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Tokyo Xtreme Racer 2 (DC)

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      18.05.2001 19:38

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      Love it or hate it kind of game. Car enthusiasts should enjoy the customisation. - Advantages: High in race speed, Originality, Extensive car customisation - Disadvantages: TIme between races

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      17.01.2001 15:36
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      Didn't anyone else get Tokyo 2 for Xmas? I guess not, but then you haven't missed out on much! The game is better than the original, but retains many annoying faults and features, that make the game not quite good enough. Firstly, as with the previous game, there are no official cars, although the 'pretend cars' do look exactly the same as the real cars that they're imitating - the graphics are good, but the cars look far too shiny! The tracks are dull, and you can only play at night for some reason! The game has a weak 2player mode - the single player game is also lacklustre. The music is great, but that's the only reason why you should THC2. Go for the superior MSR, F355 or Le Mans 24. I can't recommend this at all. The cars do have good handling, and the best has to be the 'Type - R34RV' which is the virtual counter part of the superb Nissan GTR - the result of no official licencing! You have to race around the motorways of Tokyo - they all look exactly the same in my view, and have to beat the other driver by staying ahead of them until the 'life bar' runs out. This usually takes around a minute or so on easy mode. If you get left behind the opposition, it's a different story completely! Your life gauge falls so much more quickly, and so if you're in a small engined car up against a mighty demon of a made up machine, you'll have lost the race in about 10-20 seconds... The game isn't all bad, and as I say the music is superb, but what is the point in the game? You can do this on a motor way in real life! Oh yeah, it's illegal... I'd give it 5 out of ten, but it's more like 4 rather than 6 so I give just 2 stars. I look forward to Tokyo 3, or maybe I'll just get MSR!

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        29.11.2000 03:13
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        i just got THC the other day second hand. you put the disk in your grey box of tricks and hope the game is as good as the graphics. unlike games like code: veronica and the surperlative MSR, it is not. the cars look great ( for shoddy copys of real life cars ), the track(s) ( if you count both directions) must have taken a genius to think up. the racing is great, for about 2 minutes, then you realise that you cannot race and win without crashing. with gameplay that a pile of s*#t could do better then, this is a game for people who like to look rather then play. graphics should be the icing on the cake, not the cake itself. One to leave on the shelf.

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        18.08.2000 05:08
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        The origional Tokyo Highway was so poor that it was not even reviewed by some DC magazines, however the game appealed to me as a car freak. The origional displayed graphics and effects which had never quite been seen before on a games console. The sequel has got my indefinate vote. from the outstanding jaw dropping visuals to the feeling of ripping along a highway at near enough 200mph. this is sure to take dreamcast owners by storm, and will have PC owners begging for a conversion to PC. Even if you hate driving games, the feeling of thrashing a car at 190mph in the dark on a blind bend will have you rushing for your dreamcast. MSR will be a sure hit in its own field. But Tokyo X 2 is the one for all the Boy racers who havent got a Cossie. EXCELLENT!!!

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          01.08.2000 05:59
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          Unsurprisingly this is the sequel to last year?s mediocre Tokyo Extreme Racer and is developed once again by Genki who are now one of the main companies supporting Sega. The main problem with last year?s game was it's poor floaty handling and average graphics. What has Genki changed since then?. The main overhaul has been the graphics. This new game now looks AMAZING and is up with the quality of Playstation 2 racers. Lights reflect off the cars as if they actually had curved surfaces and each car model looks supreme. This time around there is also more track and the track side details look nicer and are more varied. Last year's edition had 30km of actual Japanese highway programmed into the game this time there is 180km and what a difference this makes. With the extra road comes more rivals to race and now there are over 300 so there is no problem with the longevity of the game. The premise of the game is still the same and just as innovative as it was a year ago. In the main mode of the game (Quest) you are a boy racer on the Tokyo highways and you must win other racers to earn money. When you see a rival you would like to race all you have to do is flash your lights. This effect looks very nice. Once your rival accepts two life bars appear at the top of the screen and the two of you line up along each other. Once the countdown is finished the race starts. If you are in the lead your opponents life bar goes down but if you are behind your life bar goes down. The further ahead you are the faster the life bar decreases. Once the life bar is empty you lose. This sounds very simple but some races can be very very close and excitng. Once you have finished the race you get to watch a very nice replay of it which shows off all the graphics and nasty moves you used to win. When you think you have earned enough money all you have to do is drive off the highway and you return to your garage. Inside the garage you can spend all of your hard -earned money on a new car or upgrade your existing car. If you decide to purchase a new car there is a very large selection for you to choose from. I think there are more than 200 hundred cars in the game but I am unsure at the moment. Although the game does not have any licenses the cars do look incredibly like their real life counterparts so you should have no problem recognising them. On the other hand if you decide to upgrade your car an exhausting amount of upgrades can be purchased. Tires, engines, turbos, wheels, stickers and anything else you could possibly want but the best upgrades have to be the body kits which actually cause major differences to the look of your car making it look more menacing as well as better to drive. The gameplay has also been improved but in my opinion this is where the game falls down. The cars don't feel floaty anymore but they still don't handle very well and whenever you and a computer have to take a corner the computer takes it much quicker than you so you end up losing the race. The lack of a two-player mode is also disappointing but the quest mode will last a long long time. If they spent more time improving and making the controls more sensitive this could have been a great game but as it stands now it is merely good. Oppurtunity Missed.

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