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November 2, 2000

Racing Round-up! (DC/N64)

Well, in preparation for the festival of games that came out at the end of October, I figured I should get back into top gaming form, so we went down to the corner Blockbuster and rented ten racing games to review. The hope was this would also help set up the proper perspective to look at new PlayStation 2 games. You know... you can't really compare something against something else unless you've looked at the something else first.

So... to shorten a long story, after looking at the rather abysmal offerings Blockbuster likes to call a video game selection, I set off with four Dreamcast games (Suzuki Alstar Extreme Racing, Test Drive 6, Speed Devils, and Roadsters), five N64 games (Destruction Derby 64, Excitebike 64, Stunt Racer 64, Rush 2: Extreme Racing U.S.A., and Rally Challenge 2000), and last but not least... one PlayStation game (The Dukes of Hazard: Racing for Home)... cough.

Needless to say as soon as I saw that disgrace of a so called game Dukes of Hazard running, I made a special trip back to the rental store and brought back Ridge Racer 64 for the N64 instead. No real effort was made to end up heavy on the N64 games, I just looked at everything, and based on the selection available, well... that's that.

So... five days of racing craziness ensued, and while other staff members played some of the games along with me, I took on the task of writing the reviews. Oh, and on that note, this recent batch brought our total review count up over 500. We were at 504, as of a couple of days ago until I added Wild Wild Racing for the PS2 into the mix... Never fear, for several PS2 reviews are on in the pipeline, along with several more PS and N64 reviews, and if I can get our friggin' video capture system set back up, I'll have screens added for all of these games as well.

In closing, I found a couple of surprises in the mix, the biggest being Stunt Racer 64. This game also surprised me because I seemed to open up a big can of worms in tracking down info from the developers. Over the course of a few phone calls between Boss Games Studios, Williams and the bitchy representative at Williams' PR firm, I am beginning to paint a picture of some very bitter people having a pissing fight. I'll see what I can dig up for a future story.

Whew... now that that's done, on to other pastures like what do we play tonight? Fantavision or The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask?


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