Street Racer

a game by Ubisoft, and Vivid Image
Genre: Racing
Platforms: Sega GenesisGenesis, SNESSNES, Playstation, PSX, GameBoy
Editor Rating: 7.2/10, based on 10 reviews
User Rating: 8.0/10 - 2 votes
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See also: Racing Games, Car Games, Car Racing Games

LET THE ENGINES ROAR. VROOM... VROOM

Have you played Super Mario Kart and couldn't get enough of it, or played Road Rash for the Genesis and had the time of your life? Mix the two together, combine their most exciting elements, and you'll come up with Street Racers. This game has something for everybody. Members of your entire family will want to saddle up with this game. The person with the best killer attitude, combined with the fastest hands on the control pad, will win in this cool game of on-the-road action.

You have eight cars to choose from and as many drivers. You and three of your pals can play against each other in the Four-player Mode, but you must have a four-player adaptor.

The catch here is that each driver has his own strengths, weaknesses, and special weapons. The object of the game is to finish first and in one piece. It's as much fun as you can have with your cowboy boots on. If you enjoy punishing your competition, this game is for you.

VARIABLE SKILL LEVELS AND MUCH, MUCH MORE!

If you are playing against a competitor less skilled than you, you can go into the Options Mode and turn ON all of their options and turn OFF yours, in order to make it more fair. You can choose from one i to 24 tracks and customize the order in which thev appear.

Resullected, punches executed, bonus (or finishing a race without sustaining any damage. In the Cup Select Menu choose the level of difficulty for the entire season of races.

The easiest is Bronze, with a six track season, followed by Silver with 10 tracks, and Gold with 14 tracks. You can even practice the Soccer Match Mode or the Rumble Arena. The Practice Mode is a good place to start. This allows you to determine the strengths and weaknesses of each character. You've never played bumper cars like this or this unique brand of soccer before my fellow buckaroos!

BIG-TIME BUMPER CARS!

You use your car to speed around the field, trying to get the ball to score. The automatic goal keeper doesn't look like much, but he's worth his weight in scrap metal. He's quicker than a greased pig on the run inside the slaughter house.

In the Rumble Arena, it's an all-out free-for-all, with the last car on all fours being named winner. The way to put the boots to the other drivers is to crash into them and knock them out of the arena. Each character has his/her own special weapons or tactics. Hodja will use his Ottoman dagger swipe. Frank uses his Monster Bash, Suzulu uses his Voodoo Stick Poke, Biff uses his baseball bat, and Raphael uses her quick jab.

At the end of each race--Rumble or Soccer--you can replay the action. To repair your car, run over the yellow squares with a wrench on it. Pick up blue squares to get Turbo, and yellow squares with a red star for bonus points. Watch out for road hazards, including green and orange mines. This game is a hoot!

  • MANUFACTURER - UBI SOFT
  • NUMBER OF PLAYERS - 1 to 4

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Genesis Download

System requirements:

Operating systems: Windows 9x/2K/WinXP/Vista/7

Game modes: Single game mode

Player controls:

  • Up, Down, Left, Right - Arrow keys
  • Start - Enter (Pause, Menu select, Skip intro, Inventory)
  • "A" Gamepad button - Ctrl (usually Jump or Change weapon)
  • "B" button - Space (Jump, Fire, Menu select)
  • "C" button - Left Shift (Item select)

Use the F12 key to toggle mouse capture / release when using the mouse as a controller.

SNES Download

System requirements:

Pentium II (or equivalent) 266MHz (500MHz recommended), RAM: 64MB (128MB recommended), DirectX v8.0a or later must be installed

Operating systems: Windows 95/98/ME/2000/XP/2003/Vista

Game Reviews

Street Racer is what you get when you combine Mario Kart with Mad Max. It's a fast-paced game of autodueling with outrageous features.

Street Racer allows you to choose from eight different vehicles driven by wild-looking characters. These drivers include Frankie, a big green guy that inhabits the eerie graveyard track, to Surf Sister, a tough blonde with a thing for fast cars.

A great way to play is with four players simultaneous via a screen that is split four ways. This brings new meaning to the word intense.

Street Racer is going to be one of the best racing carts around. Stay tuned for more information.

