Need For Speed: Nitro (DS) review

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Jan 20, 2010
  1. Overlord Nadrian
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    Okay, first of all, if you're looking for the dark, underground Need For Speed games, don't bother looking at this game (and possibly the next too). It's now much more of a happy-go-lucky series than before. Also, it's become a bit like Burnout, or Sideswiped for that matter. To me, it changed for the better, but that might be just cause I like games like these.

    Menus: Simple, yet effective. You won't have any trouble finding what you're looking for. 9.5/10

    Story: Non-existent. But it isn't necessary at all. 5/10

    Graphics: Cars look great, racing tracks look good, objects look weird, but cool. There's also a bunch of nice lighting effects. 9/10

    Music: Some songs are decent, the rest are shit. I played the E version, there's supposed to be different songs in the U one though. 3/10

    Gameplay: You won't find a lot of racers that are more fun than this one. Seriously. You 'tag' the environment you drive in by driving through rings (you can make the tags yourself, or choose from a bunch of premade ones). You can do stunt moves, smash police cars, use your turbo (nitro?) to boost if you're a bit behind, you can smash lots of objects on the way, you can collect collectables and you can jump over other cars, which is pwn. The controls are smooth, there's no slowdown, the textures are correct. There aren't a lot of tracks, but all of them are well made. And you can completely customize your car. 9/10

    Multiplayer: Kewl. No slowdown at all. 8.5/10

    Replay value: Not really, unless you want to collect all trophies and collectables. 4/10

    Overall: Really nice game, with some flaws. I say go this way from now on, EA. 8/10

    And if you want to know the coolest track in the game:
    Warning: Spoilers inside!

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    So I guess the slowdown I see is because I play it on a flashcard? Because I see the framerate vary a lot as I play. Not a deal breaker, but there all the same.

    But I do agree it's a fun arcade racer for the DS. Wacky stunts and the overblown designs on the cars are cool. The graphics, while not the best I've seen on a DS racer, are good enough so that you don't get lost on the tracks. Those "hit the X button" maneuvers are fun. I had fun with this game, seems a bit on the easy side though. Didn't actually beat it yet.....got into other games.....you know how it is....I seem to do that with most games these days.
     
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    If I ever get back into racing games, I will definitely try out the NFS series. Good review, it's short and sweet.
     
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    I agree with this review
    For some reason this was the first handheld racing game i actually liked and i was amazed! I loved the soundtrack because it wasnt just 3 songs just looping. The jumping over stuff is awesome, the different modes are quite fun and the self tag making is fun

    Warning: Spoilers inside!
     
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    nfs nitro is one of the best racing games for the ds in my opinion, though the wii version of it isn't as good as it is:. the car models are nice, the tracks are on an adequate good level, the only thing which could have been better are the destruction races in which you have to destroy objects on the racing track, they simply don't make fun,
    apart from that, good game
     
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