Hurtling around race circuits in a high-powered racing car is all very well, but haven't you ever fancied trying your hand at one of those huge American trucks? You now have the chance.
There are trucks, Formula One racing cars, ordinary sports cars, buggies and motorbikes to race around in this one-player game. Which vehicle you race depends on which of the four competitions you enter. For example, in the league game you race in a ll the five vehicle, one after the other, over increasingly difficult courses (each vehicle has five different courses). If you start in the trucks, your race then move onto buggies on another course - get the idea?
The knockout competition is similar in that you race in all the vehicles, but the tracks are in a random order; so you could race in the buggies over a difficult course, then cars over an easier one. To continue racing in the knockout competition you have to finish each race in the top three. Then there are mini versions of knockout and league: you choose the vehicle you want to drive or ride, but in the knockout you race that vehicle's courses in order of difficulty whereas in the league you race in a random order.
Like most racing games, it's best not to crash into roadside obstacles or the other road users. Actually, you simply bounce off of them, but it does lose you valuable time and more often than not a couple of places too. Far more serious, simply because it takes longer, is when you fall off of a section of the circuit that's suspended above the ground and have to wait until you're repositioned on the track before you set off again.
GRAPHICS AND SOUND
Boy, do those graphics shift! This is arguably the fastest race game to have appeared to date. The impression of speed is great, and the way it's done is by using a roadway system similar to that used in games like Power Drift: a roadway made up of log shapes that grow in size as you move towards them. This does tend to give everything a blocky appearance, especially roadside buildings and trees. The sound can be switched between a number of jaunty tunes, which are all right, or sound effects (engine noises) which are also fine.
With 25 tracks to race round you're bound to get wrist-ache. The different vehicles are different to drive and handle differently, but not vastly so. A good one to boot up whenever you feel like a race.
The game's biggest let-down is the completely unreal feel to your vehicle as you drive around. It swings from one side of the road to the other and through corners most unrealistically; but then it's arguably not a sim. This does take something away from the gameplay, turning what could have been an excellent driving game into one that's just good.