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Gravel Free Download GAMESPACK.NET Arcade racing games have been few and far between during this console generation, which makes Gravel’s straightforward approach feel almost like a throwback. On its surface, Milestone’s latest appears to toe the line between being an authentic simulation of off-road racing, and a rough-and-tumble arcade experience. There are myriad driver assists that let you tune the difficulty to your liking, and the option to tweak each vehicle’s ride height, differentials, and so on, gives you some degree of performance-based customisation. Yet the effect these options have on Gravel’s driving model are negligible at best. This is an unpretentious arcade racer that’s incredibly easy to pick up and play, but this simplicity also contributes to a lack of heart-pounding excitement. Gravel’s single player career mode, dubbed “Off-road masters”, has you globetrotting between events that mix up different race types and disciplines, with each one loosely connected by the concept of a Gravel TV show. There’s not much of substance to this structure beyond the inclusion of an unenthusiastic commentator imparting a few tired lines before and after every race. TOP/BEST ADULT VIDEO GAMES IN UNITED STATES OF AMERICA (USA)

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And a few quasi boss fights that bookend each block of episodes. The latter do at least come locked and loaded with some corny FMV introductions, where fictional racing drivers strike poses in what can only be described as a flaming hellscape. For as amusing as I often found these brief interludes, the mano-e-mano races that follow suffer from the same prevalent problem Gravel does as a whole: they’re just kind of boring. That’s not to say Gravel’s driving model is especially flawed. There’s an inherent burst of dopamine that comes from careening around a corner with your car sideways, and the breakneck sense of speed that’s achieved when hurtling through the verdurous forests of Alaska is certainly thrilling. But moments like this are disappointingly fleeting. You’ll drive on tracks in thunderstorms and in blizzards, and on tarmac, dirt, mud, and grass; yet with the exception of some tyre-spinning snow, there isn’t a discernible difference in feel between these contrasting road surfaces. The same can be said of Gravel’s vehicles, too, with a handling model that feels loose and floaty across the board, offering no clear distinction from vehicle to vehicle; while the physics engine is consistently bizarre. I encountered numerous instances where a stray bush was enough to send my car soaring through the air in a vomit-inducing spin.

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A slight nudge from a rival driver is often all it takes to halt your vehicle’s momentum. All of this speaks to a lack of depth to Gravel’s off-road racing. This wouldn’t be an issue on its own, but the simplicity of its action craves an exciting assortment of tracks to really coalesce its various systems into something approaching an engaging racing game, and Gravel falls short of the mark. There are outliers, of course: the point-to-point cross country races through Alaska and the sun-drenched beaches of Namibia are highlights due to their white-knuckle nature and environmental variety. However, the rest fail to get the blood pumping with any sort of regularity. There are a few real world Rallycross tracks, but most of the courses on offer are fictional, and it’s a shame they’re not more imaginative. The majority of the time I felt like I was simply going through the motions, even after bumping the difficulty up to hard for a more substantial challenge. And this feeling is only exacerbated by the limited number of environments on offer, with multiple tracks taking place in the same locations. Meanwhile, multiplayer options are confined to creating your own lobby to invite friends. RAILGRADE Switch NSP

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Or jumping into a quick match in the hopes of finding others to race against–but this is easier said than done. After numerous attempts I’ve only managed to find a solitary match, which was populated with three other people (the rest of the grid was made up of AI drivers). Other than this I’ve had no luck finding another race, even a week after launch. Visually, weather and lighting effects are occasionally impressive, but otherwise Gravel’s tracks mostly look flat, and a short draw distance leads to shadows and foliage frequently popping into view. There’s also a lack of detail to each vehicle’s body, and a smoothness to each one that gives the illusion they’re coated in a sheen of vaseline. They look more like toy cars than the high-powered mud-churners they should be. In my mind’s eye, Gravel’s bland visuals contribute to a game that doesn’t look too dissimilar from the seven year old titles it most closely resembles. There’s something appreciable about its no-nonsense style, and there’s definitely some intermittent fun to be had with its arcade style racing. But it doesn’t do anything that its contemporaries haven’t done better before, and it fails to stand out as an enjoyable alternative, which is unfortunately reflected by its barren multiplayer component.

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Like the fireworks that occasionally ignite throughout select races, Gravel’s attempts at excitement don’t quite dazzle. With Gravel, there’s a real feeling of a team set loose from the strictures of licensed game development and freed to tackle the off-road racer of their dreams. Italian studio Milestone has been developing racing games for over 20 years, but it’s spent much of the last decade building games around the FIA World Rally Championship or star drivers like Sébastian Loeb. The odd thing is, though, that the off-road racer of its dreams appears to be the one that everyone else was knocking out circa 2012. We’re talking fantasy tracks, make-believe physics and fireworks as you burst over jumps. We’re talking an old-school career mode punctuated by one-on-one boss races, with a side order of chunky racing trucks. We’re talking tough-looking rivals with video intros, a bizarre commentary and a deeply dodgy hard-rocking soundtrack. Bar the visuals, Gravel feels like a homage to the Ken Block and Travis Pastrana era of Codemasters’ DiRT franchise, and (frankly) the visuals aren’t that big a departure. In a market dominated by more serious sim-style racers. GOD OF WAR 3 PC

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however, this isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Gravel’s simple, straightforward style has its own appeal. The game’s heart is its Off-Road Masters career mode, where you join a fictional televised off-road racing league, based around five cross-country and track-based disciplines mixed up with five different styles of racing. Each part of the season covers three different series of events culminating in a trio of head-to-head races against a master. Get through the Stadium Circuit, Wild Rush, Speed Cross and Cross Country masters, and you can tackle the bestest, baddest off-road racer of them all. The majority of these events will be straight-up lap and checkpoint races, but Gravel finds time to slip in a few other styles, even if none are exactly original. Time Attack is pretty much what you’d expect, while Elimination is the old chestnut where the racer in last place when the countdown finishes is eliminated until only one is left. Smash Up is the weirdest, pushing you to drive straight through one of three or four barriers, depending on whether it’s marked with a green arrow or a red cross. As the displays roll over like a fruit machine until you’re on your final approach.

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The point appears to be to keep you on your toes. There’s some variety in the tracks as well, with a selection of mud-filled monster truck arenas and rain-slicked tarmac tracks balanced by excursions through the wilds of Alaskas, the deserts, shores and canyons of Namibia and some entertaining alpine and coastal courses. All of the 16 tracks have several variations, while night events and hostile weather make even those tracks that grow familiar seem strange and risky once again. In fact, the weather effects are some of the best things about Gravel, wrecking your visibility, transforming the handling and adding a thrilling sense of danger to the racing. Curiously, the career runs on two different currencies. On the one hand, you unlock events by scoring stars in previous events, and while you might expect these to be dished out for getting podium finishes, they’re actually rewards for meeting a specific objective, sometimes coming first or third but also simply finishing the race. On top of this, you level up to collect new motors and new liveries, collecting experience points for stylish racing with lots of drifting, jumping and driving at ludicrous speeds.

To be honest, you won’t win any races without doing the latter stuff anyway, but at least the game encourages you to race like a maniac rather than play things safe. As for the cars, Gravel doesn’t score high for quantity, but the cars it does pack in are fun to drive, with seasoned off-road favourites like the Mitsubishi Lancer, Subraru Impreza and Ford Focus RS matched by vintage classics – the Fiat 124 Albarth Rally, the 1993 Toyota Celica, the Lancia Delta – and a mix of quirky hatchbacks, SUVs and 4×4 beasts. It has to be said that these aren’t the most detailed recreations you’ve ever seen while the interiors shown in the cockpit view would struggle to be any more generic. All the same, the car list has character. Now, however, things are going to get nasty. Visually, Gravel is a bit of an oddball. Some of the scenery and lighting is nice enough, with some gorgeous water and reflection effects, but the cars look cruder than in most modern racers. It’s all too clear where the Unreal 4.0 engine starts culling detail to keep the frame rate high, and high-res textures sometimes arrive late to the party, popping into place a few seconds after the object they’re theoretically attached to.

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Something weird is happening with blur effects as well. Sometimes the whole scene looks beautifully crisp and sharp, while at other times someone appears to have rubbed Vaseline on the lens, leaving your vehicle in soft focus, along with most everything else. The handling is okay, particularly if you dial down the usual steering assists, but the physics when vehicle hits vehicle or hard object can be bizarre, with strange flips, turns and sideways pushes a regular occurrence. The AI meanwhile, runs from dull and slow at the lower AI levels to mindlessly aggressive at the medium to high-end, though the aggression seems to be more about holding the racing line at all costs than actively gunning for your bumpers. In some ways Gravel feels unpolished or under-resourced. For instance, finish one event and you’re never taken to the next logical event, but back to the main Off-Road Masters menu with a completely different, irrelevant event in the centre of the screen. Still, that’s far from the oddest thing about Milestone’s latest. The pre and post-race commentary is the stuff of Internet meme legend; repeated ad-nauseum, badly written and delivered with both have-a-go enthusiasm and, simultaneously.Cardfight!! Vanguard Dear Days

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