A must have for your Adrenalin fuelled racing collection. Ridiculous jumps that will leave your stomach back at the top of the cliff. I never get sick of the feeling of flight whilst jumping off the mountains and ramps in this game. Great value fun for a couple of bucks.
In Nail'd you will crash a lot, at least in the beginning, maybe even accompanied with some cursing, but you after learn the tracks, both will be reduced. But lets not jump ahead to the gameplay and continue with the options. There are a lot video option (texture quality, material quality, shadows, texture filtering and so on) to make the game run on slower machines. The game came out in 2010 and I can safely say it looks decent 4 years later.
I was quite surprise from the audio option. You can manage every sound in the game – engine, music in game and in the menus, environment and so on. As a hole the audio is okay. The engines sound okay and the music is decent, fits really well with the game. Also you can adjust the brightness and rebind keys on the keyboard. And honestly, you need to, because by default they are weird. You can play with 360 controller, but controls are absolutely fine with the keyboard.
After you set up all the option, it's time to choose male or female character, some clothes for them and atv or dirt bike. For your driver customizations are limited just to clothes, but you can change parts on your vehicle. They are unlocked just by playing the game and they have advantages and disadvantages.
The gameplay is arcade. Here the gravity is not the master. What I mean is, you can do extremely ridiculous jumps. And the sense of speed is amazing. This maybe is one of the few games where I don't mind the motion blur. Even if I want to I can't turn it off. In the beginning, before I get used to the sense of speed, I often missed some turns. Interesting thing in the gameplay is the steering in the air and leaning to adjust your jump. In other words – you almost fly.
There are 4 types of races – single lap, 3 laps, time challenge and stunt race. The first 3 are self explanatory. The stunt race is a little bit different. They are not stunts in a traditional sense. In this mode points are given if you drive through fire gates and circles, make wheelie and few others. And of course, here also matter if you finish in first place and how much you were in front of the other players. That way you can win a race, even if you didn't make enough stunts. All of them give you boost. My favorite way of getting it is to fall down on someone or push them in to obstacles. This can happen to you too. Other interesting thing is the mutators. They are constant boost or no collision.
To work everything I said about the gameplay, you need really good tracks. This is the case here. The design is great, even the environments are good – village, harbor, forest, canyon and others. Every track have different routs to take, but not all of them are shortcuts. Also in some tracks there are obstacles like falling rocks, but they are easily avoidable and stop being a surprise after a while.
One of the things I didn't like is the difficulty. I played on medium. The first half of the game I didn't have any problems with the AI. Then the difficulty jumps high for a few tracks. After them I was winning every race again without a problem. But biggest issue here is the repetition. It's kind get boring after a while, because there isn't enough variety. Since this is old game the online multiplayer is dead, but if you have some friends there is LAN, it's such rare thing to see these days.
I never played racing game with such sense of speed and adrenalin. Some compare it to MotorStorm. Even with the repetition, which comes at some point, this is still a solid game. If you have friends to play it gets even better. I recommend it.
RECOMMENDATION: *Yes, if you're a casual gamer who enjoy crazy racing, buy it *No, if you're veteran gamer who looking for serious racing, don't buy it.
