In pur­suit of real fun

Herald Sun - Motoring - - Road Test -

IF a re­al­is­tic take on arcade rac­ing isn’t a con­tra­dic­tion in terms then that’s what is out to achieve in its lat­est con­sole-based game.

You still play as the cops or crazy driv­ers as the mood takes you and you’re still rac­ing some of the most out­ra­geous cars built, but this time the Cri­te­rion de­vel­op­ers have de­vised an in-house Au­tolog fea­ture that lets you chal­lenge your friends’ best times, even if they’re not on­line.

More than two mil­lion peo­ple played the demo — and ac­cord­ing to Cri­te­rion lead pro­ducer, Matt Webster, the Au­tolog was hugely pop­u­lar.

‘‘It’s hard enough to get a bunch of mates down to the pub to­gether, let alone get­ting on­line at the same time, so this is go­ing to be the heart of

go­ing for­ward,’’ Webster says.

He points out the team uses a re­al­is­tic physics model, but then over­lays it with high-speed crashes and drift­ing that are hall­marks of the se­ries.

‘‘This is about peo­ple hav­ing fun,’’ he says.

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