Fans of last year's nifty Street Racer for the SNES will enjoy putting the pedal to the metal in this spirited 3D racer. Up to eight gamers can compete simultaneously in humorous races that owe a lot to Super Mario Kart. The cartoony characters wield wacky weapons for Road Rash-style thumping, and the 24 colorful tracks come alive with charming details. The Rumble mode throws you into an arena for bumper-car action. The 32-bit versions are due out first; the handheld version will follow by Thanksgiving.

Shamelessly billed as a "cross between Mario I Kart and Street Fighter," Ubi Soft's Street Racer X-Treme is looking to tear up your TV screen when it comes to the Sony PlayStation.

With 24 different tracks, this game will offer a variety of challenges. Some of the obstacles found on the tracks include sand and water, rocks and logs and even various animals. Five different gameplay modes and four levels of play will offer additional variety. This game will allow up to eight players with multitap support; and a Split-screen Mode will allow you to view all eight players at once, a feat that simply has to be seen to be believed.

Included in Street Racer are a number of different drivers, each with his or her own special attributes. In addition to the simple dash and smash, each character also has his or her own attack and special ability. For example, one character attacks opponents by whipping them with a towel, and another's car can sprout wings and soar above the competition for a short period of time.

The racing can be seen from different points of view, including a first-person perspective. above and behind the racer and an overhead camera that gives the best view of the track ahead. The tracks themselves will be short, but fairly intricate, with hairpin turns and treacherous crossover segments that will force drivers to keep an eye on the competition. Cartoonish sound effects and a rousing musical score should make this game fun to hear, as well.

Gamers looking for a little more action with their racing should keep their eyes open for this one.

  • MANUFACTURER - Ubi Soft
  • DIFFICULTY - Variable
  • THEME - Racing
  • NUMBER OF PLAYERS - 1 - 8

Super Mario Kart fans should check out Ubi Soft's Street Racer, the closest thing to a next-gen version of SMK until that game hits the N64 next year. Mixing sharp cartoon graphics and gameplay with smash-em-up, slapstick racing, Street Racer offers options such as 8 cars, 4 types of driving games, 24 tracks, and a capacity for 8 simultaneous players. Unfortunately, the tracks are too short and the action too cluttered to get any momentum going. The split-screen action is especially frustrating to follow. Take this Racer for a test spin before you buy.

ProTips:

  • To dodge obstacles quickly, hit turbo and hurtle over sharp comers and clusters of competitors.
  • Use the Micro View during the first few laps on a new track to learn Its nuances.
  • Hug the inside of curves to avoid being bumped out.

Graphics

Sharp, TV cartoon-like graphics, smooth animation, and colorful, detailed backgrounds are a plus; however, the 3D rotations are too frenetic and detract from satisfying gameplay.

Sound

A solid soundtrack is held back by rather plain sound effects during gameplay. The grinding engine sounds quickly become monotonous.

Control

Tight, responsive controls help you battle the onscreen chaos. Lag time between your thumbs and the screen is hardly noticeable.

Fun Factor

Although Street Racer is overloaded with options and features, its gameplay is too erratic to make it a must-buy; however, renters will easily find something that will appeal to them.

Overview

The finish line lies only half a lap ahead. I'm sitting in second place, but rapidly gaining on the leader. Only a quarter lap left. I have almost pulled even. The finish line is in sight. I use my last turbo for a quick speed burst. As I get even with the leader, I use my special attack -- a blaring horn that knocks the leader sideways with swollen ears -- and cross the line one tenth of a second ahead of the now-destitute second place car.

From the creators of the lovable action platform game, Rayman, comes the super-intense driving combat title, Street Racer. This game has been billed by Ubi Soft themselves as a cross between Mario Kart and Street Fighter. I'm not sure that I would go to that vextreme, but Ubi Soft has done a good job in creating a unique racing experience.

Street Racer gives the player the choice of eight different cartoonish racers, each with their own unique style, moves and attributes. Twenty-four 3D tracks makes for hours of racing, perfecting, and hopefully, winning. Ubi Soft is betting that four different modes of gameplay combined with the option of racing against up to seven other (for a total of eight) human-controlled opponents will add up to the ultimate in racing fun. So how does it stack up?

Gameplay

Street Racer is not what you would call a racing sim. Not even close. But by no means is it trying to pretend to be one. The focus of Street Racer is on racing, strategy, fighting and some laid-back fun. Each of the eight racers available has its own special moves and attacks. Playing this game is almost like being able to control a Warner Brothers cartoon.

