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  • Summary: Get fuelled up and prepare to race and explore the world's largest ever racing environment - over 5,000 square miles of spectacular wilderness. Set to revolutionise multi-terrain, multi-vehicle racing, FUEL is a fiercely competitive game without boundaries. On and off-road, two and four-wheeled vehicles race a massively diverse environment, from scaling the highest snow-capped mountain to racing the deepest arid canyon. In a fictional present, vast swathes of the United States have been ravaged by the extreme effects of accelerated global warming: tornados, brush fires, hurricanes and tsunamis have driven people from their homes leaving huge areas of America abandoned. Now these dangerous areas have created the perfect playground for a new breed of adrenaline junkies who set out to conquer each other, and Mother Nature, in closely fought races. There are over 70 different vehicles with which to take on any challenge that FUEL’s stunning environment throws at you. On-road and off-road bikes, cars, quads, trucks, buggies and dragsters take dangerous short-cuts, perform death-defying jumps and tear through spectacular cross-over points. FUEL's landscape is powered by cutting-edge technology and, using satellite data, features some of the most exciting and inspiring areas of America - including the Grand Canyon, Yosemite National Park, Mount Rainier and much more. In FUEL, if you can see it, you can drive to it, taking any route - on or off-road - that you want. With a draw distance of 40KM, 100,000 miles of roads, tracks and trails and hundreds of race events FUEL’s epic world demands to be explored. [Codmasters] Collapse
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 45
  2. Negative: 4 out of 45
  1. You want Bikes, ATVs, Muscle Cars, SUVs, Buggies, Trucks…they’re all in here, along with every conceivable type of race set across thousands of miles of populated ultra-realistic topography, complete with dynamic weather. And it all looks and plays spectacularly. Unless you’re looking for an authentic hard core sim, there’s no reason you shouldn’t leave right now, and even if you are, a little FUEL might just change your mind.
  2. Some gamers may appreciate the freedom Fuel gives you, but I feel like the lack of payoff and context blunts any adventurous feelings I have. [July 2009, p.84]
  3. The first open-world FUELled outing however will certainly be worth trying out for those that look to master every racing game, for other gamers, there's certain enjoyment to be had here, though it's not all adrenaline-fuelled, perhaps taking a test drive before purchasing would prove a wise decision.
  4. Only frantic devotees of racing games/loading screens could justify this over the competition. [July 2009, p.115]
  5. Everything else about the game is completely lackluster, and even driving around the open map, the high point of the game, gets tedious after a while.
  6. Fuel had the makings of a great game but just falls over too many hurdles. It is fun in free mode but that isn't enough to nearly warrant a purchase.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 19
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 19
  3. Negative: 5 out of 19
  1. ChrisD
    Jun 9, 2009
    8/10 -- I too was disappointed to find the controller couldn't be configured to match my GRID setup, (reminded me of Speed Devils from my Dreamcast days) and I'm still not sure if there's such a thing as mixed class racing (I saw none online or in single player). Outside of that, I'm impressed with the scope and think it has good potential. It's funny that people would trash this game as mediocre though, when this generation has produced pure lamefests like PGR3. Expand
  2. legendKid
    Jun 22, 2009
    I love this game i brought it three days ago, and i love the free ride and the races. People may cry "its just boring waste land" well yeah but i have pulled off some serious freeking jumps free ride. Dont be arses and definitely don't underestimate this game, cause i rock at this game b*tches. Expand
  3. Feb 18, 2011
    Honestly I sold this game back to the store before buying it again,starting from a different perspective and now loving every minute of playing.See I was comparing it to Code masters other titles like Dirt and Grid and I wasn't satisfied.If you play it for what it is then you will find that nothing and no game is like it.It is mentioned in 3 guinness world records,gamers edition and now I see why.Up to this review I have put in around 90 hours into this game and it's great.I am knocking 5 points off because of the amount of time it was in production and it still has small problems,but all in all another amazing title by Code masters!!95% Expand
  4. MarkS
    Jun 4, 2009
    Ignore the reviewers who don't have any skill, or couldn't be bothered to put any real time into this game (I'm looking at you IGN). This game is far better than they would have you believe. This game is flawed, but still manages to be a lot of fun. Give it a shot. Expand
  5. PeterG
    Jun 9, 2009
    It amuses me that such low scores were given to this game by the larger websites and kind of goes to prove reviewers don't always put enough time into things before passing judgement. Fuel is an excellent game, with very minor flaws. Plenty to do and plenty to see. Expand
  6. MarcusL
    Jan 24, 2010
    Codemasters have been very successful with their Colin McRae Rally series, and ever since his tragic passing in 2007, we have seen some new additions to Codemasters's garage such as Grid and Fuel. Fuel is a post-apocalyptic sandbox racing game with the biggest environment in any game, with 5,000 square miles of land to do whatever you want. But, it isn't all available for you straight away. You start off in one area of the map (which considering it's only about one twelfth of the map, it's still very huge) and have to complete races in order to collect stars which unlocks extra areas. The races, are very Midnight Club, with the fact that it's all checkpoint based, and you can take your own route, as long as you hit the checkpoints. However, the AI can be very aggressive at the start of a race, on ANY difficulty. Also, the 5,000 square mile landscape, isn't the best thing to look at. Sure, it's post-apocalyptic, but maybe we could have some worn down cities, like in Fallout 3? The multiplayer is pretty limited too, with only standard races, or online free ride, allowing you to go around the 5,000 square mile landscape with 7 other people. However, at the time I played, there was nobody on online free ride. Overall, if you really enjoy Midnight Club and Burnout Paradise, but want more of an area to cruise around, this is the game for you. But, if you get bored very easily, I'd recommend you avoid this at all costs. Expand
  7. Andyman
    Jun 3, 2009
    In 2009, to omit controller configuration options is completely inexcusable. I'm very sure I'm not the only gamer on the planet who's unable to use the triggers for gas/brake. Unbelievably lazy game design. Thanks for making the game impossible for me to play, guys. Expand

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