Driving games are a reviewer's nightmare. They're never any different from the million or so other driving games, and there's never any plot to waffle on about for a couple of hundred words.
So how do you fill a page when you're dealing wit yet another Out Run wannabee? I suppose I could fill in with some relevant driving anecdotes, like the one about how I once drove my Mum's mini into a huge puddle and filled it with water.
Or I could moan about how it took me nearly half an hour to chip ny car out of a block ice this morning. And my hands were bloody freezing.
On the other hand I could just launch into a soapbox-
I don't know about you, but I need another driving game about as much as I need a llama spit in my face first thing in the morning. We've seen hundreds of them and to be honest, Lotus 2 has really pushed this particular genre about as far as it can go. And still they come...
This latest variation attempts to recreate the Paris to Dakkar rally in pixelated form. Not that this actually changes the game in any way, it just means that you race through the Sahara with all its inherent scenery changes. So you set off on six levels of driving action, attempting to beat the other competitors. And that's all there is to it.
As games like Lemmings have proved, simple gameplay needn't mean that a game's boring, but when you've seen the game a million times before you can't help feeling that there's something more needed. The danger with this sort of game is that the player will just go into autopilot while playing.
You don't really pay attention to the game, you just react to the road and dodge the obstacles without a flicker of response. And that really isn't what a game should be like, right?
It's not as if the game is technically incompetent. The sprites shift at a fair old speed, but then so do most driving games these days. The same applies to the graphics - they're OK but who cares? Very few games nowadays have really crap graphics. It's one of those games that slip right past you. No "oomph", no new twists, just another car zooming down another road.
With nothing new to add to the glut of racing games o the market, Big Run is destined to vanish without making too many ripples in the software pond. If this had been released two years ago we'd have loved it to death, but in these modern techni