If there's one thing to be said of the Need for Speed series, it's that it never stays the same for long. After only one sequel EA have decided to give the underground night racing theme a rest and let you drive in the sunlight for a change. You're still a super-illegal street racer though and indeed much of the game revolves around you being pursued by the police in some very Blues Brothers-esque chases.
Appearing to take a leaf out of Burnout's book, the game encourages you to make the most of traffic and roadside objects, in order to put off the long arm of the law or simply one of your fellow racers. The demo race so far seen features a lot of weaving in and out of traffic and some very cinematic touches such as zipping underneath a giant lorry carrying tree logs, which then spill out on the road behind you further aiding your escape.
The graphics in the game have definitely received a boost from the last one and appear far more detailed and ambitious in scope than Underground. Unsurprisingly the ability to customise your car is still a large part of the appeal, although again there's a big distinction between extras that are just for show and performance tuning that actually has an effect on the way your car performs.
It probably still won't please hardened petrolheads but if you just want a simple, accessible racing game it looks like Need for Speed is set to deliver once more. --Harrison Dent
This preview is based on an incomplete version of the game; features or problems mentioned above may not appear in the finished game.
The Incredible Hulk, one of Marvel's most powerful Super Heroes, unleashes epic destruction on the big screen this summer in the much awaited release from Marvel Studios. Adding to the excitement, SEGA will be releasing The Incredible Hulk, an intensely realistic third person action videogame.
The fury-fuelled game will feature key moments from the film, as well as additional plotlines and characters from The Incredible Hulk universe. Crash through New York City, battle gigantic enemies amidst soaring skyscrapers and leave your mark on the fully destructible environments.
With the ability to damage buildings, streets, cars and anything else the Hulk can get his hands on, you have the ability to make New York City your own destructible playground.
F1 2009 is the first in a new generation of FORMULA ONE video games featuring Lewis Hamilton, Fernando Alonso, Sebastian Vettel and all the official drivers, teams and circuits from the 2009 FIA FORMULA ONE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP series by Codemasters, the developer and publisher of award-winning racing video games, under its exclusive worldwide agreement with Formula One Administration Limited.
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