Need for Speed ProStreet Review
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System: PC, PS3, X360, PS2, Wii, PSP Review Rating Legend
Dev: Black Box 1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid 4.0 - 4.4 = Great
Pub: EA 2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
Release: Nov. 13, 2007 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 5.0 = The Best
Players: Online Multiplayer 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair
ESRB Rating: Everyone 10+ 3.5 - 3.9 = Good

The last type of event is the obligatory drift event. Luckily, there aren't too many drift events throughout the game because the whole obsession with drift racing has made for some pretty stale gameplay lately. Unfortunately, the drift mechanic still feels pretty old in Need for Speed: ProStreet. This is really a shame because all of the other modes felt so fresh, but I suppose you can't win them all can you?

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Each race day in the game can be made up of any amount of these events. After winning a certain number of events and accumulating enough points, you'll win the day. But if that's not good enough for you, you can also play a little harder and dominate the day. The advantages to dominating the day are pretty sweet; you'll get access to new prizes, get more unlockable content, and of course, more money. Win and dominate enough events, and you'll be able to unlock special showdown race days. These are special race days that may feature special competitors or sponsors, and you'll have to do your absolute best to move on from these! Once you pass through all of these, however, then it's on to the real challenge: the kings of street racing. There's a total of five "kings" of the pro-racing scene, one for each mode of racing, and then the overly great Ryo, who seems to be good at almost everything.

Once you've cleared the very lengthy career mode, you may want to try your hand at racing online. The online racing system in Need for Speed: ProStreet consists of both ranked and unranked user-created race days. You can either create your own or join someone else's race day and compete in a variety of events. However, one thing that's important to note is that you're not required to complete the race day, and you're free to leave at any time when you're not actually racing.

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The best feature of Need for Speed: ProStreet, however, is not its awesome graphics, nor its fresh experience. It's the controls. Automotive game fans the world over know that each series has its own feel to it, and Need for Speed is no different. Control schemes for this series have generally been arcade based and lacked any real depth. However the effort put into the depth of control of this game is very apparent. Each of the four modes of racing controls in subtly different ways, and racing aficionados will definitely be able to tell the difference. The right trigger acceleration is also very responsive without being abrasive, which is quite an improvement considering some other automotive games where the overly-intense acceleration made high-speed turns more difficult then they had to be. And, as I said before, I have to admire the right joystick gearshift. It creates such a realistic experience, and it has enough sensitivity to judge you're reaction time effectively.

Overall, I really can't express how pleased I am with this game. The automotive genre has been suffering lately from a veritable plethora of games without much collective substance behind them. It's pretty easy to become disillusioned with a genre that seems to be stuck in a continuous loop of identical gameplay. But thankfully, Need for Speed: Prostreet has come to the rescue with a whole new look, a whole new control scheme, and a whole new way to race. Thank goodness!

By Amanda L. Kondolojy
CCC Freelance Writer

Features:

  • Real, Adrenaline-Fueled Racing - Experience the raw power of street racing with a brand new physics engine and feel the fire of competition with an intuitively refined A.I. engine that smartly delivers on real driving behaviors.
  • Dominate Across All Racing Disciplines - Becoming the Street King isn't about winning one single event. You need to prove yourself in four distinct styles of racing. Unleash the power of the beast in a reinvented Drag mode. Master the art of control with Drift, and experience the intensity and rivalry of elite competition with Grip Racing. Completely new to the franchise is Speed Challenge, an ultimate test of speed and control.
  • Ride the Edge of Disaster - Street racing is aggressive, and mistakes have consequences. Cars can be torn apart using truly advanced and comprehensive damage capturing technology. Witness cars colliding, metal denting, and debris billowing. To further amplify the realism, crash repercussions such as smoke, dirt spray, and dust clouds can affect all racers on the track.
  • Redefining Competitive Social Play -Packed with features that will amp the spirit of competition and create for the ultimate showdown between you and your friends. The rules have drastically changed making for a more intense and aggressive online arena.


    RATING OUT OF 5
    RATING DESCRIPTION
    4.9
    Graphics
    Absolutely beautiful; this one can really compete with Gran Turismo for the title of best-looking automotive game.
    5.0
    Control
    Perfect balance of sim-style sensitivity and arcade-style handling. Different control styles for different racing styles are a perfect fit.
    4.0
    Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
    Could have used more support in the music department, but the character voiceovers, most notably that of the DJ, sound very believable.
    4.7
    Play Value
    Online modes, a very lengthy career mode, and almost endless customization options give this one extensive replay value
    4.7
    Overall Rating - Must Buy
    Not an average. See Rating legend above for a final score breakdown.
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