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Metropolis Street Racer (DC)
Member Name: Blue_Eyes_21
Metropolis Street Racer (DC)
Date: 05/05/02, updated on 05/05/02 (54 review reads)
Advantages: Cheap, Good graphics, amusing
Disadvantages: slow to load, dont get great cars to begin with, bad music
Well I thought that I should buy some Dreamcast games before they all disappear off the shelves. So when I was in Woolworths I saw MSR at £19.99, which I thought was a good deal. When I took it to the till the lady said that it had been reduced to £14.99. Even better!
I got home and put it in. At first I was put off because it did take quite a while to load asking you to read a bit about not racing around real streets as it is illegal and setting the time (how weird). Finally you get to putting in your name (which I think that I can do) then you come to a screen where I was drawn to ‘your garage’.
Before I pressed the button I wondered what kind of marvellous cars were on the other side waiting for me to drive (and crash) them. To my horror there was just three empty spaces. Okay I thought in a few minutes I will be driving a big Ferrari or equivalent. Oh wrong again. You only have a choice of a Fiat, a Mazda or a MG.
At first trying to get a car to challenge with is quite hard (especially around the roads of Tokyo which to me is by far has the hardest courses even in the supposed daylight).
So I had a car and now I was ready to start racing. There consists of a daunting 25 chapters around the very realistic cities of Tokyo, London and San Francisco. In chapter one, as in all the chapters, you have to get enough points (known in this game as Kudos???) to qualify for the next chapter.
Each individual chapter consists of Hot Laps (where you have to beat a time that is set for you), Timed Runs (where you are timed and have to complete it within the time), Challenges which are okay to begin with but get harder, One On Ones, Street Races (against other cars) and finally Championships where you compete with other cars over different stages.
Also at the end of each chapter you get a better car that you can race if you challenge and win it. The cars in this game are very realistic with such cars
as the lovely Audi TT, Mercedes SLK and even a Jenson.
At the end you will be surprised to also receive such modes of transport as a London taxi, Japanese bus and a LAWNMOWER.
As the games goes on you realise that Kudos mean everything here as if you hit a barrier or another car you get penalised which might mean that you don’t get enough Kudos to finish the chapter. I have become addicted to this game and I also tried to get cheats to help me along slightly. You will also find as you go on how annoying the music is that they provide but in all seriousness did you buy the game for the music – NO.
I found the ones of most help were that if you are short of Kudos then go to a timed run and once you have the time that you need in the bag then get a straight stretch of road and keep doing hand brake turns where you see wey hey for as long as you can handle. This will get you THOUSANDS of Kudos and help you to become World Champion.
The other useful tip that I found is if you have a bad race or you want to quit, without losing the Kudos that you have already gained for it, you would before the finish press all the coloured buttons at once as well as the start button. This will get you back to the start again and the Kudos will stay the same.
Finally I would just like to point out that there is a clock on the game and this will stay the same so if it is 7.20pm in London, you could race in daylight in London but in Tokyo it will bet 4.20am real time so it will be in darkness if you wanted to race there. Quite smart but also quite annoying sometimes.
I really love this game and have become inseparable from it. I have not played a game that comes even close to how good this game is. It is also cheap to buy which is a great advantage. If you are wondering why I haven’t mentioned the two-player mode that is because honestly I didn’t and probably will not get the chance to play it.
Well done Bizarre Creations. Great job.