By Brad Gallaway on May 12, 2001 - 11:00pm.
Its pretty rare that a racing game comes out which is different enough to perk my interest. While Im not the worlds biggest racing fan, I do enjoy the scent of a freshly burned patch of rubber every now and then. Unfortunately, with the overabundance of driving games available on practically any system out there, the genre seems to have become quite over saturated from where Im standing.
By Dale Weir on May 12, 2001 - 11:00pm.
Whether it was intentional or not, Rumble Racing
reminded me of a digital Matchbox racing game. The selection of cars seems to be pulled right out of a Matchbox toy set; each car looks like an over-sized version of the die-cast metal hotrods I collected as a kid. The stunts and over-the-top tracks all add to the extreme feel, making Rumble Racing
a nice break from the likes of Driving Emotion Type-S
or Gran Turismo 3: A-spec
. Unfortunately, its flaws were too great to be hidden by any feelings of nostalgia I may have had.
Game Description: Rumble Racing is over-the-top combat meets NASCAR-style racing in this brilliant blend of two unlikely styles. In Championship mode, you’ll duke it out with other cars in a series of heats to determine who wins the five championship cups at stake. Along the way, you’ll unlock 12 of the 15 tracks that can be played in Single Race mode. Completing Championship mode will earn you the right to try your hand at Stunt mode, a timed event in which you must pull off crazy tricks. There are plenty of weapons and power-ups to keep the combat junkie happy, and the racing action is superb.
By Brad Gallaway on May 10, 2001 - 11:00pm.
According to the ESRB
, this game contains: Animated Violence
By Dale Weir on May 10, 2001 - 11:00pm.
Like Brad, I have issues with Sega Smash Pack Volume 1. There are some true standouts in Streets Of Rage 2, Shining Force, Sonic The Hedgehog, and Virtua Cop 2 (even without light-gun support); all are shining examples of the Sega at its best in the pre-PlayStation age. The rest, however, are either throwaways like Sega Swirl and Wrestle War or games that do not stand the test of time like Phantasy Star II and Altered Beast. This has always been a sore spot of mine with these compilation releases.
By Brad Gallaway on May 10, 2001 - 11:00pm.
The Sega Smash Pack: Volume 1 is Segas version of the old-time compilation disc trend made popular recently by companies with a rich history of games—such as Namco, Konami and Midway. The disc includes no less than nine certified, triple-A, 16-bit classics out of the Genesis era as well as three other miscellaneous titles to add to the overall value of the purchase. The games listed on the back of the case are practically a "whos who" of the greatest cartridges available for Segas renowned machine.
Game Description: If you’re just not getting enough variety in your video game diet, look no further than the all-inclusive Sega Smash Pack Volume 1. You’ll get immediate access to a dozen classic games, including: Golden Axe, Altered Beast, Columns, Sonic the Hedgehog, Revenge of Shinobi, Streets of Rage 2, Shining Force, Wrestle War, Vectorman and Phantasy Star II. The two most modern inclusions are the Dreamcast version of Virtua Cop 2 (previously available only in Japan) and Sega Swirl.
By Dale Weir on April 13, 2001 - 11:00pm.
I know that neither my playing experience nor playing acumen with side-scrolling shooters can compare with Ben's, but I know a below average shooter when I see one, and RayCrisis: Series Termination is such a game. It does have a few things going for it. I found Taito's gimmick to give players a say in determining the length of each level to be an interesting one and the graphics were quite nice.
By Ben Hopper on April 13, 2001 - 11:00pm.
A prequel to Galactic Attack in the overall storyline, RayCrisis combines blazing-fast gameplay and great graphics to mark a fitting end to Taito's best shooter franchise. Unlike the generic Darius series, the "Ray" games are inventive in their approach to action.
Game Description: The popular arcade game RayCrisis has come to the PlayStation. What separates RayCrisis from other shooters is the unique lock-on targeting weapon system. Each ship has two weapons, a main gun and a lock-on missile system. You can move a targeting reticule over as many ships as possible and when you are ready, you can fire a barrage of missiles to destroy every bad guy that locked. Dish out mass destruction in RayCrisis.
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