‘Nail’d’ to the Controller

A decade ago, racing games that pushed the concepts of speed, overt defiance of gravity and coolness were almost a dime a dozen, with companies like Sega, Atari and Midway producing games such as “Hydro Thunder,” “Top Gear,” “Crazy Taxi” and “Cruisin’ the World.” In this day and age though, realism has taken over the genre, with “Gran Turismo” and “Forza Motorsport” being the preferred favorite amongst gamers.

In spite of this, it’s fair to say, after taking a look at a beta build of the title, that Southpeak and Deep Silver games’ “Nail’d” has the goods to be the best new racing franchise in gaming.

Combining classic, frenetic arcade gameplay with excellent graphics, a slammin’ soundtrack, a unique sense of style and an abundance of speed, “Nail’d” will surprise a ton of gamers when it’s released during the fourth quarter of this year.

As soon as you press down on the throttle, you’re immersed in a fast-paced, off-the-wall racing experience that never lets up. Featuring a smooth and steady camera and intuitive control, that gives you a ton of command, even when you’re in the air,“Nail’d” plays like a hardcore arcade racing fan’s dream come true.

Graphically, “Nail’d” is no slouch either. All three locations shown during the preview were full of detail and looked fantastic, with a myriad of things to catch your eyes while playing, which you absolutely find a way a way to drive into during the course of your gameplay experience. Add in sweet graphical asides, that throw everything from water and mad on the screen while you’re racing, and this game that looks and feels like a mash-up of classic arcade racers- on steroids. All in all, this is sure to be a huge selling point for gamers who think there’s nothing special here.

However, the biggest selling point in “Nail’d” is the course design. Each track, all 16 of them, are filled with a myriad of nooks and crannies that make each lap in itself a different type of experience. Featuring huge jumps and plenty of different paths to follow on each course, this title takes the cake as far as fun goes while playing a racing game.

Just when you think reality was the most important facet of a quality racing game, “Nail’d” comes along, throws gravity and convention out the window and makes the genre playable again for all the people who could care less about having real cars and tracks.

Simply put, the game is a blast that deserves a look.

That even goes for those who haven’t been bitten by the racing game bug yet. With a bunch of other racers competing against you [and online play] and the intense and deep level design, “Nail’d” feels like the old board game “Mouse Trap” and the Sega Genesis classic “Road Rash,” a game that stretched the genre in the early ’90s and turned heads.

After a few laps with “Nail’d,” you’ll consider your head turned too.

With customizable bikes and ATVs, unlocked through the single-player campaign as well, this title is more fun than any board game and is as cool as the legacy of the Electronic Arts classic.

Already chock-full of content, the guys and gals from Deep Silver have also teased the notion of new tracks to be added once the game is released as well, giving this title even more possibilities.

With a few months left to polish this title before it’s released, Deep Silver may have the sleeper hit of the year on their hands.

Consider yourself warned: “Nail’d” is tight.

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Patrick Hickey Jr. is the Founder, Editor-in-Chief, Master Jedi and Grand Pooh-bah of ReviewFix.com and is the author of the book, "The Minds Behind the Games: Interviews with Cult and Classic Video Game Developers," from leading academic and non-fiction publisher McFarland and Company. He is currently the Assistant Director of the Journalism Program at Kingsborough Community College and is a former News Editor at NBC Local Integrated Media and a National Video Games Writer at the late Examiner.com. He has also had articles and photos published in The New York Times, The New York Daily News, Complex and The Syracuse Post-Standard. Love him. Read him.

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