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    HOOTERS ROAD TRIP: GAME GUIDE
    
    by
    
    Jamie Stafford/Wolf Feather
    feather7@ix.netcom.com
    
    
    
    Initial Version Completed: June 19, 2002
    FINAL VERSION Completed:   July 5, 2002
    
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    CONTENTS
    Spacing and Length
    Permissions
    Introduction
    Tips
    Test Track
    Roadtrip 1
    Roadtrip 2
    Roadtrip 3
    Roadtrip 4
    Roadtrip 5
    Roadtrip 6
    Wish List
    Contact Information
    
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    SPACING AND LENGTH
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    PERMISSIONS
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    INTRODUCTION
    At only $9.99 new (in the States), this is not a bad game.
    Most likely, players will pick this up out of curiosity, just
    like I did ("Why is Hooters allowing its name to be used for
    a game!?!?!").  However, Hooters does sponsor USAR Hooters
    ProCup stock car racing, seen regularly on Speed Channel (in
    the States), so a racing game with the Hooters name really is
    not so surprising after all.
    
    "Tacky yet unrefined" certainly describes the game (however,
    I cannot speak for the restaurants themselves, as I have
    never actually been to a Hooters restaurant).  Car control is
    a bit sub-par, with cars tending to oversteer perpetually;
    for those intimately familiar with games such as EA Sports'
    F1 series and the ever-popular Gran Turismo series, the lack
    of tuning possibilities can be rather frustrating.  However,
    the graphics are quite good (at least when played on a
    PlayStation2), and the music is fitting and interesting
    without getting in the way of player concentration.  Adding a
    breath of fresh air to the racing genre, cars unlocked during
    gameplay can only be used in actual Roadtrips if they are
    first Licensed for racing (which uses the Test Course and a
    target completion time).
    
    The main part of this game guide provides descriptions of
    each of the Roadtrips in the game.  There are six Roadtrips
    (detailed on pages 12 and 13 of the game manual) broken into
    two or more Stages; each Stage is given a brief description
    in this guide, so that players will have some idea of what to
    expect.  Players should anticipate approximately three
    minutes to complete each Stage.
    
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    TIPS
    The standard skills of racing apply: brake before cornering,
    out-in-out cornering, etc.  However, the traffic on the roads
    (primarily the non-participant traffic) will often dictate
    how you can approach corners, hills, etc.  Those with a
    PlayStation2 may want to buy/rent/borrow Midnight Club:
    Street Racing and/or Tokyo Extreme Racer Zero; these
    street/highway racing games introduce traffic on a much
    larger scale, and success in either or both of these games
    will translate nicely to Hooters Road Trip.
    
    Whenever possible, brake in a straight line before reaching
    corners.  This will maximize braking ability.  Braking while
    cornering makes the brakes less effective (especially at high
    speeds) and risks to make the car unstable.
    
    When approaching a series of quick-flick corners, try to
    straightline them if possible.  This will reduce overall time
    and lessen the chance of losing car control.  Those familiar
    with rally-based games should already be familiar with this
    tactic.
    
    Definitely get to know the Ft. Lauderdale-Jacksonville Stages
    REALLY well, as ALL Roadtrips begin here.  Some also end by
    running this Stage in reverse.
    
    The opponents do sometimes make mistakes.  Keep a watchful
    eye on opponents and prepare to take advantage when they
    goof.  This generally entails ramming another (usually a non-
    participant) vehicle, but opponents will occasionally swap
    paint, thus slowing both cars.
    
    Some non-participant vehicles seem to ALWAYS create trouble,
    weaving around on the road and occasionally making overt
    attempts to block your progress.  Be especially wary of
    taxis; for some reason, they are the most vicious non-
    participant vehicles.
    
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    TEST TRACK
    The four-lane-wide test track is almost perfectly flat, and
    there are no others cars (neither opponents nor general
    traffic) on the road to create obstacles.  The challenge here
    is to survive all the twists and turns in the road.  It helps
    to make use of the telephone poles lining the road to
    anticipate corners and distances to corners.  Also, stay off
    the shoulders, as their dirt will slow the car semi-
    significantly.
    
