Project Torque – Review
Lately I started to research and look for smaller mmorpg games, free mmorpgs. It’s not fair to keep the attention only on the big boys, and also from time to time you find very interesting games. One of these is Project Torque.
Project Torque is a Racing Free MMORPG, developed by Hungarian developers from Invictus Games, and managed by Aeria Games in US and Europe. I wouldn’t go that far to add “massive” to this game, because even if there are many servers and lobbies, a basic game can have around 8 to 20 players, depending on the racing mode, so I will call it a online racing game.
There are few online racing games out here, but I found this one to be one of the best, think of something like NFS MW vs online game lobbies, and more features than you expect.
In Project Torque you start as a racing driver with two cars, no cash, but from the beginning you can have fun, enjoy yourself by participating in any race you find, or wish.
While participating in races, you gain RP points (Racing Points), and with these points you customize your look, the performance of your car, and at the same time you can buy misc items like driver license, bonus items that can be use in-race and other goodies, and of course, New Cars. At the same we have AP, which are Aeria Points that can be bought with real cash from Aeria Games, that do the same thing as RP, but the only difference is that you can buy amounts at any time. This will give you cash from the start to upgrade your car, but it won’t give you huge advantage over the others, because after all you really need to know how to race, drive, but it helps. On each race you participate, you get RP points no matter what you do, as long as you finish, which is great and the amount you receive is calculated by how well you do.
As a driver you will start with cars and license from the basic class, and while you level up(racing), you advance in classes, from F, E, D to advanced classes like C, B, and A.
While the game is first a street race type, the good thing is that there are many modes, and different types of cars, from street racing cars, to crazy V8 engines, and 4×4 cars, and each car can be bought when you have a specific level or you are part of specific racing class (F, E, D, C, B, etc..) and sometimes you get free cars while you level.
On the first race or license test, you will have a small shock – the game is not an arcade race that you are usually used too, is actually a mix of arcade and simulation, somewhat realistic. Taking a 90 degrees corner with 70 mph,110 km/h it gonna’ take you directly into the first wall, but with time and planning plus hand break you’re going to do well and it will be satisfying and fun.
There are around 6 cameras from which you can choose to view your car, while driving, I prefer one inside from the driver view, because it’s the most fun, but we have one for each preference.
You race your way within around 10 maps, each having track scenarios, and time of day, season, from high speed maps, to dirt or rally country side races, so there is enough diversity for now, and at the same time we have 8 game modes.
First we have Arcade system, where there is no collision between cars, so it’s the best mode for quick races, or beginners.
Next we have SIM system, where usually ghost option is off, so there is collision between the cars, and you get 20% more RP than in Arcade mode.
Next we have Capture the Flag system, where your the goal is to hold the flag as much time as you can, and while others can get your flag from you by hitting you with theirs cars. Destruction Derby anyone? : )
Next we have Thunder Valley (good name), where you race with your V8 cars, American muscle I could say, but not only, which is divided in three categories ranging from 600 HP to 900+ HP(Horse Power) .
At the same time we have Drift and Drag races, racing modes which don’t need explanation, and the last ones are Explorer where you collect power ups while driving trough the map exploring, and the Challenge where you enter with a racing ticket, and get 80% RP of challenge pool of that race, if you get on the first place.
Winning a race, can depend on many factors, factors like how many competitors you have on track, if collision is on, how damaged your car is and when you choose to repair it (it takes a few second, or with special back pack item you can do instantly), performance of the car, and most importantly how well can you drive.
Project Torque, besides the online mode, introduced recently a mission system, where you play alone on several maps, to win RP, and get to know the game better.
The game features include a chat system also (even in race), an in race quick emote system, private chat system, buddy system, email system, ranking system, and of course a detailed statistics window with your progress through the racing world.
The game has great graphics on full details, and doesn’t require a ’’NASA’’ computer to run it, and by having multiple options you scale the graphics details for optimal performance, but if you have a good computer it will look good.
The music and sound effects are very well made, but the best thing is that you can use your mp3 in game, by copying them into music/my music folder and activate it in sound option, and in game menu and racing maps; you can control volume by pressing “numpad + and –“, and use forward or back to change the songs (with “,” and “.”) which is a great feature.
Overall Project Feature is a great online racing game, played in small sessions or sometimes you will want more and more, I know, I played it some and still play it when I want some quick fun and rewarding experience, and with the features that are planned to be added in the future, features like race teams/ race clubs, fully customizable drivers (avatar) and racing girls, plus new cars, content, could make this game even better.
See ya on track! Vruuuum!