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June 19 2007
Juiced 2: Hot Import Nights - PS3 Preview
Release Date Distributer Publisher Developer
30/10/2007THQTHQJuice Games
Offline Players Online players Price Anticipation
12-8$119.95

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Now that's a stunning paint job.
One of the biggest disappointments of the Playstation 2 era was the demise of Acclaim - they were a company that put out some pretty poor products, but their brightest was Juiced. At least, it was to be their brightest until the company went broke only weeks before the game was due to hit shelves. Realising the potential THQ picked up the title, delayed it by almost a year to polish it off a bit more and released it. It was good, but not the groundbreaking title we wanted to see. Can the developers, Juice Games, make amends with a next-gen sequel. It won't be long until we find out.

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Detail in the streets is much improved.
Juiced 2: Hot Import Nights evolves the current street racing scene, letting players experience the culture of the real-life HIN tour, the nation’s largest lifestyle custom car show in an intense racing experience. Featuring track and drift racing at real-world locations around the globe, next-gen AI and unparalleled vehicle customization, Juiced 2: HIN brings street racing to life, allowing players to test their skills at live street racing events against a back-drop of DJs, models and musicians. The game actually includes 90 digitally scanned cars and over 250 aftermarket mods and numerous combinations of character features, players can treat themselves to the ultimate car and driver customization.

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An actual in-game racing screen.
Groundbreaking new features include addictive drift/powersliding races and “Driver DNA” that tracks gamers’ personal driving traits. These profiles, along with the profiles of select celebrities will be available for download across all online gaming systems.

Certainly the most interesting aspect of this game is the online connectivity. Racing developer Juice Games has evolved the game-play that revolutionized online racing, giving players the power to create their car, assemble their crew and put it all on the line in intense pink slip and crew races. Gamers will also be able to bet cash on each event, bringing a gambling element to the game that greatly increases the importance of each race.

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Cars can be fully customised.
Graphically Juiced 2: Hot Import Nights looks pretty impressive. Certainly the backgrounds are a lot sharper the the previous PS2 game with much more detail. I guess this is what one would expect to the move to next-generation systems. Where this game really shines is the detail and modifications that can be made to the cars. Not only will the parts give a visual difference but you can change the paint colours to your liking. Decals can also be placed on the car, and can even be resized to you liking, perhaps you want them super small, or perhaps you want to cover the entire car - it's your choice.

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Hitting the nitros - nice flames!
We really do hope that the development team gets this sequel right. We suspect the developers would have been somewhat restricted by Acclaim while developing the first title but hopefully THQ have provided them with stronger backing (both financially and technically) to make this the game it deserves to be. I guess we'll find out if they've succeeded in October when Juiced 2: Hot Import Nights is released - just a few weeks before EA's Need for Speed: ProStreet makes an appearance. Stay tuned... (Get it? Yar, ok, I'll shut up now!)