack of race options and the economy of purchasing vehicles that you are not able to use in a race you may be interested in.
My recommendation to Codemasters to make this a successful product is immediately patch the game: unlock everything, get rid of economy and allow for user control race options (select cars/races
Explore this poor racing games glorious open world
posted by DeepDishBP (SAINT LOUIS, MO) Jun 29, 2009
Member since Oct 2008
gamers (50%) found this review helpful
Fuel is a nice novelty and a wonderful rent if you get it for the right reasons. It's driving mechanics suffer in all areas and the actual races could have been designed better. However, the core enjoyment comes from just cruisin' around; finding fuel barrels, locating vista points and just seeing the sights. The world could be more imaginative, but the achievement here is size. Keeping in mind that you're usually driving around at close to 100 mph, it takes a long time to get from point A to point B.