Criterion Games' Need For Speed: Most Wanted made me forget the disappointment of Black Box's NFS The Run from my first virtual turn of the key. Although it misfires on occasion, this over-the-top arcade racer still plants a silly grin on my face, whether I'm racing AI Corvettes, breaching police roadblocks, or nitrous-boosting past desperate online opponents. It does a lot of things very right.
Test Drive®: Ferrari is the ultimate driving experience forfans of the Ferrari brand. Detailed physics underpin a hugevariety of challenges set throughout the history of this landmarkautomotive brand. Painstaking detailed cars and tracks reflectvisceral damage as races wear on, an acute sense of speedcommunicates the power of these highly tuned vehicles,as advanced AI challenges even the most experienced driver.
You can increase the performance of your car by doing something as drastic as putting in a new engine or as minute as changing your exhaust. Like other racing franchises, Forza Motorsport is faced with the daunting task of trying to wring every bit of speed out of a familiar formula – race, win, and repeat. The changes in Forza 4 I find most exciting don’t alter this setup dramatically, and yet with just a few tweaks Forza 4 feels like a fresh experience. It's re-invigorated, and every turn is infectious and alluring.