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      17.10.2010 22:45
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      A fun game that needs more courses

      Wave Race 64 is a game that I don't recall playing back in my N64 playing years, when the chance came recently to give it a spin, I thought why not! It's the closest thing I'll get to jet skiing this winter probably, the race is high-speed and fun with waves and conditions varying to alter your approach.

      There are 4 racers to choose from, I opted for the fattest and quickest who is supposedly hard to handle but apart from one race where I failed to finish and was forced in to retirement, I didn't really find this was the case!

      The courses are fun and reasonably different, the problem is that the championship mode is fairly easy to complete, there are three levels of hardness and there are only 6 courses on easy and 8 courses on hard, my conclusion is that it's great fun but there's not enough courses.

      Right now the game costs next to nothing but back in the day I think I would have been rather miffed forking out a considerable amount of lucre on a game with just 8 courses.

      The game has a distinct arcade feel to it, there's a multiplayer option that splits the screen in two and also time trials, warm up and perhaps the most interesting stunt mode which involves a point based system reliant on how many hoops you can pass through, this makes things quite interesting but doesn't help it get passed the lack of courses.

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      05.03.2010 19:12
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      "Wave Race 64" is a racing video game. It was first released for the Nintendo 64 in 1997 by Nintendo. In the United States, the game received a guidance rating of "K-A" which deemed it appropriate for all ages.

      Ranked as one of the top 200 games ever released for the Nintendo platform by its brand magazine "Nintendo Power", Wave Race 64 puts the player at the helm of a jet ski in the midst of a racing tournament. Like most racing games the objective is to reach the finish line in the shortest period of time. As an additional measure to this requirement, players must also weave through a series of floating buoys. These items serve as objectives similar to gates on a slalom skiing course whereby players are granted additional points for successfully passing through them. In this instance, however, players receive boosts of speed when a gate has successfully been cleared which continually increase until the "max speed" setting has been achieved. A break in the chain will reset the speed modification to zero and players may attempt to reconstruct the chain by passing through the next available set of buoys.

      In this game, the player has access to four gameplay modes. The bulk of the game is concentrated into the championship mode which contains eight race courses. These courses also serve as hidden features of the title as they can be unlocked upon successful completion for play in the game's time trial, stunt, and two player versus modes. I found the stunt mode to be the least developed of the available options. While there is great potential to include graceful leaps and turns through the air, the mode is primarily focused on passing through stationary hoops scattered throughout each course. Each hoop rewards the player with a numbered score which is registered in a database for later reading and challenging one's self.

      The graphics are presented from a trailing view of the player's character. It is clear that the developers went to great lengths to include breathtaking imagery. The animations are very smooth despite the high speed at which the game is played, and even at these high speeds I was able to notice the crystal clear waters and assorted aquatic features such as docks, beaches, and directional signs which accent the race in play. The soundtrack is rather simple in comparison to the graphics. For the majority of the experience, players will be treated to overhead commentary which compliments performance. This is accompanied by the white noise hiss of the jet ski's engine and crashing water ways below it. There are some musical scores present, though their volume levels are very low in comparison to the sound effects and can come across as barely noticeable.

      Overall, there is little to keep the player immersed within this title except for the two player mode with a live human opponent. There are too few tracks in the video game and I easily completed it in its entirety within a single day. I would still nonetheless recommend this title to prospective buyers. It is a visual experience rarely rivaled on the Nintendo 64 console and provides a fun play despite its short duration.

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      18.02.2010 16:29
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      A really fun game, but primarily built for single player, dont buy it for the multiplayer side.

      Well i received this game earlier today, i played it and quickly completed the Normal championship which is 6 races long, without difficulty, winning 5 of the 6 races, and i thought, well this game is easy. Then i moved onto the Hard championship, the first 3 races i placed 3rd,2nd,3rd, and i fell into 2nd in the championship standings, on the 4th race i really messed it up and went head on into a wall, dropping me about 10 seconds behind the racer in 3rd, hence the N64 console was turned off.

      But enough of that, lets discuss the actual game now, for a start, the physics are excellent, you can tell the developers took their time designing the way the waves move and how they affect the level, unfortunatly because of the physics probably taking a great deal of power to run, certain aspects of the game do suffer.

