Ford Racing (series)

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This article is about the video game series. For the racing division, see Ford Racing.

Ford Racing is a racing video game series with titles released for PlayStation, PC and Xbox. There are currently four games in the series with the latest title, Ford Racing: Off Road, being released on July 29, 2008.

Video Games[edit]

Ford Racing[edit]

Ford Racing
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Developer(s) Toolbox Design (PlayStation) MotiveTime, Ltd. (PC) HME Inc. (Arcade)
Zonic Limited (Mac OS X)
Publisher(s) Empire Interactive (PlayStation) HME Inc. (Arcade)
Feral Interactive (Mac OS X)
Platform(s) PlayStation, PC, Macintosh, PlayStation Network, Arcade
Release date(s) PlayStation
  • NA March 6, 2001
PlayStation Network
  • NA May 20, 2009
Genre(s) Racing
Mode(s) Single player

Ford Racing, the first game in the Ford Racing series, was released on March 6, 2001 for the PlayStation, PC and the Arcade. The Mac OS X version of the game was released in October 2004 by Feral Interactive.[1] The PlayStation Network version of the game was released on May 20, 2009.

The game features 12 Ford cars from both the United States and Europe lines and 10 tracks on which the 12 cars can race. The game features a career mode with several different types of races and the ability to upgrade the cars with various upgrades.[2]

Available upgrades[edit]

During the championship season, you may upgrade your car with certain parts. During the first few seasons quite a few of these upgrades are not available to apply to the car. As you win more championships, more of these upgrades become available.

  • Soft Tires: These tires are softer than the normal tires. As such they grip the road better, but must be replaced after every race.
  • Qualifying Tires: These tires are even softer than the Soft Tires, but can only be used during qualifying and must be replaced after every race.
  • Aero Upgrade: This upgrade allows you to adjust the front and rear downforce of your car, producing different handling aspects. With the GT-90, the acceleration is so high that the downforce can be set to its highest levels without substantially affecting speed on the track.
  • Suspension Upgrade: This allows you to adjust certain parameters of your suspension.
  • Transmission Upgrade: This allows you to adjust your gear ratios. on cars with high redlines and high top speeds, such as the mustang and GT-90, the gear ratios can be set to the fastest acceleration ratios without affecting top speed substantially.
  • Braking Upgrade: This allows you to adjust the balance between front and rear braking force.
  • Tuned Engine: This engine has more horse power than the stock engine.
  • Racing Engine: This engine has even more power than the Tuned Engine. The Tuned Engine must be purchased first.
  • Qualifying Engine: This engine has even more power than the Racing Engine, but can only be used during qualifying and must be rebuilt after every race. The Racing Engine must be purchased first.
  • Weight Reduction Stage 1: Reduces the weight of the car.
  • Weight Reduction Stage 2: Further reduces the weight. Stage 1 must be purchased first.

Reception[edit]

Reception
Review scores
Publication Score
PlayStation Magazine 1/10[3]

The game was poorly received, with The Official PlayStation Magazine asking why it was released.

Ford Racing 2[edit]

Main article: Ford Racing 2

Ford Racing 2 is the second game in the Ford Racing series and was released on October 28, 2003 for the PlayStation 2, PC and Xbox. It was released for the Mac OS X in October 2004 by Feral Interactive. The sequel includes 30 Ford cars, 16 racing tracks, the ability to race head-to-head, over 30 challenges and other features.[4]

Ford Racing 3[edit]

Main article: Ford Racing 3

Ford Racing 3 was released in late 2004, 2005, and 2006, and published for the PC, Xbox, PlayStation 2, Nintendo DS and Game Boy Advance. Ford Racing 3 includes 55 different types of Ford vehicles that are available to race. The game also features 26 different tracks.[5] To date, it is the most infamous game in the Ford Racing series. The game features the two first cars made, the 1925 Ford Model T, and the 1931 Ford Model A.

Ford Racing: Full Blown[edit]

Ford Racing: Full Blown was released in the arcades in 2006 and published by Sega and the game with same cars, music and tracks from Ford Racing 3.

Ford Racing: Off Road[edit]

Ford Racing: Off Road
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Developer(s) Razorworks
Publisher(s) Empire Interactive
Series Ford Racing
Platform(s) PlayStation 2, PlayStation Portable, Wii, Windows
Release date(s) Windows
  • NA September 23, 2008
  • PAL May 17, 2008
PlayStation 2
  • NA September 23, 2008
  • PAL March 20, 2008
PlayStation Portable
  • NA September 23, 2008
  • EU March 20, 2008
Wii
  • NA September 1, 2008
  • PAL August 15, 2008
Genre(s) Racing
Mode(s) Single-player
Multiplayer

Ford Racing: Off Road is the fourth and most recent game in the Ford Racing series, was released on September 23, 2008 for the PlayStation 2, Windows XP, PlayStation Portable and Wii. Off Road was developed by Razorworks and published by Empire Interactive. The game features 18 officially licensed Land Rover and Ford vehicles, 24 detailed tracks and 3 different off road environments (desert, water, and ice).The games also features real-time on-the-go vehicle damage repair and wireless (WLAN) multi-player.[6]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Feral Interactive: Ford Racing 2". 
  2. ^ "Ford Racing - Amazon.com". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2009-06-22. 
  3. ^ Ford Racing game review, Official UK PlayStation Magazine, Future Publishing issue 71
  4. ^ "Ford Racing 2 - Amazon.com". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2009-06-22. 
  5. ^ "Ford Racing 3 - Amazon.com". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2009-06-22. 
  6. ^ "Ford Racing: Off Road - Amazon.com". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2009-06-22. 

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