The debate in Australia
of Ford versus Holden seems have been pushed towards Ford in this latest
title from THQ entitled "Off Road" which pits two popular car brands, Land Rover
and Ford against each other in an entertaining PS2 off road racing game
that features real-world cars and a variety of accurate gameplay
options, making this one of the most enjoyable off road games in quite
some time. Match that with 12 different race modes and you have
everything you need to race, brake and skid your way to victory!
18 officially licensed Land Rover and Ford off
24 detailed tracks encouraging high speed
3 off road environments, Desert, Water and Ice.
Real time, on-the-go damage repair.
Discover hidden routes to gain a racing
Power sliding; throw powerful 4x4s around the
In-game pickups: Discover repair pods, time
extensions, artefacts & cash.
12 race modes: Standard Race, Elimination, Time
Attack, Overtake, Slalom, Checkpoint, Checkpoint
Sprint, Seconds Out, Gold Rush, Gauntlet, Low
Damage Race and Expedition.
Off Road is an easy game
for anyone to start playing and no matter what your console racing
skills are, all you need to do is pickup the controller, select your
race and your car and start playing. With 12 different race modes and 18
different vehicles, there is a race and car for everyone. The beauty of
the title is that once you have completed your main gameplay modes, the
player can then race the tracks backwards (as in from finish to start)
which gives extra gameplay value.
The control system on
the PS2 is perfect with the DualShock controller which rumbles at the
right time and each car slightly handles differently than its
counterpart. Whether you're pushing your four wheel drive to the max or
sliding around the corner, the control system is great. The different
gameplay modes is where the title wins this reviewer over such as
strange titles like Low Damage Race which is self explanatory or Gold
Rush where you need to win the race but you need to have the most gold
coins as well. Quite some varied gameplay for a racing game.
Graphically, the title
is quite detailed on the PlayStation 2 with some great level design and
interactive backgrounds. The vehicles are extremely well modelled and
contain great realistic texture details with some "realistic" real-world
lighting effects. The developers have thrown in some interesting
attention to detail in relation to the way the cars handle the dirt
which is impressive as are the shadow effects. As for sound effects,
there are a variety of realistic engine sounds and other sounds you
would expect to hear off road.
In conclusion, Off Road
is a sturdy game on the PlayStation 2 with above average graphics and
some interesting and entertaining gameplay modes. The title does however
have a dated feel to the way the game handles with some of the vehicles
handling a little strange when compared to other racing titles. Even so,
it has a great price point and is definitely one of those games for
those who enjoy off road titles or Fords!