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Racing games are becoming two-a-penny these days. There are arcade racing games, simulations, comic racing and kart racing games, just to name a few. Vanishing point falls between the arcade and sim catagories of game. It has more options than you could shake a stick at and the graphics are pretty fantastic, given the speed they run at. So what does it play like? When you first start the game, you are given a choice of two cars and one track. Very little, you might say, but this game encourages you to unlock far more than just extra tracks, there are bonus options for tuning your car, hidden extras and mirror/reverse circuit options too. To get to these you will need to beat the clock on each course, dodging in and out of other cars, all trying to get to the end before you. It's a bit strange to find that your track position has nothing to do with you winning the race or not. When you get 1st place for the 52nd time, only to find you've failed, is a bit disheartening to say the least! You will soon get used to this though, and realise that dodging the traffic is half the fun. Ah yes, the controls. Now, if the makers of this game were going for realistic steering, they were probably basing it on a tank on ice. It really is so difficult to avoid hitting the wall after nudging the joypad just a little. The controls are so sensitive that turning the steering options down a little is a necessaty, and it may well put a lot of people off straight away. Bear with it, though and you will be highly rewarded by getting further into the game and unlocking all those lovely looking cars. The other side of the game is the stunt option. At first, looking like it was just tacked on at the end as an afterthought, it's excellent fun to try and complete the tasks and can be pretty hair raising at times. There are some great moments in the stunt game and it can be so action packed, you might forget that the racing ga
me exists for a while! As mentioned earlier, the graphics are superb. They show off all the cars really well and give a good impression of speed. The claim of the game, that the graphics are drawn so well that you can see really far ahead, are a bit mute considering that there is always scenery in the way, but they do a fair job of making themselves pretty special indeed. SO, if you prefer games that take a while to get going, you might find that Vanishing Point does anything but vanish from your collection, but be careful, the steering may well just drive you around the bend!
Vanishing Point - Aklaim / Clockwork Games (Sega Dreamcast) Vanishing Point is an impressive racer with its vast array of options that you can fiddle about with like you can unlock a feature which allows you to tune up your car The options that your offered at the main menu are the usual type , Tournament , Time Trial, Single Race, Internet Challenge etc... BUT!!! This is a fine point that makes this racer worth that little bit more thought in whether to buy this or Sega GT/MSR etc... Vanishing point includes a stunt driver option where the driver is to tackle various tracks/tasks withing a time limit.. This option i felt proved that purchasing Vanishing Point is a worthy purchase as the stunt driver option is really good This game isnt about beating off the computer opposition its about beating the track/course's time The game features top name car manufacturers like Lotus, Dodge, Shelby, Ford, Toyota and some others such as VW and Austin famous for its Austin Mini The Graphics are impressive allround and the cars rendered looks made the cars look shiny and new Each car accelerates and handles differently and this will affect your driving style as you have no choice but to do so or your at the back of the grid The Audio trax in this game are nice and mello too with tracks like "The Purple Maze" and my favourite one "Live High" the music is very relaxing and it doesnt put you off your driving Its hard for Dreamcast owners to find Sega's answer to Sony's Gran Turismo and i'd say that this game does have a good try to appeal to the driving audience of the Dreamcast format BUT!!! Unfortunatly This game is a game that you really have to know how to drive in driving games as this game doesnt feature the "pick up and play" feature like some games do as the first thing you'll do once you start driving is
you'll be all over the road unless you adjust the steering senitivity to high..if you didnt realise that there was such an option i reckon the average gamer would take it back to the shops The game is good, Patience is a key factor in this game when your starting off with the low speed cars, Stunt drivers fun Worth buying if your looking for a reasonable racer that features top names in the motor car industry... I like it and im still playing it DJ Sneaky Seg "Very good buy, although ask your friends on their opinions about MSR and Sega GT before you set out to buy your Dreamcast racer" --------------------------------------------- News Update... I've finallty completed Vanishing Point and i have to say that this has been one of the most difficult and long lasting racer'z ive played to date... Im now working away on Sega'z MSR *Metropolis Street Racer* which is also a very good racer so keep a look out for my opinion on Sega'z MSR...