Ostensibly, Nail'd combines the fast-paced off-roading thrills of Black Rock's excellent Pure with the expansive environments of Codemasters' underrated FUEL, but after you've finished your first race, another game immediately springs to mind: Mario Kart Wii.
There are two reasons for this. Firstly, the handling model makes Pure look like Gran Turismo, with both MTX bike and ATV quad able to make the sharpest turns even at full speed. It's like racing as Toad with unlimited mushrooms; if you fail to make a turn it's only because you were either going so fast you didn't see it coming, or you were too busy watching your rivals disappear behind you to notice your finger was glued to the button activating your speed boost.
Secondly, like Nintendo's game, it's incredibly keen to top up your turbos. Pass through a fiery gate or a ring and your boost meter refills. Land a jump on all four wheels (or two, if you're biking it) and you get a boosty bonus. You'll more often pull off a wheelie by happy accident than design, but you'll be rewarded with yet more boost for doing so. Smashed an opponent off a cliff? More boost. Spent a few seconds not boosting? "Oh hello sir, I notice your boost meter is empty – let me refill that for you."
Splatterhouse, Nail'd, Blood Stone, TRON: Evolution and The Force Unleashed II.
Woah. It's hard to believe that it's been almost five months since we posted Face-Off Round 27, the most recent of our multi-game comparison features. Here, in an effort to make up for the deficit, is a compilation of the most interesting games to come our way, with the promise of further roundup coverage next month.
While none of the releases covered in this feature are absolute must-buys, it's equally fair to say that each and every one of them has its own unique charms, and in a market where games just a couple of months old are savagely discounted, even a Eurogamer 6/10 rated title can provide plenty of value when the price is right.
Here's a quick rundown of the titles we're covering this time:
Deep Silver has announced global release dates for PC, PS3 and Xbox 360 racer Nail'd.
The game will launch in the US and Germany on 30th November. A few more European territories will get it in January, while here in the UK we'll have to wait until 4th February.
Nail'd is said to feature arcade racing which is "bigger, faster, higher, and longer than any game has ever gone before!" Expect spectacular tracks inspired by locations like Yosemite and the Andes, "Straight from Mother Nature's OMG collection."
Nothing is ever quite extreme enough for game developers. Confronted with snowboarding - the act of strapping yourself to a small piece of wood and flinging yourself down a mountain - they add extraordinary obstacle courses and balletic mid-air stunts. Tame old parkour? Bah. Running up vertical walls 500 feet away from a very hard pavement is dull - best put in an authoritarian police force to fight with while you're at it.