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Favorite Racing game[s]? Dec. 3rd, 2012 @ 08:50 PM Reply

Nothing more to the question. Just post what you think is one of the more enjoyable racing games out there. I thoroughly enjoy arcade style racing games like F-zero and San Francisco Rush because the fun comes from how over the top they are. Racers that try to simulate driving a real car can be frustrating and boring, at least in my opinion.

If you don't like racing games, then feel free to say why.

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Response to Favorite Racing game[s]? Dec. 3rd, 2012 @ 09:01 PM Reply

Sonic Drift 2 - All the characters are fun to use and it has a great selection of tracks... fun overall
Mario Kart 7 - Reason Why
Cruisn' World - Going through every major landmark in the world in almost every single car imaginable... plus the music is pretty cool


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Response to Favorite Racing game[s]? Dec. 3rd, 2012 @ 09:26 PM Reply

At 12/3/12 09:01 PM, SuperSampleStar wrote: Sonic Drift 2 - All the characters are fun to use and it has a great selection of tracks... fun overall

People pan sonic drift solely because of one stupid joke "WHYS SONIC IN A CAR LOLOLOL"
I think.. No, I BELIEVE sega was the king of racing games back in the day. Yu Suzuki had great ideas and conceived classic titles suck as OutRun and Daytona USA that are still fairly fun to play, though they have dated immensely since their release

Mario Kart 7 - Reason Why

I agree. MKWii was like the drunkard bastard child of the series, completely wasted off of his ass, left to rot in the gutter, and 7 was what MKWii should have been all along... But the first one remains my absolute favorite out of the entire series, despite it's crude and dated feel now. Due to technical limitations, the tracks feel more like actual, small karting tracks rather than roller coasters, with sharp and windy turns. Because it doesn't have BLUE FUCKING SHELLS HDSUOAHGALDJKHG and is one of the most challenging of them all. The karts handle much, much differently. It takes a while for your kart to reach it's peak speed, drifting can send you all over the track if you don't know what you are doing, and it is essential to collect coins in the game to increase your top speed. The items are much smaller in selection as well.

You can practically beat every single mario kart sequel with a blindfold on. This one takes you for a fucking ride, by the time you're at the 150cc level you'll be throwing your controller against the wall and pulling your hair out. The CPU's are beyond relentless, and if you fuck up too much, they'll leave you far, far behind in the dust. I LOVE every bit of this game.

Why am i going on about a completely unrelated game? Because I feel that sequels to a game shouldn't forget their roots. MK 7 pleased me with the addition of coins, but the series has strayed FAR, FAR away from the game that started it all. The original is simplistic, ugly, and difficult. And it's an absolute blast, alone and to play with another person.

also, random unrelated fact, if you can beat mario circuit 1 under 1"05 seconds, you would have qualified to be a Nintendo play tester back in the day this game was conceived. It's pretty tough and requires you to master the Expert characters to achieve, but it's also not completely impossible.

Cruisn' World - Going through every major landmark in the world in almost every single car imaginable... plus the music is pretty cool

Yeeeaaaah I was okay with the Cruisn' Series, and world is definitely the best of the bunch, though that's not saying much considering USA was a disappointment (The pixelated bikini women from the arcade are wearing SHIRTS? FFFFFFFFFF-) and exotica was just ridiculous. It feels like a 3D version of outrun if the good music was replaced with generic butt rock slash euro trash, and the challenge was stripped down. It's strong point comes from it's 4 player split screen, but for the 64, there are better arcade style racers out there.

... RUSSHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH...

But of course this is just an opinion of mine.

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Response to Favorite Racing game[s]? Dec. 3rd, 2012 @ 09:44 PM Reply

At 12/3/12 09:26 PM, Urban-Champion wrote: People pan sonic drift solely because of one stupid joke "WHYS SONIC IN A CAR LOLOLOL"
I think.. No, I BELIEVE sega was the king of racing games back in the day. Yu Suzuki had great ideas and conceived classic titles suck as OutRun and Daytona USA that are still fairly fun to play, though they have dated immensely since their release

Honestly, when i was 12 years old, "why sonic in a car?" hadn't even crossed my mind. To me it seemed logical at the time, not just because it was like the other characters having a fair fight in the speed category, but this was also during the whole "Nintendo vs Sega" thing that was goin on... in other words, if Mario was in a car, of course Sonic is going to join the bandwagon.

