9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
More a simulator than a game,
This review is from: Golden Age of Racing (PS2) (Video Game)
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.