Lately an old game got my full – and I mean full – attention. Read a lot of lost hours of play. Honestly I don’t even bother to use the battery of the PSP, I plug the charger directly so I won’t be cut out in the middle of the action by battery low and shut down screen.
I said action. Car game? yeah, lots of them, divided by classes, coupe, sport, compact, each class having 3 main vehicles and lots of unlockables by obtaining gold in the races. Speaking of which, again there are loads, about 13 for each car class. There are several modes of play, in one of them you have to win rival’s car by winning the race, there is the cop chase in which obviously you have to smash the runner’s car in due time, gold will be obtained if you trash the car pretty fast (usually you have to corner the opponent to do this). There is also a timed game mode in which you have to take out as many cars as possible to be the best. In the last mode the car gets damaged that’s why you cannot afford to be trashed many times because you’ll loose time and thus take out attempts.
The different class of cars are actually an increase of difficulty setting, faster the cars, more possibility to crash and more time for the opponents to catch up or to increase the advance that might already have.
A different section of the championship is the one in which you have to make the more damage possible, usually at a crossroad or in an usually crowded area. The feeling it gives you is strange. It quenches your thirst to see a total mayhem on the road and it is actually some kind of puzzle or at least let’s say tricky. You have only one shot and usually more explosion – don’t remember the term because Star Wars: Renegade squadron is on the list now, if I like it I will review, naturally.
Actually the thing that gets you is the pace of the action, sometimes you simply pass to the limit near a bus, miss a higway sustaining pole by a milimeter, cross through a terrace trashing everything in your path just to stopp in an wall with 150 mph . Believe me, you can only feel this, it’s very entertaining. The fact that a lot of stages are under 3 minutes makes the game perfect for the console purpose. Although I must say one of my colleagues wanted to buy a PSP after playing this game more than half of the shift continuously. Not to be missed, a legend indeed as the name says. I didn’t even mention the wonderful sound in the classic style of an EA game. 9 out of 10, add half of point if you like car games and arcades. Simply superb, I love it .