Hell, i even like Sonic R, regardless of how unbalanced it is :-P

At 12/3/12 09:26 PM, Urban-Champion wrote: Original Mario Kart Speech

Honestly, the first game didnt appeal to me as much simply because the fact that even in single player the screen was split due to the "map" screen annoyed the living crap outta me. If i can't see the tracks that clearly, then theres a problem, and it's the same reason why the GBA version of Mario Kart annoyed me as well. I played it for like 5 seconds and was like "yea im done"

At 12/3/12 09:26 PM, Urban-Champion wrote: Yeeeaaaah I was okay with the Cruisn' Series, and world is definitely the best of the bunch, though that's not saying much considering USA was a disappointment (The pixelated bikini women from the arcade are wearing SHIRTS? FFFFFFFFFF-) and exotica was just ridiculous. It feels like a 3D version of outrun if the good music was replaced with generic butt rock slash euro trash, and the challenge was stripped down.

Completely agree... unfortunately only the 1st game is available for the virtual console, and sold my N64 last year at a yard sale, sooooooooo i have to make due with it, lol XD

Oh and I COMPLETELY forgot about my other favorite... WipeOut... mostly the 1st and 3rd game for PSX


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Response to Favorite Racing game[s]? Dec. 3rd, 2012 @ 10:06 PM Reply

At 12/3/12 09:44 PM, SuperSampleStar wrote:
At 12/3/12 09:26 PM, Urban-Champion wrote: Original Mario Kart Speech
Honestly, the first game didnt appeal to me as much simply because the fact that even in single player the screen was split due to the "map" screen annoyed the living crap outta me. If i can't see the tracks that clearly, then theres a problem, and it's the same reason why the GBA version of Mario Kart annoyed me as well. I played it for like 5 seconds and was like "yea im done"

another random fun fact: the reason the game is played in a permanent split screen was because their focus was on a multiplayer racing game for the SNES but it was a programming challenge at the time to get the SNES to display 2 mode 7 layers from different perspectives.

I feel that people judge this game too harshly by it's crude look. Now don't get me wrong, it does look like shit and the split screen thing did annoy me at first, but if you can get past the initial poor first impression you're in for a mario kart experience unlike any other. One that actually will test your skills and abilities in racing games to it's fullest extent. The sequels usually are fantastic games, don't get me wrong, but none of them offer the same single player challenge that the original was able to encapsulate with it's limitations.

Of course, if you don't like the game, I can't force you to play it, and that's totally fine with me.

I just feel this way because I've played every mario kart game excluding the Arcade GP ones and they've all been pretty simple to complete for me, giving me no reason to play them again. I still enjoy popping in the original and trying to beat the last cup flawlessly on 150cc because of how challenging it is. I never feel confident I'm going to get first in every race. The other ones... If I sit down with time on my hands, I can practically get first each GP race no sweat.

And seven also addresses the simplicity issue I have by having an extremely solid online mode... MK Wii, i'm giving you a very dirty look right now... You are matched up with people based on your overall rank, so it's never too easy or too hard.

And yeah, the GBA one isn't my favorite either. It's not bad but it feels like the odd one out.


At 12/3/12 09:26 PM, Urban-Champion wrote: Yeeeaaaah I was okay with the Cruisn' Series, and world is definitely the best of the bunch, though that's not saying much considering USA was a disappointment (The pixelated bikini women from the arcade are wearing SHIRTS? FFFFFFFFFF-) and exotica was just ridiculous. It feels like a 3D version of outrun if the good music was replaced with generic butt rock slash euro trash, and the challenge was stripped down.
Completely agree... unfortunately only the 1st game is available for the virtual console, and sold my N64 last year at a yard sale, sooooooooo i have to make due with it, lol XD

probably because the first one was actually published by nintendo and the sequels were handled by eurocom i believe. Same reason why the motion sensor bombs from Goldeneye 007 are in the original smash bros and melee.


Oh and I COMPLETELY forgot about my other favorite... WipeOut... mostly the 1st and 3rd game for PSX

I would play wipeout but I already play F zero and they look like very similar games. That's not to say it isn't a GOOD game, it probably is a blast considering how well received the games were, though gameplay wise i feel it's same to assume it's faithful to F zero in some ways and different in others.

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Response to Favorite Racing game[s]? Dec. 3rd, 2012 @ 10:18 PM Reply

Mario Kart is pretty much the only racing game I play.

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Response to Favorite Racing game[s]? Dec. 4th, 2012 @ 12:44 AM Reply

I love the Mario Kart games. I also really enjoyed a few of the Midnight Club titles from the precious generation of consoles. For the most part, though, I don't play racing games. I typically only end up playing them with friends, which can be fun when alcohol is involved.

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Response to Favorite Racing game[s]? Dec. 4th, 2012 @ 01:21 AM Reply

Like most everyone else, my favorite is Mario Kart.

Although I did really enjoy a few of the Burnouts.


