With more depth than most racers available for PlayStation, and excellent Flight Sim physics, NGEN
does a great job straddling the line between action and realism. The cool thing about NGEN
's gameplay is that someone who likes the idea of a Flight Sim/Combat Racer can play in Arcade Mode all day long, alone or with a friend. Arcade Championship takes you through 14 standard courses, unlocking others and earning points. Head To Head Mode lets you jam with a friend, competing for best time, and Powerball Mode is a crazy aerial game of 'Tag' where you catch a floating orb and connect with as many checkpoints as possible before your opponent blows you out of the sky. Oh, I did mention you're armed to the teeth for all this, right? Fighter Class planes include some nifty weapons, and if the modes and courses don't floor you, how about the idea of choosing from almost 40 jets across 5 classes?
For those who like more depth to their gameplay, there's NGEN Mode - basically a 'Career Mode.' You start out with some cold cash, buy a plane, customize it and earn permits to go out and race. By winning NGEN competitions, you get money to buy upgrades and new planes. In a touch of vanity, NGEN Mode even lets you choose a custom paint-job. This mode sports different races, including Championship, Free Flight and Club Race. By winning in Tournament and Club Race Mode, you open up courses at night and even a new class of plane. Competition is fierce, so once you get out of Trainer Class be prepared to fly through a hail of bullets. Of course, if you get scared there's always Time Trial Mode.