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    ROADTRIP 1
    This Roadtrip has two Stages.  Stage 1-1 is from Ft.
    Lauderdale to Jacksonville along a twisting, winding highway.
    The beginning runs near a beach, and has a short section
    where the sand has overrun the highway.
    
    Stage 1-2 is from Jacksonville to Atlanta.  This road
    features numerous covered bridges (which narrow the road) and
    blind corners at the crest of hills.  Because of the many
    blind corners, use the treeline to judge the angle of the
    cornering.
    
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    ROADTRIP 2
    This Roadtrip has three Stages.  Stage 2-1 is from Ft.
    Lauderdale to Jacksonville along a twisting, winding highway.
    The beginning runs near a beach, and has a short section
    where the sand has overrun the highway.
    
    Stage 2-2 runs from Jacksonville to Raleigh in the rain.
    This Stage features primarily two-lane roadways, with
    cobblestone shoulders which will still slow the car semi-
    significantly.  There are plenty of trees along this route,
    including several long canopies of trees that essentially
    form a green 'tunnel;' however, these 'tunnels' generally
    create blind corners at the tops of hills, so caution is
    definitely required here.
    
    Stage 2-3 claims to run from Raleigh to Jacksonville, but
    this Stage looks completely like Stage 2-2 with NO sections
    that look like Stage 2-1.  Oh well.....  At least this Stage
    is run in the dry.
    
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    ROADTRIP 3
    This Roadtrip has four Stages.  Stage 3-1 is from Ft.
    Lauderdale to Jacksonville along a twisting, winding highway.
    The beginning runs near a beach, and has a short section
    where the sand has overrun the highway.
    
    Stage 3-2 runs from Jacksonville to Raleigh in the rain.
    This Stage features primarily two-lane roadways, with
    cobblestone shoulders which will still slow the car semi-
    significantly.  There are plenty of trees along this route,
    including several long canopies of trees that essentially
    form a green 'tunnel;' however, these 'tunnels' generally
    create blind corners at the tops of hills, so caution is
    definitely required here.
    
    Stage 3-3 claims to run from Raleigh to Jacksonville, but
    this Stage looks completely like Stage 3-2 with NO sections
    that look like Stage 3-1.  Oh well.....  At least this Stage
    is run in the dry.
    
    Stage 3-4 is the reverse of Stage 3-1.
    
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    ROADTRIP 4
    This Roadtrip has three Stages.  Stage 4-1 is from Ft.
    Lauderdale to Jacksonville along a twisting, winding highway.
    The beginning runs near a beach, and has a short section
    where the sand has overrun the highway.
    
    Stage 4-2 is from Jacksonville to Atlanta.  This road
    features numerous covered bridges (which narrow the road) and
    blind corners at the crest of hills.  Because of the many
    blind corners, use the treeline to judge the angle of the
    cornering.
    
    Stage 4-3 runs from Atlanta to New Orleans.  The road is nice
    and wide - a full four lanes - all the way.  There are many
    hills and valleys, primarily in the first half of the Stage,
    and they seemingly ALL have corners at their highest and
    lowest points.  The scenery really becomes interesting when
    the road begins winding through swamp country; here, the road
    flattens out.
    
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    ROADTRIP 5
    This Roadtrip has five Stages.  Stage 5-1 is from Ft.
    Lauderdale to Jacksonville along a twisting, winding highway.
    The beginning runs near a beach, and has a short section
    where the sand has overrun the highway.
    
    Stage 5-2 is from Jacksonville to Atlanta.  This road
    features numerous covered bridges (which narrow the road) and
    blind corners at the crest of hills.  Because of the many
    blind corners, use the treeline to judge the angle of the
    cornering.
    
    Stage 5-3 runs from Atlanta to New Orleans.  The road is nice
    and wide - a full four lanes - all the way.  There are many
    hills and valleys, primarily in the first half of the Stage,
    and they seemingly ALL have corners at their highest and
    lowest points.  The scenery really becomes interesting when
    the road begins winding through swamp country; here, the road
    flattens out.
    
