Ups and downs!
The game brings something so new to the table i had to try it. To make it easy I'll make a pros and cons list. PROS: HUGE MAP...you notice it too, free roam whenever you want in any vehicle, There are lots of vehicles, good graphics, different types of races and challenges, there is a day and night cycle, and you can create your own race with way points. CONS: Although the Map is huge, there is nothing really spectacular, but I will give in a little since it's so huge. The races are only hard at the start because the vehicles take off so fast, but toward the end they slow down drastically, the handling on some vehicles is horrible, but not all, the races can get boring as you can only use a certain class or vehicle for career races, when the speedometer says 60mph take about 1/3 off of that and your really going about 40, the vehicles are not super fast, but nut too bad, and some look a bit cheesy, probably since it's set in a future I think? Overall the game can be fun, mainly with free rain and if you like race games I would say give it a try!
Not that great.
I really recommend motor storm and pacific rift. Very bad game slow vehicles cant choose you vehicle.
Fuel is a must have.
Ok, this game is like having multiple games in one and is a must have if you want to get dirty with 70+ vehicles over a huge expansive map. If you can see it you can drive to it and beyond it in this game. I have been playing for 4 days now and I havn't run into any invisible walls and I have clocked up over 9000 miles on and off road so far. You can drive around a area for hours on end and still not see everything within it. The size of the map is absolutely huge so, it may take you 3-5 days (within the game time not actual days) to get from one site to another. If you just want to get to a place, you can fast travel, but it takes away from the experience of exploring and taking in the sites like for instance, the grand canyon, salt flats, massive lakes and really high real-world mountains. All of which are scaled to the size and scope of the real thing. The online is fun because you can create any kind race you want anywhere on the map. You can also free roam online but you might as well do it offline because you won't see another soul unless you get lucky and someone is in the same location as you. You can always just enter an open online race if you want to connect with other Fuel players. So, my opinion is that this game is definitely worth adding to your collection because you get more than enough game for your money. A whole variety of ATV's, monster trucks, SUV's, muscle cars, etc., and a huge world to explore is all you need out of a good racing game and this one definitely delivers on that.
Truely Amazing Scale!
Fuel has a truely amazing scale map that you can ride for days on and not see the same thing twice! Trust me when I say this, if you are an amateur gamer you will not like this game because of the long scale map! Experienced players will find this game awesome though because experienced gamers will love to try and collect every little thing in the game! I don't believe that the creaters of the game would put a game out that you couldn't find everything. Its just that the map is such a huge scale that it would take an experienced gamer to sit and do all of them. The Vehicle customization on the game is a little brief. There's not much custom things you can do. The only things you can do are changing the design of the paint and changing the paint theme of the vehicle. But there is 75 vehicle to take for a spin. Some are about the same ride, but some are different in ways of look and speed. The online is deserted. If ya get online you might as well find a friend on your friend list and get online with them and play that way because if you plan on finding a friend on the map driving around! "GOOD LUCK!" The weather on the game is cool, but you don't get caught up in a tornado if ya run right in it, but hey thats cool though the graphics are spot on the mark. The only thing that I don't like on the game is that there is no offline 2 player mode. They needed that for the 2 player people out there! I guess they couldn't fit that in on there huge scale map! All in all though this is a great game to sit down and have fun with. And hey who doesn't like a long game with a challenge in front of them saying just try and find everything in the game! I know I like too! So there's a challenge! Just try it!
Too big, not exactly a good thing
I'll start off saying that this game is not what I expected it to be. I pre-ordered the game thinking it was going to be amazing, but it simply wasn't. Here's why: The map is simply too big. Sure you can drive around the map for hours on end, but is that /really/ what you want? There are helipads that you can "quick travel" to, but when you are out exploring, looking to collect the vista views, liveries, and such, it becomes more annoying than anything. Day and night seem to be on a 5-10 minute cycle, meaning the game will change the time of day twice before you really get anywhere. Multiplayer? What a joke. The map is so big, it's difficult to find anyone to cruise around with... even if you do find someone, they're probably about to go offline because they got bored. I assume that if you actually find someone to drive around with, it would be fun. The main thing that I do not like about this game is the fact that the controls can not be changed. Manual transmission can not be selected, and the crappy button choices that are set in the game cannot be changed. The weather isn't to be feared as the back cover suggests- tornadoes can be run into without penalty, or they'll move AWAY from YOU so that you don't hit them. Though the map is huge and the races are many, all the races feel the same. There are only a few different race types, they all get old really fast! I also agree with the reviewer that said the game lacks a goal. 100% completion? Sure... but that's what it is for every game. You can't even customize your vehicle save for the paint and "vinyls." I find this game hard to play simply because of these things. The good things about this game (but do not outweigh the bads) are the graphics, map size (if it was used correctly). If you are like me and have (not) played Grid or Motorstorm, I'd advise you not get this game. Sim fan? Ignore it. If you are however into this kind of game, eat your heart out- but don't try to convince your sim racing friend to get it.
This game rocks!
when i bought this game i thought it wouldn't be anything like what i got....its such a sick game you can do anything from going down a mountain at 80mph or going through a forest on fire to do climbing up a row of hills and getting to the highest spot in the game...the graphics are not that great when you are not using an HD tv but right now my HDTV is being replaced so i cant say my opinion on an HD tv....though i would highly recommend it....the variety of veichiles is sick you have a lot to choose from all different types of vechiles. this game is not really about speed its more about driving around all different terrain and basically free roaming...if your looking for a game to cruise on forever all day this is the game i would recommend a whole lot better than burnout paradise if you dont care about speed.
Fuel will keep you busy for a long long time
Fuel is a game I have been waiting for, and I have to admit, I did not expect it to be SO BIG even after I heard just how big it was. I do agree with one other reviewer about the lack of manual transmissions.... that is a little bit of a bummer. But overall I think the graphics are great, the challenges get pretty tough as you go through the game, and the amazing size of this game will blow you away. If you are looking for 100% realistic racing gaming, try Grid or some other simulator racing game, but if your looking for 100% fun, try this game out. The fact that there are no real "tracks", is great. You can stay on the "track" if you want, and in some of the races you must, but the majority of the races have gates or a start/finish point. Get there however you need to. Not all of the shortcuts are the best option though, which makes each race something new. The only other thing I wish was maybe different is that you must finish in 1st place to win the race, 2nd and 3rd's count for nothing. but honestly, that makes it harder, which makes you better. I do wish you could customize your vehicles a bit more than you can, but with over 5,000 square miles to dive into, you can't get everything you want. I myself would rather have the size than the customizable vehicles. If you like Pure or the MX/ATV games, Fuel is a great choice!
Not what I expected, but good
In my opinion, Fuel is the poster child for the arcade racer genre. After Dirt and Grid, I expected something more along the lines of simulation with Fuel. It's not a bad game by any means, just not what one might expect. My first upset was in the choice of transmissions; there is none, automatic only. Some of the vehicles seem to pick gears better than others, and often I find my automobile stuck in what seems like 6th gear trying to climb a 45 degree slope. My next qualm is the camera controls. While the right stick does a good job of panning, there is no lookback button, which for me is a big problem, and I will explain why. Fuel, like many games it seems these days, expects that all gamers have a 46" HD tv. I have a 26" standard tv, and without binoculars it is about impossible to read just about any text on the screen, be it menus or HUD. That said, in the upper right corner is a list of participating racers, their position, and some sort of distance measurement. I can read none of these, the only indication of position legible to me is by a red bar around the name. As far as car customization, the liveries and color choice is it. No tuning, no custom livery designer, nothing. My only other problem with the game is the lack of focus on goals. I like to feel as if there is something to accomplish, some set goal to achieve. In games like Gran Turismo, Forza, Grid, and Dirt, there are concrete goals to achieve; climb the ladder to racing the supercars, achieve a ranking among the worlds top drivers, complete all the European races. In Fuel, I have trouble finding motivation. You win a few races, you get to do some more in another area. But the whole map is open from day one, so if you want to go here or there, you can. You can buy cars with the Fuel you earn from racing, but you can find that in the wilderness just from roaming if you want. I just have a hard time with why we are racing in this game. Those, in my opinion, are the downfalls. Now, when I first started playing, I was quickly bored with the surroundings; everything looked the same for miles. Then I looked at the map, and was astounded. I am glad I gave this game a chance past the first few hours because the area your have to race/roam is ridiculous. Again, on my "standard" television it can be difficult to understand some of the items on the map, but after awhile, I begun to understand the symbols associated with certain things. Also, as far as the choice of vehicles go, there is a wide variety and, while feeling arcady, each vehicle has its own distinct charictaristics and feel. Bikes with more grip are frustrating difficult to slide, and cars designed for offroad racing are nearly impossible to drive on asphalt. The extra challenges are also excellent, providing a more varied feel. Chase a helicoptor, or get from point a to b however you want. These breakup the monotony of 'beat these other guys here for no apparent reason'. I must also say the the vehicle crashes are awesome. Not so much your own, since the game fades to a load screen when you reck, but running other racers into rocks or abandoned vehicles is exhilerating. All said and done, I would not recommend this game to a sim racer fan. The lack of customization, tuning, and focus is a bummer. However, if you just want to have fun and race around in outrageous vehicles, this might be the game for you.
Fuel is great
First off, let me say that I'm not usually a huge fan of the racing genre. I find most very monotonous and tedious. Fuel completely turns my opinion around. With a huge world of 5000 sq. miles, you will NEVER run out of places to explore which is really the beauty of this game. You have a choice to free roam, or find races scattered about the world. Either way it's a near seamless transition from exploring to intense racing. Graphics are incredible, which is a major factor considering how large and unique the world is. Controls are like any other racing game, it doesn't do anything new, but it keeps it solid. One thing that I enjoyed was the night/ day cycle. It truly adds another dimension to an already very solid game. All in all, fuel is one of the best racers on the next gen systems to date. If you are a fan of the MX vs. ATV franchise you MUST get this game.
No boundarys...im listening.
One of the biggest pitfalls of games such as motorstorm is that the track area is limited to the developers. This game seems to allow the player to determine the track on how they wish to traverse. Bravo i say. I own DiRT for 360 and i own GRID for ps3 and i have to say this might be the best hybrid of the two ive seen.