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Tokyo Xtreme Racer Advance (GBA)

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      06.06.2009 20:40
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      Thumbs in the middle

      "Tokyo Xtreme Racer Advance" is a video game released for the Gameboy Advance console in 2006 by Liquid Games. It is a racing game based on a a series of the same name. 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 seems consciously built on the premise of "Need For Speed Underground". Here, the player will assume the role of a participant in an illegal street racing ring and must win competitions to gain in-game cash prizes. This cash is then exchanged for an assortment of parts and upgrades which are applied to the player's vehicle. The championship, or "quest", mode is spread across three motorway settings in London, Tokyo and Los Angeles. It is the player's objective to complete the races in the highest possible position to gain the highest rewards, and advance in the rankings ladder in hopes of becoming champion. For a racing game, I found the controls to handle poorly. It seemed that whenever I attempted to make a right turn there was a noticeable time lag which presented a sort of "heaviness" to the vehicle. Needless to say, in a racing environment this hinders the gaming experience significantly as many turns are sharp and seemingly appear out of nothingness.

      The graphics are presented from a trailing view of the player's vehicle. Each aspect of the visuals, most notably in the vehicles and background scenes, are rendered in full three dimensional graphics which makes for an exceptional viewing experience. Although the aesthetics may be pleasing, the scenes do appear to be very generic. The London scene in particular features only high rise and other tower buildings occupying the background scene and one may only "know" it's London by seeing the numerous red double decker buses that share the street with the race. The soundtrack is something which I found to be quite a miss. The musical scores are often "screechy" in their fast pitched wails and is further held back by almost a "brumming" engine effect during acceleration.

      Overall, Racer Advance is perhaps a game which would appeal to fans of the racing genre. The artwork is very pleasing to the eye but its lack of originality in gameplay and poor audio effects make the gaming experience mildly unpleasant.


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