Right here’s a enjoyable truth for you: there isn’t a single individual on this planet who can recite the titles of all 24 Want for Velocity video games so as. It’s really bodily unattainable, like licking your personal again or listening to the phrases “Hello, I’m Daisy” with out getting irritated. Whereas this ‘truth’ is open for debate, right here’s one factor that isn’t: there hasn’t been a Want for Velocity recreation on a Nintendo console since 2013 (Most Wished U) and it’s about time that modified.
Want for Velocity: Scorching Pursuit Remastered, because the identify suggests, is a contemporary improve of the 2010 instalment of the collection (the 16th one, when you have been preserving rely, which you weren’t). Whereas Scorching Pursuit was given the Nintendo remedy again within the day within the form of a Wii ‘port’, it was really a very totally different recreation that had nothing to do with the Xbox 360 and PS3 variations. As such, title apart, that is the primary time the ‘correct’ Scorching Pursuit has been playable on a Nintendo system.
For these not aware of it, Want for Velocity: Scorching Pursuit is ready in Seacrest County, a fictional area of the USA that’s primarily based on the states situated on the nation’s west coast. Seems Seacrest County is very best for unlawful road races, the kind of ones the place there’s some kind of… want for velocity, for need of a greater phrase. As such, there’s a continuing battle happening between the racers searching for their subsequent repair of hi-octane hijinks, and the SCPD officers making an attempt to get these velocity freaks off the roads earlier than they do themselves a mischief.
The twist right here is that Want for Velocity: Scorching Pursuit permits you to see what life is like on either side of the quick/fuzz divide. Some missions clearly have you ever collaborating in races, hurtling by means of nation and metropolis roads at obscene speeds whereas making an attempt to keep away from being taken down by the cops. Different missions, nonetheless, hand you a badge and a gun (okay, perhaps not the gun) and put you within the law-loving boots of an SCPD cop, together with your purpose now being to interrupt up any races you see and take down as many punks as you possibly can.
You’ll encounter several types of occasions throughout each campaigns. Typically you’ll be doing a typical road race, typically it’ll simply be a time trial. Typically you’ll be going head-to-head with one different automotive whereas the cops are chasing you, typically you’re the cop making an attempt to take down one racer (and even each competitor in a race). Typically you’ll go it with simply your automotive as your solely tools different instances you’ll be armed with devices like spike strips, EMPs and jammers.
As you carry out nicely in every occasion you’ll earn bounty factors, which ultimately enhance your Wished Degree as a racer or your Cop Rank as… nicely, a cop, as much as degree 20. Incomes bounty factors additionally unlocks a collection of vehicles that are commonly thrown at you want confetti, till it will get to the purpose the place you nearly have extra vehicles than you possibly can hold monitor of. There are 78 racer occasions and 63 cop occasions, and you will get a gold medal/distinction when you exceed a sure efficiency milestone (normally ending in a sure place or time).
If this all appears like we’re simply going by means of the fundamentals right here, that’s as a result of that is actually all there’s to the sport. You choose the following occasion, clear it then transfer onto the following one, unlocking a bunch of recent vehicles alongside the way in which. There’s a free-roam mode too but it surely’s utterly pointless as a result of the roads are too linear and also you’re simply following the conventional racing route for essentially the most half, albeit with none precise function. This isn’t a Forza Horizon scenario the place you possibly can go off-road (besides in particular shortcuts) and roam wherever you want; you’ve bought a set path and that’s that. Even the flimsy picket fences at some roadsides would possibly as nicely be manufactured from diamond as a result of if you drive into them it’s at all times you who finally ends up worse off.
It’s primarily simply race after race, then. That’s a nasty factor, isn’t it? Really, no: we’re delighted with it. It’s loopy to suppose that simply 10 years in the past this handed for a wonderfully acceptable degree of depth for a triple-A launch, however that these days if this was a brand new recreation reasonably than a remaster it could be getting criticised for a scarcity of selection or long-tail content material. As of late the concept of a recreation that simply presents you a collection of occasions is taken into account unambitious, when typically that kind of simplicity is what individuals crave.
On the threat of sounding like an previous individual, nowadays it’s a must to put up with timed seasons, season passes (that are various things, clearly), customisation loot bins, weekend XP boosts, pre-order DLC and 60-hour story modes the place it’s a must to discover each inch of a comically huge world map searching for arbitrary collectables. Want for Velocity: Scorching Pursuit does away with all that (or, reasonably, didn’t have it within the first place). You don’t even should drive from occasion to occasion; you choose from a listing and are immediately taken there. It’s bliss. Granted, the unique did have some DLC packs, however they’re all in right here too so even that trouble is gone.
Every part runs nicely sufficient, too. It renders at 1080p in docked and 720p in handheld, and runs at a stable 30 frames per second 99% of the time. We did discover some stuttering when issues have been at their most excessive – at evening within the rain with a bunch of cops round, for instance – however these have been ‘excellent storm’ conditions that have been extraordinarily uncommon and we solely encountered them a few times throughout our total assessment interval.
Whenever you’re executed with the single-player content material – which we calculate would take round 25-30 hours to 100% – you’ve additionally bought on-line multiplayer there, which is cross-platform besides. We had a bunch of races towards gamers on PC and different consoles, and every part ran completely easily with none points. Effectively, one situation, but it surely’s not a efficiency one: more often than not you’ll get dropped right into a race the place payers can select any of the vehicles they’ve unlocked. As such, it doesn’t matter how good you’re when you’ve solely bought the essential starter automobiles, since you’ll be consuming mud. Our recommendation is to go away the web alone till you’ve unlocked all the great vehicles in Profession mode, as a result of there’s no actual handicap system in place right here.
That’s just about it, then. It’s secure to say that this is likely one of the extra simple big-name racing video games on the market (primarily as a result of it’s a decade previous), definitely in comparison with one thing like Burnout Paradise Remastered, additionally by the identical writer and developer. Its simplicity gained’t be to everybody’s tastes; some will probably be extra used to current-gen expectations and would have most well-liked some extra depth to the sport than merely ‘do that race, then do that one, then do that one’. However for individuals who simply wish to flip their Change one, get thrown into some fast-paced and thrilling racing straight away, then flip the factor off after some time and get on with their lives, this is likely one of the higher choices on the console.
Want for Velocity: Scorching Pursuit Remastered teleports gamers again to extra harmless instances a decade in the past, when merely taking over a collection of races was thought-about sufficient to maintain gamers entertained. Many would argue its simplicity is a energy, nonetheless, and the truth is that regardless of the shortage of depth it is nonetheless a vastly entertaining time whether or not you are taking part in as a racer or a cop. If you happen to battle to remain afloat with all of the faffing round in trendy video games, this old-school dose of simple racing goodness is your life jacket.