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Rumble Racing is one of the best-polished driving games around. It isn?t a simple case of driving around in an old banger and coming in at first place. There is far more than this. You could say that this was a driving version of EA?s snowboard classic SSX. Whereby you earn boosts and points for pulling off tricks. This may seem tricky within a car but wait ?til you try it out. Better than all of this you get WEAPONS on your car. Kind of like on Mario Kart where you have to pick up certain objects, to blow up your enemy. Take your pick from a tornado, speed boost, hurricane or why not just freeze all other players. You won?t easily become fed up, as there are loads and loads of locked vehicles and tracks. That can be unlocked by completing certain levels or, you could pick up a PS2 magazine and go to the cheats section, which ever you prefer. There is the option of playing with up to three of your mates. Provided you have forked out for the £30 multi-tap. Playing with mates could further improve this excellent title. Having played this I would have to say it is simply the best racing game around on any console. Even better than Gran Turismo 3. I?d give Rumble Racing 8/10.
Sorry about the title, I wanted to attract your attention! Sorry.... If you are one of those people out there that does not like to spend 10 minutes or more reading reviews, I’ll give you one word... WOW!!! But if you are not lazy, (like the people who have only read the top paragraph) I’ll continue. This game is great! Although this game seems very similar to a certain SSX in terms of game play (almost the same controls and the idea of doing tricks off jumps) it is just different enough to persuade me to go out and spend £40 of my hard earned cash (or £36.99 from those wonderful people at Special Reserve, that if I had know about would have had me whipping out my credit card with a sharp yell of “CHARGE IT!”) The game starts off with an impressive video of different tracks and cars contained in the game. Once you get into the game itself you are confronted with a main menu which consists of: 1 player, 2 player, difficulty, power ups (active/not active), Hall of champs, Game options, and showcase. I will now go on to tell you about these menu options. 1 PLAYER: the one player menu contains, single race, which is a simple, quick race. A championship mode (this mode is needed to unlock cars and tracks which I will tell you about later) in the championship mode you will race three tracks one after another, in order to gain a Gold, Silver or Bronze trophy, this will unlock a level, a car, and the next championship mode which will be needed to gain even more tracks e.t.c. A stunt challenge, which takes place on a track, the aim here is to gain as many points as possible, this can be done by going for a jump, holding R2 and pressing a directional button. It has a Showdown, this is where you race ‘head to head’ against one other CPU driver for one lap. The last option is Single race options, here you can choose the number of drivers on the track (1-8), how many Co-op teams there are (no th is is not a well known high street supermarket, again I will explain later), the amount of laps (1-8), and the option to select your CPU opponents cars. CARS/TRACKS: there are 36 cars some are unlocked others aren’t, each with three different stats (as you progress you will be able to choose the Rookie, Pro, or Elite version of the car) the cars are all smoothly portrayed onto your T.V screen. There are 15 different tracks, the moment you first play the game 3 will be unlocked. 2 PLAYERS: This option has the same features as 1 player (single race, championship, stunt challenge, and options, the difference is CO-OP teams are enabled on this screen. CO-OP TEAMS: In this mode, you team up with one other HUMAN player, your goal is for both of you to finish quickly, the team with the least amount of time, when both times are added together is the winner! In this mode it is impossible to send weapons at your team mate (apart from the rock, if you send them in front of your alley it can still block them) DIFFICULTY: there are three CPU difficulty levels, it is best to start off with the easiest, which is, Forgiving. Once you have practised, you may wish to progress onto Intense, if you really get Big Headed, you can move onto NO MERCY mode!!!! I’ve tried it, they weren’t joking when they called it that! POWERUPS: This option is to turn on/off the powerups, although without these the game begins to get kinda boring! The powerups on the game are the best I have ever seen! They are: BAD GAS: any vehicle where you throw this suffers a decrease in speed INVINCLE: self explanatory NITRO: speed boost OIL SLICK: any vehicle running into this will loose control SUPER TRACTION: better grip TWISTER: The best powerup ever!!! You launch this, the