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    Street Racing Syndicate
    - FAQ/Walkthrough 
    Written by: James Pelchar (jesterguy) 
    Version 1.00
    Date: 9.08.04
    Email: *holding email info for now, check back next update!
    *If you have any questions, comments, suggestions, send them to my 
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     lot of email daily so it may take some time for me to respond to your
     letter!
    
    I.    Updates
    II.   Introduction
    III.  Controls
    IV.   Street Mode
          - Crew Meets
          - Street Challenges
          - Respect Challenges
    V.    Arcade Mode - Coming Soon!
    VI.   Vehicles
          - Getting Started
          - Vehicle List
          - Unlocking Vehicles
    VII.  Frequently Asked Questions
          - Free nitrous and more!
    VIII. Credits
    
    
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    I. Updates
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    (9.08.04)
    Version 1.00 - Got basically everything I needed in there for the first
                   update, more work on both the Street and Arcade Modes in
                   the next update.  Will definately have more in depth 
                   info on the various Crew Meet courses as well as Street
                   Challenge ones.  I'll also try to get in an overall
                   reccomended cars list sometime.
    
    
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    II. Introduction
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    Street Racing Syndicate is Namco's latest game based around the import 
    culture.  Though not a true to life portrayal of what it's really like, 
    it's a very fun and entertaining game and a nice break from the 
    straight racing sims.  In this guide you'll find car lists, secrets, 
    tips, and much more.
    
    
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    III. Controls
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    D-Pad:    Steer
    L.Analog: Steer
    R.Analog: Acclerate/Brake
    Start:    Pause Menu
    Select:   Map
    Circle:   Hand Brake
    Square:   Brake
    Triangle: Change View
    X:        Accelerate
    R1:       Nitrous
    R2:       Upshift
    R3:       ---
    L1:       Rearview Mirror
    L2:       Downshift
    L3:       Flash Headlights
    
    
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    IV. Street Mode
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    1. City Locations
    2. Crew Meets
    3. Respect Challenges
    4. Street Challenges
    5. Cruise Zones
    6. Earning Respect
    
    
    As you start the game, you'll take the reigns of your friend's Skyline 
    to win a big race.  It's pretty simple, your car is much faster, 
    handles better than the rest of them so it shouldn't be to much 
    trouble.  Hit R1 to use some nitrous if you find yourself falling 
    behind.  Finish in first and you'll have $30,000 to play around with.  
    If you don't know what car to buy, refer to the Getting Started part in 
    the Vehicles section of this guide.
    
    
    -- 1. City Locations --
    
    The city locations are just the 3 areas you can go to for things 
    relating to you and your cars.  Here are the details on them:
    
    - Garage - Here you can buy new parts for you car including engine
      mods, stickers, paint, bodykits, spoilers, etc.  You can also dyno
      your car and repair it if its damaged.
    
    - Car Showroom - Go here to purchase a new vehicle to run around the
      streets in.  For info on how to unlock specific cars, check out the
      "Vehicles" section of this guide.
    
    - Warehouse - Your warehouse is where all of your cars and girlfriends
      are stored at.  I like to call it my "stable".  Come here if you want
      to switch your vehicle or girlfriend you want to roll around with
      (and also to watch videos of your girlfriends).
    
    
    -- 2. Crew Meets --
    
    Crew Meets are where you go to challenge car teams in the area for 
    respect points, ulocking showroom cars, unlocking respect challenges, 
    as well as making some nice cash.  Basically each Crew Meet consists of 
    3 series with 3 races each (for a total of 9 races to beat the crew).  
    To win the series overall you'll need to be number one in respect 
    points.  You get points for placing in each of the 3 races:
    
        1st: 750 pts.   Each race has a maximum of 1,000 pts.  You can
        2nd: 500 pts.   make the other 250 by getting respect points in
        3rd: 250 pts.   the race.  See the "Earning Respect" part of 
        4th: 000 pts.   this section for more info.
    
    Hit select to open your map, it will show the locations of the crew 
    races that are available, you can jump to them or drive.
    
    
    A. Team Nemesis
    B. VRS Racing
    C. VF Crew
    D. Street Revolution
    E. Lightspeed
    F. Nitro Xtreme
    
    
    
    -- 3. Respect Challenges --
    
    Respect Challenges are the way you pick up girlfriends in the game.  
    When one appears you go to the location and the girl gives you a 
    challenge to complete before she comes with you.  You are given 3 to 
    start out with and more will open up as you start beating the Crew 
    races.  Go to your warehouse to "hook up" with any of the girls or 
    watch their videos.
    
