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Ford Racing Off Road

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Windows
41
3.0
PSP
50
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Wii
33
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Combined MobyScore 5 3.0


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64
PSP4Players.de
Der Off Road-Ausflug der Ford Racing-Serie ist wie ein Trip in die Vergangenheit: Es ist zwar durchaus unterhaltsam, mit der einfachen Arcade-Steuerung über steinige Wege zu brettern, aber im Vergleich zu aktuellen Rallyspielen wirkt das ganze etwas altbacken. Es kommt kaum Offroad-Atmosphäre auf, da sich weder verschiedene Untergründe noch das Schadensmodell auf das Fahrverhalten auswirken. Wer statt Realismus durchgeknalltes Arcade-Gameplay a la Excite-Truck sucht, wird ebenfalls nicht fündig. Immerhin haben die Entwickler den Schwierigkeitsgrad motivierend dosiert und sowohl auf PSP als auch auf der PS2 eine ordentliche, technisch fehlerfreie Grafik abgeliefert. Fans von Rennen über Stock und Stein dürfen also ruhig eine Probefahrt wagen.
64
PlayStation 24Players.de
Der Off Road-Ausflug der Ford Racing-Serie ist wie ein Trip in die Vergangenheit: Es ist zwar durchaus unterhaltsam, mit der einfachen Arcade-Steuerung über steinige Wege zu brettern, aber im Vergleich zu aktuellen Rallyspielen wirkt das ganze etwas altbacken. Es kommt kaum Offroad-Atmosphäre auf, da sich weder verschiedene Untergründe noch das Schadensmodell auf das Fahrverhalten auswirken. Wer statt Realismus durchgeknalltes Arcade-Gameplay a la Excite-Truck sucht, wird ebenfalls nicht fündig. Immerhin haben die Entwickler den Schwierigkeitsgrad motivierend dosiert und sowohl auf PSP als auch auf der PS2 eine ordentliche, technisch fehlerfreie Grafik abgeliefert. Fans von Rennen über Stock und Stein dürfen also ruhig eine Probefahrt wagen.
60
PlayStation 2videogamer.com
What you've got here is a fairly well-paced, but fairly unadventurous racing game. There's nothing intrinsically wrong with it - aside from the rather pointless damage system - but in an era of video gaming where the processing power is increasing exponentially, and everyone expects just that little bit more from their games, for a racer to really do well it needs to do something to distinguish itself from the competition. The Burnout series has its crashes, the Gran Turismo guys have their quite scary, attention to detail, Need For Speed has police chases... Off Road has cars that look like Land Rovers and Fords, but don't actually behave like the real thing, some inoffensive gameplay, and not much else. It does have a budget price tag though, so it's worth a look if you don't set your expectations too high and just want a simple, easy-to-get-into racer to keep you occupied while you wait for something better to come along.
60
PSPvideogamer.com
What you've got here is a fairly well-paced, but fairly unadventurous racing game. There's nothing intrinsically wrong with it - aside from the rather pointless damage system - but in an era of video gaming where the processing power is increasing exponentially, and everyone expects just that little bit more from their games, for a racer to really do well it needs to do something to distinguish itself from the competition. The Burnout series has its crashes, the Gran Turismo guys have their quite scary, attention to detail, Need For Speed has police chases... Off Road has cars that look like Land Rovers and Fords, but don't actually behave like the real thing, some inoffensive gameplay, and not much else. It does have a budget price tag though, so it's worth a look if you don't set your expectations too high and just want a simple, easy-to-get-into racer to keep you occupied while you wait for something better to come along.
52
WindowsGameZone
In the end Ford Racing: Off Road is a decent racing title that does what it should - offer a fun racing gameplay experience. It doesn’t excel at offering a ton of features or incredible visuals, but then again it doesn’t need to. There are plenty of gamers out there just looking for a fun racing game to play for a few minutes a day and Ford Racing fits the bill. Ford Racing just proves that you don’t have to be the elephant in the room to always get the attention. Just understand the limitations and your expectations should be Ok.
50
PSPEurogamer.net (UK)
Forty minutes into Off Road and the PSP's battery dies. It's a coincidence rather than a game design decision, we presume, but still, it's a situation that begs the question: were we not playing this game for money, would we bother plugging the machine back in and making up the lost ground? The answer's probably no, which is probably the answer you were expecting, which will probably tell you everything you need to know about this, the handheld's only Ford-branded 4x4 off-road racing game.
