*A review of Extreme G for the N64 which primarily focuses on the single-player experience.*
As a futuristic racer, Extreme G is fairly forgiving; should the G-Bike fall off the course it's recovered, and when the shields are low this equates to a greater speed loss when hit by enemy fire, so no elimination in the game. However, there's no sabotaging the race either!
Extreme G is a lightning quick racing game, though perhaps too fast for it's own good. The handling is tricky to get a feel for, yet the loss in momentum seems minor when driving against the track barriers. Also, not only is there the obvious fogging, but the frame-rate takes a knock whenever the action gets a touch hectic.
It's no wonder, as the tracks are immensely varied. There are moments when, with the roller-coaster-like course designs, you'll be seemingly driving towards a burning sun which makes for quite a sight! The G-Bikes are cool in their design, with use of shiny tin-foil effects. Since they are futuristic motorcycles, check out the first-person view swaying side-to-side, at speed! Complementing the visuals is the techno music, which is great.
In Extreme Contest (racing in a field of eight), the ultimate Meltdown tournament - where there is the chance to compete across all tracks - seems a let down. Regardless of the difficulty setting, the bar is set high to qualify for the next race - so high that, the only outcome at the end of the tournament (should they progress that far) would be the player topping the table. Of the other modes, there are single race and time trial, as well as 'Shoot Em Up' - destroying drone targets for a race duration - which is decent.
By means I was able to complete Meltdown on the Expert difficulty setting, despite not getting to grips with the handling, such is the forgiving nature of the game. However, the performance issues hinder Extreme G, and not being able to take out the other G-Bikes comes as a disappointment.
Extreme G Extreme-G is a futuristic combat racing game played across 12 rollercoaster like tracks. Up to four players pilot high-tech, heavily armed motorbikes in an intense, fast-action racing experience. Extreme-G combines furious Rumble-pack driven combat, imaginative weapons, 12 beautiful tracks over 4 different worlds, and twists, loops, drops, and corkscrews at speeds that will leave you reaching for the barf bag. Well thats what the say on the back of the box but that is completely wrong. The over all graphics for the N64 are disapointing but for this came you have to squint your eye to figer out if it is a moterbike or something eles (ok not that bad but still). The controls are ok but triing to steer a moterbike around corner at about 200 mph is a bit har for me. Also you could proberly get more thrills at watching the magic round-a-bout (well if you like watching it i have no problem.), the loops and twists are not even worth having in the game.And reaching the barf bag more like the newspaper. Well if you like this game no offence but i think it isn't very goood. Thanx for reading
Extreme G Extreme-G is a futuristic combat racing game played across 12 rollercoaster like tracks. Up to four players pilot high-tech, heavily armed motorbikes in an intense, fast-action racing experience. Extreme-G combines furious Rumble-pack driven combat, imaginative weapons, and 12 beautiful tracks over 4 different worlds, and twists, loops, drops, and corkscrews at speeds that will leave you reaching for the barf bag. The graphics for the game aren’t as good as expected, but the gameplay is actually superb for a N64 game. The computer isn't that hard to beat in the beginning but it gets harder through out the races. Even though this game is a bit expensive, it is worth it weight in gold, have fun playing and remember, keep a bucket next to you just to be on the safe side.
It's very rare that I find a game I dislike, but this is one of them. I love racing games generally, and ones like Star Wars racer and Mariokart 64 really show off the power of this console, but as with every machine there are games that seem to have been developed for the sake of having another racing game. This feels very much to me like a game that has been developed just because there weren't enough racing games on the N64. The entire game looks and feels hurried and badly written. The handling of the bikes is abysmal. It take a very long time to get the hang of turning without hitting everything in site. With some games, this is a good thing, but with this one it is just irritating and once you have the hang of it, the game does not play any better. The graphics are pathetic. Some of the levels look half decent in places, but generally it is difficult to see properly and what you can see does not look good. The sound is similarly awful. Overall, I would encourage people not to touch this game with a bargepole. On the face of it, it looks fantastic, and it is because of the way the game looks that I bought it. I made a huge mistake. Save your money for Star Wars Racer - this isn't even worth considering.