The Good Parts (4 out of 5)
Fuel’s massive world is as big as they come in a virtual racing game, which makes getting lost easier than you might think. In Fuel for PS3, you can wander around looking for races to provide you with the entertainment you’re looking for or try one of the career races and the bonus challenges associated with each area of the map. Winning provides you with more fuel to buy additional rides and unlock new camps with additional career routes and associated bonus races. The design works beautifully to make the career modes extremely engaging and entertaining racing-fun.
The Bad Parts (4 out of 5)
Fuel for PS3 is another great racing game from Codemasters, but it lacks the context that makes a video game like Grid a slightly better driving experience. Driving around the map in Fuel for PS3, looking for challenges is fun and challenging, but you can often wander for many minutes without finding anybody to race because the environment is so big and open.
Fuel for PS3 is an extremely difficult and challenging experience that requires you to come in first to progress to the next race. This requirement definitely makes it difficult to experiment with new routes and take risks during a race, since heading off route can put you behind a few positions. Eventually, you’ll be able to find a few new routes, if you’re a great racer, but this game isn’t for the casual racer.
The Game Graphics (4 out of 5)
The open environments included with Fuel for PS3 look amazing, with detailed vehicles, beautiful visual effects, and varied terrain types that keep you visually engaged with the environments. The vehicle animations were smooth and fast and there were no frame rate problems or slow downs of any kind during the races. Overall, the graphics in Fuel for PS3 are really great, and any racing game lover will appreciate all of the detail and attention that went into creating them.
Sounds in Fuel for PS3 (2 out of 5)
The sound track included with Fuel for PS3 is below average, and most times I found myself wishing it would disappear. The included songs in this racing game didn’t have any audible personality and they didn’t add any energy to the races in the otherwise compelling environments. The sound effects were a little better in Fuel for PS3, the engine sounds were under powered, but the other sounds of off road racing were accurate and immersive.
Replay Ability for Fuel for PS3 (5 out of 5)
Fuel for PS3 is an extremely re-playable racing game because the design encourages you to win so you can purchase lots of different vehicles, and try them all and to find the right fit for your driving style and the layout of the cross country courses. The design of Fuel for PS3 rewards replaying, so you’ll be coming back to race, again and again.
The Free Ride mode in Fuel for PS3 allows you to just wander around the different camps included in the game and switch in and out of this mode whenever you want to. Each camp has its own career races and bonus challenges that are extremely challenging and fun to play.
The on line mode of Fuel for PS3 had the same sense of freedom as the single player experience, but meeting and racing an opponent wasn’t as easy or seamless as in Burnout Paradise or Test Drive Unlimited. In addition, the on line experience feels disjointed due to the long load times after you crash and when switching between free ride and career modes.
The Last Word on Fuel for PS3 (4 out of 5)
Fuel for PS3 was satisfying, engaging, and extremely challenging racing-fun that will keep the veteran gamer coming back for more, but will probably frustrate the casual virtual racer because of its over the top difficulty. Fuel is a virtual racing experience that doesn’t instill the sense of freedom the developers were aiming for, but Fuel can still hold its own against the best in the genre.