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Scheduled release date:

October 19, 2010

Publisher:

Deep Silver

Developer:

Techland

Number Of Players:

1-12

Genre:

Racing

Update: As a quick edit, we've been informed that although all races were initially A to B, they have since added traditional circuit races.  Just so all you racing fans know. ;)

Off-road racers have been very successful this generation, what with the likes of excellent titles like Pure and the increasingly great MotorStorm franchise. For those of you who enjoy flying high, hard-hitting tracks, and mind-bending speed, you might just have to try nail’d when it hits shelves in October. Loaded with a heavy dose of attitude and style, Deep Silver’s ATV racer seems to have a lot going for it. First and foremost is the sense of height we’ve gathered from various media of the game; you will commonly launch yourself off sheer cliffs hundreds of feet in the air, and you’ll even be able to extend your airtime. At the same time, you can’t focus entirely on flying through the air and performing tricks, as it is indeed a race and if you spend too much cavorting amongst the clouds, you’ll likely lose. It’s one of those balancing acts where you’ll have to choose between breathtaking fun and serious, focused racing.

The speed really appears to be crazy, so you’re going to have to bite the bullet, learn the track, and stay on your vehicle. Multiple modes will offer different looks at various tracks and landscapes, and you can challenge yourself in the Time Trial mode by taking on the developers. That’s right; the ghosts in this mode are based on the best laps turned by the guys in the studio, so…prepare to lose a few times. Furthermore, if you grow tired of your ATV, you can always switch to an MX bike and as you might expect, the bike is more nimble but also more susceptible. If you smack into someone else while competing on the MX, you’ll likely end up with a faceful of mud. If you opt for the ATV, you may have to watch helplessly as a bike outmaneuvers you in certain respects, but you can still revel in your solidarity. Oh, and remember to respect your environment, especially where jumps are concerned… What tree…? Oh, that tree.

See, there are trees and stuff in Yosemite National Park, which is where you’ll be. Some of the tracks may seem to be in a fictional, more extreme version of the park, but we can live with such creative liberties. But due to that “extreme” nature, you may want to lay off the boost button until you become familiar with any given track. The races in the game are point-to-point rather than the traditional lap-counting formula; so in other words, you start here and the first to get over there wins. There will be plenty of shortcuts and optional routes, too, so be on the lookout for those; just bear in mind that some are better suited to the ATV while others are better negotiated with the MX bike. You’ll really have to be eagle-eyed about looking, though, as the developers won’t be including any sort of map for the races. There are so many shortcuts, that would apparently be too confusing.  Makes sense.

If you want to have some fun online, you can race with up to eleven other players (the same number of racers in the single-player mode), and of course, you can expect plenty of customization options for your rides. Oh, and don't forget about that awesome soundtrack; the heavy metal should be awfully fitting. If you’re not quite familiar with Techland, they gave us the solid shooter, Call of Juarez: Bound in Blood and actually, they’ll be using the same engine for the game in question here. nail’d will be ready to hit the dirt on October 12 for the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and PC. If you just couldn’t get enough of Pure last year, this one might need to be near the top of your priority list. Let’s just hope they get those physics right, ‘cuz a loose, unreliable control mechanic just ruins any racing game, you know?

8/12/2010 Ben Dutka

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Comments (14 posts)

Kangasfwa
Thursday, August 12, 2010 @ 9:56:50 PM
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Any word on split-screen? A game like this needs it.

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A2K78
Thursday, August 12, 2010 @ 10:36:36 PM
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As with Pure, this game is just another ATV:Offroad Fury clone hence why I have no interest in this game.

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bigrailer19
Thursday, August 12, 2010 @ 11:00:33 PM

Pure was nothing like Atv Offroad fury.

The offroad fury games as with Mx VS. ATV were more on the simulation and captured real motocross/supercross, on the more realistic side. Those games focused more on an actual track and rhythm where one bad corner could cost you the race, or where coming up short means hold on tight, cus your in for a ride. Where as pure and this game are obviously about the glamor of going to heights unheard of while doing tricks that are only possible in a game.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Friday, August 13, 2010 @ 12:05:46 AM

Don't tell him that. He knows everything.

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bigrailer19
Thursday, August 12, 2010 @ 11:00:26 PM
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I've been in the atv motocross industry for a long time. And when ATV offroad fury came out it was easily one of my fav. games to play because It had awlays been said an atv game wasn't realistic basically because of all the moving parts.

I guess what I'm getting at is as good and fun as PURE was, I like a good race where skill is involved, like when playing GT5 but on ATV's. I'm not asking for a full blown simulator, but ATV offroad fury 2 online was so good. Racing against 4-8 other people to see who could corner the best, and who was the most fluid through the deep rhythm sections, or who could time the doubles and triples the best! That is a perfect atv game to me! One that captures the true sport, and how awesome these machines are!

But I'll end up with this game cus it does look good, and I enjoyed pure! And it involves two of my fav. things... ATV's and games!

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fluffer nutter
Thursday, August 12, 2010 @ 11:40:06 PM

Pure was loads of fun. I will probably get this one, too.

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StangMan80
Friday, August 13, 2010 @ 12:10:57 AM
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I loved ATV off road fury, This looks nothing like it, until another game like that comes out I wont be playing an ATV/Motocross game.

Dirt 3 is all the off road dirt racing I will need until then it's GT5 and before GT5 collector's edition arrives at my front door it's Dirt 2.

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kraygen
Friday, August 13, 2010 @ 2:51:36 AM
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I'll wait for the full review before making up my mind.

I never realized so many people liked pure so much. I never played it, but it's already only $20 so maybe I'll look into picking it up.

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bigrailer19
Friday, August 13, 2010 @ 6:27:40 PM

U need to for that price. Its a very good racing game!

One of the better features is all the customization you have! Thats always a good feature, especially in an atv game, considering all the aftermarket manufacturers there are!

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main_event05
Friday, August 13, 2010 @ 2:55:08 AM
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Makes me miss freakstyle a bit

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totozero18
Sunday, August 15, 2010 @ 1:16:30 PM

Agreed

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___________
Friday, August 13, 2010 @ 3:59:44 AM
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anything off road racing is in my books!
for some reason ive never been able to get into motorstorm though, got the original with my launch ps3 and traded it in for the godfather, got pacific rift and did not like it much either.
though i have to admit apocalypse is looking really cool!

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fluffer nutter
Friday, August 13, 2010 @ 9:45:51 AM

I have a feeling you're going to want to get rid of MotorStorm: Apocalypse and trade it in for Sorcery. :p

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JackC8
Friday, August 13, 2010 @ 7:35:10 AM
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Looks like a blast. I'll have to keep my eye on it. Can't say I'm terribly excited about the direction Motorstorm has gone (even though I LOVED the last game), so maybe this will be a good replacement.

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