ByCJ A Glover, writer at
Aspiring writer/director, nerd, and American Otaku. Not a superstar writer, just a nice and passionate guy with a lot of ideas and opinions.
CJ A Glover

Day 2 of the 5 Day Gaming Challenge, here is a list of the challenges:

  • Day 1: Game that brings on gamer rage
  • Day 2: Best multiplayer game
  • Day 3: Longest binge on one game
  • Day 4: Game you play over and over
  • Day 5: Game that should get re-released/ get a sequel

I don't like playing online multiplayer. I really don't. For most people, playing online is a fun chance to play with people from anywhere without having to have them sitting right next to you. For me it's a constant reminder of all my insecurities; I hate my voice and get tongue tied extremely easily so I'm not buying a mic, and I don't need a constant reminder that everyone in the universe is better than me at everything. Also besides the ps3 every online thing costs money and I don't think I should pay money to do something I don't really like to do that much anyway.

The good thing about multiplayer gaming is that it doesn't require friends, the bad thing is it kind of still does require friends. Yeah, you can go online and play games with a bunch of random people but honestly it's easier with friends. Then if you do have friends you have a whole group of selfless people who are watching eachother's backs and are strategic, they're a force to be reckoned with. You play with random people and they are running off as soon as the game starts with that one person on the mic telling everyone how they need to organize but no one really listening. I prefer to just play a game with a friend coming over, the right kind of friend because I'm not really too competitive or much of a trash talker I'll do it if I'm comfortable with the person but don't go overboard. So with that said, despite that I'm sure multiplayer probably means online multiplayer I'm choosing a off-line multiplayer.

The picture for this article is of a Mazda MX-5 Miata from Need for Speed: Underground 1&2. It's always my first choice in that game's storyline. The great thing about Need for Speed is that it's for any kind of gamer, from the hardcore to the casual. Only the street racing ones though, the track ones if you're in last place no amount of clever driving is going to get you to the front. Street racing however is truly excellent though because there are multiple ways to get to the front if you need to. For the people in the front, there's always that one car or tree that comes out of nowhere and causes you to crash. If it doesn't come up you can always be that guy who pushes your best friend in front of a bus. . . in the game.

Another good chance to get to the front is be smart about your NOS use. You're coming off the turn and you've got nothing but straight away you hit it and you hit it hard. You don't hit it going around the corner or as soon as you get it that's rookie you deserve to slam into that wall. NOS is for speed, you have to slow down to work your breaks to turn that's simple physics.

Then we have the short cuts. Yeah everybody can take the shortcuts but we all know once you get to the front you're focused on staying in the front and going as fast as humanly possible you don't have the time to slow down and make sure you take those shortcuts that aren't clearly marked on the map. When you're in the back you have to plan and think critically about things, you take extra care about the map, start asking, how can I get to the front without having to go so fast I lose all ability to maneuver? Bam that glorious shortcut. You just went from 8th place to 2nd place. 1st if you hit the NOS right as you enter the shortcut, which again is why you save it. There was one N4S that allowed you to save up NOS cartridges, people refused to play me in that game. Hitting it at the right time completely changes the landscape of the game.

I'm not even good at N4S that's the funny thing. I hit walls during turns, I can't drift at all, I hit traffic and trees more than you would think is humanly possible but I'm smart about it. I compensate for my lack of skill with precise timing. I'll be in 8th place for every lap and for the final lap win 1st. How you like them apples bro? You mad? I can't hear you over my first place victory celebration.

Need for Speed ending friendships since 1994.


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