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Golden Age of Racing (PS2)

by Midas Interactive
PlayStation2
 Ages 3 and Over
3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
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  • Seat of your pants racing with an historically accurate racing feel
  • Gameplay modes include time challenge, exhibition, championship season and two-player split-screen
  • Trophy room to record your lap times, race wins and progress through the championships
  • Immense quantity of unlockable content including new cars, tracks and extras for your vehicles
  • Seen a great pile-up mid race? Instantly view it at a variety of speeds and angles then carry on racing when you're done


Game Information

  • Platform:   PlayStation2
  • PEGI Rating: Ages 3 and Over
  • Media: Video Game

Product details

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  • ASIN: B0009EPYV2
  • Release Date: 2 Sept. 2005
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 10,562 in PC & Video Games (See Top 100 in PC & Video Games)

Product Description

Manufacturer's Description

The mid 1960's was a time of racing legends, a time when race car drivers were the real heroes. Golden Age of Racing gives you the chance to relive the best years of Grand Prix racing. These cars are high horse-power, no down-force, rear-wheel-drive works of automotive art.

Push your car to the limit around ten of the most challenging tracks on the international circuit competing against incredibly intelligent opponents that know how to hold a grudge.

So strap yourself in to the seat and start your engine. Only your reflexes can save you now!


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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More a simulator than a game 16 Aug. 2006
I had fairly low expectations of this game before I played it (having read some of the other reviews here) but was in for a surprise. The graphics aren't great, the sound is pretty poor and the choice of cars, circuits and game modes is very limited. But the handling... oh wow!

If you have ever driven single seater low downforce racing cars (Historic Formula Ford, Formula 2 etc.) you will recognise immediately the techniques required to 'drive' these cars. Unlike other games (dare I criticise Gran Turismo?) you can't just throw the car into a corner at whatever speed you like and then expect to pull off physics defying miracles through a flurry of button pressing. You need to brake correctly (and in a straight line), position the car correctly with a late turn in and actually drive it through the corner before accelerating again on the exit. When racing with the AI competitors you have to observe the proper racing behaviours of flowing with the pack and holding your line in corners to avoid heavy accidents. If you try and drive this like you would other video games you are going straight to the scene of the accident. And, ok, if I'm being honest, it is quite nice to own a racing game that an 8 year old kid isn't going to be able to come along and beat me on at his first attempt. If you don't understand the principles of driving you are really going to have to work at this one.

If you are going to compare this game to other video games you are likely to be both unhappy at the lack of whistles and bells and frustrated that you can't get the round the course without crashing. If you are going to compare it to the real thing you are going to be a very happy petrol head indeed.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Actually good fun 29 Sept. 2005
I've got to say that for the price this is a good little game. It's easy to get going and while the cars do seem to want to understeer more than they should it's got that 'one more go' appeal. The Time Challenge mode where you have to keep beating your own best time is great fun, although once you get used to the 'handling' it's pretty easy to win most of the races on Easy and Normal. It's no GT3 to look at but the graphics are passable and certainly better than most 'budget' efforts. My son loves it and I'd say that it's a good buy for someone in the 10-12 age range. The two player mode is good in head-to-head racing, but there's a bit of slowdown if you race with a full grid. I'd say give it a go.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not all bad, could have been better 7 Aug. 2007
Fun: 3.0 out of 5 stars   
I think they could have made more out of this; for better or for worse, it is an interesting concept incorporating cars from the 1960's in a game and that combined with the reasonable price renders it acceptable.

In short, the game would have been better with relatively simple measures: the possibility to choose a manual or automatic transmission, to modify the car's set-up, to opt for a longer or shorter race (instead of just 5 laps uniformally, only exception seems to be the endurance race), a more dynamic AI instead of opponents crashing into you using your car as a braking-wall, a more dynamic model of damage (which one should be able to select, e.g. no damage, little damage, full damage) and to challenge wet, intermediate or dry conditions.

It matters not that much having to go without an official licence, since all the tracks and cars didn't/don't exist in real life, at least not to my knowledge! For instance, the Gran Turismo series use plenty non-existing tracks, but it works out - and although this game doesn't approach the famous Gran Turismo on a graphical scale either, the driving physics are real in the context that it's impossible to just smash an older car around the corner, which is common now in the Alonso-era - but it is not very helpful not having the choice to shift gears yourself or to set the car up (such has been mentioned before).

Since this game is rather affordable and the concept unique for PS2, I've decided to give it the benefit of the doubt.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great little racer 13 Oct. 2005
I saw a movie of this and it looked a lot of fun, so I bought it - and I wasn't disappointed.
The cars do take a while to get used to with their tendancy to understeer, but with 'feathered' braking, the cars steer in a lot better.
The instant replay mode works very well to show off the spectacular crashes.
It's also nice to see 10 cars out on the grid for a change. Just having more cars out on track makes the racing experience more interesting.
There is a nice selection of tracks, with nice variety in corners. It would have been nice to see a track map though. With the lack of any track map, you can sometimes struggle to know where the other cars are on the circuit.
Graphics are OK, but this this a budget game remember.
Overall I was impressed with the game, and would recommend it to anyone wanting a quick, cheap open-wheel racing fix.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A bit past it! 2 Sept. 2005
The golden age of racing is a blast from the Golden age of PS2 titles back in the days when nobody knew how to get the best out of the machine. The graphics are understated and simple, the controls are dubious, the sound is basic and the game oozes budget title.
Don't buy this if you are after a serious racer. Do buy this if your strapped for cash or really, really, really feel nostalgic about those hazy far away golden days when the horizon was a pixalated distant low resolution hidden bend.
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