Kyle Petty's No Fear Racing

a game by Williams

Platform: SNESSNES

Genre: Racing

See also: Racing Games

A stock car full of options and fun gameplay make Kyle Petty's No Fear Racing a champion.

Green Flag

Terrific options get this impressive racer off to a blazing start. You compete in a full season of stock-car action starting on the classic Daytona Beach track, or you can skip around the 28 tracks in the Single Race mode.

ProTips:

  • If you like experiencing "turn terror", choose Tulsa, Las Vegas, or Darlington.
  • Buying more nitro Ls the most inexpensive way to quickly pump up your car's performance.

Snow and night racing are just two of the challenges you'll encounter along the way. Earn enough money with trophy finishes, and you can customize everything on your car from the engine to the tranny.

These options, plus the two- player split-screen racing, are pretty standard, but the Custom Track feature is really amazing. You can literally build and save your own dream course, making it as straight or as curvy as you like, changing the weather conditions, and placing such objects as signs and snowmen wherever you want. This kind of versatility adds a creative dimension that's rare in the world of racing games.

Fast Lap

Pushed along by solid controls, the gameplay is fast and exciting. Your cars really move, and they noticeably respond to customizations. The courses have banked turns, so you can effectively weave past opponents at high speed, and cars spin out and flip if you bump 'em right. There's nothing Petty about these races.

The graphics also help push this game to the front of the pack. Big cars dominate the track and are supplemented by good visual details, such as sparks when you graze the wall. Some choppiness slightly impedes the flow of scenery that you pass, and a map during races would help, but overall this game looks like a winner.

Get the fastest possible start by gunning your nitro just before you get the green light.

The sounds are even better. An announcer's voice calls out the action on the track, while your crew radios in during a race with advice about your tires and fuel. Such audio really helps because you can keep your eyes on the track without having to look at the gauges off to the side.

Checkered Flag

Kyle Petty may not be as famous as his legendary dad. Richard, but perhaps he will be one day. This turbo-charged game certainly doesn't hurt his chances of reaching superstardom.

Skid through turns without banging into the wall, then bum your nitro as you come back down to the straightaway.

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SNES Kyle Petty's No Fear Racing download
  • Williams Entertainment for Super NES

This game is just like a car (Wow, really? Whatever made me think of that analogy?) that has a real stylish body, nice shiny wheels, real fat tires, and a squirrel in one of those little circle-running things under the hood. There's no fear if you don't go near it!

reggie posted a review
  • Manufacturer: Williams Entertainment
  • Machine: Super NES

This game is just like a car (Wow, really? Whatever made me think of that analogy?) that has a real stylish body, nice shiny wheels, real fat tires, and a squirrel in one of those lithe circle-running things under the hood. There's no fear if you don't go near it!

reggie posted a review
  • Manufacturer: Williams Entertainment
  • Machine: Super NES

This game is just like a car (Wow, really? Whatever made me think of that analogy?) that has a real stylish body, nice shiny wheels, real fat tires, and a squirrel in one of those lithe circle-running things under the hood. There's no fear if you don't go near it!

reggie posted a review
  • Publisher: Williams Entertainment
  • Developer: Williams Entertainment

You don't have to be a race fan to know that the name Petty is synonymous with racing. Richard Petty paved the way, so to speak, for his son Kyle, who has now entered the video game circuit with Kyle Petty's No Fear Racing for Super NES. But while No Fear Racing may have a sleek outward appearance, there's really not much too it when you look under the hood.

The game is actually a cross between a NASCAR simulation and a Rock N' Roll Racing-style game. The 24-bit cartridge has some fairly impressive 3-D car animations, while rock music and a screaming monster-truck-rally announcer accompany the action. In an apparent effort to keep the game exciting, nitro speed bursts are included. However, instead of livening up the action, the nitros tend to make the races lopsided in favor of any human smart enough to stock up on the speed bursts. There are plenty of other accessories available for your car between races, but by concentrating solely on tire changes, nitros, and timely pit stops you can usually dominate the field.

There are 28 speedways featured, but apart from the differing backgrounds (sunny, night, foggy, rainy, etc.) the tracks become very monotonous. Each straight-away, right turn, and left turn look exactly the same from track to track. On the plus side, the game features a custom track editor which allows you to lay every curve and place every road sign. Game modes include single race and season options, and a two-player split screen mode enables you to race against a friend.

Once you get beyond the game's 3-D animations and into the racing action, Kyle Petty's No Fear Racing doesn't quite deliver the goods. Regardless of the number of tracks and despite the fact there is a track design feature, this game gets boring fast. The lack of diversity and challenge should earn this game a one-way trip to the garage for further tuning and repair.

reggie posted a review
  • Manufacturer: Williams Entertainment
  • Machine: Super NES

This game is just like a car (Wow, really? Whatever made me think of that analogy?) that has a real stylish body, nice shiny wheels, real fat tires, and a squirrel in one of those lithe circle-running things under the hood. There's no fear if you don't go near it!

reggie posted a review
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