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Ford Bold Moves is never bold. Ford Bold Moves Street Racing is quite possibly one of the safest racing games available, with very little differentiating it from other titles. However, its bargain bin price and inoffensive gameplay may be enough for particularly loyal Ford fans.
The first standout budget racer for PSP. Its price wouldn’t mean a thing if the game sucked. In a rather bold move, the developers put a lot into bringing the best out of a racer that features cars from only one auto manufacturer. The body damage is cool, the courses are pretty good, the graphics are impressive (even amazing at times), and most importantly, the controls work really well. The downside? It’s short, not overly challenging, and is a little repetitive. But you won’t find a better twenty-dollar racer for PSP.
Mal abgesehen vom günstigen Preis spricht wenig für die Anschaffung von Ford Street Racing L.A. Duel, denn wie schon das Konsolen- und PC-Vorbild hat der Titel mit einem riesigen Problem zu kämpfen: der fehlenden Spannung im Renngeschehen! Die Positionskämpfe und fehlerfreies Fahren sind bei einer solch unfairen Rempel-KI mit starkem Gummiband-Effekt kein Erfolgserlebnis, das Team-Feature wirkt mittlerweile aufgesetzt und die Sounduntermalung mit fehlender Hintergrundmusik und synthetischen Motorenbrummen ist alles andere als zeitgemäß. Grafisch hinterlassen die Ausflüge durch L.A. trotz des uninspirierten Streckendesigns und sterilen Kulissen auf der PSP zusammen mit der leichtgängigen Steuerung zwar einen guten Eindruck, doch hält die Motivation höchstens für ein paar Runden an, bevor die Fords aus KI-Frust und dem fehlenden Kick endgültig in der Garage verschwinden.
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Ford Bold Moves Racing could be considered a digital pamphlet to sell Mustangs and other high dollar sports cars for Ford Motor Company. Unfortunately, the lack of unique tracks and insane AI will keep this title from competing with the upper echelon of PSP racing titles.
Au final, cette première incursion de Ford Racing sur portable n’est pas aussi catastrophique que le passif de la série sur PS2 le laissait présumer. Plutôt joli et maniable, le titre ne manquait pas d’atouts pour nous séduire. Malheureusement, si l’on met de côté le mode Ecurie qui offre un challenge un peu plus immersif, le jeu sombre rapidement dans la monotonie, malgré des types de courses variés, handicapé qui plus est par une IA trop agressive. On n’y était presque !
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I'm amazed that a PSP game could be more worthwhile than the PS2, but Ford Bold Moves proves that it's possible. There's no reason to buy Ford Bold Moves for the PlayStation 2. I would suggest to the developers of the PS2 version of the game to put more effort next time into adding new tracks, some sound to keep you at least remotely interested and genuinely new racing ideas. If you're tired of Burnout Legends and need a cheap option, Ford Bold Moves for the PSP could be yours for $20.
Fans of racing games deserve more. The much maligned Ford fans deserve more. There are just some fundamentals in racing titles, like championship modes, that shouldn't be changed too much, let alone broken. When I first booted up the title I was mildly surprised and thought that we may have stumbled on a sleeper title. Within 30 minutes I knew that we were being forced more licensed junk. Hopefully Ford will take a lot more care of their property and make sure that only quality titles represent their cars from here on out.
Ford, Bold Moves is a rather generic racing title with little innovation. The game features the classic line up of traditional Ford muscle and racing cars as well as selected models from Shelby. Coupled with mediocre graphics and generic audio effects, this title stalls out before the finish line.
There are dozens of racing games available for the PSP, and they all offer their own unique vision and presentation of the genre. Ford Bold Moves Street Racing is fairly basic in presentation and offers a limited selection of real world cars and pretty average racing action mixed with some minor team strategy elements. For more casual racers who are looking for a wider variety of cars, scenery, and music then you might want to pass on Ford Bold Moves Street Racing. But if you love Ford vehicles and enjoy realistic and challenging street racing on the streets of LA then check this game out.
We'll hand it to the folks behind the PSP version of Ford Bold Moves Street Racing: They didn't simply port the console game to Sony's handheld and throw it on store shelves. In fact, we have no qualms in saying that this is the best version of the game you can buy. That said, at $20 more than the console versions, we also have no qualms in saying that, unless you are a diehard Ford fan who simply must have your favorite brand with you everywhere you go, there is no compelling reason to own Street Racing.
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A lot of people complain that racing titles are boring, and Ford Bold Moves Street Racing will not change their opinion. If the AI was challenging, or there was a decent networking option, then maybe there might be some ray of hope, but as it is now, the game is standard dull racing fare that maybe a few Ford fans might like, but I’m not one of them.
Another adequate yet uninspired entry for the Ford Racing brand. Weak-hearted gamers who need to avoid undue excitement may be happy to see it return but, with at least five preferable racers already on the PSP shelf, the only reason to give this a chance is the low price. Even then, it'll probably be the least interesting twenty quid you'll ever spend.
Comme sur PC et PS2, le titre d'Xplosiv est bien en deçà de ce que l'on espérait de lui. IA douteuse, intérêt limité, bande-son bâclée... Les tares sont trop nombreuses pour en faire un jeu référence sur PSP.
Yes, yes, I am being incredibly hard on this mediocre game. But it's worthless, and Eidos knows it. The game design is so transparent, the goal behind the game is so obvious, the lack of any morsel of fun is so far from the car and tracks and the playing of it - it's just exasperating. This is pure bargain bin trash. Don't get it. Don't rent it. Don't even think about it.
By this point, you're probably wondering what the significance of the leading quote is. Razorworks has essentially cobbled together some of the more notable parts of the most famous racing games to make Ford Street Racing: the unforgiving nature of Gran Turismo (plus a few notches of difficulty due to the wonky physics), the styling of Project Gotham Racing, and the team racing dynamic that's become a standard in NASCAR games. Because of this, Ford Street Racing looks like a AAA game, has the features of a AAA game, but plays like a budget title that doesn't know its audience. With a little more time put into AI and physics, Ford Street Racing could easily be a game worth $30-$40. At its current pricepoint, especially given that so many of the greatest racing games this gen are nearing $20 anyway, it's a hard pill to swallow.
And as the sense of apathy surrounding this game is clearly catching that's about all I can be bothered to write really, there seems to be little point saying a whole lot more to be honest. The real purpose of a review is surely to give the reader some idea of if they should spend their hard earned money on a game and the, by now obvious, truth is no, in this case you really really shouldn't. The true horribleness of the game is that it leaves you questioning things you really shouldn't in a video game, such as why is LA so empty? Why is there no other traffic? How on earth would such racing get organised in a large city? Would there not be people lining the streets to watch if such a thing happened? To be honest FSR is no guiltier in ignoring these real world considerations than any other street racer out there, it's just that the rest of the game is so poor you can't help letting your mind wander... But hey, at least it's cheap.
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I did not go into Ford Bold Moves Street Racing expecting much and I didn't leave with much either. The game is a budget title, and the quality of play is clearly reflects upon this. While the game has a fairly good look for a portable game, it lacks in everything else with a multitude of gaming modes that will leave you less than excited and gives little reason to want to play. In the end, this game is not worth your time. Unless, of course, you are a diehard racing fan who needs an on-the-go-gaming fix. This might make for a decent rental.
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