CART Precision Racing
|a game by||Terminal Reality|
|Editor Rating:||7/10, based on 1 review|
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It takes a lot to construct a world-class auto racing sim--and while Microsoft has done an admirable job with its new CART Precision Racing, it falls short of becoming the new benchmark in racing games.
Feel of the Wheel
With its endless options, statistics, and tweaking features, it's impossible to accuse Microsoft of leaving any stone unturned. Everything a racing simster could ask for is included, right down to the real drivers and 17 authentic CART tracks. What's lacking, however, is a solid, comfortable feel while playing. You'll fight the quirky controls; stumble over the many, and often confusing, menu screens; sit through the long loading times; and suffer as the game fails to recognize your sound card.
If you can get past some of the more irritating aspects. CART does prove to be a somewhat rewarding racing experience. The detailed, photorealistic graphics are topnotch (despite some wretched draw-in on bigger speedways), and the inclusion of real tracks, drivers, teams, and sponsors sends the game's authenticity skyrocketing.
Yellow Flag Ahead
If not for some serious flaws. CART Precision Racing would be the ultimate Indy car simulator. Instead, this gives Microsoft something to shoot for next time.
- Toggle tneSpin Control featgie before, each race so you can straighten out your ride more easily after a wet-weather spinout.
- Road courses feature many tight, twisting turns that make it difficult to pass. Look for straight, lengthy strips of asphalt--like this one in Long Beach--and use them to rocket past your opponents.
- Try to keep in line with the tire marks on superspeedways like Fontana, Miami, and Michigan to determine the best groove around the track.