    - Aiko - This challenge is incredibly simple, all you need to do is get
      some points by getting your car airborne.  Just follow the road
      straight down and you'll run right into a little jump which will get
      you the necessary points.
    
    - Angelica - Follow Angelica around and stay in the green numbers. 
      She's driving a Celica so you could probably get out of the car and
      walk and still keep up with it =)
    
    - Cherie - Cherie's checkpoint run is pretty simple (considering
      there's only two to get).  Just go straight ahead and when you hit
      the first one, double back the way you came to get the second.  You
      can take the scenic route and keep going all the way around but
      you'll cut it very close, just easier to go back.
    
    - Christi - There are 12 checkpoints to hit in this one, just follow
      the circle around until you get them all.  It repeats the same
      pattern every time.
    
    - Courtney - Just follow Courtney's Impreza wherever she goes and try 
      to say in the green numbers.  If you find yourself falling behind
      then use some nitrous to get you back up by her.  It's very short so
      it shouldn't be much of an issue.
    
    - Flo - 
    
    - Francine - Francine's is one of the more fun challenges to do.  There
      are 10 checkpoints in the area, you'll just need to rely on your map
      to find them.  I reccomend taking a left after you get the first one,
      then work your way up from there.
    
    - Kaila - Kaila's checkpoint challenge is very simple, just keep going
      in the circle until you collect all 10 checkpoints.
    
    - Linda - 
    
    - Meriah - 
    
    - Michele - You just need 10 respect points to get Michele.  Go
      straight ahead and drift around the first corner and you should be
      able to get enough, if not more, points to win the challenge.
    
    - Natasha - Natasha's is a checkpoint challenge.  You basically just go
      in a circle of on-ramps and collect 19 checkpoints.  Just find the
      pattern and follow it over and over until you've got them all.
    
    - Neferteri - My favorite girl in the game =)  There is a checkpoint on
      the highway so after you come up the hill where you begin at, hang a
      left and take the on-ramp down to the highway.  Hit the checkpoint
      and go back the way you came and touch the second one to complete the
      mission.
    
    - Rowena - 
    
    - Sasha - You'll either find this one pretty difficult or very easy. 
      The way I did it was to just accelerate as much as I could until I
      saw where the highway branched in 3 directions and did a Break Drift
      right in front of the yellow barrels.  If you do it correctly you can
      get link together a few tricks and get it in one pass.  You can do 
      this over and over until you get it or drive somewhere else and give
      it a try.  Whatever works for you.
    
    - Sharon - 
    
    - Tila - 
    
    - Tina - Tina is a time trial, there is a checkpoint set pretty far up
      the road you need to reach in a minute or less.  Just go straight as
      far as you can and hang a right to turn onto the highway and up to
      the checkpoint.
    
    
    
    -- 4. Street Challenges --
    
    Street Challenges are specific locations around the city that you can 
    race for money on a course.  It also gives you an opportunity to win 
    back a girl that might have left you after losing a crew race.  
    
    A. South and North
    B. Freeway Over
    C. Western Park
    D. ATL and G
    E. Garage Challenge
    F. Hotel Hike 
    G. Motel Hotel
    H. Theater Run
    I. Boulevard Sprint
    J. Surfin Time
    
    > A. South and North
    
    > B. Freeway Over
     
      The Freeway Over track is ideal for a car with a high top speed and 
      relatively good handling.  There are a lot of open straightaways and
      almost all of the turns are just more gradual instead of sharp.  The
      one you really need to look out for is the one after the long stretch
      of highway at the beginning of the race.  You will need to break hard
      since the course ends abruptly into a very sharp turn.  Other than
      that the rest is pretty simple as long as you don't go barreling into
      the turns.
    
    
    
    -- 5. Cruise Zones --
    
    There are 3 Cruise Zones on your map that you can go to (Parkway, 
    Sunset, Santa).  Basically you let the computer take over the car and 
    you can rotate the camera around and see how sexy the car is in motion.  
    You don't gain/lose anything for doing it, just a way to check out your 
    car from a different view.
    
