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GT Advance Championship Racing (GBA)

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Manufacturer: THQ / Genre: Racing / Driving / ESRB Rating: E - (Everyone) / Max. Number Of Players: 2 / Release Date: 8 June, 2001

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      12.05.2009 02:25
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      "GT Advance Championship Racing" is a video game released for the Gameboy Advance console in 2001 by THQ. It is a racing game which saw earlier success on other gaming consoles. In the United States, the game received a rating of "E" by the ESRB panel which deemed it suitable for all ages.

      The gameplay of this title is spread over 32 courses within four championship modes. Players select from a licensed vehicle, such as model from Honda, Toyota or Mazda, and race against computerized opponents in aims of placing in the highest possible rank. Higher ranking placements after each race the player will receive a reward; for third place the player will receive a new playable track after third place, a new performance enhancing item after second and a new vehicle after placing first. These upgrades are hindered slightly by there being no battery save feature. Instead, THQ opted to implement a password save feature which requires the player to insert these accumulated stands of letters and numbers every time he or she powers up the console. In game, the controls are responsive and react appropriately when required in areas of turning and passing other vehicles. Multiplayer connectivity is also featured with a head-to-head versus mode being included by use of an optional game link cable.

      The graphics of this title are presented from a trailing view of the players vehicle. Visually, the game is impressive and boasts 3D graphics which makes for excellent vehicle designs. It is unfortunate that this was not applied to other areas of the game, such as environmental objects which are not featured in a great abundance. It seemed that many courses were barren wastelands as opposed to reflecting a true to life area. The soundtrack is standard to a racing title and features vehicular noise and accompanying crowd noise when passing a grandstand.

      Overall, Championship Racing could see success with fans of the racing genre. It is not something I particularly enjoyed due to the necessity of needing to write down many lines of text when receiving a new upgrade to my game.

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