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Need for Speed: Porsche Unleashed (Windows)

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Written by  :  iacon_tp (10)
Written on  :  Nov 22, 2004
Platform  :  Windows
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Summary

Porsche, The poor man's Ferrari

The Good

I must say that when I started playing this game I thought I'd be over it in about an hour. But I got so hooked I went out and bought a Playstation style control.

The game has so much depth that after playing every night for a week I was only just over half way through it.

The graphics are great, they give a really good arcade feel but still look detailed enough to make you notice new things next to the track every time you race. The level of detail on each car is to the extreme. Every part of the car is noted, from the leather interior to the air intakes in front of the front and rear wheels.

For someone who isn't really into Porsche I would say that the addictive factor for this game is massive.

The Bad

180 reverse. If I am ever asked to do this again I will scream. As much as I love the game this one almost had me give up. Not to give everything away, but when you are asked to do a 180 in to reverse into 180 you will know what I mean.

I found the police car AI to be a let down. I don't really understand why they are there in career mode. The cops should try to pull you over or not be in the game at all. The spoil tactics used by the cops would have been less of a pain if the cops didn't have cars with about 100 more horses then yours.

The handling of some cars left me feeling about confused. If a Porsche is so high performance then how can you lose the back end doing 250KM round a long right hand sweeper? But as I've never driven that fast or a Porsche I can't compare the attempt at "realism".

Where's the Ferrari?

The Bottom Line

Best arcade game I've ever played.