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Checkpoint: Arcade Racing Edition


The 2011 Formula 1 season started today and I missed it all. It didn’t really bother me too much because I’m in that arcade racing mood. I started Blur on Xbox 360 and got myself a copy of Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit from Direct2Drive.

My history with arcade racers stretches all the way back to the days of Megarace. Unlicensed cars with weapons, electronic music and crazy tracks. It would take another 10 years or so before I’d stumble across another game like that.

It took awhile, but I finally gave Wipeout Pulse for PlayStation Portable a try back in 2007 and immediately fell in love with the franchise. I followed up with Wipeout HD in 2008 which is one of my favorite games off the PSN store. Both of these titles were reminiscent of Megarace.

But when it comes to arcade racers involving cars with four wheels? It’s been mainly the Need for Speed series which keep my attention. I tried other arcade racers such as Burnout: Paradise, but it just didn’t stick with me. Something about Criteron’s Burnout series just didn’t click with me.

What about the Need for Speed series? I started with Hot Pursuit 2, moved onto Underground and then Most Wanted. Except for Underground, which caught my attention for its street racing theme, I liked my Need for Speed games with cops. And until last year’s release of Hot Pursuit, I had no interest in any Need for Speed game because of that.

As for Mario Kart. No interest in it. I tried it on several occasions from the SNES days all the way through to the Wii rendition and every one of them didn’t grab me.

Blur for Xbox 360 has been nothing, but good times so far. The highlight? The soundtrack. That sweet, sweet soundtrack that I can’t get enough of. That sound engineer for Bizarre Creations was a genius.

I wrapped up Penny Arcade Adventures Episode One. It was okay. I would have been fine if it was a motion comic.

I’ve also got my hands on Tetris from PSN. The controls were a bit touchy at first, but I’m getting used to it.

I also decided to pick up the Xbox 360 of Crysis 2 by “PowerTrading” in Halo: Reach for $52.50. I haven’t tried it yet.

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