Fuel Overdose is a brilliant idea which lost its way during production. At first glance, Fuel Overdose looks like a game that harkens back to Micro Machines — which wouldn’t be a bad analysis — but it’s much more than that. Instead, think of Fuel Overdose as a Micro Machines-inspired racer with Street Fighter and Twisted Metal elements thrown into the mix. It’s a strange combination of gameplay elements and it’s, unfortunately, the game’s main flaw while also being the main attraction. If you can ignore the simple and shallow plot, which ultimately boils down to a death race for a life saving vaccine, you can suss out some mild enjoyment. But to fully enjoy and appreciate Fuel Overdose you’ll spend a bountiful amount of time with the game.
Games of Summer is a recurring seasonal retrospective highlighting those magical titles that evoke wondrous thoughts of warm weather, carefree days, and discovery. Over the course of the next few weeks, we’ll reflect on said titles and analyze why they meant so much to us then – – and just as much now.
Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed is the kind of sequel I like: one that shows improvement.
The second installment in the franchise, developed by Sumo Digital and published by SEGA, livens things up by adding water and air racing to the mix. When it is released, it will be available on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii U, 3DS and PS Vita. The kiosks at E3 had the PlayStation 3 version running.
Final Freeway 2R, David Pasca’s loving homage to SEGA’s classic arcade racer Outrun, is easily one of our favorite iPad games to come along in some time due to its retro-style graphics, tight controls, and incredible sense of speed. In fact, we liked it to much that we have it a 2D-X Excellence Award.
So how did Final Freeway 2R come into being? We spoke with the game’s creator, Davide Pasca (the founder and CEO at Newtype K.K./Oyatsukai Dev Team), about inspirations and the development process.
Final Freeway 2R is Outrun. Or, to avoid any legal ramifications, I should say that it’s a lovingly-crafted Outrun clone. An homage if you will. Just as Outrun set the arcade racing standard in 1986, Final Freeway 2R does on the iOS platform in 2012.
If you own an iDevice, pick up this game. It’s just that damned good.
Racer represent quite the broad genre–it contains everything from kart racing to formula racing. Diddy Kong to Mario, Gran Turismo to the recently released, an much hyped, Forza 4. I remember spending at least $10 alone on the Crusin’ the World arcade machine at my local pizza joint. Not all racing games are liked by all, but almost anyone can point out at least one they like. We at 2D-X are no different. Here are our favorite racing games, Forza 4 and beyond.
Mario Kart 7 is basically a prettier version of Mario Kart DS with a less interesting course and character selection (Where’s Boo? Where’s Dry Bones?) and no annoying snaking. It isn’t a bad game, I wouldn’t say no to it if it fell in my lap. It’s just a very, very familiar one, something I seem to say that a lot these days. It’s disheartening Nintendo couldn’t out-do themselves this time, especially since we’re on the cusp of 2012 and the formula has barely changed since 1992.
Anyone who knows anything about knows that I’m a simple man. I like quality beer, dark movies, cutting-edge technology, and Outrun. Beer and film discussion, despite being excellent diversions, aren’t fodder for this site, so I’ll stick with tech and SEGA’s classic racer.
The iPhone and iPad platforms have a number of racing titles ranging from the realistic (Real Racing 2) to the insane (RoadBlaster), which bring unique driving experiences all their own. You can add fractiv’s Lane Splitter to that mix. The 99-cent universal iPad game eschews the idea of competitively racing toward a finish line or mowing down opponents. Instead, you must avoid traffic as you speed your way toward your wedding. Yes, your wedding. Our blonde, tuxedo-wearing protagonist is running late and its up to you to break several traffic laws to ensure he promptly gets to his love. And it’s remarkably fun
Nexon’s popular kart racer KartRider Rush, launched for free on the Apple App Store today. The cutesy and colorful racer allows up to four players to compete simultaneously in battle and time trial modes. A single player mode lets players race against computer opponents in Item and Speed Mode, and players can compare each other’s scores and times online using Facebook Connect.