The idea is simple: you've misplaced 30 of your most treasured rides and you need to find them. More accurately, they've been stolen and you're going to have to get them back by any means necessary. That's just the beginning though... revenge comes next! You can teach thieving street gangs a lesson by stealing their prized cars, chopping them up and building the ultimate pimp mobile.
See, L.A. Rush is all about the bling: the low riding, bass-shaking street styling that you've already seen in Need For Speed Underground and Midnight Club 3: Dub Edition. Where L.A. Rush differs is that in addition to straight races, there's a Story mode and set missions that require you to seek revenge - either by stealing cars or demolishing the crib of a known criminal. The free-roaming recreation of Los Angeles looks mighty fine and the cars come with an obscene amount of licensed modding options. There's the opportunity to pimp muscle cars and burn nitrous while demolishing anything that gets in your way, bar the odd HGV. Driving a fully tuned Cadillac around sunny Santa Monica feels exactly as it should - like Snoop Dogg celebrating his 40th birthday accompanied by a dozen dirty slappers.
The furious speed rivals that of Burnout, and there's sparks, fire and wince-inducing pileups that beg to be seen. Truly spectacular slow-motion crash scenes show everything from a catapulted cop-car fender to the tiny particles of a shattered windscreen. We only wish TV shows like Police, Camera, Action were this exciting.
L.A. Rush is the frantic arcade smash that Driv3r should've been. The Story mode and hip hop soundtrack just add to the cool West Coast vibe. Brace yourself for the full L.A. Rush review next month.
Imagine the race scenes of San Andreas expanded into a plot-driven, turbocharged arcade racer with all the mod trimmings. L.A. Rush looks like the best smash and crash sim since Burnout.