sky goes dark, and a twister starts to race up the track, flinging up anything in its way (including cars!!) BIG HIT: any other cars you bump into wil l go flying SHOCKWAVE: sends a shockwave through the floor JOKER: it can be good, it can be bad! FREEZE: freezes a car and causes driver to loose ALL control of steering BOMB: what do you think? LANDSLIDE: rocks come tumbling down on anyone underneath …Do you see what I mean now?? The option of sending some of these weapons backwards is also available by looking backwards (R1) and shooting HALL OF CHAMPS: Basically a hall of fame GAME OPTIONS: All the usual audio options (this game has Dolby, I wish my TV supported that, imagine the sound *drools all over keyboard*). You can set your player name here. Load and Save. You can clear all your records. And the Controller Config, all the usual stuff! SHOWCASE: here you can watch that wonderful opening screen again, or you can watch the best credits I have ever seen (instead of all the boring black screen e.t.c, it has a twister in the background and all the words come out from it, they then get blown away!) So I shall conclude with, this game seems to be intended at everyone, it is fun, and has the racing game in there. One problem with this game is it is not very realistic, the turning doesn’t have much skid on it, if you want realism I would advise GT3 but, HEY, WHY NOT GET BOTH???
Rumble Racing Publisher: Electronic Arts Developer: Electronic Arts Players: 1-2 Price: RRP-£39.99 (£31.49 via www.gameswire.com) Official Website: www.rumbleracing.ea.com After battling through the graphically stunning Smugglers Run several months ago I needed a new fix and I’m glad to tell I found it in the form of Rumble Racing which is super fast and action packed, constantly!. The yearly updated Nascar series, which sells well in the states, due to it being their #1 motorsport, doesn’t unfortunately here as we brits prefer formula 1’s twists and turns rather than those oval tracks so EA has released this spin off as an alternative to Nascar so we can still enjoy topping 200kmh in American V8 muscle cars but now get to blast past barns, cut along railroad tracks and perform some impressive mid-air stunts at the same time. After watching the intro you are introduced to the usual screen layout, with similar options, one/two single player, difficulty level, options, single race, championship, stunt challenge (go wild performing stunts inside a 150 second time limit), showdown (one on one), co-op teams and select opponents. The championship mode is like every other, choose car, get most points in three rounds to progress to the next stage and unlock a new car and track too which is where you need to spend most of your time if you want to unlock the other tracks to play with your mates on. If you’ve read this far you may wonder why I am recommended this game to you after all its like many others but the fact is Rumble Racing offers the best arcade racing on PS2 because it contains enough features to keep you smiling for hours. Once you fire up a race you’ll immediately notice it has a certain Need for speed influence to it, the car graphics, level design and car handling all resemble previous need for speed incarnations, which isn’t a bad thing. T he main feature to the game is the inclusion of stunts. Soon as you leave the ground you can spin the car any way depending on your height and your car’s stunt ability, left, right, forwards, backwards just by holding the R2 button and a direction. The faster you go the easier it becomes to perform stunts. Once your car makes contact with the ground again you will be given a sudden speed boost to help catch those elusive competitors. There is also an interesting selection of power-ups from the usual oil slick/freeze power-up to extra traction, landslides and the most impressive but rare twister power-up which progresses round the track flipping every opponent car into its whirlwind. My final section is devoted to the top soundtrack which makes the game all that more enjoyable to play and the voice-over which is usually irritating in games, (gex anyone?), but strangely is amusing (most of the time) to hear in this one plus the on-screen pop-ups after completing stunts which range from ‘Denied!’, when you mess up to ‘Ay Carumbal!’ when you perform near impossible stunts. There are a total of fifteen tracks to race which each have a hidden egg somewhere around the track which will unlock another of the thirty six cars available which can help you on the later championships. Rumble Racing is an excellent package, it manages to deliver what you’d expect from an arcade racer, good graphics (although occasionally bland), fast and furious action (due to the majority of cars being close in speed/stunt ability), an excellent stunt mode which will have you coming back time and time again to get that adrenaline rush.