Review by GameWizard16

"A really good racing game with pretty good graphics"

Graphics: 8/10
This game has some of the best graphics of any of the racing games so far for the Gamecube. The crashes are great and combined with the detailed and large variety of backgrounds it makes for a truly realistic visual experience. The cars in the game are based off real model cars and the game creators did a good job of realistically creating the details of these suped up speed machines.

Replay Value: 9/10
With 66 challenges in Hot Pursuit and Championship Mode this game is really a challenge to beat. It is a definite time consumer if you want to get enough points to unlock all of the cars and tracks.

Sound: 7/10
The game has definitely some good songs for racing. It is a little bit on the repetitive side though because of the fact that sometimes it replays the same song within minutes of hearing it last. The sound effects are good, from the sounds of reving engines to blaring of police sirens.

Play Control: 8/10
This game has tight play control. It features realistic handling for each of the different cars. The controls are responsive and the cars get harder to handle as you reach higher speeds. You can even do doughnuts.

Difficulty: 8/10
Some of the game's races are quite challenging whereas others are really easy and take no time to beat. The addition of the cops in Hot Pursuit mode makes the game harder. The cops are constantly chasing you and they can lay down spike strips, set up road blocks,shoot grenades at you from helicopters, as well as the ever annoying spin outs. They can also arrest you and make you lose all the points that you earned for that race. The cops also drive different cars depending on what vehicle your in so they can be in anything from Lamborginis to Porsches. 279 Then the racers are not always easy on you either and in some of the races it is near impossible to finish without a banged up car.

Gameplay: 8/10

The game play is pretty typical to any racing game. You try and win medals by completing individual races as well as championships which consist of four or more races. There is also a single race mode where you can hone your skills against a set amount of computer players and you can also adjust the amount of laps and the difficulty of the other racers.

Overall: 8/10
I'd definitely give this game this score because in my opinion it is the best racing game for Gamecube to date that i have played. It is a must have for race game fans and people that just need a good multiplayer game to play there friends at.

Reviewer's Rating:   4.0 - Great

Originally Posted: 07/28/03, Updated 07/28/03

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