      The way the racers react to the waves is good, one thing i did like is that you can't steer in mid air like some games on the N64, so if you hit a big wave whilst going around a tight corner, you'll be in trouble. Also the water level changes height on some levels over the course of the race, opening up new areas and shortcuts.

      Graphics of the game are fairly good, especially as the game was made early on in the N64's life, and doesnt make use of the N64 Expansion Pak. The course walls/backgrounds are a very low resolution and are blurry, however the characters and tracks themselves are good enough.

      Two thing's disappointed me in this game, one was the amount of drivers, a maximum of 4 racers on the level, this was one of the aspects that suffered probably because of the advanced physics. Another aspect that suffered was the multiplayer mode, for a start it only supports 2 players, i thought they'd have taken advantage of the N64's 4 controller ports, but obviously not. Also AI racers don't appear in multiplayer. So basically its just you and a friend racing 1vs1.

      The game features a average amount of courses, 9 in total, all of them fairly detailed and will change across the course of the race, such as water levels rising and falling and objects obstructing the players driving line.

      All in all is a fairly solid game, probably the most fun in the single player mode, the multiplayer mode i imagine is quite fun if you have a friend of a similar skill level so you're always competing.

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      01.03.2009 01:11
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      Wave Race 64 for N64

      *A review of Wave Race 64 for the N64.*

      Sponsored by Kawasaki Heavy Industries - unless you've the Wii Virtual Console version!

      Even on completion of Championship mode on Expert and Reverse there's no credits shown - those responsible for Wave Race 64 deserve great credit! This is one of the best looking N64 titles - wat-er effort they've made for the realistic wave physics and fluid animation. The only slip-up is characters surfacing from solid surfaces.

      Of course. There may be debris in the waters of Marine Fortress, but none of the courses are rubbish. Drake Lake looks great, with the fog clearing up as you race - the water like a silver mirror in it's wake. The sinking water level of Southern Island means changes throughout the course of the race; Port Blue can be barrels of fun whilst the winds and waves of Marine Fortress might leave you green; Glacier Coast is snow easy ride and similarly Twilight City should not be taken lightly; whether it's Sunny Beach or Sunset Bay, the graphics are gorgeous.

      Wave Race 64 makes splashes in the audio department. "Banzai!" the commentator belts - buoy does he match the ecstasy of mine winning the race! Surprised there was no adjusting the audio level since the output was loud.

      The controls work well so the waves need not work against you. Pulling off stunts is easy.

      In Championship mode, there is a number of points required to qualify for the single round, and no continues. Still, it won't take many nights to place at the top of the podium.

      Given how good the graphics are, I am forgiving that there's no four-player option, but was disappointed that two-player was not amongst a field of four, so only head-to-head racing.

      Four racers, twice as many courses. Replay value was strong for myself. Game has battery backup so records are saved. Time Trial and Stunt modes came in for competitive purposes. =)

