Gallop Racer 2006
|a game by||Tecmo, Ltd.|
|Editor Rating:||6.5/10, based on 1 review|
|User Rating:||10.0/10 - 4 votes|
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|See also:||Pet Games, Horse Racing Games|
I went into Gallop Racer 2006 pretty blind if I am being honest with you. I wanted to play a horse racing game and as this one had a bit longer development time than the other PlayStation 2 games in this series so I thought this would be the best one to go for. Anyway, I have to say this is not an arcade style of horse racing game at all, this may look like it is an arcade style of game, but there is so much to manage here that it does have a very hard barrier of entry for people to get comfortable with the game.
The Best Around
The main game mode sees you having to take your horse or horses and try and win as many titles as possible. You can also breed your horses was really interesting in that the horses you breed will pass on their traits to the horses that they then produce. So while there is not a dedicated story mode in the game, it does have more than enough in its main game mode to keep people who are into this kind of thing busy.
Lots To Keep An Eye On!
The main thing that really threw me when I was playing Gallop Racer 2006 was how you ride the actual horse! This is a very, very complicated game to understand. To start with, the horses have a ton of different stats and they all are important, and learning what these stats are for someone like me who is not familiar with the world of horse racing was really tough.
Now, once the horse racing takes place you have a whole bunch of meters that you need to keep an eye on. It is not just a case of how fast the horse is and how much stamina they have. The relationship between the horse and jockey is important, how they react to a crowd, their starting position, and so on. There is so much stuff that you have to keep an eye on and there is even this weird slot machine thing (another meter) that will pop up to give you a boost. Once you figure it out, things are fine, but I am sure many people will lose interest before they truly get to grips with what they have to do here. Oh, one thing that is pretty cool is that you can also place bets on your horses in the game which I thought was pretty neat.
And They Are Off!
The presentation is trying to be like the horse racing that you would see on TV and I think Gallop Racer 2006 does a decent enough job in this regard. It is easy to look at it now and say it is ugly, but for the PlayStation 2, I think that they did a decent job here. There is a decent variety of horses in the game, the stadium looks good, and the sound effects such as the commentators, horse noises, and so on all sound pretty authentic.
As I am not a huge horse racing aficionado, I am probably not the best person to be giving an opinion on this. However, as a video game, I think that this does have some neat ideas. The problem is the barrier to entry and the learning curve is so huge that it can be hard to stay motivated long enough to learn what the game is all about. I am sure if you are into horse racing, you could probably whack an extra number onto the score.
- The horses look real
- I liked the way that the stadium looked
- The sound design in the game is great
- I liked how you could place bets
- This is a very hard game to get into
- The actual racing is very complicated to get to grips with
Download Gallop Racer 2006
- PC compatible
- Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP