Sponsored by Polaris, one of the biggest snowmobile manufacturers in the world Polaris Snocross is all about super-fast snow racing. There are 16 upgradable snowmobiles on offer with realistic handling and you can race across 10 different tracks. Like Wave Race there is the opportunity to show off with tricks if you want to, but at the end of the day this game is more about serious racing than anything else.
It's fast, it's furious and it seems like a lot of fun. We've had a lot of racing games for the N64 but this looks like being a little different. The handling of the snowmobiles makes for a different kind of game On the same way that the jetbikes did in Wave Race) and as a result Polaris Snocross shows a huge amount of potential.
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Think of this game as the ugly stepchild of Wave Race 64 and 1080 Snowboarding. Horrendous draw-in problems, a choppy framerate and blurry textures make it clear that Polaris has not sprung from the same gene pool as these extreme-sports classics, despite the presence of a few superficial similarities. Undulating 1080-style terrains make for some exciting twists and turns, but there is little strategy involved in maintaining your balance and avoiding obstacles. When you're first learning how to play, that's fine, but hours into the game, when the difficulty level should be ramping up, you'll still be blasting through courses with the greatest of ease. The snowmobiles are similar aesthetically to the jet skis in Wave Race, but sadly, they don't control with the same grace or agility. Turning is sluggish, and the brake button is useless. The split-screen multiplayer experience is not very satisfying, either--a severely limited depth of field makes this mode more of a "let's try it once" novelty than a legitimate play option. C'mon, the N64 deserves better.