Ford Mustang: The Legend Lives

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Ford Mustang: The Legend Lives
Ford Mustang game cover.jpg
Developer(s)Eutechnyx
Publisher(s)2K Games
Producer(s)Brian Etheridge[1][2]
Designer(s)Kev Shaw[1][2]
SeriesFord Racing
Platform(s)PlayStation 2
Xbox
Release
  • NA: April 19, 2005
Genre(s)Racing
Mode(s)Single player
Multiplayer

Ford Mustang: The Legend Lives is a racing video game developed by Eutechnyx and published by 2K Games for the PlayStation 2 (PS2) and Xbox.[3][4] It is part of the Ford Racing series, following Ford Racing 3.[5][6] The game was released in the United States on April 19, 2005,[3][4] and received mixed reviews. This is the first Ford Racing game to not be released on PC.

Gameplay[edit]

The game features 40 playable Ford Mustang vehicles, including production, concept, and racing models, ranging from 1964 to 2005. The game includes 22 race tracks set across seven U.S. cities,[3][4] including Chicago, Miami, New York City, and San Francisco.[5]

The game has three single-player modes: Career, Arcade, and Challenge.[3][4] In Career mode, the player creates a custom Ford Mustang with which to race against others. For winning races, the player receives money that can be used to upgrade parts of the vehicle. Arcade mode features various races, most of which are time challenges. In Challenge mode, the player competes against other drivers in various racing events, which include time challenges, and driving through gates without crashing while rival drivers attempt to disrupt the player's goal.[7] The game also features several two-player modes.[3][4]

Reception[edit]

Reception
Review scores
PublicationScore
PS2Xbox
GameSpot4.4/10[10]
GameZone7.5/10[7]
OXM (UK)7/10[6]
TeamXbox7/10[5]
Detroit Free Press2/4 stars[11]
Gameplanet2/5[12]
The Sydney Morning Herald2/5 stars[13]2/5 stars[13]
Xbox World Australia35/100[14]
Aggregate score
Metacritic58/100[8]55/100[9]

On Metacritic, the PS2 version holds a score of 58, while the Xbox version has a score of 55, both indicating "Mixed or average reviews."[8][9]

Gord Goble of GameSpot reviewed the PS2 version and criticized its controls, graphics, and Career mode.[10] Official Xbox Magazine considered the game to be a "decent, well-crafted racer" and wrote that its subject matter might have limited appeal.[6] Graham Darko of Xbox World Australia believed that the game would only appeal to Mustang fans, and noted that there were better games available which feature the vehicle.[14]

Heather Newman of Detroit Free Press reviewed the Xbox version and believed that the vehicles did not drive like real Mustangs. However, she noted that the controls felt decent and that the game had a fair amount of entertainment.[11] GameZone praised the graphics and sound effects of the Xbox version.[7] Joe Ropeti of Gameplanet reviewed the Xbox version and criticized its artificial intelligence and outdated gameplay as unbefitting of the Mustang legacy.[12]

Brent Soboleski of TeamXbox praised the Career mode and the abundance of vehicles and race tracks, but criticized the game's lack of Xbox Live and customizable soundtracks, two features that were present in the game's predecessor, Ford Racing 3.[5] Mike Willcox of The Sydney Morning Herald criticized the game's replay value, outdated graphics, mediocre soundtrack, poor physics simulation. He also noted no car damage penalties for driving carelessly.[13]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Ford Mustang: The Legend Lives - Credits (PS2)". AllGame. Archived from the original on November 16, 2014. Retrieved November 8, 2017.
  2. ^ a b "Ford Mustang: The Legend Lives - Credits (Xbox)". AllGame. Archived from the original on November 16, 2014. Retrieved November 8, 2017.
  3. ^ a b c d e Cavanaugh, Chris. "Ford Mustang: The Legend Lives - Overview (PS2)". AllGame. Archived from the original on December 11, 2014.
  4. ^ a b c d e Cavanaugh, Chris. "Ford Mustang: The Legend Lives - Overview (Xbox)". AllGame. Archived from the original on November 14, 2014.
  5. ^ a b c d Soboleski, Brent (April 22, 2005). "Ford Mustang: The Legend Lives Review (Xbox)". TeamXbox. pp. 1–3. Archived from the original on April 26, 2005.
  6. ^ a b c "Ford Mustang Racing (Xbox)". Official Xbox Magazine. August 24, 2005. Archived from the original on May 27, 2008. Retrieved July 22, 2018.
  7. ^ a b c "Ford Mustang: The Legend Lives (Xbox)". GameZone. June 28, 2005. Archived from the original on July 24, 2005.
  8. ^ a b "Ford Mustang: The Legend Lives (PS2)". Metacritic. Retrieved November 6, 2017.
  9. ^ a b "Ford Mustang: The Legend Lives (Xbox)". Metacritic. Retrieved November 6, 2017.
  10. ^ a b Goble, Gord (July 1, 2005). "Ford Mustang: The Legend Lives Review (PS2)". GameSpot. Retrieved November 6, 2017.
  11. ^ a b Newman, Heather (July 31, 2005). "Recent video game releases". Detroit Free Press. Archived from the original on September 17, 2005.
  12. ^ a b Ropeti, Joe (October 12, 2005). "Ford Mustang: The Legend Lives (Xbox)". Gameplanet. Archived from the original on April 18, 2008.
  13. ^ a b c Willcox, Mike (August 6, 2005). "Mustang stalls". The Sydney Morning Herald. Archived from the original on January 3, 2006.
  14. ^ a b Darko, Graham (2005). "Ford Mustang: The Legend Lives". Xbox World Australia. Archived from the original on May 17, 2007. Retrieved November 6, 2017.

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