50
WindowsOut Of Eight
Ford Racing Off Road comes with a wide range of racing modes, but the rest of the game is just mediocre. The game is approachable to a wide audience thanks to the simplistic physics and it certainly takes advantage of the Ford license by providing some detailed vehicles. However, the racing is generally very bland thanks to the stiff AI drivers and static difficulty. The fact that the AI drivers aren't held by the same rules as you are in some of the events is insulting. The driving physics don't slow you down for going off the road and the damage model is very elementary. The graphics (other than the cars) are archaic as well, and multiplayer is not for online enjoyment. There are too many missing features or over simplifications to make Ford Racing Off Road anything more than just another arcade racing title.
45
WiiJeuxvideo.com
Finalement, le constat qui se dégage d'Off Road n'est pas très surprenant. Oui, les voitures Ford et Land Rover sont belles. On a presque envie de les acheter, de ce point de vue le contrat est rempli. Du point de vue ludique en revanche, c'est beaucoup plus mitigé : on n'a pas vraiment envie d'acquérir ce titre, ni de vous conseiller d'en faire autant.
45
PSPJeuxvideo.com
Finalement, le constat qui se dégage d'Off Road n'est pas très surprenant. Oui, les voitures Ford et Land Rover sont belles. On a presque envie de les acheter, de ce point de vue le contrat est rempli. Du point de vue ludique en revanche, c'est beaucoup plus mitigé : on n'a pas vraiment envie d'acquérir ce titre, ni de vous conseiller d'en faire autant.
45
PlayStation 2Jeuxvideo.com
Finalement, le constat qui se dégage d'Off Road n'est pas très surprenant. Oui, les voitures Ford et Land Rover sont belles. On a presque envie de les acheter, de ce point de vue le contrat est rempli. Du point de vue ludique en revanche, c'est beaucoup plus mitigé : on n'a pas vraiment envie d'acquérir ce titre, ni de vous conseiller d'en faire autant.
45
WindowsGameStar (Germany)
Ich hatte kürzlich einen Mietwagen von Landrover. Der ist mit auf halbem Weg verreckt. Gemessen an diesem Spiel wundert mich das kaum. Egal ob Fahrverhalten, Leveldesign oder Technik - Off Road wirkt derart antiquiert, dass man schon fast lachen will. Kann ich aber nicht, weil ich vor lauter Langeweile und ewiggleichen Strecken sofort wegdöse. Holen Sie sich lieber das fantastische Colin McRae Dirt - das ist sogar zehn Euro billiger.
40
PSPGamer.nl
Toch is deze game uiteindelijk niet een compleet prutproduct geworden. De eerste reden hiervoor is dat de auto's met een natuurlijk aanvoelend weggedrag best lekker rijden. Geen van de off-roaders vertoont een realistisch weggedrag, maar tegelijkertijd reageren ze wel op een manier die je zou verwachten. De los aanvoelende vering zorgt ervoor dat je lekker over de hobbels heen stuitert en ook sturen gaat soepel. Juist hierom is eigenlijk maar zonde dat deze goed besturende game zo makkelijk is. De basis is er, nu alleen nog circuits die wat meer veeleisender zijn en wat mooier zijn vormgegeven. En wat kortere laadtijden graag.
40
PSPPocket Gamer UK
A truly forgettable driving game that neither offers the intensity of a true sim or the fun and thrills of an arcade racer.
40
WiiBoomtown
At the end of the day it's a pretty average racing game here, it has a lot in common with Excitetruck, but is a pale imitation of it really. The games official license adds nothing to the gameplay, and the games graphics and presentation are markedly inferior to Nintendo offering, especially the grating guitar music. It has the advantage of being a budget title though, and if you shop around you can find it with an unofficial Wii wheel for under twenty notes. You could probably pick up Excitetruck second hand and a Wii wheel for not much more though, and I would say it is worth spending the little bit extra for the superior product if you don't already have it.
40
PlayStation 2Eurogamer.net (UK)
The generic can't-be-arsed title says it all. It's the sort of thing you might consider buying for your Dad, should you spot it in the GBP 1.99 bin at the supermarket two days before his birthday, even though you know he doesn't really play games all that much.
