Need for Speed World: Go Speed Proxzor Go!
By Remko Molenaar (Proxzor), OnRPG Journalist
Need for Speed is by far the most known racing video game franchise in human history and most likely anyone who considers themselves a racing fan has played one game of the series before. This game has been running for a while now, and I decided to try this game to see if it lives up to its glorious popular franchise. There aren’t many racing MMORPGs currently on the market and thus Electronic Arts really found an untapped niche to dominate with Need for Speed World.
After loading up the game it is time to make your driver! There aren’t many possibilities to tweak your driver however because the only decision that you have to make is which one of the cars you can afford and want to start off with. As expected, the starting vehicles are ugly, have low stats, and more or less made me cringe. Thankfully I found a Mitsubishi. I was basically making a choice between the 2 most expensive starting cars because the rest aren’t worth your cash. As a wise man once said to me, “Never save money on something that you will use often.”
My second choice was the Nissan, a beautiful looking car which was very popular in the 90’s.
When I got into the world with my beautiful looking Mitsubishi I started off with the tutorial race. In this race you will learn the mechanics off the game which is fairly simple. Like any other racing game you will use the WASD keys to accelerate and steer. The spacebar is used as the handbrake however donuts are nearly impossible to pull off with the control scheme. I’m such a child sometimes when it comes to driving games so this was the first thing I checked. I’m like one of the guys that just rams you for fun just to see you roll over or crash into a wall in a burning ball of flame, costing you the game. And of course in the tutorial this style worked wonders as my fellow computer racers weren’t even within my rear view mirrors 10 seconds after the starting line.
After the tutorial is completed you spawn in the world real overworld. Because this game is an open world you will see all the other drivers riding around the city or just chilling at a random starting location or finish. The game also supports single player races that put you up versus the computer so if you have trouble finding an opponent you can always choose to just start your race so you only have to wait as long as you’re willing to. I always found someone to race with however so I haven’t used this function and I’d recommend neither should you. You’ll be missing out on ramming real people into fiery death balls after all! In my second race I was introduced to four new features that make the game much more challenging and fun. The main feature that caught my attention though was usable skills. These skills are involve awesome maneuvers to irritate and crash your opponents as well as nitro boosts to get you back in the race should you fall behind.
One of my gripes in this game is the lack of language based server segregation. My server was filled with Portuguese speakers that I couldn’t speak with so that kind of had me feeling left out of some of the action. However this small gripe is easily overshadowed by how important skill is in this game. I won all my matches quite easily, even against much higher level players with better cars. Although I couldn’t match their speed on the straightaways, with proper use of skills and aggressive driving you can usually force them to back off.
One great example is using the car magnet skill when a foe is speeding ahead by driving on the wrong side of the road. After targeting a foe with this skill, all NPC controlled vehicles will merge towards the driver, almost certainly causing them to crash unless they have some mad skills. To make it fair to both players the person which is on the lead cannot use this so the other player hasn’t got a chance to get back into the race which in my opinion is quite fair.
This game is really beautiful and is definitely above the norm in F2P Online racing games. The following specifications are needed to play this beauty of a racing game:
Intel Pentium 4 2.4GHz/Intel Core 2 Duo 1.8GHz with at least Windows XP installed.
1GB of RAM (Windows XP) 2GB of RAM(Windows Vista/7)
NVIDIA Geforce 6800, ATI Radeon X1300, or Intel GMA 950 that is compatible with DirectX 9.0c
4GB of free space
If you have no idea whatsoever what in the world these specifications means, and they all look like weird hieroglyphs to you then I’d say everyone with a computer that has been purchased in the last 5 to 6 years is easily able to play this game without any trouble.
Electronic Arts really made one hell of a game, this title really lives up to the Need for Speed franchise and the developers should be proud of their creation. Not only is this game really beautiful, the game mechanics are really top notch as well. I had a lot of fun playing this game but unfortunately the lack of English speaking players on the EU server made me feel like a lone rider. Nevertheless this game is really something fun to play if you are bored or you’re simply looking for a game to play with friends. Because of all the fun features this game can keep you quite busy for hours. I spent my last 30 minutes reviewing this game by driving around with no rubber on my tires left and chased by a gazillion police cars.