    
    -- 6. Earning Respect --
    
    Respect in this game is similar to the Kudos system on Project Gotham 
    Racing (if you've ever played it).  You gain or lose points based on 
    the things you do when racing, read below for more details on that.  
    Gaining respect will open up more crew races for you to participate in.
    
    - Braking Drift - Pretty self explanitory, it's using your foot break
      through a drift maneuver, one of the more common bonuses you will
      recieve.
    
    - Caught Air - Just go over a little jump and get your car airborne to
      catch this bonus.  The longer you keep it up there the bigger your
      bonus gets.
    
    - Clean Lap - Go an entire lap without getting point penalties and 
      you'll get a bonus when you cross the start/finish line.
    
    - Drafting - Drafting is when you get into the airflow of the car
      in front of you.  Usually you'd need to be right up on them to draft
      but in here you'll need to be about 10 cars back and going around 80+
      to get the bonus.  It'll get you an instant 30 or 60 respect points
      so get it when you can!
    
    - Faint - This is done by drifting into the outside part of a corner,
      then back into it.  Not the easiest maneuver to do by any means but
      you'll get the hang of it.
    
    - Jump Drift - 
    
    - Kansai Drift - 
    
    - Lap Leader - Pretty self explanitory, just be in the lead when you're
      coming across the start/finish line on a course with 2 or more laps.
    
    - Long Drift - Maintain a drift for an extended period of time.  This
      one is pretty tough to pull off since you'll need to keep the car
      under control and manage to not plow into a wall.  It works pretty
      well in areas where there is an S-turn since you'll have a bigger
      area to slide around in.
    
    - Near Miss - You'll get this for getting very close to slamming into a 
      pedestrian car when you're racing.  The closer the better.
    
    - Nitrous Air - Similar to the "Caught Air" bonus except you'll need to
      use your nitrous before you get airborne.
    
    - Position Lost - Drop a position in a race and you'll be penalized 10
      respect points.
    
    - Position Gained - Gain a position in a race and you'll gain 10 
      respect points.
    
    - Power Over - 
    
    - Shortcut Taken - On certain courses you are able to take a little
      shortcut that can gain you some much needed time.  If you run through
      one of these you'll get the bonus.
    
    - Two Wheels - Get the car driving on two wheels to get this.  It's one
      of the more common bonuses in the game since you'll get it almost
      every time you go up on a curb coming around a turn.
    
    - **** - You lose points for hitting walls, cars, or having a car hit
      you.  This will also stop any point combo you have in progress and
      possibly deduct from your overall total.  Drive safely!
    
    
    
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    V. Arcade Mode
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    COMING SOON!
    
    
    
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    VI. Vehicles
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    1. Getting Started
    2. Vehicle List
    3. Unlocking Vehicles
    
    
    -- 1. Getting Started --
    
    "So, what car should I begin with?"
    
    You've got a pretty limited selection from the beginning but there are 
    some decent cars in there.  My personal choice is the Subaru WRX 2.5 RS 
    Sedan.  If you choose to upgrade this car it will last you through AT 
    LEAST 4 of the Crew Battles and you can kick pretty much every car's 
    ass on the road.  Since you can keep this car for such a long time you 
    won't need to worry about buying, upgrading, and maintaining an 
    expensive car anytime soon.  You'll have some money to buy this car and 
    beginning modding it, here's what I suggest doing from the start (in 
    chronological order):
    
    >> WRX Shopping List:
    
    1. Tires - I prefer the BFGoodrich g-Force's.  You can try the Yokohama
       Parada's and see if you like those better but I stuck to the BF's.
    
    2. Suspension - Go with the Koni Threaded Coil Kit.
    
    3. Turbo - I chose the HKS T51R, it gives you the same performance as
       the Greddy T78 but it's $775 cheaper.  Also, pick up the Greddy
       front mount while you're in the turbo section.
    
    4. Electronics - Grab the Venom Performance Module, very cheap and it
       gets you a bunch of power.
    
    At this point you'll be left with $3180.  I suggest stopping here and 
    going to do the Team Nemesis crew challenge, this money will pay for 
    your ante to get in the race and also leave you some to bet with the 
    racers and get even more cash.  Your car is easily leaps and bounds 
    beyond what they are driving so winning won't be a problem at all.  If 
    you win the first of the 3 series and get all of the biggest bets on 
    the racers you can pull in over $10,000 - 11,000 right away.  Head to 
    the garage and start upgrading again.
    