40
WindowsJeuxvideo.com
Finalement, le constat qui se dégage d'Off Road n'est pas très surprenant. Oui, les voitures Ford et Land Rover sont belles. On a presque envie de les acheter, de ce point de vue le contrat est rempli. Du point de vue ludique en revanche, c'est beaucoup plus mitigé : on n'a pas vraiment envie d'acquérir ce titre, ni de vous conseiller d'en faire autant.
36
PlayStation 2PSX Extreme
Ford Racing: Off Road is a throwaway title that lacks any professional refinement that’s most necessary this day and age; just because it’s a PS2 game doesn’t change the fact that this is 2008. Developers have managed to do some pretty incredible things with that system, and while we understand this wasn’t a big-budget project, the amount of exhibited effort is very low. The presentation is almost nil – oh look, another black screen with white text telling me how I did in the race! – the sound is awful, and the gameplay, while simple and straightforward, is far too barebones to interest anyone for very long. The only bright spot centers on the racetracks and the good detail in the background artistry, but that’s about where it ends. Yeah, there’s some nice fluidity, but it’s greatly hampered by physics silliness and camera jerkiness when smacking opponents. In short, there’s really no reason to run down to the store and buy this game. Not even for a budget price.
35
WindowsIGN
Ford Racing Off Road was built on a rather solid foundation, and the devs clearly understand how to make a competent racing game and underlying engine, but no part of the game actually feels like, well, racing. Slowly meandering around the same few tracks with vehicles that don't really deliver a sense of power or speed just makes for a flat-out boring experience, and it's one you can pass up without consequence.
35
PlayStation 2IGN
Ford Racing Off Road was built on a rather solid foundation, and the devs clearly understand how to make a competent racing game and underlying engine, but no part of the game actually feels like, well, racing. Slowly meandering around the same few tracks with vehicles that don't really deliver a sense of power or speed just makes for a flat-out boring experience, and it's one you can pass up without consequence.
34
WindowsMygamer.com
Ford: Racing: Off-Road is probably not a game that anyone is going to run out and get, and that is for a very good reason. It should probably be a prize that is handed out for either eating an entire box of cereal or test driving a Jeep. Both of those things involve the amount of money that should be accepted, by anyone, for this game. While the game never really breaks, unless Alt-Tab’ed out of, that is probably the highest form of compliment that can be given. It just isn’t that great.
30
WindowsGame Vortex
When the rubber hits the off road, this game is found wanting on many levels. I am not trying to be snide. I have done a great job of sounding like an ass, but I am serious. The overlying purpose to this game is to put attention on Ford's products. So if any press is good press, then the game is not wanting on all levels. So, advertising aside, we are down to this being a game. A game that is old in appearance, play, and sound. The price point of $19.99 says that they were not honestly trying to go all the way with this game, but there have to be concessions. When you make a game, you want to accomplish some goal beyond the obvious. This was an adver-game for Ford, obviously. The rest was just left in the dust.
30
WiiEurogamer.net (UK)
There's a half-baked attempt to offer a range of game options - tournament, arcade and career modes, checkpoint and slalom challenges and so on. But none of them are enjoyable; they merely represent different kinds of tedious, with great dollops of frustration mixed in. There is also a split-screen multiplayer mode where you can only see half of your car at any given moment.
30
Wiivideogamer.com
With such a simple name, you'd think that Off Road would do exactly what it says on the tin, but shelve those desires to careen carefree off the track and out into a wonderful open-world racer because, sadly, it isn't quite so.
20
WiiAceGamez
Off Road doesn't redefine bad games or make the genre worse - all it does is make you hate the whole concept of the shovelware title. Why are games like this made and, more importantly, why do people keep buying them? You might manage to have five minutes of fun with Off Road, but after failing a race repeatedly you'll soon want a refund for your £25. Why this game has been made so difficult is beyond me, as even just some small tweaks to the AI that doesn't do anything but win would have made the overall score just a bit higher. What is inexcusable though is the lack of any polish, from the rushed menus to the horrific presentation; this is a game that needs to be left in the bargain bin. Don't support the shovelware cause - dig up some extra cash and buy Mario Kart instead.