Downtown Run

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a game by Ubisoft
Platforms: PC, Playstation 2
Editor Rating: 6/10, based on 1 review
User Rating: 7.3/10 - 3 votes
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See also: Racing Games
Downtown Run
Downtown Run
Downtown Run

Downtown Run might be a name that sounds familiar to you. In many other parts of the world, this game is also known as City Racer. Truth be told, while the names are different the games are exactly the same. If you ask me The Fast and the Furious franchise as awesome as it is has a lot to answer for. Since that first game was released in the early 00s, we have had a ton of “cool” games about street racing and this one here is one of the early ones.

King of the Streets

Even before I write this, I bet you could guess at what the story of Downtown Run (City Racer) is. The basics are you want to be the best and raddest street racer in the world and you can only do that by winning races and showing everyone that you are the best around. It is a basic premise, but what more can you really do in a game like this?

Hitting the Streets

There was no shortage of street racing games when this was released. The presentation leaves a lot to be desired. This game has a very budget feel to the visuals. It uses real cars and they do not look bad. However, when this came out we also had games like Need for Speed Underground and Midnight Club that also were themed around street racing and those games still look decent to this day, Downtown Run (City Racer) on the other hand has aged quite poorly. This is most evident in the stages. There is a pretty decent variety of tracks that are based all over the world, but the finer details look pretty bad. Trees especially look like 2D cardboard cutouts! Again, this is a budget title, but to me, street racing should be cool and sleek and this game is certainly not that.

Arcade Street Racing

To be fair, the gameplay of this is not horrible. It feels way more like an arcade-style racing game than a sim and I like that. The cars all have a nice feel to them and you can upgrade and use power-ups to help give you an edge as you race. This makes the game more fun and it also makes forgiving the less than 100 percent precise controls a bit easier.

You have a fairly decent selection of game modes to enjoy. The Championship mode is the main one you will be doing in single-player and that is not bad. You can also do single races, time trials, and so on as well as some multiplayer modes which are way more fun than you would think.


I have played worse street racing games that Downtown Run (City Racer) that is for sure. However, I have also played way better ones as well. This is a budget game and it plays like one and sure as hell looks and sounds like one too. So while this is not a bad game, there are just so many better street racing games that came out around the same time as this one that it makes it kind of hard to recommend.


  • There is a decent selection of cars
  • The cars do not look that bad
  • I liked the arcade-style of racing
  • Plenty of game modes
  • I liked the power-ups


  • The whole game is just pretty average in every regard
  • It has not aged well at all

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System requirements:

  • PC compatible
  • Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP

Playstation 2

System requirements:

  • PC compatible
  • Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP

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