Need For Speed: Porsche Unleashed
- 1-2 Players
- Multi Tap 1-4 Players
- Analog Control
- Vibration Function
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The next installment in the ever-popular Need for Speed racing series straps virtual racing fans into Porsche's fine line of automobiles for a fast-paced open-road experience. Featuring 70 past and present Porsche models, from the classic 356 Roadster to the engineering marvel 2000 911 Turbo, racers stretch the boundaries to unleash the potential of these incredible vehicles.
The tracks are as varied as the car selection. Traffic-heavy city streets provide a white-knuckle race against tough competitors, including the bumper- tailing police. Peaceful country roads allow for a brisk Sunday drive. From the Highlands in Scotland to industrial Japan, Need for Speed: Porsche Unleashed offers open and closed circuit racetracks set in five different countries.
For multiplayer action, this game features split-screen racing for up to four players (via multitap support).
It's obvious that the developers of Need for Speed: Porsche Unleashed put a lot of research into their creation. There's enough information about the legendary series of Porsche automobiles to satisfy any car aficionado, and this game contains tons of models--from late 1940s cars to recent 2000 models--from this marquee brand.
Despite concerns that the presence of a single car brand would result in a lack of variety among racing options, Need for Speed: Porsche Unleashed does offer an impressive amount of diversity. Not all Porches are created alike, and the old 356 handles much differently than a newer 911. Thus, there is much potential in this all-Porsche offering.
Unfortunately, while this game has received strong critical acclaim in its PC incarnation, the PlayStation conversion contains some problems. For example, the track graphics are a bit muddy, and the cars appear fuzzier in this game. Worse still, the physics model for driving is way off. Surprisingly, older titles in the Need for Speed series look and play better than this. Unless you are a Porsche nut, steer clear of this one. --T. Byrl Baker
- Great collection of Porche facts and memorabilia
- Models tons of Porches, from 1948 models to modern supercars
- Bland graphics, especially on the tracks
- Edges of the tracks are ill defined