nail’d Review (Xbox 360)

Game Review: nail’d
Release: November 30th, 2010
Genre: Arcade Racing
Developer: Techland
Available Platforms: Xbox 360 (reviewed), PS3, Windows
Players: 1 (single player), 1-12 (online multiplayer)
MSRP: $49.99
ESRB Rating: Everyone 10+
Adrenaline Rush! Speed! Insane! Over The Top! Customizable! Boost! Breakneck! Lightning Reflexes! Buttery Smooth Handling! High Octane! Heavy Metal! Extreme Air! Crazy Jumps! Explosions! Crashes! Hyper Drive! Warp Speed! Light Speed! These are all words that could be used to describe the gameplay in nail’d. If that doesn’t peek your interest, then you’re too old to be playing this game.
nail’d is an arcade racer’s dream come true.
Start up is pretty simple. You pick between a male or female rider (purely cosmetic) and then you pick either an MX Bike or an ATV. Your customizable options (different parts like handlebars, tires, shocks, and paint jobs to name a few) are limited at first, but the more of single player that you complete, the more that you will unlock. The two styles of bikes have unique handling that is easily noticeable. Add in a slew of the before mentioned unlockable parts that you can customize your ride with and you have countless handling styles at your finger tips. There are 6 parameters that can be changed with the bike parts that range from acceleration to how well the bike handles in the air. Yes, you can steer these bad boys while flying through the air! Once you get this all squared away, it’s time to hit the tracks! There’s a pretty hefty single player tournament mode that you can participate in, or you could just go do some “off road” racing which let’s you pick the track and conditions of the race.
If that doesn’t tickle your fancy, then you can always hop online and test your skills and mettle against other real life racers. This is what nail’d was made for. Over the top, insane online racing. Just wait until you give Detonator a spin. You haven’t seen anything like this yet! If you want to know more about the multiplayer madness, please read my preview. But all you really need to know is online rocks harder than an Ozzy concert that will keep you coming back for more.
What’s not to like about this game? I’ve been playing this game over the last month and I am in love. The bikes handle like a dream and the graphics are gorgeous. Seriously, I was amazed at how beautiful this game looked. The track designs are superb. You are not going to find tracks that are more insane and fun than what you get in nail’d. The jumps are bigger than life while the environments are very much alive. I wasn’t expecting a lot since I had never heard of TechLand before (I have since found out that they have quite a few games under their belt) plus the $50 price tag suggested that it was a budget game. But boy, was I wrong!
nail’d is a great first entry into a potential franchise. With everything that I have said though, there are a few improvements that I think should be considered if there does happen to be a part 2. For one thing, the menu system for getting online is a bit confusing, at least at first. It would be nice to see something a bit more simple for us older dudes. I would also love to see a “random” option for online racing. That way you can just let the game pick the tracks and modifiers (full boost, no collisions…) while you think up your next “Oh Snap” smack-talkin’ line. For God’s sake, don’t let my nit-picks discourage you from purchasing nail’d. These are just suggestions that I would like to see in the future.
Brian’s final say: BUY THIS GAME! I’m dead serious. nail’d will surprise you with it’s awesomeness. The single player is a lot of fun and a great way to learn the ropes. It will help ease you into the chaotic, explosive online multiplayer, lest you get your box cleaned! If you even remotely enjoy racing games, especially those with an over the top approach, then nail’d will leave you hot and sweaty and begging for more! Who needs those “other” racing games with 5 kajillion cars parked in the garage when all you need is one bad-ass dirt bike?
+ Crazy-fun online multiplayer
+ Sense of speed is unmatched
+ Custom Hard Rock soundtrack fits like a racing glove
+ $49.99 price tag sweetens the deal
Final Score: 9/10

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  • I’ve been waiting for this to come out. Glad to see it’s going to be everything I expected. Nice review!

  • Does the game support using the gyroscope in the controller for steering?

    • Brian Heitzenrater (FrehleyzComet)

      What are you talking about? Gyroscope in the controller? o_O

  • Gyroscoper in PS3 controller I assume. No, it doeasn’t have to. You play using 1 thumbstick and 2 buttons (accelerate and boost). It’s so easy.. and sometimes difficult.
    You can also break (but what for?) and change music track using 2 additional buttons.

    • Brian Heitzenrater (FrehleyzComet)

      Ahhh… I do not know. My copy is for the 360.