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Response to Favorite Racing game[s]? Dec. 4th, 2012 @ 04:15 AM Reply

Need for speed Hot pursuit is my favorite game . I love all the things about this game,
the best part of this game are its good graphics. And the location for racing are also oosm.
This is all about my favorite Game.


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Response to Favorite Racing game[s]? Dec. 4th, 2012 @ 04:32 AM Reply

I don't even have to think

Burnout 3: Takedown is by far my favourite racing game.


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Response to Favorite Racing game[s]? Dec. 4th, 2012 @ 05:38 AM Reply

The Mario Kart series is the only racing series I seem too like. Everything else seems a bit tedious.

Diddy Kong Racing was pretty fun too.

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Response to Favorite Racing game[s]? Dec. 4th, 2012 @ 11:01 AM Reply

Road Rash 3D and Need For Speed Hot Pursuit.

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Response to Favorite Racing game[s]? Dec. 4th, 2012 @ 01:12 PM Reply

Generally I don't like racing games that much because I think they always grow stale very quickly. I mean, after having raced on every track once you've kind of seen everything and the game will just be repetitive from then on. You'll also quickly come to the point where the CPU doesn't make much of a chance against you anymore which makes things extra boring.

That said, two of my favourite racing games are F-Zero X and Diddy Kong Racing, both for the N64.

F-Zero X is just fun for its over-the-topness as someone already mentioned. I mean, you can nosedive your vehicle into the ground at like Mach 10. What other racing game let's you do that? :p I also loved to try and smash everyone else's vehicle to pieces before the end of the race. If I remember correctly my record was 26 out of 29.

As for DKR, I felt that it took everything from Mario Kart and then made it better. There was an over world, it actually had a plot, it had bosses, there were more vehicles, more things to unlock and the single player was generally a lot more fun than MK's one. It was a lot more challenging too. The first race with Wizpig was almost undoable and I remember with those coin races that some of those coins were hidden in the most ridiculous locations.


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Response to Favorite Racing game[s]? Dec. 4th, 2012 @ 04:32 PM Reply

Not much of a racing fan, but I really enjoyed Need For Speed Most Wanted (the older one). Mario Kart Double Dash is probably my favorite racing game to date though.


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Response to Favorite Racing game[s]? Dec. 4th, 2012 @ 07:20 PM Reply

Mario Kart 64. I've had so much memories and loads of fun with friends back in the day with this game. I was always a beast crushing everybody as Bowser or kicking ass with Yoshi. Gran Turismo is lots of fun for me as well.


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Response to Favorite Racing game[s]? Dec. 4th, 2012 @ 07:37 PM Reply

First and foremost:
Trackmania (In this specific case 2: Canyon... as that's the one I play the most). This is my most played game... ever. So much so, that I've got a few world records, and been invited to numerous pro teams and invitation tournaments.
... But I really don't wanna turn my gaming into a competition/chore... so I turn them all down, much prefer to just play for fun.

I'm also quite fond of the Forza series. It's really the only reason I own an xbox at this point.

On the slightly different side of things, I enjoy the racing in SSX as well.

Those aside, there's not really much in the line of racing that I really come back to all the time... I love racing games, but I'm also very picky about them. I used to love the NFS series... up until about Most Wanted (The release title for 360... not the new one)... Was going downhill after Underground 2... and just bombed after Most Wanted IMO... less customization, handling feels stiff and generic between all the cars... Just wasn't any fun to me anymore.


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Response to Favorite Racing game[s]? Dec. 4th, 2012 @ 08:33 PM Reply

I am not a big fan of racing games. Although they can be fun when you have a group of friends together, but as a single player game I don't get much joy out of them.


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Response to Favorite Racing game[s]? Dec. 4th, 2012 @ 10:33 PM Reply

I don't have a strong affiliation with the genera, but mind you I don't have a hatred with them either. I think the series that started me in racing was:

Wipeout 3

On the PS1, mind you I think I only played it for the soundtrack but it was an enjoyable game at most and will still play it to this day if they release a new version of it.

Sonic & All Star Racing

Was fun on it's own, even if the PC version didn't have online multiplayer.

Forza Motorsport 4

Was amazing, mind you I probably wouldn't have picked it up if I didn't game test it.

But by far my favorite racing game is:

Split Second

Yeah sure you can knock it off as being a "If Michel Bay made a racing game". But their is something so appealing to me about the game. It's not just you vs the competition, it's you vs the world. And despite everything being against you, you can still pull a 1st place. And the music and theme doesn't hurt either, in fact, it enhances the experience. Actually, I think I'm going to play this game now. And did I mention the PC version has LAN, Split Screen, and Online Multiplayer?

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Response to Favorite Racing game[s]? Dec. 4th, 2012 @ 11:35 PM Reply

Crash Team Racing for the PS, that's still my favorite kart-racing game to this day. As for realistic racing, I would have to go with Forza Motorsport 3, followed closely by Midnight Club: LA.


