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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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