Ford Racing (series)

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Ford Racing
Genres Racing
Developer(s)
Publisher(s)
Platforms
Platform of origin Personal computer
Year of inception 2000
First release Ford Racing
November 2, 2000 (PC)
January 29, 2001 (PlayStation)
Latest release Off Road
March–September 2008 (various platforms)

Ford Racing is a racing video game series consisting of seven titles released for various platforms, including the PlayStation, PlayStation 2, personal computer (PC) and Xbox. The games in the Ford Racing series center around racing modern and vintage Ford cars and trucks through specifically designed tracks, while competing against computer-driven (and sometimes player-driven) opponents. The series began with the release of Ford Racing in 2000. The latest game, titled Ford Racing Off Road, was released in 2008; the game featured the addition of vehicles from Land Rover, which was owned by Ford at the time.

Video games[edit]

Ford Racing (2000)[edit]

Ford Racing was released for the PC in November 2000, followed by a PlayStation version released in January 2001. Elite Systems developed the PC version, while Toolbox Design developed the PlayStation version. Both versions were published by Empire Interactive. The game features 12 Ford cars from both the United States and Europe lines and 9 tracks on which to race. The game features a career mode with several different types of races and the ability to upgrade the cars with various upgrades.[1]

On Metacritic, the PlayStation version has a score of 53, while the PC version has a score of 51, both indicating "Mixed or average reviews."[2][3]

Ford Racing 2 (2003)[edit]

Ford Racing 2 was released on October 28, 2003 for the PlayStation 2 (PS2), followed by releases for the PC and Xbox later that year. Gotham Games and Razorworks developed the game, which was published by Empire Interactive and Take-Two Interactive. It was released for the Mac OS X in October 2004 by Feral Interactive.[4] The sequel includes 30 Ford cars, 16 racing tracks, the ability to race head-to-head, over 30 challenges and other features.[5]

On Metacritic, the PS2 version has a score of 51, while the Xbox version has a score of 62, both indicating "Mixed or average reviews."[6][7]

Ford Racing 3 (2004)[edit]

Ford Racing 3 was released in Europe on October 29, 2004, followed by a U.S. release the following year. The game was released for PC, PS2, Xbox, Game Boy Advance (GBA), and Nintendo DS. Visual Impact Productions developed the GBA and DS versions, while Razorworks developed the other versions. Empire Interactive and 2K Games published the game, which includes 55 different types of Ford vehicles and 26 different tracks.[8]

On Metacritic, the PS2 and Xbox versions have a score of 50 and 58 respectively, each indicating "Mixed or average reviews,"[9][10] while the DS version has a score of 49, indicating "Generally unfavorable reviews."[11]

Ford Mustang: The Legend Lives (2005)[edit]

Ford Mustang: The Legend Lives, featuring only Ford Mustangs, was the next game in the series.[12][13] It was developed by Eutechnyx and published by 2K Games, and released for the PS2 and Xbox in April 2005. The game features 40 Mustang vehicles dating to 1964. The game features three single-player game modes, and includes 22 race tracks set in seven U.S. cities.

On Metacritic, the PS2 version has a score of 58, while the Xbox version has a score of 55, both indicating "Mixed or average reviews."[14][15]

Ford Racing Full Blown (2006)[edit]

In January 2006, Empire Interactive announced that it had partnered with Sega Amusements Europe to develop an arcade game based on the series, titled Ford Racing Full Blown. The game was released in Europe in March 2006.[16][17]

Ford Street Racing (2006)[edit]

Ford Street Racing, developed by Razorworks, was released in 2006, for PC, PS2, PlayStation Portable (PSP), and Xbox. The PSP version was published by Eidos Interactive, while the other versions were published by Empire Interactive.[18]

Ford Racing Off Road (2008)[edit]

Ford Racing Off Road, released outside of the U.S. as Off Road, is the latest game in the series, released in 2008 for the PC, PS2, PSP 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).[19]

According to Metacritic, the game received "Generally unfavorable reviews."[20][21][22][23]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Ford Racing (PlayStation)". Metacritic. Retrieved November 3, 2017. 
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  4. ^ "Feral Interactive: Ford Racing 2". 
  5. ^ "Ford Racing 2 - Amazon.com". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2009-06-22. 
  6. ^ "Ford Racing 2 (PS2)". Metacritic. Retrieved November 6, 2017. 
  7. ^ "Ford Racing 2 (Xbox)". Metacritic. Retrieved November 6, 2017. 
  8. ^ "Ford Racing 3 - Amazon.com". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2009-06-22. 
  9. ^ "Ford Racing 3 (PS2)". Metacritic. Retrieved November 4, 2017. 
  10. ^ "Ford Racing 3 (Xbox)". Metacritic. Retrieved November 4, 2017. 
  11. ^ "Ford Racing 3 (DS)". Metacritic. Retrieved November 4, 2017. 
  12. ^ Soboleski, Brent (April 22, 2005). "Ford Mustang: The Legend Lives Review (Xbox)". TeamXbox. pp. 1–3. Archived from the original on April 26, 2005. 2005 has been quite a year for the Ford Racing series from 2K Games with the recent release of Ford Racing 3 and now with Ford Mustang: The Legend Lives, commemorating the 40 year history of the classic American muscle car. 
  13. ^ "Ford Mustang Racing (Xbox)". Official Xbox Magazine. August 24, 2005. Archived from the original on May 27, 2008. Making Ford Mustang-only game may seem like taking the Ford Racing series a little too far […]. 
  14. ^ "Ford Mustang: The Legend Lives (PS2)". Metacritic. Retrieved November 6, 2017. 
  15. ^ "Ford Mustang: The Legend Lives (Xbox)". Metacritic. Retrieved November 6, 2017. 
  16. ^ "Empire to Convert Ford Racing Franchise into Sega Arcade Game". Razorworks. January 25, 2006. Retrieved November 4, 2017. 
  17. ^ "Games". Razorworks. Retrieved November 4, 2017. Razorworks proudly worked with Sega Amusements Europe to develop a special version of Ford Racing for coin-op. Full Blown features a wide range of Fords including classics, off-road vehicles, muscle cars, concepts cars and modern high-performance vehicles. The game links up to 6 players and can be found in amusement arcades all over the UK! 
  18. ^ "Ford Bold Moves Street Racing". IGN. Retrieved November 6, 2017. This entry in the Ford Racing series sees the racing move onto the streets of Los Angeles [...]. 
  19. ^ "Ford Racing: Off Road - Amazon.co". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2009-06-22. 
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  21. ^ "Ford Racing: Off Road (Wii)". Metacritic. Retrieved November 5, 2017. 
  22. ^ "Ford Racing: Off Road (PC)". Metacritic. Retrieved November 5, 2017. 
  23. ^ "Ford Racing: Off Road (PSP)". Metacritic. Retrieved November 5, 2017.