The Need for
Speed sequels have been coming out for many years.
Some have been great, whiles others disappointed, so what is ProStreet like?
The storyline in ProStreet is different from the previous Need for Speed:
Underground games. In this game you follow the legal racing career of
your character, Ryan Cooper. As a result there are no cop chases or free
roaming which you had in the previous ĎUndergroundí games in the series
(when your character was an illegal street racer). Unfortunately the
loss of those parts of the game are a step backwards in my opinion, and mean
the game isnít as much fun.
As for the driving itself, in all driving games the first good thing youíre
looking for is the quality of the driving and how exciting it is.
Unfortunately the driving in ProStreet disappoints a little. Part of the
problem is that the cars you can drive in the early part of the game are
fairly dull. It gets a lot better once you have unlocked a decent car like a
BMW, Porsche or Lamborghini, but it takes a while to get there, and the
journey is too long and lacks excitement.
There is also only one difficulty level, so if youíre
brilliant then the game will be a piece of cake, but if youíre awful then
you might struggle.
Itís not all bad news though. The best part about the game is
the customization which remains impressive, and there are more cars than
ever, with many different models to drive as you progress through the story.
The graphics are very good. The cars are very detailed, and everything you
can customize on your car just looks great. They also look really good when
theyíve been smashed up a bit in a race. The courses look good too, as does
the surrounding scenery.
The sound is great. There is a good variety of car sound effects, and itís
very enjoyable when you have a beefy car like a Mustang and you turn your TV
volume up high!
You can create your own race online, picking a track race type, and
available cars. To be honest I didnít spend much time online, I raced a few
times but it seemed much the same as racing a computer opponent.
There is very little to do apart from track racing, which is a shame. The
lack of free driving, which previous games in the series have had, also
shortens the lifespan of the game.
The change in direction in this sequel, from illegal to legal
racing, has not improved the game, and without free roam there is less to
do, and so unfortunately Need for Speed ProStreet disappoints.
Overall Score: 82%