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Hang-On GP -- Sega

Sega presents it's latest racing challenge for your gaming skills, only this time it's on a motorcycle. Choose your bike and hit the track in Hang-On GP for the Sega Saturn.

Ferrari Man
Sega racing is an unstoppable powerhouse in the arcade. However, Hang-On GP is not one of their top titles. The graphics were clean, and the motorcycle cockpit view was wonderful. The gameplay was alright, but just did not seem realistic. This game was hurt most by the sound effects. The game was much better if you just turned the sound off. Plenty of tracks, and lots of bikes to choose from helped recover this title.

Oh boy... Sega should have begged AM2 to do the work on this title, or at least hired someone who has a clue about motorcycle driving dynamics. Play control in this game was abominable, and in many ways I felt it took a step back to the quality of console motorcycle games from five years ago or more. When you drive there is no middle range of turning, you're either driving straight, or leaning to the ground. To get anything in between, you've got to strobe the joypad. Sound effects in this game were pretty awful as well. Not only have I never heard GP racers whine like the sound effects in this title, I've never even heard a motorcycle produce a sound like that unless you count my old 50cc bike when you red lined it and the engine was about to explode! And even that didn't sound as bad as this game. Shudder... With all of the advances in console racing games that Sega has made on the Saturn over the last year, I am staggered that they would even think to release a game like this. It's a real shame.

Graphically pleasing, but I don't think motorcycles tip like that.

>>>>> 38.5/75 <<<<< Ferrari Man R.I.P. Salamander
Graphics 4.0 3.0 4.0
Sound 1.0 0.0 3.0
Gameplay/Control 3.0 1.0 3.0
Longevity/Playability 3.5 2.0 3.0
Overall 3.5 1.5 3.0
Total 15.0 7.5 16.0