Review by Frowdo

Reviewed: 09/07/03

How many laws can I break today

Concept: Take your souped up ride out and race through a real city, illeaglly of course. Then earn the pickslip to the cars you race against till you are the best of the best.

Graphics: 9/10
The graphics are very well done. Cars are well designed and have obvious differences from eachother. Cities are also pretty well done and have a good level of detail, as do the civilians.

Sound: 7/10
Sound effects are pretty decent. Bangs, crashes, rundown civilians all sound realistic. The music track if there is one is pretty forgetable. The racer's voices are well done and are quite varied.

Controls: 8/10
The game has decent control scheme, there are several different schemes to pick from if you don't like the default or if you don't like using an Automatic or Manual Transmission. Everything you need is within the reach and you don't have to bash the controller to get what you want done. They also respond well so you won't have to worry about missing any tight turns.

Playability: 9/10
Very well made arcade style racing. There are a few annoyances with the people driving and your fellow racers. Your fellow racers have a tendancy to T-bone your car and drive off carefree whenever you care to pass. Also the other cars on the road have this tendency to suddenly turn and change lanes for no reason. This is kind of annoying until you realize that this is very realistic.

Multiplayer: 8/10
Up to 4 peeps can play.

Overall: 9/10 With good, solid arcade style racing along with some tight graphics, and throw in some opposing racers that look like they came right off the street, and you have yourself a certifiable hit. If you are looking for a realistic driving sim this isn't your cup of tea. Being able to make tight corners at insanly high levels of speed and knocking over lamp posts with only minor damage if any to your car, isn't exactly realistic, but it is cool. Also you can saftely run over several pedestrians and misc. sidewalk objects without fear from the cops, but just make sure you don't speed.

Also, although it may not sound like much there are 3 cities. Trust me these are enough as these cities are quite large and you shouldn't have any problem finding places to raise some you know what.

Rent or Buy: Buy, or wait for Grand Traismo 4 if you want something more realistic.

Rating:   4.5 - Outstanding

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