Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit (WP)
Racing 01 February 2012
Another installment in one of the most popular racing game series, developed since 1995 by Electronic Arts. Criterion Games, a team popular mainly for the Burnout console series, was entrusted with the task of creating this installment. The title of the game refers to the two earlier installments that featured police pursuits, released in 1998 and 2002 respectively. In the game, the player can pick their side and play either as a cop or a racer. A set of gadgets was introduced into the gameplay, emphasizing the arcade nature of the series. Cops can deploy spike strips and set up road blocks, while the racers can use things like radar jammers. As usual, the game features dozens of licensed cars and a soundtrack including numerous popular songs. The Autolog system is a completely new feature, the role of which is to organize a network of players allowing them to compete against each other.
Need for Speed: Undercover (WP)
Racing 15 October 2010
After the slightly more realistic ProStreet, in which the players raced on professional racing circuits, the popular Need for Speed series returns to city streets with a traditional, arcade installment. Developed by a Canadian EA branch, Undercover puts a special emphasis on the storyline. As an undercover cop, the player has to infiltrate the ranks of a racing gang. To do so, they have to prove their worth in a series of driving challenges, including regular races, time trials, highway battles and outruns. As usual, the players receive a massive number of licensed cars which can be modified both visually, and in terms of their performance. The game's improved visuals and excitable soundtrack are complemented by cinematic cutscenes featuring mainly Maggie Q (Mission: Impossible III) and Christina Milian - a singer.
Top Speed: Drag & Fast Racing (WP)
Racing 22 July 2015
A racing game developed by the independent studio T-Bull. The action takes place on the streets of a fictional city – the metropolis, divided into five districts, is an area of operation for various gangs, keen on eliminating each other. The player receives a task to defeat the bosses of the racing underworld, and acquire the title of the king for themselves. The gameplay focuses on the titular drag racing, known as 1/4 mile races. The action is seen from a side perspective, while the gameplay boils down to shifting the gear at the right moment – as the races take place on a straight line, we don’t have to control the wheel. The virtual garage allows us to choose from 69 cars, among them a prototype model FSO Warszawa, a real legend among Polish motorists. Top Speed: Drag & Fast Racing is a single player-only title. Aside from classic races, the game contains a special Most Wanted mode, in which the players drive police cars from five different countries, trying to catch the criminals who found their way to Most Wanted posters. The game is powered by Unity technology, and visuals are pleasant to watch.
Asphalt Xtreme (WP)
Racing 03 November 2016
A racing game, available in a free-to-play model with micropayments, and an installment of the popular Gameloft mobile series. Asphalt Xtreme leaves the trite asphalt roads, in favor of off-road racing, encompassing environments such as deserts, swamps, icebergs, forests, canyons, or even a steelworking plant. According to the series’ tradition, the game offers a driving model that leans heavily towards arcade style, which allows us to make spectacular acrobatics, and destroy the elements of environment. The players can choose from 35 vehicles, divided into 7 categories, such as off-road jeeps, trucks, monster trucks, or buggies. Thanks to the licenses bought from companies such as Jeep, Ford, Mercedes, Dodge, or Chevrolet, all vehicles are truthful virtual versions of their real life counterparts. The game also offers the ability to customize the visuals, as well as performance of the chosen vehicle. Asphalt Xtreme contains several different single player modes and a multiplayer component for up to 8 players.