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Posted January 14, 2013 by Mike Jones in Features
 
 

Nail’d: Bargain Or Bollocks?

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Games Fiends goes bargain hunting, to get some obscure or just plain forgotten games on the cheap, and see if they’re worth a few quid to kill some time.  First on the docket is Techland’s Nail’d, an off-road racer with ridiculous physics and mad tracks.

Originally released back in 2010, Nail’d came out and received pretty decent reviews, but was never considered as good as Pure, which came out a couple of years before it.  I managed to pick it up in a sale for the princely sum of £5, and can report that it’s mad, absurd and great fun.

Nail’d is an off-road racer which sees you take control of either an ATV or a bike across 14 different tracks, with races and stunt runs to participate in, and sees you drive over and through the bodies of planes, avoiding oncoming trains, weaving through dense forests and charging over crazy jumps and falls.

The vehicles handle well, allowing you to dodge and weave through obstacles quite quickly, perhaps too quickly at times, seeing you dodge one obstacle only to go crashing straight into another.  And you WILL crash on this game.  A lot.  Luckily, so does the AI, so you’re not really cheated in that regard.  You might only lose a second or two, which can easily and quickly be made back up, especially if you have some boost available.

The variety of environments is nice, with all sorts of details and landmarks dotting the place.  As you’d expect from a high adrenaline game such as this, the soundtrack is suitably heavy metal and rock-based, and fits in well, although it does seem to blend in together.  Also, when you’re steering on dirt tracks, it can sound more like a shovel moving pebbles around than a big ATV drifting around the dirt, but it’s a minor complaint.

As well as the tournament mode, which should keep you occupied for a good few hours, you can set up time trials and custom tournaments to face off against the AI.  There’s also online multiplayer, but at this stage, no one’s actually playing the game online.  So unless you can find some friends with copies of the game and get them to play it, you won’t be taking this online.

Nail’d might not be quite as Pure, but it’s a heck of a lot of fun.  The physics are silly, and even when you’re crashing a lot, you’re still determined to carry on.  There’s a couple of weird glitches, like sometimes you can boost up a ramp and your vehicles will head straight up into the sky and you’ll be forced to respawn, but it’s more fun than games costing a lot more, and is well worth a shot if you can find a cheap copy.

Price Paid – £5
Bargain Or Bollocks? – Bargain

 


Mike Jones

 
Mike first started writing about video games at the age of 10 when he wrote a Sonic Chaos review for his school newspaper, and hasn't looked back since. Favourite game genres include MMOs, racing games and puzzlers, but he'll try most things once.