TNN Motorsports Hardcore Heat
Hardcore Heat looks great, but looks can be deceiving. I've never been off-roading, but I can't imagine that it would control like this does. For some inexplicable reason during races, your car wiil slow to a crawl (usually on turns or sand dunes/bumpy surfaces) even though you're flooring it. Tapping the gas helps some of the time, but not always. This gets in the way more often than not, and it's nigh impossible to power slide, making turns a mess. There's points where you'll be holding the analog pad to turn, and your car won't be turning at all. Very frustrating. The whole game lacks the sense of speed that a racing game, especially on Dreamcast, needs. The tracks look great, but inconsistent maneuverability demolishes any fun they'd be to race. Multiplayer is where you'd expect this game to shine, and two-player isn't bad, but suffers from patches of slowdown. Characters in Hardcore Heat hardly seem like the kind of people who would be into TNN, and the voices are just plain bad. I'm all for trash talkin' in a racing game, but the lines seem forced. One thing that is pretty cool about this game is the Jump Pack compatibility--makes you feel like you're really behind the wheel with different intensities for turning, going over rough terrain, etc. Skip this one--there are plenty of better racing games out there.
You figure any game with dune buggies, monster trucks and a lot of off-road room to move would be fun, right? But this game plays too straight to deliver anything more than mediocre thrills. Instead of outrageous jumps and shortcuts, you get straightforward tracks that look nice but are just plain dull. The buggies do control better than in the Japanese version--although they slow to a crawl in corners. I just wish there was more to the game.
TNN Hardcore Heat is one of those games you should be careful of when a system launches. You see, it looks pretty good and often has a speedy frame-rate, which could very well sucker you in. But underneath all of this is a game with crappy control--more specifically, a racing game with crappy control. In other words, don't bother playing it. Besides, Hardcore Heat just has a mediocre feel overall. Even the two-player isn't much fun.
Oops, I thought this was going to be good...sorry it's only so-so, if not worse. Turns out the slippery-slide control problems are still alive and well. You really have to wrestle with the controls to keep the cars straight. On top of that they have that weird floaty look. Oh well, it's just a first-generation racing game, I shouldn't expect much. A few points for humor though, one of the male drivers has quite a feminine lilt to his voice. Can you say Big Gay Al?
Download TNN Motorsports Hardcore Heat
- PC compatible
- Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP