PlayStation 3 revs up high-speed racingWritten by Michael Siebenaler | | firstname.lastname@example.org
“Monster Jam: Path of Destruction” (Activision): Monster truck fans get 28 vehicles, eight authentic stadiums, 32 race events, and more than 20 freestyle events (90 seconds with possible 30 second bonus time) while having the ability to create their own monster truck. Use different strategies for events that include stunt challenges, stadium races, circuit races, time crunches and team races. No online play, but the multiplayer mode, authentic components and various stunts echo entertaining realism just like the real shows. Players must work for the rewards in career and multiplayer modes while mastering movement presents the greatest challenge. Control schemes include use of the left analog stick to steer the front wheels and the right stick to steer the rear wheels. Sharper graphics would improve the excitement, but the sound provides additional pros. Nintendo Wii and PlayStation3 versions available with Grave Digger Steering Wheel Peripheral with stickers (**1/2, rated E for mild violence, also available on Nintendo DS, PSP and Xbox 360).
“Moto GP 10/11” (Capcom): Motorcycle racing has never been better with one- and two- player modes with two to 20 player online modes. Players can record and upload their races. Green trails show if the direction, speed and other factors are “on track”. The challenging braking takes real effort — veterans of this game series have a definitce advantage in this area. The online mode includes messaging and friend invitations. Time trials have a ghost rider option while challenges offer a wide variety like slipstreaming, but the career mode provides the main appeal.Co-op play in this mode lets players take a detailed journey together involving sponsorships, reputation and other managerial elements. Game modes promote short sessions or extremely detailed experiences. For example, in world championship, play can range from a full season to a single race. The European music soundtrack pumps with energy (***, rated E, also available on Xbox 360).
“NASCAR 2011” (Activision): Improvements in vehicle damage, race logistics and proximity radar add to a highly authentic NASCAR experience for all skill levels in one- and two-player gameplay (two to 16 players online). Players can take the customization and immense options to a high level along with a limited number of “rewinds” to turn back the clock on crashes for another chance. Check the visuals for help, which include a brake indicator that shows alerts if turns are angled poorly or too fast. Game modes include career mode, race now, eliminator, invitational events, track testing and practice. Building skills and progression transfer to experience points that can lead to fun celebration burnouts and doughnuts for more bonus experience points. Look for an upcoming add-on content update with 2011 car models, paint schemes and more (***1/2, rated E for mild language, also available on Xbox 360).