Racing Video Game

Written by Wes Farrell
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"Need for Speed Underground 2," by Electronic Arts, brings the world of underground street racing to the Playstation 2. After selecting and customizing a car, players are given free reign of a large city environment, encountering many challenges along the way. Gamers roam the city in search of street races and auto shops. After winning a race, players earn credits that can be used to purchase additional modifications at the auto shops. Cars can also be traded for better models as the game progresses.

"Grand Turismo 4" for the Playstation 2 is the latest in a popular series of racing games from Sony. With a variety of gameplay modes, as well as over 700 of cars to choose from, the game promises a lot of repeat play. Players compete in multiple types of races, as they progress through levels labeled Beginner, Professional, Extreme, and Endurance. This new addition to the series adds variable environments, allowing races to take place in snow, mud, and other extreme conditions.

New Racing Video Game Selections

While it may not be a racing game in the strictest sense, "The Simpsons: Hit and Run" is a popular new driving-related game. The game is a mission-oriented driving adventure through the town of Springfield, populated with characters from the popular TV show "The Simpsons." Gamers can choose from many of the show's characters, with additional choices being unlocked as the game progresses. The game was made using the voices of the TV cast, and the story was crafted by writers from the show. The result is an offbeat adventure that successfully channels the show's humor into a fun game.

"The Getaway" combines a racing game with a crime storyline, creating a gritty, fast paced adventure through the London underworld. Players take on several different character roles as the game's storyline unfolds. The plot, involving a botched kidnapping, takes players through 24 driving missions, as well as many third-person adventures. Due to its intense, violent story, "The Getaway" is rated Adults Only, meaning it cannot be be sold or rented to anyone under 18 years old.


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