Castrol Honda Superbike 2000
|a game by||Interactive Entertainment Ltd.|
|User Rating:||8.0/10 - 1 vote|
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Let's face it, motorbike games and the PC have never exactly hit it off, with the notable exception of Superbike World Championship. Anyone who already owns last year's Castrol Honda Superbike World Champions, will be left wondering just what the major changes are in this follow - up. Sequels are meant to improve on the original, not just emulate them with a few sections tidied up, and unfortunately the latter is often the case with CHS2000.
The game tries to mix both arcade and simulation options via a Realism mode, where different settings, such as damage and tyre wear, can be turned on and off. The manual gives an in-depth explanation of how sprocket sets can change your gear ratios, only for the game to offer you a single bar which must be pushed left or right in order to change the gear lengths. Such indifference to detail soon makes customising the bike more tiresome than engaging, leaving you wondering whether this part of the game was meant to be simulation or arcade, it actually achieves neither.
The game itself features some smart graphics, but the lower resolutions are almost unplayable, with blurred visuals and overly large displays, so you need a good 3D card to get the most out of it. The feel of the bike is realistic, but collisions are poor (you bounce off opponents as though you were both made of rubber). Also, you don't so much fall off the bike as flop off it - there's very little sense of weight to it all. However, the animation is very smooth, the clipping solid and the scenery breathtaking. It's a shame the same detail wasn't paid to the bike's display. Good opponent Al, some great circuits, comprehensive replays, split-screen and network play, championship mode and random weather conditions all add an element of excitement, but overall the experience fails to satisfy. Even the full simulation mode, where damage incurred affects the handling of the bike, doesn't save CHS2000 from being little more than an average biking game.