GP-1: Part II

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It's big-league racing action at its finest as you take to the various courses around the world in GP-1 Part 2. The game features 17 racing venues taken directly from the motorcycle racing Grand Prix circuit.

You can enjoy this fast-paced racing cart and get a geography lesson all at the same time. When you choose your venue, the place appears on the map and pinpoints the city on an artificial X and Y axis. GP-1 Part 2 features three difficulty levels: Easy, Medium and Hard--all presenting a challenge.

GO FOR THE WORLD RECORD OR RACE AGAINST A FRIEND

Race against a friend to see who can get the fastest lap time or go up against 11 other racers in a full 17-race season.

The Time Attack Mode is awesome and can familiarize you with each race course. See who is the fastest!

Choose from any one of the 12 racers provided. Or, put in your name or a name of one of your favorite motorcycle racers who actually competes in the big leagues--"The Grand Prix" racing circuit.

The races can be three, four or five laps long, depending on how long you want to race. Each challenging lap takes under one minute to complete.

There are six teams featured in the game, each with its own motorcycle. If you're doing good in your races you can be invited to choose among these awesome bikes and have sponsors by your side. Here they are! If you choose to be on the Rapid Blue team, their bike is a TEC 498cc motorcycle that reaches speeds of up to 179 mph. Team Red uses an MEX 500, 498cc cycle and reaches speeds up to 182 mph. Team GPX uses a SSS 500, 496cc machine that reaches speeds of 180 mph. Team Racing also uses the SSS 500, 496cc cycle and can get up to 190 mph. The Yellowstorm team has a RHG, 495cc motorcycle that reaches speeds up to 186 mph. The Redwind team features a 498cc machine and reaches speeds up to 184 mph. But, you have to win your way onto this team.

This is a cool cart for motorcycle fans!

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Atlus brings GP-1 back to the SNES track. Despite improvements, Part II has lost some of the features that strengthened the original game.

Motorcycle Mania

GP-1 Part II is similar to the many Formula One games available. You race from a behind-the-bike perspective on twisty Grand Prix tracks in Practice, Race, or two-player Battle mode. With 17 international tracks (up from 13) and six hot bikes to choose from, there's a ton of replay value for motorcycle maniacs. For everybody else, however, this kind of racing may seem pretty standard.

Even worse, the best graphical features in the first game are missing from the sequel: Your rider no longer wobbles in collisions, his foot doesn't go down on sharp turns, and he doesn't fall off and restart his bike. The background graphics seem merely redundant -- lots of smooth Mode 7 rotation that isn't particularly striking.

Spin Out

This game is ordinary in other ways, too. The rudimentary controls are standard for the genre and barely keep you upright. With the expected engine noises and tire screeches, the sounds are nothing to rave about.

Racers who must take every racing game for a spin might enjoy these bikes. Although the adjustable difficulty settings and passwords make it attractive to novices, the average graphics and gameplay make GP-1 Part II just another decent rental in the pack.

ProTips:

  • Slow yourself by cutting across grassy areas but watch out for obstacles.
  • Save valuable seconds by hitting Button X to slide through turns at high speed.
  • Practice with a sturdy bike like the Team Red, then use your winnings to buy the fastest bike, TeamRacung's SSS 500.
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