    5. Weight Reduction - Get the Stage 3 Weight Reduction, this will 
       greatly improve your cars power, handling, etc.
    
    6. Brakes - Brembo Gran Turismos are the way to go here, with all of
       this power you're adding you will definately need a way to stop it
       in the turns.
    
    7. Electronics - Pick up the Unorthodox Racing Lightened Pully Sets and
       some AEM Cam Gears.  Once again, cheap with some nice power is
       always great.
    
    8. Exhaust - Get the JIC Magic Spec 90 Series.
    
    From here on out you can pretty much figure the rest on your own.  Just 
    pick whichever parts will get you to where you want the car to be, what 
    you can handle, or whatever else.  Keep doing the Crew Meets and 
    definately do the 2 sanctioned races.
    
    
    
    
    -- 2. Vehicle List --
    
    The following is a list of all the vehicles in the game you can obtain 
    from the Showroom.  Below is a list of the ways to unlock specific ones 
    you can't get from the start.
    
    -Model-                        -Price-      -Year-
    
    Lexus IS300 5-Speed            $29,980       2004
    Lexus IS300 5-Speed SE         $31,695       2004
    Mazda RX-7 R1                  $22,900       1993
    Mazda RX-7 Spirit R Type A     $45,000       2002
    Mazda RX-7 Spirit R Type B     $45,000       2002
    *Mazda RX-7 Type R Bathurst    $45,000       2001
    Mazda RX-8                     $26,680       2004
    *Mazda RX-8 Mazdaspeed Ed.     $33,380       2004
    Mitsubishi Eclipse GS          $19,449       2004
    Mitsubishi Eclipse GS-T        $23,210       1999
    Mitsubishi Eclipse GT          $21,147       2002
    Mitsubishi Eclipse GT          $21,649       2004
    Mitsubishi Eclipse GT-S        $24,649       2004
    Mitsubishi Eclipse RS          $18,399       2004
    Mitsubishi EVO VIII            $28,987       2004
    *Mitsubishi EVO VII GSR        $34,999       2002
    Nissan 350Z Coupe              $26,930       2004
    Nissan 350Z Coupe E.           $28,910       2004
    Nissan 350Z Coupe P.           $31,090       2004
    Nissan 350Z Coupe Touring      $33,840       2004
    Nissan 350Z Coupe Track        $34,750       2004
    Nissan Skyline GT-R            $93,000       1999
    Nissan Skyline GTR M-Spec      $97,300       2001
    Nissan Skyline GTR M-Spec Nur  $118,000      2002
    Nissan Skyline GTR V-Spec      $94,000       1999
    Nissan Skyline GTR V-Spec II   $95,000       2000
    Nissan Skyline GTR V-S.II Nur  $115,000      2002
    Subaru Impreza 2.5 RS Sedan    $18,995       2002
    Subaru Impreza S202 STi        $71,412       2002
    Subaru Impreza STi Sedan       $57,124       2002
    Subaru Impreza WRX Sedan       $23,995       2002
    Toyota Celica GT               $16,875       2000
    Toyota Celica GT               $18,085       2004
    Toyota Celica GT (AP)          $20,050       2004
    Toyota Celica GT-S             $21,345       2000
    Toyota Celica GT-S             $22,055       2004
    Toyota Celica GT-S (AP)        $24,625       2004
    Toyota MR2 Spyder              $23,735       2002
    Toyota MR2 Spyder              $25,410       2004
    *Toyota Sprinter Trueno        $13,550       1985
    Toyota Supra 3.0L 5Z-R         $28,300       1996
    Toyota Supra 3.0L RE           $30,900       1997
    Toyota Supra SR Targa RE       $33,500       1997
    Toyota Supra Turbo 3.0L RZ     $36,500       1996
    Toyota Supra 3.0L TT RE        $36,500       1997
    Volkswagen Golf GTI 1.8T       $19,250       2004
    Volkswagen Golf GTI VR6        $22,070       2004
    Volkswagen Jetta GLI 2.8L      $23,210       2004
    Volkswagen Jetta GLS 2.0L      $19,460       2004
    Volkswagen Jetta GLS 1.8T      $20,940       2004
    
    * - Vehicles unlocked through arcade mode (see below)
    
    
    -- 3. Unlocking Vehicles --
    
    The following is a list of the cars you can unlock by completing 
    certain requirements in the game.  Refer to the above vehicle list for 
    pricing, etc.
    