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        05.09.2001 05:25
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        Wave Race was introduced to the public as one of the Nintendo 64's launch titles. Launch titles make and brake machines, and so a primary objective for companies is to only release a machine when it has a suitable amount of good titles to back it up and show it off. To this extent I think Wave Race succeeds and fulfills its role perfectly. The graphics are crisp and precise, and above all the racing action is good fun. Deciding to tackle one of the computor games worlds tricky aspects was, I assume, a make or beak decision for the machine. For Water, that moves fluidly, laps up on shores, crashes down in waves, and is in constant motion, had never really been completed succesfully. As well as the motions, there are the tones, the water takes on many shades of green, blue, and white, and has to be mixed together to get maximum reality effects. This worked wonders on Wave Race. I can remember opening the box and looking in awe at the colourful drawings on the box ad cart. Then I slotted it in and began to play. The graphics were amazing. The water truly did move and dance about just like water does! Your jetski bounced and skimmed through the waves with huge satisfaction. The game has a considerable depth of options and modes to play with, I found the practice mode very enjoyable. As there was no pressures to make it to the checkpoint, round that bouy, or pul off that trick. You could just relax and take in the scenery. Then floor the accelerator and whoosh off towards a distant rock, or bouy. Then zoom back and swish under peirs and pull up on a golden beach. The 1 player race grand prix style mode was very good, perhaps there could have been more tracks, but that is just me bieng picky. There are four racers to choose from, and as usual they all have different statistics and charictaristics that make them different. But as usual I found myself just using the default guy. The tracks are marvelous. There is an amount of interaction in the trac
        ks that hadn't been seen on anything before. On one track for example the first lap is fine and you think you can manage it, but the second the tide has come in, and the water level is higher, presenting a whole new challange and keeping you on your toes. And another one where the first lap is shrouded in fog, then as you progressed the fog lifted, and by the end you finished the race in glorious morning sunshine. Another track which I perticularlary enjoy id based in the antarctic, and much of the water is covered in ice. And towards the end you are presented with a huge sheet covering the whole area, and you have to skid accross it, trying desperately to keep gripping and reach the other side before coming a cropper. Having had the game for many years now, the game has never lost that little something that keeps you coming back for more. I think perhaps that the price when I bought it (£59.99) was quite steep, but now the price varies wildly, from about £20.00 to £3.00. Overall a quality game, brilliantly created to show off the capabilities of a new machine, although now the looks are looking a little dated and the AI takes a bit of a knocking compared to todays rivals. But still, a definate bargain for a soon retiring old favourite.

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          19.05.2001 20:31
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          I purchased 'Waverace' 64 a couple of years ago from Electronics Boutique, as it was on sale. It cost me a pathetic £12 and was worth every penny. To pay £12 for such a great game, certainly surprised me, as I thought it was on sale to shift it out of the shop. It certainly surprised me when I played it, as I was expecting a rubbishy, naff, and badly made game. How wrong I was. The objective of 'Waverace' is, as the name suggests, race on Jetski's, either against the computer or against your mates, if you play multiplayer. There is a stunt mode, which is fun, and a time-trial mode too. The stunt mode objectve is to collect points by doing various stunts, and this is a great feature. Waverace is a decent game, although it does have a few drawbacks. For example, it has a pretty poor choice of levels, and they do tend to become a little boring after a while. Also, the commentator is very annoying, an his vocabulary seems to consist of 'great' 'maximum power' an 'cool move.' He becomes very tedious after a while, and I was forced to switch the sound off to escape from his dronings. Also, one last drawback is the lack of characters. There are only four, however these can all be customisable to suit the users needs nd handicap. Now, I will talk about the advantages of Waverace. Firstly, we have to consider that it was one of the first ever games released on the N64, and that the graphics were expected to be quite poor. However, the graphics are awesome, and have some gorgeous water effects, and some nice settings. The water is unpredicatble, and can throw your Jetski into all sorts of peril and dangers. Waverace has some nice backgrounds, such as a sunset, and a night orientated level. These settings look very good for an older game, and really show usthe N64's ability. There is a lack of level choice, however the levels are all very detailed with numerous shortcuts and secrets. Waverac
          e is a very addictive game, and I would reccommend it to anybody! (Especially if it's going for £12!!)

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            10.01.2001 20:18
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            Wave Race 64 is an unusual game. When it first came out it was (as far as I know) the first modern Jet Ski game. The graphics are very good - the water looks so real you`ll swear you`re getting wet! the idea of the game is that you are controling a Jet Ski. There are a variety of things you can do ranging from just riding it round and doing what you want, racing other people, and having a go on a stunt course. You get points for doing stunts like riding while facing the wrong way, doing loops or barrel rolls. The sound is quite good, but not as good as the graphics. The gameplay is good to start with, but unfortunately it can get a bit limited because all you do is race round on a jet ski.

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              20.11.2000 09:54

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              Wave Race is limited in its retro format of a few tracks and only two player capabilities, but what makes this one of the best sports sims going is the totally amazing is the outstanding graphics and super slick controls. Wave Race takes a while to get used to because of the jet ski-ing on water aspects, but as soon as your a master with the controls you'll be hooked. I defy anyone to name a game that has better rendered sunsets!

