Created by the designer of the fairly well known racing series 'Wipeout', comes another version with a new coat of paint. Only found on Xbox, Quantum Redshift doesn't really differ from the genre that worked well enough to sell games and keep people happy. Unlike WO though, QR sees the ideology of the race shift into a more offensive, slower tournament. It makes use of all the buttons and controls when racing, without being complicated. In fact its one of the simplest racing games because although there is damage to your vehicle or SPARC's as they are called in game, you go so fast that crashing only serves to slow you down (theres not real brake button), the damage comes from everyone else. Each SPARC has the exact same configurations, capabilities, and controls - 3 weapons, boost, accelerate, power-slide and directional moves for both analogue stick and d-pad. Throughout races you can also pause like most games, change the camera/rear view (black or white button) and handily 'reset' your racer to a stable area of the track, should you go the wrong way, get stuck, be the victim of a rare glitch or just do it for the hell of it.
From the main menu, you have the choice of what mode: Tournament, Time Attack, Quick Race, Multiplayer, Options and Demos. The tournament mode starts with your selection of 1 of 16 characters (most are unlockable) each with a specific rivalry with another. They also span several nationalities, something not many games do, with most speaking in their native tongue (subtitles are included). While the manual and conversations between rivals may build up their personalities slightly, there isn't really much story other than 'I'm the best' or banging on about destiny. Each person gains momentum from racing in their home town too. Time attack is self explanatory - race around a track trying to get a good time. Quick race is just a standard one off race between 5 AI's (which all races consist of). Multiplayer though, allows for 4 player split screen - not a pleasant site having a tiny quarter of your television, but those familiar with this one have any real beefs - its a laugh for a quick party game.
At the beginning of the race, you start with a small amount of 'boost' to use at your convenience like nitros. Then there are the 5 power ups. Keeping it simple, the main weapon powerups are in primary colours - red for homing rockets, yellow for shields, blue for non-homing like machine guns. Each of these sections can only be used when gaining a powerup and when your craft is upgraded via points won from races, can be maxed out to handle 3 in each slot. The Star powerup offers all 3 colours and the microchip merely gives you more points to finish with. The Boost can also be upgraded further. When you or an opponent fires at an enemy, a notice appears saying 'Attack Warning' followed by 3 beeps. This allows for a player to quickly activate the shields option to take the brunt of the damage. When a players health diminishes, the craft explodes and thats the end of that. This is something I found particularly fun, especially as you gain a huge amount of points for doing so, an even greater number should you destroy your nemesis. Of course this does have its draw backs. Should you be second, you run the risk of missing both killing the leader and taking 1st place on the podium.
During the time, custom soundtracks had only just been implemented into Xbox games, a frankly wonderful idea as there are so many games with absolute garbage for background scores. QR doesn't necessarily have a bad one (Gonna crush ya) but the temptation to revert to your own music is just too much to bear. If you delve into the options, you'll find that you can alter the number of laps required in races (1-5). Race tracks are quite decent to look at now and again too.. although most of the time you're going way too fast to notice. The environments vary greatly depending on where abouts in the world you are - while the actual tracks themselves are mostly concrete grimness with brief glimpses of nature overcoming the course. You can even exploit certain areas and jumps by going over obstacles and finding hidden shortcuts. If I'm not mistaken, there is a very valuable move you can pull off which sacrifices all of your powerups to release a homing nuke to an opposing ship - very handy!
In summary Quantum Redshift is a fun game to play when you don't want to be seriously staring down a sniper scope or immersed in a deep story. Its practically an arcade game.
I first played this game when I recieved it with my xbox a few years ago and although I don't play the game anymore I found it quite interesting.
The game is actually about 16 different charachters and all there backgrounds concerning the racing championship. Each racer has a nemesis and there own home track. There are 8 different tracks but you race them in reverse for the nemesis racer so t actually gives you 16 tracks.
There are 5 different levels of difficulty, ranging from rookie level to redshift level. Obviously redshift level is the hardest and fastest level and this is represented well by the massive bluring going past your screen as you race at this speed. At times I found this speed very hard to control.
The career mode is deep and can take a long time as there is 16 different racers and 5 different championships for each racer. This gives you over 300 races to take part in which will keep you going for a while.
Apart from the career mode there is quick race, multiplayer and time attack. Records can be set on all 16 tracks 5 times because of the different levels giving another 80 races to complete. If you have completed all that you can play this game on multiplayer.
The most fun element of the game is being able to blow up your oponents with your two different weapons. On each racer you get a homing gun and a gun and you also get a shield and you have to collect power ups to give yourself ammo for all the different weapons.
If your good enough you can actually wipe out all 5 oponents with your guns leaving you a free run to victory.
Overall I find this game very fast and sometimes uncontrollable but it is good fun and there is a lot of gameplay in Quantum Redshift.
Do you like speed? Do you ever get fed up when racing when everyone gets ahead of you? Do you ever wish you could take them out? Well now you can! In QR you get speed and the opportunity to fire on anyone who dares to attempt to go past you!!! This is a great game and highly addictive to anyone who likes a bit of racing. Gone are the boring same old cars and in place you have futuristic racing machines which glide across the land and fly off waterfalls! There are several levels to get through from slow beginnings to super fast Quantum Redshift! Also you have to choose from about 10 different people and after you've completed them you unlock even more different crafts and nemises! So to get to the secret level it can take quite a while of staring at the screen and getting thumb ache. Overall the graphics are good...but when you're zooming through the countyside or the city who has time to get a good look? As for sound you can add your own tracks on and listen to your favourites when you play which brings some personality to the game. So I would recommend anyone to buy this game just for a bit of "relaxing" fun where you don't have to think just enjoy!!!
If you want to show off the graphical power of your xbox then this is the game for you. If you loved Wipeout on the PS1 / 2 then this could be the game for you. If you love 4 player split screen fun, then this is the game for you. This game is clearly a Wipeout clone, though Wipeout wasn't the first of this genre... Quantum Redshift is a futuristic racer with weapons. Fly around the curvaceous tracks at high speeds, collecting power ups and blowing the other crafts up. That's it. Oh there is a story woven in too, but for no real reason. Except that you have a key rival in each race, but you don't really notice this! The game starts off at a very easy level. You may even think the game is too slow. But just you wait! As you progress through the game the speed increases. The ultimate speed is Redshift. Oh my. The learning curve in this game though is spot on. This is a game which you can really become one with. The water effects in this game are awesome. It's rain on your tv. In multiplayer this game is stunning. Even in the fourplayer split screen mode there is no slow down or noticeable pop up and the draw distance is superb. You can really play the game in 4 player mode! (I never know why software writers don't make more of the split screen multiplayer, ie with some sort of scoring system / competitions) There is no link up mode. Oh, I really should mention the instruction manual. It is so well written. No really! The style is so witty. This is a gem of a game that should have sold so many more copies.