    A. Defeat Team Nemesis
       - Lexus IS300 5-Speed
       - Lexus IS300 5-Speed SE
       - Mazda RX-7 R1
       - Mitsubishi Eclipse GT-S
       - Toyota Celica GT-S
       - Toyota Celica GT-S
       - Toyota Celica GT-S (AP)
       - Volkswagen Golf GTI VR6
       - Volkswagen Jetta GLI 2.8L
     
    
    B. Defeat VRS Racing
       - Mazda RX-8
       - Nissan 350Z Coupe
       - Nissan 350Z Coupe E.
       - Nissan 350Z Coupe P.
       - Nissan 350Z Coupe Touring
       - Toyota Supra 3.0L 5Z-R
    
    
    C. Defeat VF Crew
       - Mazda RX-7 Spirit R Type A
       - Mitsubishi EVO VIII
       - Nissan 350Z Coupe Track
       - Nissan Skyline GT-R
       - Subaru Impreza WRX Sedan
       - Toyota Supra 3.0L RE
       - Toyota Supra SR Targa RE
       - Toyota Supra Turbo 3.0L RZ
    
    
    D. Defeat Street Revolution
       - Mazda RX-7 Spirit R Type B
       - Nissan Skyline GTR M-Spec
       - Nissan Skyline GTR M-Spec Nur
       - Nissan Skyline GTR V-Spec
       - Nissan Skyline GTR V-Spec II
       - Toyota Supra 3.0L TT RE
       - Subaru Impreza S202 STi
       - Subaru Impreza STi Sedan
    
    
    E. Defeat Nitro Xtreme
       - Nissan Skyline GTR V-Spec II Nur  
    
    
    F. Other - Arcade Mode Unlocks
       - Mazda RX-7 Type R Bathurst (1st in L.A. Iron Man)
       - Mazda RX-8 Mazdaspeed Ed.  (1st in Miami Iron Man)
       - Mitsubishi EVO VII GSR     (1st in L.A. Checkpoint)
       - Toyota Sprinter Trueno     (1st in Philidelphia Iron Man)
    
    
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    VII. FAQ
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    Below is a list of questions I see a lot of on various message boards 
    as well as ones from emails, hopefully this will save some of you the 
    hassle of searching around for answers.
    
    1. Q: I just started playing, what car do you reccomend first?
       A: Check the "Vehicles" section of this guide for more info.
    
    2. Q: I'm out of money, how can I get more?
       A: Go to the Desert or Storm Drain sanctioned races, there is no 
          entrance fee and you can pick up some decent money for completing
          them.  Well, enough to get you back on your feet for a little
          while at least.
    
    3. Q: I see two cars for sale that appear to perform the same, what are
          the differences between them?
       A: Year is one of the major differences, also on cars like the
          Celica, the Action Package which is essentially a factory bodykit
          adds to the price.  Special edition type cars, though they don't
          have any performance gains over a similar vehicle, are more
          expensive simply because they are special edition.
    
    4. Q: How do I unlock [insert car here]?
       A: Check the "Vehicles" section of this guide for more info.
    
    5. Q: I can't get into one of the crew battles, where can I get
          respect?
       A: Go back to previous crew battles that you've done and try to max
          those respect points out, also make sure to do it in the
          sanctioned races as well.
    
    6. Q: Why did one of my girlfriends leave and how do I get her back?
       A: You can lose a girl if you are riding with her and lose a crew 
          meet series.  To get her back, keep playing the Street Challenges 
          and she'll be with one of your opponents eventually.  Beat the
          person she's with and you'll have her back.
    
    7. Q: What's this I hear about free nitrous?
       A: There was supposedly a trick that you can do in garage where your
          purchase total would come out to $0, but it does infact subtract
          from your money as normal.  To get free nitrous, when you are
          just driving around the streets do drifts, jumps, or whatever
          else to earn you points and this will (magically) add nitrous to
          your bottle.  If you don't feel like doing this just go to your
          garage and buy a new bottle.
    
    
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    VIII. Credits
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    I'd like to thank:
    
    The People - For reading my FAQ, I hope its helpful, comments and
      things to add are always welcomed. 
    
    Namco - For creating this game, job well done!
    
    CJayC - For putting this FAQ up, and making an excellent site.
      http://www.gamefaqs.com/ 
    
    

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