Ford Street Racing
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|Ford Street Racing|
Eidos Interactive (PSP) Strategy First (Steam)
|Release||September 19, 2006
October 17, 2006 (PSP)
September 9, 2014 (Steam)
Ford Street Racing is a game commissioned by Ford for the Xbox, PC, PlayStation 2 and PSP. The game was sold as Ford Street Racing on the PC while the various console releases were given region specific names. They are as follows: Ford Bold Moves Street Racing in the US and Canada, Ford Street Racing: LA Duel in the EU, and Ford Street Racing - XR Edition in Australia and New Zealand. It was released September 19, 2006 in the United States. It was developed by Razorworks and published by Empire Interactive under the Empire banner in the US and under the Xplosiv banner in the rest of the world.
Home console and PC versions
The console and PC versions of the game have 18 cars, while the Australian XR Edition swapped 3 standard cars for 3 iconic Australian market Falcons. The game featured team and solo championship modes as well as an "Arcade" mode. Team mode allows you to toggle between the cars in your team during the race; cars that you are not driving are driven by the AI until you select it. You have to play and win the various championships to unlock new tracks, new vehicles, new race types (elimination, time trial, etc.) and unlock new tournaments to earn cash to purchase those newly unlocked vehicles and/or repair the ones you currently own. These unlocked cars, tracks, and race types can be raced, without consequence, in the Arcade mode. Notable cars featured in the game including Ford Mustang Boss 302, Ford RS200, Ford GT, Ford Lightning and the Ford Mustang SVT Cobra. On September 9, 2014 it was released on Steam.
Sony PSP version
The PSP versions were sold with the same regional title tweaks that the console versions received, but "in a substantially expanded form, with more cars, tracks, and team modes than even the home versions had to offer."  Compared to the console versions, the US market Bold Moves and EU market LA Duel added six extra cars (bringing the total to 24) and seven new tracks (making a total of 37). The Australian XR Edition is the most desirable because it added, not swapped out like the home versions, two Falcon sedans (a '70 GT-HO and an '05 Falcon GT-XR8) and an '05 Falcon XR8 ute to the garage, making for a total of 27 vehicles. All other aspects of the three games are the same.
The gameplay on the Sony PSP versions is similar to the console versions in that the player has to win various solo and team championships to unlock new tracks, new vehicles, new race types (elimination, time trial, etc.) and unlock new tournaments to earn cash to purchase those newly unlocked vehicles and/or repair the ones they currently own. These unlocked cars, tracks, and race types can be raced, without consequence, in the Arcade mode. One difference from the console versions is that the damage is cosmetic only and the performance of the vehicle isn't affected by crash damage.
All three PSP versions of the game shared and were noted for their "impressive visuals and some tight controls".  Annoyances mentioned in reviews of this title is that every car is equipped with an automatic transmission and the AI can be "braindead" at times.