COMPLETION TIME: *Rushed play style: Around 11 hours *Leisure play style: Around 14 hours+
GAME DIFFICULTY: ( ✔ ) Adjustable on new game ( _ ) Adjustable on each stage ( _ ) Adjustable in mid game ( _ ) Not adjustable ( ✔ ) Game made for casual gamer ( ✔ ) Game made for average gamer ( ✔ ) Game made for professional ( ✔ ) Unlockable loadout / Startup customization
GAME FEATURES: ( _ ) Level-up progression ( ✔ ) Online Player versus Player ( _ ) Online Cooperative ( _ ) Online Leaderboards (Friends Ranking) ( ✔ ) Linear Career ( _ ) Multiple Career ( _ ) Random loots/npc/map selected ( _ ) Random level generated ( ✔ ) Statistic ( ✔ ) Score Attack / Personal Best ( _ ) Microtransactions ( _ ) Split Screen / Local Coop ( _ ) Steam Achievements ( _ ) Steam Trading Cards ( _ ) Steam Cloud Save ( _ ) Valve-Anti-Cheat System ( ✔ ) Controller Support ( _ ) VR Support
GAME MODE: ( ✔ ) Quick Play / Custom Event ( ✔ ) Time Attack / Time Trial ( _ ) Sprint ( _ ) Drift ( _ ) Eliminator ( _ ) Deadly Traps ( _ ) Highway Races ( _ ) Street Races ( _ ) Circuit Races ( _ ) Climb Hill / Down Hill ( _ ) OffRoad (Forest / Cave / Canyon) ( _ ) Vehicle Repair ( _ ) Weather Attack ( _ ) Complex Car Setting ( _ ) Driver Seat Camera ( ✔ ) Ghost Car ( ✔ ) Nitrous / Super Boost ( _ ) Time Rewind ( ✔ ) Controller Vibration
LIKES: +Time Attack +Creative maps +Crazy & fun to ride +Can use turbo boost +Can ride without any break
DISLIKES: -Bug: No text display on the screen (no fix available) -Bug: Blank screen while the race is on going -Bug: after car crash, activate hyperspeed mode that require restart -Bug: random hyperspeed glitch -Bug: random crash -Unclear information in the menu -Require sign up another account to see mulitplayer leaderboard -Cannot connect on multiplayer -Time Trial is only having Developer Ghost :(
This is an extremely fun racer. The sense of speed is incredible. The only reason I didn't give it a 5 star rating is the lack of multiplayer. I did beat the entire first person mode, so if you enjoy a really challenging racer even in a single player campaign? Then you really should pick this one up. The graphics and sound are all great. The music is alright and keeps you going as fast as the game does. You will soar like you've never experienced, in the air nearly as much as on the ground. Learn to control it and you'll be rewarded with a rush like no other. It's a good purchase. Oh, and the partial controller support icon on the store page? I used an Xbox 360 compatable joystick just fine.
Amazing game for someone who's addicted at racing. I was a fan of racing games but this is the kind of game im trying to find :D It's just amazing. Jumping on high cliffs and many more. Really recommend this game
15 of 17 people (88%) found this review helpful 3 people found this review funny
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 20, 2014
nail'd is one of those games designed to flick all the "HELL ♥♥♥♥ING YEAH!" switches in your brain. Normally when I play a racing game, I'm super serious. No, that doesn't mean I play Gran Turismo, Forza, Project Cars, or any other simulation. I'm a fan of arcade racers like Daytona USA, Outrun 2, Ridge Racer, and so on. All of my attention is focused on making those expertly crafted turns, weaving past my rivals, and powersliding. I don't care about realism, but games that emphasize your opponent's destruction (Burnout) don't do anything for me.
I have to admit, nail'd flicks my switches real good.
This is an ATV/MX racer, with some vehicle customization. Sim-fans are going to be shown the door immediately, since the first thing they'll notice are stats like "boost acceleration" and "mid-air steering". It's expected that at least 1/5 of the mileage you put into this game, will be spent in the air. Each track is composed of ramps, hills, slopes, cliffs, and other structures designed to get you high. The tracks are also loaded with obstacles such as trees, rocks, trucks, trains, and so on on.
Unlike the arcade-racers I usually play, collisions aren't an automatic restart in nail'd. You're always in the race, and you lose maybe 1/2 a second or so when you crash. However, keeping up with the pack (and winning) requires that you boost. Boost is acquired via certain gates, mid-air rings, perfect landings, wheelies, going fast, and even wrecking your rivals.
That last one actually doesn't come up very often in a race, which is why I love it. With Burnout and its ilk, the pacing starts to become effected when it seems like every few seconds I'm watching a cut-scene of a burning wreck. What was once awesome, gets really tiring. Knocking your rivals out in nail'd works because there aren't any cut-scenes. Everything moves so quickly that it takes you a second to realize "Did I just do that? Holy crap!" At one point I jumped off a ramp and actually landed on someone, destroying them instantly, I was so freaked out I crashed twice in a row. There are other moments like this, like the time I got so much air I actually rode on top of a hot-air balloon.
nail'd is an extreme racer sure, but it also has a touch of subtlety. It rewards players for doing the unexpected. The tracks are designed to accomodate rather than frustrate, giving racers room to look for shortcuts and opportunities to score more boost. This is likely one of those "you already own this" titles due to its appearance in bundles. Do yourself a favor and give it a go.
Also it might be a trick of perspective, but the racers in this game have phat behinds.