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Virtua Racing -- Time Warner Interactive

Sega's first arcade "Virtua" title now finds its way home to the Saturn with all of the excitement of the arcade as well as new courses and new cars. Virtua Racing is available for play on the Saturn by Time Warner Interactive.

Ferrari Man
When I found out Sega was coming out with a new 32-bit system, and their would be a version of Virtua Racing, one of my all time arcade favorites, I rejoiced. When I played it, I cried. No, not tears of joys, more like someone pulling into the drive-through at McDonalds and saying "happy thanksgiving." This translation does not even scratch the surface of the arcade. From the un-excusably bad sound, to the bad play control, this title was a let down. The only high points were the go-carts, that really were fun to drive, and smooth graphics. My suggestion is to pass this title up, especially if you were a Virtua Racing fan.

After playing this game extensively, I really have to wonder about this title. While I personally thought the Virtua Racing segment of this game was the best home port to date, I also felt that the other game options were much more fun, and had better play. The best part of this game is the Grand Prix, go-cart style, racing. While your top speed was less than 100 mph, the handling and general play control of the vehicle was great. As far as graphics and sound go, there really isn't much to say... Flat shaded polygons, and standard car noises. Definitely rent this one before making more of a commitment.

>>>>> 22.0/50 <<<<< Ferrari Man R.I.P.
Graphics 2.0 3.0
Sound 1.0 3.0
Gameplay/Control 1.5 3.0
Longevity/Playability 1.0 3.0
Overall 1.5 3.0
Total 7.0 15.0