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In an alternate present, vast swathes of America have become no-go areas as the devastating effects of global warming ravage the continent. Floods, storms, bush-fires, tornadoes and hurricanes have driven people from towns and cities into safe zones as extreme weather wreaks havoc, creating thousands of square miles of dangerous uninhabitable areas. People turn to renewable energy in the face of the destruction caused by global warming. But these danger zones become a playground for a new breed of racer. With a stockpile of fuel to be burned, adrenaline junkies head into the wilderness to compete against each other in spectacular races against themselves and the elements.
World’s largest racing environment created from satellite data with over 14,000 square km of seamlessly streaming game world to race and explore
Go where you want in a range of multi-terrain vehicles
100,000 miles of tracks, paths and trails
Face the challenge of s dynamic weather system, delivering tornadoes, sandstorms, rain, snow and blizzards
24 hour day / night cycle compliments these elements to bring the FUEL world to life
Challenge this ravaged landscape by conquering over 70 main career events, including: Time Trail A2B, Checkpoint Attack, Circuit Races, Raid, and Knock Out. Or really challenge yourself with the Long Raid – the ultimate challenge in hardcore mode, these races range from 40 minutes to 4 hours!
FUEL's unique gameworld is powered by real world satellite data, extensive research and a proprietary engine that’s benefited from 4 years development. The subsequent experience combines natural feeling tracks with a huge number of challenges that take in spectacular moments like drops, jumps and roads on the very edge of cliffs. It’s size is unprecedented – 14,000 square km's, 100,000 miles of road, tracks and trails and a 40 km draw distance.
Fuel - reviewbalbo79 | Nov. 3, 2013 | See all balbo79's reviews »
The game has attracted a lot of attention to an interesting mixture between a plant sand box, similar in many ways to that seen in Test Drive Unlimited, with mechanical classical games of this genre. The driving model is simply basic, means differ from each other only the basic features such as speed, grip, acceleration, and for their greater or lesser aptitude to drive on dirt and paved road. The huge map is structured in different fields, from which you can start to wander around in search of the races, challenges and a number of bonus items scattered in dozens around. There's really not much to do in addition to the races, the extension of the map is really badly exploited, long races several minutes then do not invite too much to even look for shortcuts and ways different from that shown by the GPS, because try some deviation means almost always lose the position.
Fantastic gameKevduit | Nov. 2, 2013 | See all Kevduit's reviews »
This game has the largest video game map known to video game kind so far. The map seems almost endless, and is fully detailed in high Definition Goodness. The races in this game were pretty action packed, and would make you want to continue racing over and over again. I found myself more in the free roam aspect of the game more than anything, and loved exploring the massive open world. If you love free roaming an open world, or intense races with multiple off road vehicles, this is your kind of game.
Cheap but CheerfulNarsuaq | Oct. 30, 2013 | See all Narsuaq's reviews »
Fuel takes place in an immense open world which has an area of 14,000KM². That's pretty impressive. In the world you can ride on your motorbike across the vast deserts of RedRock Bluffs, joy-ride in a muscle car on the highway to Dustbowl City, or keep warm in your trusty yet very powerful school bus in the harsh cold of Pinwheels Ridge. Fuel does offer a really good experience despite its very cheap feel and sub-par racing. That being said, it certainly is addictive enough to play through to the very end. And if racing wasn't enough there's plenty of collectables to find in the form of Vista Points and Vehicle Liveries which you can unlock. Give it a try!
MASSIVE!PLAYS | Oct. 26, 2013 | See all PLAYS's reviews »
the game world is huge. i think it is a very good racing game but i like to go into free ride and just drive around when i am listening to my podcasts or audio books. the does use GFWL which is never fun but seeing as Microsoft is killing that DRM next year i think this will be all the better for it. the "gameplay" is ok to good tbh but enjoyable.. enjoyably difficult and frustrating. those games where you really need to stay focused, yes this is one of them. runs great, and looks great playing on PC but like i said the size of the world map is MASSIVE! if you live in the US 14,000 sq km is the size of Connecticut.
A vast but shallow experienceVidiz | Sept. 22, 2013 | See all Vidiz's reviews »
The main selling point of FUEL is it's game world, a truly huge place that is two or three hours from corner to corner. However while it has several distinct regions such as salt flats, desert, a huge canyon and more, within the regions there is a significant lack of variety with lots of repeated textures and models, and generally only one memorable landmark per region.
Traversing these zones is not much fun either. The arcade physics aren't the worst you will ever come across but vehicles lack weight and for the most part they all feel and handle very similar. Also whether you're free roaming or racing you'll spend virtually your entire time in FUEL holding down the accelerator, you rarely need to brake and cause the game world is so vast your hands and fingers will likely ache from holding down the buttons or triggers for so long.
So what about the racing? Well, FUEL has a severe case of rubber banding. What this means is that the AI will always catch up to you during the race, even if that means the AI accelerating to impossible speeds. This makes racing frustrating, and your skill means very little. The races which involve the extreme weather conditions are fun, but there are only a handful of them in the game and you do not see tornadoes or sandstorms in free roam.
FUEL was a game with potential but in the end it fell short in almost all areas, there are community made patches will improve the game but overall it's a fairly shallow experience with it's only memorable feature being it's vast world, which can be fun to blast around in now and then.