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Response to Favorite Racing game[s]? Dec. 4th, 2012 @ 11:36 PM Reply

At 12/4/12 10:33 PM, unconsidered wrote: Split Second

Yeah sure you can knock it off as being a "If Michel Bay made a racing game". But their is something so appealing to me about the game. It's not just you vs the competition, it's you vs the world. And despite everything being against you, you can still pull a 1st place. And the music and theme doesn't hurt either, in fact, it enhances the experience. Actually, I think I'm going to play this game now. And did I mention the PC version has LAN, Split Screen, and Online Multiplayer?

Always good to see someone else who enjoys Split/Second. The game doesn't get nearly enough attention as it should. Do you play it on Xbox 360 by chance? One of Split/Second's downfalls is the fact that the multiplayer is pretty much dead at this point. Such a shame that an underrated racing game gets looked over, what with more popular names drawing people away and all.

As for mine, while Split/Second is nice and all, and I'm a fan of Forza Motorsports, my absolute favorite racing game has to be Kirby Air Ride on the Nintendo Gamecube. While by no means a complex game (the controls are basically steer with the left stick and brake/charge boost/eat enemy/use ability/use anything with a button), this simplicity actually made Air Ride a bit more enjoyable. Not all of my friends and family can play a racing game as well as I can, so the simple controls allowed some of my less capable opponents to have a fair chance at winning. To add to it, the game has a TON of replay value. Three different game modes to play, a good amount of tracks and challenges, and that damn checklist of goodies like tracks and machines to unlock all provide hours of entertainment. Also, I can play as King Dedede and thwack people with his mallet, so that's a small plus in my book.

Hey Nintendo, when the hell are we gonna get a Kirby Air Ride 2? Or another F-Zero for that matter?!

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Response to Favorite Racing game[s]? Dec. 5th, 2012 @ 01:19 AM Reply

At 12/4/12 11:36 PM, Klobb17 wrote:
Hey Nintendo, when the hell are we gonna get a Kirby Air Ride 2? Or another F-Zero for that matter?

Well let's say there might be a little hope for F zero. I dunno so much about Air Ride...

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Response to Favorite Racing game[s]? Dec. 5th, 2012 @ 11:06 AM Reply

At 12/4/12 10:33 PM, unconsidered wrote: On the PS1, mind you I think I only played it for the soundtrack but it was an enjoyable game at most and will still play it to this day if they release a new version of it.

Actually I believe there does exist a wipeout for HD consoles. Though it seems to have been praised for it's graphics and given a good score, I heard it was a fairly average title at best. Linky

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Response to Favorite Racing game[s]? Dec. 5th, 2012 @ 04:55 PM Reply

Sonic Riders and Sonic All Stars Transformed.
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Response to Favorite Racing game[s]? Dec. 5th, 2012 @ 05:12 PM Reply

Lego racers 2. You get to build a car out of legos then race with it.


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Response to Favorite Racing game[s]? Dec. 5th, 2012 @ 06:26 PM Reply

Micro Maniacs on PS1. Basically you play mini-sized humanoid characters, and the racing tracks are rooms like a kitchen, an attic, a bathroom, a Japanese garden, and a hospital room where some guy is being operated on. All the characters have unique, interesting designs and their own special moves, for example there's a guy who uses a bladed Jojo as a weapon and he cuts people's heads off with it, a green dog/human hybrid who eats the other characters, and a creepy psychic girl with a teddy bear who can mess up the other player's controls. It had a morbid sense of humor and the music was really good, shame that it got overlooked.

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Response to Favorite Racing game[s]? Dec. 6th, 2012 @ 03:34 AM Reply

Mine are Need For Speed: Underground 2, Diddy Kong Racing, all of the Mario Kart games, and Crash Team Racing.


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Response to Favorite Racing game[s]? Dec. 6th, 2012 @ 03:39 PM Reply

At 12/6/12 03:34 AM, ZJ wrote: Need For Speed

Im surprised nobody said that yet...


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Response to Favorite Racing game[s]? Dec. 6th, 2012 @ 08:14 PM Reply

At 12/6/12 03:39 PM, Wavepad wrote:
At 12/6/12 03:34 AM, ZJ wrote: Need For Speed
Im surprised nobody said that yet...

My love for NFS has come and went. I loved the initial first few titles like High Stakes, Hot Pursuit, Porsche 2000/Unleashed but anything after underground is where I draw the line. I've kinda lost my love for simulation titles over time and grown to adore over the top racers like Rush, F zero, Burnout, Crazy Taxi, etc. because they go stupid fast and throw the laws of physics out the window. I like that kinda thing.

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