Street Racer gives the player the option of four different game modes. The first mode available is the practice mode. This is a practice race against other computer or human-controlled racers. This is a good place to learn the controls and feel of the different cars. After you knock the computer around for a while, it is definitely time to move on. One side note: The practice mode only gives you the option of racing on tracks you have qualified for. When you start, the only tracks that are available are the tracks from the Bronze Cup. After winning the Bronze Cup (see Championship mode), the tracks for the Silver Cup will then be available to practice on.

The second race mode is head-to-head. This mode is exactly as it sounds. It is you against a computer or human-controlled opponent. The player has the choice of which tracks will be raced (once again, the tracks are limited to the available tracks from winning Cups). Points are awarded for each race and the player with the most points at the end of the number of races selected wins. You can select up to 99 races before the points are finished and a winner is declared.

The third mode is where this game becomes fun. This is the championship mode. When entering this screen, the Bronze, Silver and Gold cups are displayed. But wait, you can only access the Bronze. That's right. You must first have the highest total points in the Bronze Cup tracks to advance to the Silver Cup. After the Silver cup, you advance to the gold cup. If you manage to win the Gold Cup, a secret Platinum Cup and a new car become available. The best thing about the cup races is you don't have to finish in first every race to win. The scoreboard keeps a running tally of the points through all of the tracks for the cup. For example, you can come in second in one race and get 10 points and come in first in the next race and get 14 points. You will have a total of 24 points after two races. If this was the finish and 24 were the highest total, you would win the cup. But wait, there is more. Winning the race is not the only way to be awarded points. You can win points during the race by collecting stars along the track, by causing the most damage to other cars during the race, by having the fastest lap time, by lapping other competing racers and by finishing without sustaining any damage during the race. This means that even if you finish the race in third place, you can still finish with more points than the racer that finishes in first. This is cool because it adds a whole new dimension to the game. It keeps you from giving up in the middle because you are too far behind.

Scattered throughout the racetrack are various items that will either help you or hurt you. The most common item is stars. The more you collect the higher your bonus in the end. These are plentiful enough that you really don't have to go out of your way to pick them up. The next item you will find is energy. Energy helps repair damage that your car has sustained from the other pesky racers. The damage actually affects performance so the better your energy, the better your car will perform. The final good item you will find is the turbo. Turbo gives a short burst of speed and increases the car's top speed by about 30 percent. These are very valuable and usually placed in trickier locations but well worth deviating from your current path to obtain.

Now, we couldn't have just good things out there to get, now could we? I don't thinks so. Mines are also placed throughout the track. The mines explode on impact and bring you to a spinning stop. These are very annoying. The other item placed to cause you harm is dynamite. The dynamite is different from mines however. The dynamite will stick to your car and start a timer before it explodes. This allows you to pass the dynamite off to another racer on your way by. Very funny when you are the passer but not so funny when you are on the receiving end.

This is, by far, the most entertaining mode. I got laughed at more than once by observers watching me play because this is one of those games that you feel the more your body moves, the better your car will turn. It takes quite a bit from a game to get me leaning with the corners but I was constantly leaning through most races. You will spend most of your time battling to a close finish with one particular car. This was a bit annoying because only one other car is a challenge. It is guaranteed that if you finish second, your nemesis car will be in first. The ability to get points during the race helps this but it would have been better if there was more competition for the top spot. The Bronze Cup is fairly easy so just about anyone will be able to beat this. The Silver Cup is a totally different story. This is where the action really heats up. The Gold Cup is downright hard. In the Bronze and Silver cup I never finished a race below third. In the Gold Cup, I frequented the cellar. This means only one thing—High replay value. I keep going back for more.

The final race mode is called the rumble. This is a challenge mode where all of the cars are stuffed into a large circular arena. The object is simple and straight forward—knock opponents out of the ring. The last driver in the arena is the winner. Depending on the difficulty selection, there are either walls that must be knocked down before a car can be knocked out (these are here to help you so you don't get your butt knocked out after 3 seconds) or no walls. I found this mode to be fairly difficult to play because you are in a shrunken "Micro" mode. All of the cars are tiny and difficult to differentiate. Your car has no distinguishing markings to help you recognize which car you are controlling. I finally just went forward and backward over and over until I figured out which car I was.

Graphics

The graphics in Street Racer are cartoonish. They are vividly colored and the backgrounds are very detailed. The racers and cars are have distinct personalities that are enhanced by the graphics. For example, one racer is Frankenstein. Old Frankie's secret weapon is a Banshee that scares away the other racers. This allows him to rush past as assorted ghouls and ghosts rumble around your head. The graphics for the special attacks are so crisp that you can always distinguish who has just laid you out. The tracks are well drawn also but do tend to be somewhat short.

