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devils and pod: speedzone
POD: Speedzone is all about racing
as fast as you can to outdrive the mutant vehicles threatening your
planet. POD's six race courses are set in futuristic and
otherworldly places where you'll be leaping over chasms, shooting at
enemies and finding sneaky shortcuts.
Most of the unique handling characteristics of each of the
wild-looking race cars aren't that apparent in the heat of play.
Modifications to your vehicle are made on the fly by picking up
power-ups scattered on the road. These provide a boost of speed, or
an offensive or defensive weapon, to use against other racers.
Up to four players can compete online, and the game appears to
move equally fast whether you're playing on SegaNet or offline by
yourself. Unlike Speed Devils, POD can also be played offline by two
people together in split-screen mode.
The choice boils down to speed over substance -- the thrill of
top-speed racing in POD: Speedzone or the anxiety of betting your
virtual money in Speed Devils online. For me, driving faster wins
out, though it's a shame that the pretty scenery goes by so quickly.
Howard Wen is a frequent contributor to Playboy.com.