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Fun game when it works
on August 21, 2012
As a Wii and PS3 owner I've purchased Mario Kart, Need for Speed: Nitro, Burnout Paradise and Gran Turismo so I like to think I've played a pretty wide range of race car games and of all of them Need for Speed: Nitro is the most fun. Now fun doesn't mean the others are bad. Far from it, I love all my racing games...well except for Mario Kart but we'll get to that in a minute.
Gran Turismo is very serious. The volume of brand name cars are almost overwhelming and the level of involvement with the vehicles the game asks of you can be daunting.
Burnout Paradise is set in this amazing living, breathing city but none of the cars are actual brands and you can't do anything to them so that gets kind of boring after a while. There are no closed course races so everything happens on public streets and sometime dodging oncoming traffic isn't the kind of racing you're interested in that day.
Mario Kart is just terrible in my opinion. I don't mind losing a race to a better driver but I hate losing a race to some jerk who's been in 5th place the entire race and only beats me because, by pure luck, he picks up a turtle shell 500 yards from the finish line and throws it at me.
Need for Speed: Nitro is fun. It has a nice selection of real world cars. You can add body parts to them and paint in just about anyway imaginable so you really feel like you're driving YOUR car. The Wii remote responds perfectly for driving (get a Wii wheel BTW) but not so much for painting. The only cars on the track are the racers and the occasional police. The tracks are bright and nicely detailed and the police while a huge nuisance early on quickly get left in the dust as you get better and faster cars. Yes the cars are a little cartoonish looking but not so much as to distract you from the game. And despite their looks they still manuever and drift in a believable manner even if the drift mechanic isn't as complicated to pull off as some would like.
If you're looking for a race car game that reminds of you of the kind you played as a kid in the arcade then this is it.
So why only 3 stars you ask? Because as fun as it is to play it only played occasionally. For me this game freezes a lot. Any time I played more then roughly 45 minutes it would freeze when loading tracks and I would have to reboot the entire Wii. Now EA says that they never heard of this problem before and they may be right. I joined the NFS forums asking if anyone else experienced this and everyone there said no. Nonetheless EA sent me three different copies of the game thinking it was the disk but they all did the same thing. Then I sent my Wii console and the game disk to Nintendo and it did the same thing to them so they built me a new Wii and it STILL froze up. So where the problem lies I do not know. So 3 stars because it's a fun game when it works.