A Moment For Nostalgia
Written by: Sarmad2332 - 13:29 Feb-09-2018

Recently I had run out of games to play on my laptop. So I decided to finally play an old game that had been installed ages ago but was never played. Crtierion's Need For Speed. I started the game and found the graphics quite pleasing. The game was pretty good. I had played Need For Speed The Run, and was super disappointed. So I had started this game with my last horrendous experience in mind.

The game in and of itself was at the very least better than The Run. However, the game did something that Im not so sure was intended by the Devs. It made me replay Burnout 3 on my PS2. Need For Speed 2 was the first racing game I ever played, but Burnout 3 really opened my eyes to the possibilities. Never did I ever imagine, that I would be nostalgic over a racing game. Because lets face it, Racing games and Sports games are more or less the same. Other than graphics, there is barely any difference between each successive edition. Changes come after several editions. Dont take me for my word, just look at Need For Speed series itself, most of the time, its the same repetitive game, or take FIFA, I played FIFA 07 then jumped right to FIFA 15 and the game is the same but for a dew superbly intricate tricks.

But Burnout was different. Suddenly having Nitro wasnt enough, nor was your control over drifting. Suddenly the traffic and environment wouldnt just stop you dead in your tracks, it crush you car to pieces ,and coming into contact with the AI didnt have the same effect as pressing the 'Reverse' button but had the expected effect of coming in contact with a car also going 100mph plus in traffic. And so for the very first time, I experienced the actual rush of street racing. Need For Speed was also fast paced, there was the police that could get you, but at no point in time did you ever run the risk of being slammed into a passing truck and crashing, getting launched of the side of a mountain, having a car land on top of you, crashing into the sidewalk or another crashed car or getting caught into the explosion of another car. Burnout expanded aggressively on what it meant to be a street racer. What would you do if at 100mph another racer decides to slam you into the sidewalk or off a bridge? You either push right back or watch as your car is brutally wrecked.

Burnout will always be the very pinnacle of racing games for me at least. I played Burnout 3, Revenge, Dominator, even Paradise City on PC. So the Need For Speed game felt for me like a drugged Burnout. It tried vitally to co-exist with the legacy of Need For Speed and Burnout series but for me, it didnt have enough of the thrill, the rush of being taken down at any single moment. Dont get me wrong, after The Run, this restored alot of faith in the Need For Speed series (so any others who were similarly disappointed by some Need For Speed parts, do play Need For Speed Most Wanted 2) . But I dont know whether it is the nostalgia, or reality, but the Burnout franchise was still overwhelmingly dominant over ANY Need For Speed edition. I miss the game alot and am still saddened by its passing away.

 

 

     


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