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              05.10.2000 03:17

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              Wave Race was the N64’s only racing game until Mario Kart 64 came out and was an instant hit and has recently put into Nintendo’s Player’s Choice range meaning the game was a classic and is now being sold for under £30. The game itself has great water effects and plenty of stunt’s to keep you occupied for month’s. There are nine courses and they have to be opened up through the championship mode. This game can also be played in 2 player which isn’t really all that good but otherwise it’s a great game.

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              10.09.2000 21:43

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              This game takes you into the wonderful world of jet skiing and it does it well It is one great sports game from nintendo it has a stunt game and a racing bit. The one thing which did dissapoint me was the fact that you couldent play two player stunt games. Though you can play two player racing an that is excellent it is one of those games from nintendo which proves they are better than Sony and will take over the world.

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              07.09.2000 08:39

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              An utterly unique racer, the news that a sequel to the genre-breaking Wave Race is being developed for the Gamecube is wonderful. I recall playing this when I first owned an N64, and being taken aback by the unique feel of the racer, and the relatively (in a world full of driving games) unusual handling of the jet skis. The graphics are lovely, and the rider animations convicing. The sound is as decent as you'd expect, nothing groundbreaking. It's the uniqueness that really charms, however, and for that Wave Racer isn't to be beaten. A little low on long-term appeal, Wave racer is nonetheless an experience not to be missed.

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              05.09.2000 23:14

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              Waverace 64 was one of the first games I played when I got my N64 all those long years ago - and I still remember being blown away by the graphics when I booted it up. I know the N64 is getting on a bit in terms of gaming technology, bt it can still hold it`s own in my opinion. When you first boot the game up and see the Jetski`s racing over the waves, with the incredible water effects, you wonder just how it is being done. It doesn`t look absolutely realistic, but it deffinately comes very close. When you start playing the game you fall off constantly because the controls aren`t very easy to get to grips with, but you`ve seen the demos and heard about how good it is so you carry on trying your hardest to figure it all out. Then, all of a sudden, it clicks and you suddenly become a star jetskier, pulling stunts like you wouldn`t beleive. Barrel rolls, 360 degree vertical flips, dives, handstands and even standing on the front of the jetski looking backwards while riding are some of the easier stunts you can do. If you get very good you can do 720 degree flips and double barrel rolls - and it is possible to do a triple barel roll, although I`ve never managed it myself. This game was amazing when it first came out, and now that yuo can buy it for next to nothing in the shops you`d be a fool not to get it. It has a bit of a steep learning curve but you really won`t mind that once you start playing.

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              06.08.2000 06:25

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              This is a very good game while it lasts. Firstly, I have to mention the unbelievably realistic wave effects, which have never been bettered since. The waves really effect the way you play, although the real big waves that you will send you flying are too few and far between. However, this is a brilliant twist on the racing genre, and just has to be played. Unfortunately, there are not quite enough courses, or players in action. Also, there is no 4 player mode, and there are whopping great borders on the PAL version. However, while it lasts, this is non-stop action that I challenge you to fail to enjoy! Brilliant!

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              29.07.2000 23:24

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              This game is over four years old and doesn't have any cars in it but I'd still rate it as one of the best racing games available on a home console. In the same vein as the excellent '1080º Snowboarding' and the forthcoming (but, I have heard, also excellent) 'Excitebike 64', 'Wave Race 64' is based very much around its physics system. I cannot fault the realism of this game's handling and, although I have never been on a Jet Ski, I can't imagine it would be much different to playing this game (apart from the obvious differences of course). The water effects too, are excellent and, even in the newest of Dreamcast games they haven't been surpassed on a console. Obviously, for a game of its age, 'Wave Race 64''s graphics (apart from the water) look a bit dated and the game options are limited but for all you PlayStation fans who are under the misguided impression that 'Gran Turismo 2' is the pinnacle of racing, you have to try this. 'Wave Race 64' is a classic example of substance over style.

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              20.07.2000 05:12
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              Wave Race was the N64’s only racing game until Mario Kart 64 came out and was an instant hit and has recently put into Nintendo’s Player’s Choice range meaning the game was a classic and is now being sold for under £30. The game itself has great water effects and plenty of stunt’s to keep you occupied for month’s. There are nine courses and they have to be opened up through the championship mode. This game can also be played in 2 player which isn’t really all that good but otherwise it’s a great game.

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