The highly touted aspect of Street Racer is the ability to race eight humans at one time. I will give the designers at Ubi Soft credit because the game has minimal slowdown, even with all of this action. The problem is that even on my 35" TV, splitting it into eight little squares is damn near impossible to play. It is just too small. I will say the split screen, two-player mode is not bad, but it is still a split screen.

Bottom Line

Street Racer is an ultra-addictive game. There is just the right amount of competition to keep you coming back for more. The short tracks were a bit disappointing but can be made up for by selecting races to go up to 80 laps. If you have never played a Kart type game, this one is as good as any with the added element of combat. I really like the comical fighting aspect of Street Racer. This keeps you in check and reminds you that this game is not trying to be a serious racer but a lighthearted exercise in fun. That is, after all, the reason we play games, isn't it?

  • Manufacturer: UbiSoft
  • Machine: Super NES

Who wants to go faster? C'mon, you can admit it here. It's not like this is traffic school, or anything, this is a video game. OK, here's the deal. For all those with the guts to go faster in Street Racer, check out the following code for a greater top speed. Hope you can handle it.

  • Machine: SNES
  • Manufacturer: UbiSoft.

Take your choice of any one of eight racers and go for it. Whether you're racing, playing auto soccer, or just engaging in a little automotive street fight, this is one cart that works better when played in the multi-player mode.

  • Machine: SNES;
  • Manufacturer: UbiSoft

Ever drive down the beach whacking people with a hanky? Yeah, me too, but here's a chance to do it in a video game. Street Racer is on the way, and it's bringing eight distinct characters, eight courses, and action galore.

UbiSoft has come out with a racing game it hopes reminds folks of the smash hit Mario Kart. However, it's gonna be perfectly happy if Street Racer does half as good as Mario Kart. Street Racer is a racing game and a fighting game (a righting game). You drive along a selected course, racing for first and shoving your opponents, who try anything to get you out of the lead. Some cars fly, while some have guns. Each character has his or her own strengths, weaknesses and special moves. Wait... hold on, this is starting to sound like Super Street Fighter, not Street Racer. Actually, that's exactly what UbiSoft is trying to do: combine a racing game with a fighting game (Speed Racer dukes it out with Sub-Zero).

This game looks fun, but with the four player multi-tap it gets out-of-hand. Look for the review on this hot-looking new game next month.

So you liked Super Mario Kart? Street Racer has similar game play, but its additional features -- especially the four-player option -- make it even better.

ProTips:

  • The water on Surf's beach level can slow you down. Jump over the water between the islands to go faster.
  • Pick up the yellow repair kits to restore your damage meter.

And They're Off!

In Street Racer, you play as one of eight characters from around the globe. You can choose to race on mine-filled tracks, participate in an all-out Rumble, or practice for the next World Cup in Soccer.

Racing is the high point -- with 40 imaginative tracks to choose from, no gamer should be bored. You can attack opponents with the special weapons, such as Surfs towel swipes, that are personalized for each racer. Best of all, four players can go head-to-head-to-head-to- head. Finally, you can watch your character run the race in the Playback mode -- from any angle!

If you're into fighting, try the Rumble, which pits the cars against each other in an enclosed arena. It can be exciting, but the cars are harder to steer and may give first-timers some trouble.

Sports fans will enjoy the Soccer mode, where your car bumps a ball into a goal. This level can also be frustrating because it's challenging to get (and keep) the ball.

  • Don't go around the turns too fast, or you'll end up in a dead end or going the wrong way.
  • Watch out for land mines on the track. Some stick to your car, and others blow you into the air.

The Race is On

The spectacular graphics feature well-detailed characters, each with their own track. Cool backgrounds with flashing lights, skyscrapers, and gorgeous beaches fill the game.

Rockin' tunes enhance Street Racer. The realistic motor sounds and crashing noises will keep your pulse thumping.

Control in a racing game is important, and Street Racer won't disappoint you. The cars turn smoothly and stop on a dime, so it's relatively easy to keep the car on the track. You can effectively use each driver's special defensive weapons, too.

Go, Go, Street Racer

UBI Soft has outdone itself with this racing winner. Street Racer takes the checkered flag!

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