FUEL

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Description

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.


Key Features:

  • 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.

Customer reviews

75

A flawed but ultimately fun game

Locke | June 17, 2014 | See all Locke's reviews »

As a racing game, FUEL is unpolished, the races repetitive, AI bad, etc. etc., you've heard it all before, I'm sure. As a sandbox, however, FUEL excels, and the racing portions manage to not be terrible enough to drive me off.

I do the career races and challenges when I get bored or want some fuel to buy new vehicles, or unlock those new vehicles, all the progression stuff, but the bulk of my time in this game is spent driving around the world from point to point and seeing what I can find. Finding the trucks to unlock the positions of collectibles, and then grabbing those, provides some structure, but the pleasure comes from not always listening to the directions of the GPS. The game is at its best when you fly down a mountain or sail across an open plain. Dense forests are less fun though, and I wish they made more of them less dense, or had less of them in general, or at least let me plow through some of the trees instead of making so many closely-gathered death poles in large swathes of the map. Asset re-use is also going to be a problem when your game can fit in a DVD but has one of the largest maps in a game of all time, but paying attention to your driving rather than the textures helps alleviate that somewhat.

The vehicles are deliciously different with plenty of unique challenges, though for exploration you'll pretty much only be able to use ones with a high off-road rating, which limits your options. However, for races and challenges you should be fed a steady variety of different vehicles. One of my favorite vehicles in this game for sheer ridiculosity (I swear that's a word) is an insane drag racer with a tendency to careen out of control at a moment's notice that's faster than anything else I've seen so far.

It should be noted that in light of the impending GFWL shutdown this game will become difficult to play. From what I've heard even singleplayer progress requires an internet connection to function correctly (probably due to the online free-roam architecture). Codemasters have stated they don't want to support the game because it is too old (ha) and it has been pulled from the Steam store, probably because of that. As far as GFWL goes, there is a third-party solution that uses some DLL's to do everything it would do and make sure the game works. Something to keep in mind for when the service goes down. On the positive side, the mod REFUELED is awesome and you should try it if you buy this.

In short, it's a decent, if imperfect, game, worth picking up cheap if you can grab it, don't expect any support from Codemasters in the future though.

73

Great extension, repetitive gameplay

johansdr | June 13, 2014 | See all johansdr's reviews »

The extension of this game is incredible, I can't even finish the map because is really big. But the problem is the gameplay, it becomes repetitive after a few plays and you get used of it.

I recommend you to buy it if you like racing in great extensions instead of racing - (shooter (as I like to call them like Blur)

The graphics are cool and the sound is memorable, but as I say it becomes repetitive.

72

It can be fun, but not always

AkiMatti | April 15, 2014 | See all AkiMatti's reviews »

The point is to race in different open environments with different vehicles against other racers. The fun part is pretty much the same as in Insane; you can choose your own way to the next waypoint. Big jumps are possible and the feeling of freedom is imminent.

The game is pretty hard, though, or I am just not good at it. Or it could be because of the rubber banding, too. Anyway, it takes away some of the freedom.

Once you've seen what Fuel has to offer, it is likely you won't often return to this game. There are other games that are much better than this. so...

70

Fuel - review

balbo79 | 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.

100

Fantastic game

Kevduit | 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.