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Retro arcade fun
on 5 November 2009
I have fond memories of playing this in the students union arcade, so relished the prospect of buying it for the Dreamcast.
I wasn't disappointed, but then I didn't put it in the expectation of 'Dirt' or the next-gen Sega Rally (360 / PS3).
For a game that is over 10 years old now, this still plays pretty fine.
Don't expect simulation handling, this game was always arcade fun. You soon get the knack of keeping the car sliding round the bends.
The original tracks are as I remembered, Desert (which can be done at full throttle), Mountain, Snow (tricky), and Rivera (a Monaco style tight track).
In addition to the original arcade tracks are more variants, available in the 10 year championship mode, including a remake of the original Desert track.
Car wise, the original Celica and Delta are available from the original, as well as mid/late 90s WRC models including the Impreza, Evo, Escort, 306, Corolla. A couple of classics are in there too, including the 206 T16 and the Renault Alpine.
Graphicswise, the game looks great for the age. There is some popup, and the framerate isn't as high as modern games, but it still looks presentable and looks as the arcade did. Recommended is the VGA adaptor, which shows the game in 480p 640x480 resolution. Not the highest, but still looks surprisingly crisp.
The sound is fair, including the original soundtrack, generic car noise and even the arcade "Game over yeaaa!".
Overall, for retro arcade fans and driving game collectors, this is a must have. Even for casual gamers, it is still pick up and play fun for a while. Once finished though, the replay value is low, apart from picking it up again for old times sake.
A recommended addition to any Dreamcast collection.