Need For Speed: Porsche Unleashed

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Need For Speed: Porsche Unleashed

FEATURED Need For Speed: Porsche Unleashed

  • 1-2 Players
  • Multi Tap 1-4 Players
  • Analog Control
  • Vibration Function

The next installment in the ever-popular Need for Speed racing series straps virtual racing fans into Porsche’s fine line of automobiles for a fast-paced open-road experience. Featuring 70 past and present Porsche models, from the classic 356 Roadster to the engineering marvel 2000 911 Turbo, racers stretch the boundaries to unleash the potential of these incredible vehicles.

The tracks are as varied as the car selection. Traffic-heavy city streets provide a white-knuckle race against tough competitors, including the bumper- tailing police. Peaceful country roads allow for a brisk Sunday drive. From the Highlands in Scotland to industrial Japan, Need for Speed: Porsche Unleashed offers open and closed circuit racetracks set in five different countries.

For multiplayer action, this game features split-screen racing for up to four players (via multitap support).It’s obvious that the developers of Need for Speed: Porsche Unleashed put a lot of research into their creation. There’s enough information about the legendary series of Porsche automobiles to satisfy any car aficionado, and this game contains tons of models–from late 1940s cars to recent 2000 models–from this marquee brand.

Despite concerns that the presence of a single car brand would result in a lack of variety among racing options, Need for Speed: Porsche Unleashed does offer an impressive amount of diversity. Not all Porches are created alike, and the old 356 handles much differently than a newer 911. Thus, there is much potential in this all-Porsche offering.

Unfortunately, while this game has received strong critical acclaim in its PC incarnation, the PlayStation conversion contains some problems. For example, the track graphics are a bit muddy, and the cars appear fuzzier in this game. Worse still, the physics model for driving is way off. Surprisingly, older titles in the Need for Speed series look and play better than this. Unless you are a Porsche nut, steer clear of this one. –T. Byrl Baker

Pros:

  • Great collection of Porche facts and memorabilia
  • Models tons of Porches, from 1948 models to modern supercars

Cons:

  • Bland graphics, especially on the tracks
  • Edges of the tracks are ill defined

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  1. 8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    Here We Go Again, April 4, 2000
    By A Customer
    = Durability:5.0 out of 5 stars  = Fun:3.0 out of 5 stars  = Educational:5.0 out of 5 stars 
    This review is from: Need For Speed: Porsche Unleashed (Video Game)

    Need For Speed: Porsche Unleashed is almost the exact same as the previous titles in the NFS series for PlayStation. This time however there are only Porsches available, this makes it get boring rather quickly. The graphics are admitedly incredibly nice, but not enough to save this title. If you have an urge for the most realistic arcade experience then go for a Need For Speed game, just not this one. I’d recommend Need For Speed: High Stakes.

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  2. 5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Excellent, May 1, 2000
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    = Durability:5.0 out of 5 stars  = Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars  = Educational:5.0 out of 5 stars 
    This review is from: Need For Speed: Porsche Unleashed (Video Game)

    The game is great, i got it since ive always liked the Need for Speed series. The game gives you an in-depth look of the history of Porsche, or you can get behind the wheel of one. There is also a new thing called Evolution where you do the basics of racing and winning cash except you do it in time periods, for example it starts you off in the 50s-60s where you buy Porsches from the 50s and 60s which is neat then you move on to the 70s-80s, 90s-00s. In other words to sum up my review, GO GET IT!

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