    Stage 5-4 continues from New Orleans to Corpus Christi.  This
    road is mostly four lanes, but there are significant areas
    which narrow to only two lanes.  There are plenty of corners,
    with some on hills or in valleys.  Those who have lived in
    wide, flat areas (the southern Arizona desert or the Great
    Plains, for example) will notice that the sky indicates a
    heavy rainstorm always ahead... but the road never quite
    seems to reach the wet area!!!
    
    Stage 5-5 is the route from Corpus Christi to Phoenix.  This
    is primarily a two-lane road - with some four-lane sections,
    especially through the mini-tunnels - through the
    southwestern desert.  Note the many saguaro cacti lining the
    roadway; this Stage is obviously based upon Arizona roads.
    There are some hills, but this Stage is primarily flat, as it
    avoids the mountains which do exist in the deserts of New
    Mexico and Arizona.
    
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    ROADTRIP 6
    This final Roadtrip has seven Stages.  Stage 6-1 is from Ft.
    Lauderdale to Jacksonville along a twisting, winding highway.
    The beginning runs near a beach, and has a short section
    where the sand has overrun the highway.
    
    Stage 6-2 is from Jacksonville to Atlanta.  This road
    features numerous covered bridges (which narrow the road) and
    blind corners at the crest of hills.  Because of the many
    blind corners, use the treeline to judge the angle of the
    cornering.
    
    Stage 6-3 runs from Atlanta to New Orleans.  The road is nice
    and wide - a full four lanes - all the way.  There are many
    hills and valleys, primarily in the first half of the Stage,
    and they seemingly ALL have corners at their highest and
    lowest points.  The scenery really becomes interesting when
    the road begins winding through swamp country; here, the road
    flattens out.
    
    Stage 6-4 continues from New Orleans to Corpus Christi.  This
    road is mostly four lanes, but there are significant areas
    which narrow to only two lanes.  There are plenty of corners,
    with some on hills or in valleys.  Those who have lived in
    wide, flat areas (the southern Arizona desert or the Great
    Plains, for example) will notice that the sky indicates a
    heavy rainstorm always ahead... but the road never quite
    seems to reach the wet area!!!
    
    Stage 6-5 is the route from Corpus Christi to Phoenix.  This
    is primarily a two-lane road - with some four-lane sections,
    especially through the mini-tunnels - through the
    southwestern desert.  Note the many saguaro cacti lining the
    roadway; this Stage is obviously based upon Arizona roads.
    There are some hills, but this Stage is primarily flat, as it
    avoids the mountains which do exist in the deserts of New
    Mexico and Arizona.
    
    Running through the Painted Desert from Phoenix to Las Vegas,
    the twisty two-lane road of Stage 6-6 has moments of four-
    lane ease-of-passing and is also lined with saguaro cacti.
    
    The final Stage of the game, Stage 6-7 is run from Las Vegas
    to Santa Monica on an actual highway until arrival in Santa
    Monica itself; there are six lanes total, but only the three
    lanes headed to Santa Monica are used.  Once in Santa Monica
    proper, the six-lane highway becomes a four-land road; both
    sections are lined with palm trees (especially in Santa
    Monica), and the road in Santa Monica itself is bounded by
    plenty of sand as well.  This is an excellent Stage for high-
    speed cars, as there is NO braking required due to the gentle
    curves throughout the Stage.  Note that there is never any
    traffic heading in the opposite direction, so once in Santa
    Monica proper, feel free to make use of the FULL road,
    especially in entering and exiting corners.
    
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    WISH LIST
    Here are some things I would like to see should there be
    future incarnations of Hooters Road Trip:
    
    1.) Better handling with the D-pad.
    
    2.) Customizable button functions; L2 to look back is really
    awkward at best.
    
    3.) Allow players to save progress after each Stage of a
    Roadtrip.
    
    4.) Certainly, Hooters exists in places other than the south
    and southwestern United States!!!  This needs to be reflected
    in having some Roadtrips through the northern states and up
    and down each coast.
    
    5.) Once a player has completed a particular Roadtrip in a
    given mode, that Roadtrip should be selectable everafter.
    
    6.) Why do ALL Roadtrips begin in Jacksonville???  Give us
    some variety!!!!!!!!!
    
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